Metallica to reissue 'Master of Puppets' in deluxe edition
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Metallica will reissue its classic third album, 1986's Master Of Puppets, on November 10th on the band's own Blackened Recordings. The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations.
The set will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set. The Standard and Deluxe digital versions will be available for streaming and download, while the Expanded edition will be download only.
- The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book containing never-before-seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
- The reissue is available for pre-order beginning today at Metallica.com, where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
- Fans who pre-order the standard album will receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)". Fans who pre-order the expanded or deluxe editions will receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)" and a live version of "The Thing That Should Not Be" recorded in Chicago on May 25th, 1986.
- Drummer Lars Ulrich was asked a while back if he ever misses the old days, and said: "I miss elements of it. I miss the chaos of it. I like chaos. But at the same time, I mean, what that represents mostly to me is not having any responsibilities. Now I got kids at home -- there's a lot different things that you gotta make sure is happening now, and sometimes I miss not having those responsibilities."
- Metallica: Back To The Front, the definitive story of the making of Master Of Puppets and the tour that followed its release, hit bookstores and online sellers last September.
- Master Of Puppets was released on February 24th, 1986 and was the first album Metallica recorded after signing a major label deal with Elektra Records.
- The set only reached Number 29 on the Billboard album chart but has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.
- It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.
- Several songs from the album are still staples of Metallica's live set, including "Battery", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and the title track.
- Many fans consider it Metallica's finest album, a fact that the band acknowledged by playing it in its entirety on a European tour in 2006.