Master of Puppets

~ Release group by Metallica

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
  • US1986-02-21
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60439-107559604391
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • US1986-03-03
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60439-2075596043922
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
Music for NationsMFN 60[none]
Master of PuppetsCD8
Music for NationsCD MFN 605016583106027
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
  • JP1986-05-21
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)28AP 31694988009509914
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • CA1986-06-01
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)CD 60439075596043922
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • JP1986-08-01
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)32DP 4484988009522852
Master of PuppetsCD8
Music for NationsCD MFN 605016583106027
Master of PuppetsVinyl8
Roadrunner RecordsRR 9717
Master of PuppetsVinyl8
Music for Nations23203229260002921
Master of PuppetsVinyl8
  • -1986
Music for NationsMFN 60[none]
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • JP1988-09-30
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)25DP 52344988009619156
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • GB1989-01-11
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCassette8
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-4042283814141
Master of PuppetsCD8
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Sound-PolSPB CD 026
Master of PuppetsVinyl8
Vertigo (British rock label)838-141-1042283814110
Master of PuppetsCD8
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60439-2075596043922
Master of PuppetsCD8
Phonogram, Popron Music, Vertigo (British rock label)50 107 2
Master of PuppetsCD8
Teal Trutone MusicSTARCD 59216001210606338
Master of Puppets (1993 Australasian Tour Gold Edition)CD8
Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60439-2075596043922
Master of PuppetsCD8
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits), Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • US1999-07-13
DCC Compact ClassicsGZS-1133010963113327
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • JP2003-11-06
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SICP 4774547366012941
Master of PuppetsDigital Media10
  • CA2006-07-25
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • JP2006-08-09
Vertigo (British rock label)UICR-10544988005440037
Master of PuppetsCD8
ЗАО «Юниверсал Мьюзик»838 141-9042283814196
Master of Puppets (45 RPM series)2×12" Vinyl4 + 4
  • GB2008-07-14
Vertigo (British rock label)0600753101162600753101162
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)470844-1093624986881
Master of PuppetsSHM-CD8
  • JP2009-06-24
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICY-914534988005561008
Master of PuppetsSHM-CD8
  • JP2010-09-22
Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-946644988005628640
Master of PuppetsCD8
  • JP2011-11-02
Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-202244988005690661
Master of PuppetsCD8
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005-2856115004491
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)00602547242952, BLCKND005-1602547242952
Master of PuppetsDigital Media8
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)[none]
Master of Puppets12" Vinyl8
  • XE2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)00602557382594, BLCKND005R-1602557382594
Master of Puppets (Remastered)CD8
  • XE2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005R-2602567048305
Master of Puppets (remastered)3×CD8 + 11 + 14
  • GB2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005R-3602557932447
Master of Puppets (deluxe box set)3×12" Vinyl + 10×CD + Cassette + 2×DVD8 + 7 + 7 + 8 + 3 + 4 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13 + 18 + 24 + 20
  • US2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005RD-1858978005127
Master of Puppets (remastered)CD8
  • US2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005R-2858978005202
Master of Puppets (remastered deluxe box set)10×CD8 + 3 + 4 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13
  • US2017-11-10
Blackened Recordings (copyrights holder, do not use as label!)
Master of Puppets (remastered deluxe version)10×Digital Media8 + 14 + 10 + 24 + 16 + 10 + 9 + 15 + 13 + 18
  • US2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005RD-DIGITAL
Master of PuppetsDigital Media137
  • US2017-11-10
Blackened Recordings (copyrights holder, do not use as label!)[none]
Master of Puppets (Metallica store / Remastered)Digital Media8
  • XW2017-11-10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND005R[none]
Master of PuppetsCD8Phonogram, Vertigo (British rock label)838 141-2042283814127
Bootleg
Master of Puppets (unofficial)Digital Media8
  • -2007
Master of PuppetsCD12Invisible 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
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
included in:Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 97) (order: 97)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 167) (order: 167)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/6495 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Metallica/Master-of-puppets [info]
reviews:http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2016/03/metallica-master-of-puppets.html [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/j59x [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]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000667490 [info]
Wikidata:Q187507 [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

There’s 1 review on CritiqueBrainz. You can also write your own.

Most Recent

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.