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S&M2

Metallica, San Francisco Symphony

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Who can forget the first S&M (Symphony and Metallica) released in 1999, where the Four Horsemen performed their greatest hits with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. That first performance was conducted by Michael Kamen and was praised by critics and fans alike. There was huge demand for a second performance and it finally became a reality in 2019. Led this time by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Metallica offer a purer vision than the one Kamen chose twenty years earlier. Rather than adding on layers of brass and strings like Kamen did, Tilson Thomas truly uses the orchestra to support the Californians’ music rather than enveloping it, retaining the essence of the original pieces, which become even more intense. This is a union between two worlds and the superimposed feeling of the first S&M disappears.


The grandiloquent overture The Ecstacy of Gold (Ennio Morricone) introduces the instrumental The Call of Ktulu with an almost jubilant brilliance. Metallica also ventures into more acoustic lands (the band becoming more and more inclined to revisit their pieces in different tonalities) letting James Hetfield and the orchestra transport us into almost aerial atmospheres, like on All Within My Hands


Not just in a supporting role, the San Francisco Orchestra uses Metallica for relevant and enjoyable performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite (Chuzhbog and The Dance of the Dark Spirits) and The Iron Foundry Opus 19 (Alexander Mosolov). Excellent choices that manage to grab you by the throat and convey an astonishing atmosphere. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth, an instrumental originally composed and played by the late bassist Cliff Burton, is covered by double bassist Scott Pingel, making for a real highlight of the concert.


It’s a shame that Metallica chose to include some of their classics, which are less suited to this orchestral setting, as it would have perhaps provided a more logical and cohesive setlist. S&M 2 is surprising and moving but also a bit frustrating at times. The Four Horsemen seem determined to take their catalogue in unexpected directions and to please themselves and their audience at the same time. Who knows where the limit will be… © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz

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1
The Ecstasy Of Gold (Live)
00:02:41

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ennio Morricone, ComposerLyricist - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

2
The Call Of Ktulu (Live)
00:09:14

Dave Mustaine, ComposerLyricist - Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

3
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
00:04:36

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

4
The Day That Never Comes (Live)
00:08:26

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

5
The Memory Remains (Live)
00:05:42

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

6
Confusion (Live)
00:06:41

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

7
Moth Into Flame (Live)
00:06:17

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

8
The Outlaw Torn (Live)
00:10:02

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

9
No Leaf Clover (Live)
00:05:30

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

10
Halo On Fire (Live)
00:08:17

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

DISC 2

1
Intro To Scythian Suite (Live)
00:05:16

San Francisco Symphony, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Michael Tilson Thomas, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

2
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20 II: The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Dark Spirits (Live)
00:03:39

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

3
Intro To The Iron Foundry (Live)
00:01:02

San Francisco Symphony, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Michael Tilson Thomas, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

4
Mosolov: The Iron Foundry, Op. 19 (Live)
00:04:15

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director - Alexander Vasil'Yevich Mosolov, Composer

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

5
The Unforgiven III (Live)
00:08:19

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

6
All Within My Hands (Live)
00:06:13

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Rock, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Avi Vinocur, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

7
(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
00:07:27

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Scott Pingel, Double Bass, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

8
Wherever I May Roam (Live)
00:06:32

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

9
One (Live)
00:09:23

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

10
Master Of Puppets (Live)
00:08:29

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

11
Nothing Else Matters (Live)
00:06:39

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

12
Enter Sandman (Live)
00:08:45

Robert Trujillo, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Gossman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sara Lyn Killion, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Coughlin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Joe Bowers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edwin Outwater, Conductor, Musical Director

℗ 2019 Blackened Recordings Inc. and San Francisco Symphony

Album Description

Who can forget the first S&M (Symphony and Metallica) released in 1999, where the Four Horsemen performed their greatest hits with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. That first performance was conducted by Michael Kamen and was praised by critics and fans alike. There was huge demand for a second performance and it finally became a reality in 2019. Led this time by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Metallica offer a purer vision than the one Kamen chose twenty years earlier. Rather than adding on layers of brass and strings like Kamen did, Tilson Thomas truly uses the orchestra to support the Californians’ music rather than enveloping it, retaining the essence of the original pieces, which become even more intense. This is a union between two worlds and the superimposed feeling of the first S&M disappears.


The grandiloquent overture The Ecstacy of Gold (Ennio Morricone) introduces the instrumental The Call of Ktulu with an almost jubilant brilliance. Metallica also ventures into more acoustic lands (the band becoming more and more inclined to revisit their pieces in different tonalities) letting James Hetfield and the orchestra transport us into almost aerial atmospheres, like on All Within My Hands


Not just in a supporting role, the San Francisco Orchestra uses Metallica for relevant and enjoyable performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite (Chuzhbog and The Dance of the Dark Spirits) and The Iron Foundry Opus 19 (Alexander Mosolov). Excellent choices that manage to grab you by the throat and convey an astonishing atmosphere. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth, an instrumental originally composed and played by the late bassist Cliff Burton, is covered by double bassist Scott Pingel, making for a real highlight of the concert.


It’s a shame that Metallica chose to include some of their classics, which are less suited to this orchestral setting, as it would have perhaps provided a more logical and cohesive setlist. S&M 2 is surprising and moving but also a bit frustrating at times. The Four Horsemen seem determined to take their catalogue in unexpected directions and to please themselves and their audience at the same time. Who knows where the limit will be… © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz

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