Master of Puppets

~ Release group by Metallica

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60439-1 07559604391
Master of Puppets CD 8 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60439-2 075596043922
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 Music for Nations MFN 60 [none]
Master of Puppets CD 8 Music for Nations CD MFN 60 5016583106027
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 CBS/Sony (Japan) 28AP 3169 4988009509914
Master of Puppets CD 8 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) CD 60439 075596043922
Master of Puppets CD 8 CBS/Sony (Japan) 32DP 448 4988009522852
Master of Puppets CD 8 Music for Nations CD MFN 60 5016583106027
Master of Puppets Vinyl 8 Roadrunner Records RR 9717
Master of Puppets Vinyl 8 Music for Nations 2320 3229260002921
Master of Puppets Vinyl 8 Music for Nations MFN 60 [none]
Master of Puppets CD 8 CBS/Sony (Japan) 25DP 5234 4988009619156
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets Cassette 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-4 042283814141
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Sound-Pol SPB CD 026
Master of Puppets Vinyl 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838-141-1 042283814110
Master of Puppets CD 8 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60439-2 075596043922
Master of Puppets CD 8 Phonogram, Popron Music, Vertigo (British rock label) 50 107 2
Master of Puppets (1993 Australasian Tour Gold Edition) CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60439-2 075596043922
Master of Puppets CD 8 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group), Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label) 838 141-2 042283814127
Master of Puppets CD 8 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1133 010963113327
Master of Puppets CD 8 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP 477 4547366012941
Master of Puppets Digital Media 10
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) UICR-1054 4988005440037
Master of Puppets CD 8 ЗАО «Юниверсал Мьюзик» 838 141-9 042283814196
Master of Puppets (45 RPM series) 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 4 Vertigo (British rock label) 0600753101162 600753101162
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 470844-1 093624986881
Master of Puppets SHM-CD 8 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICY-91453 4988005561008
Master of Puppets SHM-CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) UICY-94664 4988005628640
Master of Puppets CD 8 Vertigo (British rock label) UICY-20224 4988005690661
Master of Puppets CD 8 Blackened BLCKND005-2 856115004491
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 Blackened 00602547242952, BLCKND005-1 602547242952
Master of Puppets Digital Media 8 Blackened [none]
Master of Puppets 12" Vinyl 8 Blackened 00602557382594, BLCKND005R-1 602557382594
Master of Puppets (remastered) 3×CD 8 + 11 + 14 Blackened BLCKND005R-3 602557932447
Master of Puppets (deluxe box set) 3×12" Vinyl + 10×CD + Cassette + 2×DVD 8 + 7 + 7 + 8 + 3 + 4 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13 + 18 + 24 + 20 Blackened BLCKND005RD-1 858978005127
Master of Puppets (remastered) CD 8 Blackened BLCKND005R-2 858978005202
Master of Puppets (deluxe version) 10×Digital Media 8 + 14 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13 + 18 Blackened 5
Master of Puppets (remastered deluxe box set) 10×CD 8 + 3 + 4 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13 Blackened Recordings (copyrights holder, do not use as label!)
Master of Puppets Digital Media 137 Blackened Recordings (copyrights holder, do not use as label!) [none]
Bootleg
Master of Puppets (unofficial) Digital Media 8
Master of Puppets CD 12 Invisible Halahup, Vertigo (British rock label) [none] 093624557524

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Dave Henson, Jr.
creative direction: Peter Mensch
Metallica
covers: Kerrang! Presents: 'Remastered' by Various Artists
Master of Puppets by Dream Theater
included in: Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set
live performances: 2006-06-03: Rock am Ring, Nürburgring, Germany
2006-06-04: Rock im Park: Nürnberg, Germany
2006-06-06: Waldbuhne, Berlin, Germany
2006-06-08: Arnhem, Holland
2006-06-10: Download Festival, Donington, UK
2006-06-11: Download Festival Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2006-06-13: Tallin, Estonia
2006-06-17: Heineken Jammin Festival, Imola, Italy
2006-08-12: Tokyo Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2006-08-13: Osaka Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 167)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000667490 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/6495 [info]
Wikidata: Q187507 [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Metallica/Master-of-puppets [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Metallica:Master_Of_Puppets_(1986) [info]
other databases: http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/album-groupe-Metallica-nom_album-Master_of_Puppets-l-en.html [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/metallica/master_of_puppets/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/1462/ [info]
reviews: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2016/03/metallica-master-of-puppets.html [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/j59x [info]

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Metallica were formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. They were inspired partly by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (aka NWOBHM) - they've sold over 90 million albums globally and have been instrumental in bringing 'Thrash' and 'Heavy Metal' music genres into the mainstream.

Master Of Puppets, was their third album, released after their move to major label Elektra Records in 1986, in spite of not containing any singles it was the breakthrough to US rock radio airplay that they'd been looking for.

It's hard, fast, rock with substance that doesn't require the listener to wear eye-liner or big fire-hazard hair to enjoy. It also features more serious themes (albeit expressed in a particularly aggressive and direct way) and more complex arrangements than similar acts of the same era.

And, praise the Lord, they're not singing about hotels, or lost summers, or convertibles, or goblins or lipstick and eye-liner and especially, absolutely, definitely not GIRLS.

The lazy, "thrash" the tag doesn't do the album justice. This is probably among the slowest thrash you'll ever hear, what it is is a very heavy, joyously aggressive record, packed with melody, that feels genuinely inclusive, and is superbly written and performed. Hetfield's a master of establishing; maintaining and manipulating musical tension and mood, creating songs that really suck you in. This is hard rock as high drama (without the opera).

At this stage in their careers Metallica weren't even doing songs (unless they were covers). They were telling stories; every song is an event, parables of almost biblical proportions that you ignore at your peril. They also happen to rock really hard. Manipulation, deadly sea-monsters, mental breakdown, teenage conscription and subsequent transformation into cannon fodder, corrupt authority, scientology and, err, being a puppet (well there has to be some light relief) - all fine subjects for this band.

After listening to "The Thing That Should Not Be" you'll be sure that you've just survived a shark attack and convinced you smell a bit salty. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" will make you question your sanity, "Disposable Heroes" will convince you to quit the army (even if you're not a member)...that's the power of the stories on this album.

Roll up and enjoy Metallica, before they became slightly introverted and then went soft altogether.