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S&M is the sound of two spectacular musical forces working in perfect harmony. The presence of the orchestra has driven Metallica to even greater heights on the evidence of this performance. However, much of the credit for the final product must be due to Michael Kamen who has interpreted the Metallica live show perfectly and scored it with imagination, flair and ingenuity.
At times the orchestration fits in so well you hardly notice it. Which is not to say the San Francisco Symphony sound timid. Not in the slightest. In fact on those tracks you might expect them to take a frightened backseat, such as 'Fuel' or 'Battery', they really make their presence felt. On the former they quite simply rock! To single out individual songs is pointless as the whole set is awesome. Suffice it to say that on those songs which allow them the space to work the orchestra sounds magnificent.
Metallica's performance is virtually flawless. The enormity of the occasion has resulted in a supercharged set. Each and every one of them play out of their skin. It's as if they had decided that no orchestra was going to eclipse them on the night!Read more ›
Just how do you put the voice of lead singer/guitar James Hetfield, the amazing solos of guitarist Kirk Hammett, the head-banging of bassist Jason Newsted, and the thumping of drummer Lars Ulrich together with the strings of the Michael Kamen's San Francisco Symphony? Forget about how it was done - just prepare to be amazed.
The album was recorded back in April when the two groups met for a performance in Berkley, CA and contains material from the band's previous albums including Enter Sandman, Master of Puppets, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and One. The group complements these classics with two brand new songs, No Leaf Clover and Minus Human, both highlighted by great melody from the symphony.
The first of the double-CD set features an opening with Ecstasy of Gold and The Call of Ktulu, featuring a great instrumental performance by the symphony. The `Tallica boys soon turn things up with Master of Puppets, Hero of the Day, Fuel, and The Memory Remains, along with other familiar tracks from Load and Re-Load.
In the second half of the set, we are treated to classics like Wherever I May Roam, Sad But True, Nothing Else Matters, and One. Other works from the self-titled album known as Black, Load, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice for All of finish off the performance.
S&M will satisfy both long-time Metallica fans, as well as the newer ones. There may not be many new songs, but the performance with the symphony shines a whole new light on the classics.
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This has got to be one last of the best live albums recorded in the last 20 years. The orchestra does a wonderful job accompanying Metallica. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Weeslocox5
When I think of Metallica, I normally wouldn't think of a symphony. Would I normally listen to a symphony? No. The thing that surprised me is that I loved this CD! Read morePublished 2 months ago by SL from SL
Veered away from the usual Metallica concerts! Heavy Metal and Classical Orchestra music were perfectly married on this particular concert and I think It has not been done since... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny Lopez