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S&M [Live]

Metallica, San Francisco Symphony Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00002Z88D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Ecstasy Of Gold
2. The Call Of The Ktulu
3. Master Of Puppets
4. Of Wolf And Man
5. The Thing That Should Not Be
6. Fuel
7. The Memory Remains
8. No Leaf Clover
9. Hero Of The Day
10. Devil's Dance
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nothing Else Matters
2. Until It Sleeps
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Human
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Outlaw Torn
7. Sad But True
8. One
9. Enter Sandman
10. Battery

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As if to accentuate their fundamental hugeness, Metallica (arguably the most consistently innovative metal band of the 80s and 90s) stretched yet further into the arena of the titanic with this immense cohesion of the orchestral and the truly seismic. Recorded live at California's Berkeley Community Theatre with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of composer and arranger Michael Kamen, S & M showcases over two hours of the band's best known material including the muscular thrash of "Master Of Puppets" and the devastating power of "Enter Sandman". Also featuring a pair of brand new compositions--the pounding menace of "Human" and chest-beating nihilism of "No Leaf Clover"--S & M steers clear of pompous self-indulgence in favour of sheer blistering intensity. Kamen's orchestral arrangements perfectly complement the underlying subtlety of Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett and Newsted's singularly bombastic muse and the end result is nothing short of awesome. --Ian Fortnam

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Metallica/San Francisco Symphony ~ S & M

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear God, yes!!! 27 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD

This would the "greatest hits" Metallica said they would never do, so they decided to do something a little out there, and, by George, it's good.

"Master of Puppets" sounds better than the original (3 Metallica purists have just bought sniper rifles), "Fuel" sounds HUGE, the lethal bass intro "Devil's Dance" is picked out brilliantly by the orchestra, "Outlaw Torn" actually becomes listenable (6 more Metallica purists have joined the hunt for my head), "Hero of the Day" and "One" are, frankly, sublime.

And for those who love their Metallica raw "Enter Sandman" hasn't been messed around with too much by the orchestra, and "Sad But True" is still as brutally heavy as it was on the Black Album.

This is a must for Metallica fans, the only downside being that occasionally the guitars get a bit lost under the orchestra and the somewhat mundane "-Human".
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It shouldn't work - but it does masterfully 16 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
After 8 studio albums (including Garage Inc), Metallica had actually lost quite a few of their fans. They had gone from a rip roaring and successful thrash metal band, to a more mainstream rock band to an almost alternative rock band. These changes led to Metallica being abandoned by some fans, but some of the true fans still stuck by them. They had gone through leaps and bounds, and many say that there wasn't a single decent album after the infamous Black Album. So, to attract some attention (and to recapture a few fans), Metallica went classical. Big style.
What they did was produce a surprisingly good live (yes live) album, along with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Confused? Well, it was somewhat of a rather epic experiment, and one that gladly paid off. Metallica played many of their classics (some open for debate however), and the Orchestra would play along with them. But come on, let's get this straight. Classical and metal just shouldn’t go together, they really shouldn't. But give this a listen and you will find that all the speculations are wrong - this is an incredible album.
The thing is, I am not the greatest fan of live albums. In fact I hate the majority of them. Yet this is in a different league. The quality is that great that you hardly notice the fact that it is a live album. It's so clean, the only thing that really gives it away is the presence of the cheering crowd.
What could have been a total disaster is turned into a deeply atmospheric and satisfying selection of tracks, and a lot of which improve on the originals. The orchestra provides the perfect atmosphere at times, blending in well with the guitars. A good example of this can be found in the song One, where towards the end the tone of the song changes and speed increases.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has to be heard to be believed... 27 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So you hear "Metallica" and "San Fransisco Symphony" in the same sentence, you'd figure you're dreaming or something right? That's what I thought, but then I realised I was awake and so I bought this album. I was a bit sceptical - not because I doubted how good it would be, but just coz I was curious as to how they'd manage to pull this off. Once I pressed play, I found out!!! 2 - yes 2 - CD's, all recorded live so the atmosphere's already there. I personally wanted some tracks like "The Unforgiven" or "Orion" in there, but when you've got many other great tracks on there (see the list!) you forget all that. As for the 2 new tracks "-Human" is a pretty powerful track, but "No Leaf Clover" has become 1 of my most fave. songs ever. The orchestra pulls it off so well that they make it seem like they've always been there, but don't expect them to drown out the metal :-) If you only buy 1 Metallica album in your entire life, make sure it's S&M!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album is nothing short of stunning! I am a huge (the BIGGEST!) Metallica fan, and I was very impressed by the collaboration. This is a perfect sit-down and listen-to album (if you can control yourself that is!!), with everything from the pumping engines of Fuel, to Battery's dominating flurry. Truly, this album couldn't be much more from the heart.
Some "hard-core" fans knock this piece of brilliance without giving it a chance, but go in with an open mind, for a different view, and you won't be disappointed! Hetfield sounds better than ever, with his voice completely obeying its master, and his guitar playing burning hard, loose, and clean. Ulrich's drumming is laden with powerful fills, while Hammet remains God's gift to the guitar, and Newstead roars through his backing vocals like an angry Warthog (most notably in "Outlaw Torn").
In fact, even if you are only browsing this because you like the San Francisco Symphony, then I would still recommend it, because it is a truly excellent record for anyone who appreciates good (original) music!
So come hither and take my hand, we're off to never never land....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once again David Hale has been proved wrong! 20 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that when I heard about the forthcoming 'S and M' album I really thought it was going to be a big mistake, just as I felt when 'Garage' was released. However as with 'Garage' I have been proved wrong. As an emphatic Metallica fan more into the earlier 'heavier' albums than of their latest offerings I thought the idea of adding an orchestra was a bad idea - How could they work together? Still I purchased the album and was suprised. The album provided me with over two hours of bliss. Sure the orchestra doesnt always gel with the playing(eg the hugely dissapointing Enter Sandman or Sad But True) but on some songs it adds to the power and feel in a very effective way- Check out Hero of the Day or Nothing else matters and both of the new songs. Even songs like 'Master of Puppets' and 'The Thing That Should Not Be' really work. Generally the sound quality is good although Kirk Hammets guitar is not nearly as loud as it needs to be. Hetfields voice is powerful throughout complementing the tightness of the band. Sometimes the orchestra crowds out the band and some songs sound completely different. 'S and M' doesnt really make up from the lack of quality of Reload or Load but certainly settles as something to listen to while waiting for the next album. No, more than that it is a rare and overall magnificent showpiece that actually works. Metallica can still cut it Live but when will we hear some new impressive material?
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3.0 out of 5 stars A brave attempt
Whats great about metallica is that they have the balls to try different things - that fact has caught them a lot of flak from 'fans' over the years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by the lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not just any Metallica album, this is a S&M Metallica album.
What is not to like? There is Metallica, one of Rock's finest bands and there is a Symphonic orchestra performing with them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Hodson
1.0 out of 5 stars crap quality
I wanted S&M on vinyl so I bought it. The lp was a flimsy thin thing and the center hole was too small for a standard size record player pin. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jonas madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure power
This is just a metal masterpiece. The depth and power that the symphony orchestra adds to Metallica's collection of classic heavy metal power tracks and ballads is just awesome.
Published 11 months ago by Mr Gordon Bowie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to the collection
If you love metallica, this live album with the blend of Orchaestral accompanyment is a whole new and exciting experiance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sanjay
5.0 out of 5 stars super!!
Geat suff and price, I bought cose my doughter ask me and she's happy now, I like Metallica too, I can recomend this album
Published 12 months ago by Alina76
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I bought this for my husband as a replacement as his original had worn out from over use! He listens to it a lot when driving.
Published 13 months ago by PaganBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Best investment
A brilliant album, wish i had bought it sooner. Truly amazing that an orchestra can collaborate with them it sounded awesome!
Published 16 months ago by rebeccachopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical rock
I personally felt that the power of the orchestra complimented metallica wonderfully.
It added a new dimension which made the music far more interesting.
Published 24 months ago by M. Curston
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
What can I say that hasn't already been said?! On paper it shouldn't work, but in practice it more than works! Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Mr Potatohead
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