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Since their inception in 1981, Metallica have gone from an underground heavy-metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal if not rabid fanbase. Their relevance is undeniable as evidenced by their ability to sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide while continuing to sell millions of albums with each release -- a feat no other band in history has sustained ... Read more in Amazon's Metallica Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Music...
  • ASIN: B004G1GOMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is great musically, lyrically, and it has put so much influence on future bands.
Jon Harlson
Kirk Hammett's lightning fast guitar solos, Cliff's roaring bass, Lars Ulrich's in your face drum work, and James Hetfield's vocals just kill for me.
Jeremy Brackeen
This is the best album Metallica ever released and it is one of the best metal albums of all time.

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200 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on April 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
THIS is one of the finest albums every produced, not just in the genre of thrash metal. Metallica rocked with their first two albums, but this is the album that I listen to most out of all of them. There is not a single dull moment on this masterpiece of puppetry. All the songs are played with lightning fast precision, and glorious heavy metal power. And yet, 1) The songs clock in mostly between 5-12 minutes long, and 2) Amidst the mayhem of wailing guitars and pounding drums is the sound of melody and classically influenced arrangments and composition. This is largely in part to bassist Cliff Burton, the most classically trained member of the band. Sadly this would be his final album, but if he had to give a final farewell before his sudden and unfortunate death, this album screams with a power that engraves into the listeners' minds, "Cliff was here!"
-"Battery": great acoustic intro leading into a maniacal barage of Hetfield's harsh vocals and Ulrich's pounding drums that literally batter their way through your ears.
-"Master of Puppets": a classic in the truest sense of the word. Like "Battery," this song is fast, hard, and it beckons with energy the question of who is truly the puppet and who is the puppeteer.
-"The Thing that Should Not Be": again, a great acoustic intro that leads into a hardcore thrash rhythm.
-"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)": the lyrics are the real gem here, telling the story of a mental patient from inside the patient's mind. The music is great, but the lyrics can haunt you if you're not careful.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Metallica truly shows their maximum talent in this amazing album. This 24k gold CD holds beautiful sound quality that will blow any fan away. This spectacular CD is defenitely worth the purchase, especially if you are a die hard fan...10 times better than regular "puppets" album.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2008
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I own the CD of MoP and in comparison to the CD, I'd say the 1/2 speed mastered vinyl release, done by the originators of "audiophile" vinyl in the late 70s into the 80s, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, breathes a different kind of life into the album.

Comparing this vinyl release to the CD, I have to say the CD does a very nice job in recreating the original sound and feel of the recording. If you're looking for a "WOW" factor from vinyl, then I don't believe the Metallica vinyl are the LPs for you to invest in.

However, if you're looking for audiophile quality vinyl recordings, knowing that what you're hearing is as close to being in the studio as you can get, you can't find better than this! MoP was done using a 1/2 speed mastering system from the original analog recordings. What this means is that the master vinyl created is given more time to accurately form the audio, pulling every tiny detail from the analog source. To facilitate a cleaner sound, it is then etched on virgin 180g vinyl. The heavier vinyl, less noise (hiss) is heard from the record itself. Playback is set at 45 RPM, allowing for more of the vinyl per song, which means better playback from your turntable. Mo-Fi Sound Labs really has this down to a science.

Why re-release on vinyl? Because this is the format "audiophiles" supposedly prefer, given the original recording is unmolested with dynamic range compression or cut off at the knees by the 44khz sampling rate. Vinyl makes an album sound closer to the music as it was played (on a good system).

On a decent audio system the music is allowed a better dynamic range that really shines. On the same system the CD also sounds really good.
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87 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Master of Puppets illustrates why Metallica was one of the most important metal bands ever.
After giving birth to thrash with Kill 'Em All, Metallica began refining their innovations with Ride the Lightning, which added a bit more maturity and compositional quality. Master of Puppets is a much larger step in the same direction, and had the band incorporating more progressive elements into their music. It'd be hard to count the metal bands doing half the pioneering things Metallica was doing.
The acoustic, quiet introduction to "Battery" explodes under an aggressive onslaught of hyperkinetic, muscular riffs and thick, heavy arrangements that characterize the entire album. That's not to say it's redundant, though. All eight songs are excellent, featuring enough variation of tempo and texture to ensure that they never get boring, which is crucial when some songs extend for eight minutes ("Master of Puppets," "Disposable Heroes," "Orion"). Cripes, you could dissect the riffery of the title track and probably create half a dozen normal metal songs. That"s part of Metallica's appeal: they cram a ton of ideas into their music, but all songs are perfectly crafted without the slightest sense of disjointed songwriting.
Speaking of the title track, it in particular sports a dynamic composition, where its middle section diminishes into a quieter, evocative guitar solo (one of the few played by Hetfield) before taking off all over again. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" mirrors "Fade to Black" in its progression of intensity. It starts with haunting melodies, turning up the crunch for the chorus, then kicks into high gear with a weighty, fast riff and a glistening lead that carries the song to its vengeful apogee.
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