On March 3, 1986.

Metallica_-_Master_of_Puppets

On March 3, 1986, “Elektra” label released “Master of Puppets”, the third Metallica studio album. It was recorded September – December 1985, at “Sweet Silence Studios” in Copenhagen, and was produced by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich and Flemming Rasmussen. The album cover was designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam.“Master of Puppets” was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour. In 2003, “Master of Puppets” was certified 6× platinum by the “Recording Industry Association of America”, 6× platinum by “Music Canada” and gold by the “British Phonographic Industry”. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Master of Puppets” at number 167 on its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”; “Time” included the album in its list of the “100 best albums of all time”; magazine “Guitar World” voted “Master of Puppets” the fourth greatest guitar album of all time.

Personnel:

  • James Hetfield– lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Kirk Hammett– lead guitar
  • Cliff Burton– bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Lars Ulrich – drums
  • Peter Mensch– cover concept
  • Don Brautigam – cover illustration
  • Ross Halfin, Rich Likong, Rob Ellsi – photography

Track listing:

All lyrics written by James Hetfield.

  1. Battery – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
  2. Master of Puppets – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
  5. Disposable Heroes – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
  6. Leper Messiah – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
  7. Orion – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton
  8. Damage Inc. – James Hetfield, lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett

 

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