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Audio CD, Import, International Edition, January 1, 2005
Did you hear the one about the rock band that wanted to play with a symphony? Metallica, never resting, never ceasing to innovate or amaze, returns with an extraordinary document of their concert with the San Francisco Symphony, available as a double album, a DVD and a VHS. On this release, Metallica's select favorites unfold like never before with the eloquent backing of The San Francisco Symphony. Metallica has never sounded more powerful or dramatic. The performance features two brand new songs - "No Leaf Clover" and "Human." Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (1/00)
At a point in their career when most bands would rest their laurels upon a greatest-hits package or live album, Metallica has done both, but with a decidedly loopy twist. They've recorded a double-live greatest-hits package with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra "sitting in." Rock history and cutout bins are littered with previous attempts at a rock-symphonic fusion, from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Deep Purple to the Moody Blues and the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band. But while previous efforts at mixing the low-brow with the high-brow have mostly ended up browbeating the intended audience, S&M plays like a precarious joy ride. Set against the shrewd efforts of a team of orchestrators and arrangers (who employ enough taste to keep proceedings from sounding like one long "Live and Let Die" outtake), Metallica plays for their lives, undercutting their general somber tone by ratcheting up their musicianship several notches. The most underrated player here is SFO guest conductor and soundtrack vet Michael Kamen, whose attention to detail and nuance--and intuitive grasp of the Metallica canon--keeps this unlikely meeting of the minds focused and on track. -Jerry McCulley
I'm not even into hard rock, but the Metallica rawness against the symphony orchestra is incredible!Published 1 month ago by Kayla
Sadly, I ordered this as background music for the funeral of my BFF's son. His favorite band was Metallica, but we thought Metallica alone might be a bit hard for some of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy P
I've been long time fan of Metallica and the new songs sound great, but I don't think some of their music is suited for the symphony. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carl B.
While the majority of the songs have been played before, the addition/mix of the San Francisco Symphony brings a breath of fresh air and life into them and made this album a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Giovanni V.