Metallica S&M (Live) (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: November 23, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Elektra / WEA
Rolling Stone - 1/20/00, pp.57-93 stars out of 5 - "...creates the most crowded, ceiling-rattling basement rec room in rock....[in its] sheer awesomeness...the performance succeeds....the monster numbers benefit from supersizing. The effect is...one of timelessness..."
Spin - 2/00, pp.114-58 out of 10 - "...makes their tempo and texture dynamics...into a topic in and off of itself, a deep evocation of bad-voodoo creeping willies culminating in 'One' and 'Enter Sandman'....Freed from ritualized superhuman extremism, it builds a soundtrack to everyday life..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/3/99, p.102"...Buttressed by grim strings, creaky horns, and thundering timpani, staples...creep with fearful new dimension, like an old Posada print come to life..." - Rating: B
Q - 2/00, p.863 stars out of 5 - "...another just about forgivable flirtation with [Spinal] Tap-esque lunacy....a fine hit-heavy live LP with bolted-on bombast fromthe S.F. Symphony....Michael Kamen's scores swoop and soar with impressive portent throughout..."
Q - Summer/01, p.1273 stars out of 5 - "...A creditable experiment with the San Francisco Symphony..."
CMJ - 12/20/99, p.24"...stunning....orchestral renditions of hits from the bands '90s output..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.The Ecstasy of Gold
- 2.The Call of Ktulu
- 3.Master of Puppets
- 4.Of Wolf and Man
- 5.The Thing That Should Not Be
- 7.The Memory Remains
- 8.No Leaf Clover
- 9.Hero of the Day
- 10.Devil's Dance
- 11.Bleeding Me
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Nothing Else Matters
- 2.Until It Sleeps
- 3.For Whom the Bell Tolls
- 4.Minus Human
- 5.Wherever I May Roam
- 6.The Outlaw Torn
- 7.Sad But True
- 9.Enter Sandman
/San Francisco Symphony.
Metallica: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar); Kirk Hammett (guitar); Jason Newsted (bass); Lars Ulrich (drums).
Additional personnel: Michael Kamen (conductor); The San Francisco Symphony.
Engineers: Bob Rock, Randy Staub, Stephen P. McLaughlin.
Recorded live at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California on April 21 and 22, 1999. Includes liner notes by Michael Kamen.
"The Call Of Ktulu" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Personnel: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar); Kirk Hammett (guitar); Douglas Rioth (harp); Daniel Kobialka, Kum Mo Kim, Peter Shelton, David Goldblatt, Kelly Leon-Pearce, Yasuko Hattori, Jill Rachuy Brindel, Connie Gantsweg, Barara Bogatin, Diane Nicholeris, Rudolph Kremer, Frances Jeffrey, Richard Andaya, Catherine Down, Victor Romasevich, Philip Santos, Naomi Kazama, David Teie, Judiyaba, Yukiko Kamei, Paul Brancato, Chumming Mo Kobialka, Enrique Bocedi, Florin Parvulescu, Bruce Freifeld, Daniel Banner, Anne Pinsker, Michael Gerling, Melissa Kleinbart, Jeremy Constant (violin); David Gaudry, Seth Mausner, Gina Feinauer, Christina King, Don Ehrlich, Nanci Severance, Yun Jie Liu, Geraldine Walther (viola); Paul Renzi, Linda Lukas, Catherine Payne (flute); Luis Beez, Sheryl Renk, Anthony Striplen (clarinet); Pamela Smith, Eugene Izotov, Julie Ann Giacobassi (oboe); Rob Weir, Steven Braunstein, Stephen Paulson (bassoon); Craig Morris, Andrew McCandless, Glenn Fischthal, Chris Bogios (trumpet); Tom Hornig, Paul Welcomer, Jeff Budin, John Engelkes (trombone); Peter Wahrhaftig (tuba); Robert Ward, Joshua Garrett , Douglas Hull, James Smelser, Jonathan Ring, Eric Achen, Bruce Roberts (horns); Marc Shapiro (keyboards); Lars Ulrich (drums); David Herbert (timpani); Anthony J. Cirone, Ray Froelich, Thomas Hemphill, Artie Storch (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Randy Staub .
Liner Note Author: Michael Kamen.
Recording information: Berkeley Community Theater, Ber (04/21/1999/04/22/1999).
Photographer: Anton Corbijn.
Arranger: Michael Kamen.
As the strains of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstacy of Gold" filled the Berkeley Community Theater, metal heads and classical music enthusiasts were both in for a special evening--where many previous rock/classical collaborations had failed, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony delivered the goods.
"The Call of Ktulu," a track that had never before been performed live, was fated for a debut such as this. The epic instrumental, given added depth by the charts of Michael Kamen (who succeeds in putting a new spin on the band's material as he did on Metallica's self-titled 1991 release), is nothing short of bombastic. The same applies to the speed-metal classic "Master of Puppets." "Hero of the Day" works very well, with its melodic tone enhanced by the symphony. Two new songs are debuted on S&M, "No Leaf Clover" and "Human," tracks that will make for an interesting comparison to their studio versions. The anti-war anthem "One" seems as if it had been made for the classical treatment it receives here. The balance among guitar, drums, strings, and brass makes for a winning sound. Chalk up one more for the band that continues to go against the grain.
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