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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
For the last half decade, heavy-metal titans Metallica have strived to expand their musical palette while making heavy metal more palatable to the mainstream. They explored southern rock, blues, and psychedelia with LOAD 1996 and RELOAD 1997; they covered their favorite punk and popular artists Misfits, Mercyful Fate, Nick Cave, Bob Seeger on their double CD of covers, GARAGE INC. 1998; and they tinkered with electronica on remixes with Moby and DJ Spooky. But Metallica's most grandiose accomplishment took place last year when the band joined forces with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony to recontextualize much of Metallica's back catalog. The bold, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
For the last half decade, heavy-metal titans Metallica have strived to expand their musical palette while making heavy metal more palatable to the mainstream. They explored southern rock, blues, and psychedelia with LOAD 1996 and RELOAD 1997; they covered their favorite punk and popular artists Misfits, Mercyful Fate, Nick Cave, Bob Seeger on their double CD of covers, GARAGE INC. 1998; and they tinkered with electronica on remixes with Moby and DJ Spooky. But Metallica's most grandiose accomplishment took place last year when the band joined forces with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony to recontextualize much of Metallica's back catalog. The bold, unlikely pairing is captured in all its sonic glory on S&M, a two-disc live CD. Slow-burning tracks like "Until It Sleeps," "For Whom the Bell Tolls, "Nothing Else Matters," and the instrumental "The Call of Ktulu" are most effective, as their mid-paced tempos allow the orchestra the most breathing room. But the thundering fare of "Master of Puppets," "Battery," and "Of Wolf and Man" are also dynamic and undeniably ear-pleasing. Considering how ambitious Metallica have become in just a few years, a four-part, triple-disc heavy-metal opera can't be too far off.
All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their multi-layered, compositional style works well with symphonic arrangements. "Master of Puppets," "Call of the Ktulu," "One," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" sound richer and fuller with violin, trumpet, clarinet, harp, trombone, and flute accompaniments, but "Sad but True," "Devil's Dance," and especially "Of Wolf and Man" range from haphazard and melodramatic to uninspired. S&M definitely has its moments, and not just with the pre-Black Album material: "Fuel" surpasses the furious pumping energy of the studio version, "Hero of the Day" stays poignant throughout, and "Until It Sleeps" has a wonderfully sinister feel. James Hetfield maintains his madman persona from beginning to end, laughing maniacally and grunting and growling at all the right moments. Overall, the symphony adds a macabre, ghoulish atmosphere -- it all sounds like a Broadway freak show or a revved-up Danny Elfman nightmare. Which is exactly what a Metallica album should sound like, even if every song isn't the best or most appropriate in the band's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596246323
  • Catalog Number: 62463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ecstasy of Gold (2:30)
  2. 2 The Call of Ktulu (9:34)
  3. 3 Master of Puppets (8:54)
  4. 4 Of Wolf and Man (4:18)
  5. 5 The Thing That Should Not Be (7:26)
  6. 6 Fuel (4:35)
  7. 7 The Memory Remains (4:42)
  8. 8 No Leaf Clover (5:43)
  9. 9 Hero of the Day (4:44)
  10. 10 Devil's Dance (5:26)
  11. 11 Bleeding Me (9:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nothing Else Matters (6:47)
  2. 2 Until It Sleeps (4:29)
  3. 3 For Whom the Bell Tolls (4:52)
  4. 4 Human (4:19)
  5. 5 Wherever I May Roam (7:01)
  6. 6 Outlaw Torn (9:58)
  7. 7 Sad But True (5:46)
  8. 8 One (7:53)
  9. 9 Enter Sandman (7:39)
  10. 10 Battery (7:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist
Michael Kamen Conductor
Bruce Roberts Horn
Daniel Kobialka Violin
Don Ehrlich Viola
Glenn Fischthal Trumpet
Julie Ann Giacobassi Oboe
David Goldblatt Violin
Kirk Hammett Guitar
James Hetfield Guitar, Vocals
Yukiko Kamei Violin
Craig Morris Trumpet
Jason Newsted Bass
Paul Renzi Flute
Jonathan Ring Horn
Nanci Severance Viola
Marc Shapiro Keyboards
Pamela Smith Oboe
Lars Ulrich Drums
Geraldine Walther Viola
Michael Gerling Violin
Judiyaba Violin
Anne Pinsker Violin
Douglas Rioth Harp
James Smelser Horn
Christina King Viola
Melissa Kleinbart Violin
Rob Weir Bassoon
Chris Bogios Trumpet
Paul Brancato Violin
Jeff Budin Trombone
John Engelkes Trombone
Laurence Epstein Bass
Ray Froelich Percussion
Thomas Hemphill Percussion
Frances Jeffrey Violin
Stephen Tramontozzi Bass
Peter Wahrhaftig Tuba
Jeremy Constant Violin, Concert Master
Artie Storch Percussion
David Herbert Timpani
Eric Achen Horn
Richard Andaya Violin
Daniel Banner Violin
Luis Beez Clarinet
Enrique Bocedi Violin
Barara Bogatin Violin
Steven Braunstein Bassoon
Jill Rachuy Brindel Violin
Charles Chandler Bass
Anthony J. Cirone Percussion
Catherine Down Violin
Gina Feinauer Viola
Bruce Freifeld Violin
Connie Gantsweg Violin
Joshua Garrett Horn
David Gaudry Viola
Chris Gilbert Bass
Yasuko Hattori Violin
Tom Hornig Trombone
Douglas Hull Horn
Eugene Izotov Oboe
Naomi Kazama Violin
Kum Mo Kim Violin
Chumming Mo Kobialka Violin
Rudolph Kremer Violin
Kelly Leon-Pearce Violin
Yun Jie Liu Viola
Linda Lukas Flute
Seth Mausner Viola
Andrew McCandless Trumpet
Diane Nicholeris Violin
Florin Parvulescu Violin
Stephen Paulson Bassoon
Catherine Payne Flute
Sheryl Renk Clarinet
William Ritchen Bass
Victor Romasevich Violin
Philip Santos Violin
Peter Shelton Violin
Anthony Striplen Clarinet
David Teie Violin
Paul Welcomer Trombone
S. Mark Wright Bass
Robert Ward Horn
Technical Credits
Chris Boardman Orchestration
Michael Kamen Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Kirk Hammett Composer
James Hetfield Composer, Producer
George Marino Mastering
Stephen McLaughlin Engineering
Bob Rock Producer, Engineer
Randy Staub Engineer
Lars Ulrich Composer, Producer
Brad Warnaar Orchestration
Billy Bowers Digital Editing
Cliff Burton Composer
Geoffrey Alexander Orchestration
Darren Grahn Digital Editing
Bruce Babcock Orchestration
Mike Gillies Digital Editing
Pete Anthony Orchestration
Jonathan Sacks Orchestration
Ted Allen Orchestration
Bob Elhai Orchestration
Blake Neely Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GENIUS

    The perfect blending of musical genres. The rich, powerful tones of Metallica recieves a completion, a fulfillment, an originality by including a symphony that sets a new standard of audio quality that few bands will be able to replicate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album but I like their studio Albums better

    I like that their experimenting with their music but I think their studio albums were better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite album since master of puppets

    i loved classical music mixed with hard rock tis a awesome combo i love this album soooooooooo much that im gonna buy the sheet music for it for the bass guitar and yes im a beginner on the bass guitar i look up to legends like les claypool,cliff burton,jason newsted,and ryan from mudvayne,paul grey from slipknot,pig benis from mushroomhead,robert trujillo from metallica

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If this doesn't move your soul, check your pulse

    I bought this album the day it came out. Seven years later, I need new discs because I've worn them out completely. I absolutely love this album. When I first heard the idea, I thought that this was going to be iffy at best. As it turns out, I still find myself choking up and fighting back tears from the awe and beauty of this album. This is the most powerful sounding thing i have ever heard. The insturments, Electric and Classical come together in a marriage of two of the most complex and riveting forms of music ever devised, Classical and Metal. The album starts off with "Escacy of Gold" and "The Call of Ktulu", which are insturmentals that get you a feeling of what you are probably in for. Then, with a crescendo of sweeping strings, a bomb explodes and the listener is treated to "Master of Puppets." This is, along with "Of Wolf and Man", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "One", and "Enter Sandman" are my favorite songs on the album. Already great tunes by themselves, they come alive with a new sound. The orchestra and the band flow in and out of each other beautifully. I have listened to this album hundreds of times now, and I'm still at the point of tears when I listen to the power and beauty of this album. When I play this for non-metal type pepole, you know, the ones who say "It's just a bunch of noise! It's not music!" They all get an education and realize that talnented musicians are present in all forms of music. Ok, so this isn't the 80's anymomre, and all the old school Mullet Headed (hey, I had one too in High School) Metal Heads love to trash this band. I love it when people say "Metallica Sold Out". Because you know what? They did, as in selling out concerts. In the end, when Metallica comes to town, Fans of three decades will line up to buy their tickets. Teenagers will be banging heads with Gen-X metalheads who get to bust the mullet out one more time. Metallica is a band who has evolved over the years. The reason many fans love the Pre-Black Album Stuff is because they changed their style. You can only make a sound like"Kill 'EM All" "Ride The Lightning", and "Master of Puppets" for so long before you lose base with a new audience. I'm not a huge fan of Load/Reload or St. Anger (although I love the Title Track off of that album), but I love the Black Album. That is what got me introduced to this band. Back to S&M, it stands alone as one of the greatest Live Albums ever made. It's powerful, it's beautiful, and it's epic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad move for metal

    When I heard that Metallica made an album that bred true rock with classical to create one of those gentically alterd offspring, I thought "sweet, it will bring out the power of their music". But as soon as I borrowed my friend's S&M CD and listened too it just crushed me. It sucked! Its like getting a mixed tape of Metallica's songs that were recorded by putting a microphone up to the radio while your communist, artsy brother is listening to Bach with the volume up. So let me lay it down for you: The people who thought this was good are the retards that listen to Dave Mathews or Blink 182, meaning if you are a true metal head, a true rocker, and love Metallica for its early work than you will not care for this album. I thought 'Puppet's harmonic guitar part before the solo is just the same (thought it would be outstanding but not that great).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    METALLICAAAA!!!

    S&M rocks. As I play lead guitar and violin, I love heavy metal and classical music (strange combo, I know). This is another album from Metallica proving that they were the best band around, and still are. The orchestra breathes new life into the songs and is a must have for any Tallica fan, new and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet CD

    this is another ausome cd that metallica has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    royston, a 40 year old pervert

    Its all good apart from possibly hero of the day which is a poor song. the new material is mixed-no leaf clover rocks but minus human is average.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Combo of Metal and Classical Music

    This is a stellar album. It is full of rich sound provided by the orchestra. This album has a great sound, a must have for the music guru.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    S&M Rules

    Metallica has done it again. S&M is the best yet. Anything they made before was good but this rocks. Metallcia sounds good but add a great symphony and you have gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

    This Is has got to be the Best Consert album on the Market it is plain awesome. Some aren't to glad for this album because it has only 2 new songs on it, BUT it's a CONSERT album not a STUDIO album. And may I add that their new stuff sounds like something pre-black album too. AWESOME!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST DO IT AGAIN!!!

    First of all, I am sick of all these close minded people complaining that Metallica has sold out. We are talking about the best heavy metal band in music history. Haven't people ever heard of expanding your horizons? Metallica has such a mind for music that they love to experiment and fiddle with music pieces and instruments. This cd is unbelieveable. The way the symphony and Metallica collaborated to create a musical work of art is unbelivable. In my mind, Metallica has not run out of things to write. In fact, they are coming out with a new cd soon. I am so amazed at this band, it is impossable to compare them to anyone. They are in a class all their own. In my mind there is heavy metal/hard rock and then there is Metallica.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Metallica souds so cool with the orchestra

    I love S&M. I got the CD for Christmas. I love metallica and performing with the orchestra proves that the band can rock even if it is classical music. They make classical music worth listening to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's not rock opera...But it will do.

    A neat thing about this alblum is that it's a little diffrent than rock opera. It's pretty much Metalica playing the songs they have always played, but with an opera backing them. Thats right, theres no Meat Loaf ''squiky backround singers,'' Or Queen like, audience sing alongs, unless you count the end of ''The Memory Remains.'' ''The clasical sound adds on to the dimentia,'' Says James Hitfeild, well I'm not buying it. I think they went lite on the opera because they need to keep their ''We are Metallica, Bang your heads with us!!'' image. But is the alblum good? Is it wearth buying? Well as Dodger the dog from Oliver & Company would say, ''Absitivly Posilutly.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One word... AWESOME!!

    Not only doe Metallica play all the best songs, the do it with and orchestra, which brings a whole new effect to the experience! CRFXS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD RULES!

    This CD is the best Metallica CD I have ever seen! It may not make sense to put a band like Metallica with an orchestra, but IT DOES!! Just listen to it, it rules!!!! If you love Metallica, you have to have this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    By far Metallica's most ground-breaking feat.

    S&M totally blew my mind when I experienced astonishingly crushing hits like ''Master of Puppets'', ''Until it Sleeps'', ''Outlaw Torn'', and especially ''One'' re-created with a tidal wave of classical influence, crashing together, but smoothly and efficiently. Unerring in their style, Metallica delivers with ultra-heavy sound, and their rough guitars refined with a violin (this definately wasn't my first combo when I thought of Metallica pairing up to create something new, but it was the greatest!!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another sideways swerve along Metallica Avenue!

    In 1987 they jammed a few of their favourites and sold it for 10 bucks. In 1996 and '97 they handed a fistful of new in-your-face punchy loose rhythms for you to swing and bounce to. In 1998 all of their Garage tracks were recorded for everyone to hear in the most appropiate way. And now with the ingenuity and colourful harmonics and accompaniants of Maestro Michael Kamen two great worlds of music have joined forces to rule the world of ear-pleasing splendour. Only Metallica could do such a breathtaking thing like this!!!!! Just one note: I love all the songs on it, but I do prefer raging to 'Sad But' True and 'Devil's Dance' in their original form, and would have liked to hear some of the 'Kill 'Em All' songs in the symphonic format, especially 'The Four Horsemen'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This stuff kicks!

    I just recently became a Metallicat by listening to some of my friend's cd's. I instantly fell in love. Now, I plan to buy all the rest of the albums, along with this one that I have now! It is definitely worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a Wonderful album

    I received this album for Christmas and have truly enjoyed it. The only other album I have is the Black album, so most of the songs are new to me. ''One'' is just incredible. I think that this was a great combination and you will not be disappointed.

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