Master of Puppets is the third studio album by Metallica; released on March 3 1986 (last year marked its 30th Anniversary). Recorded at the Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming Rasmussen, it was the first Metallica album released on a major label. Master of Puppets was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour.
Master of Puppets was released to critical acclaim and has been included in several publications’ best album lists. Its driving, virtuosic music and angry, political lyrics drew praise from critics outside the metal community. The album is considered the band’s strongest effort of the period and is one of the most influential heavy metal albums. Critics credit it for consolidating the American thrash metal scene with its atmospheric and meticulously performed songs. Such was its success that it sold over 6millions copies in the US alone!
1CD: Standard remaster
3CD Expanded Edition:
First CD is MoP remaster
Second CD is a combination of rough mixes, demos, and an interview
Third CD is a mix of live shows that are sequenced to a typical setlist from the Damage, Inc. tour
1LP: Standard remaster
3 LPs (Master of Puppets remaster and Live at the Aragon)
10 CDs (two interview CDs, three CDs of rough mixes/demos/riffs, five live CDs)
2 DVDs (featuring live content and interviews)
108-page book featuring never before seen pictures/photos/stories
Pack of six buttons
12×12 Pushead Litho
Handwritten lyric sheets in a folder
UMC CD: 5737978 3CD: 5793244 LP: 5738259 DEL BOX: 5738518