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After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their multi-layered, compositional style works well with symphonic arrangements. "Master of Puppets," "Call of the Ktulu," "One," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" sound richer and fuller with violin, trumpet, clarinet, harp, trombone, and flute accompaniments, but "Sad but True," "Devil's Dance," and especially "Of Wolf and Man" range from haphazard and melodramatic to uninspired. S&M definitely has its moments, and not just with the pre-Black Album material: "Fuel" surpasses the furious pumping energy of the studio version, "Hero of the Day" stays poignant throughout, and "Until It Sleeps" has a wonderfully sinister feel. James Hetfield maintains his madman persona from beginning to end, laughing maniacally and grunting and growling at all the right moments. Overall, the symphony adds a macabre, ghoulish atmosphere -- it all sounds like a Broadway freak show or a revved-up Danny Elfman nightmare. Which is exactly what a Metallica album should sound like, even if every song isn't the best (or most appropriate) in the band's catalog.
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1
The Ecstasy Of Gold Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:02:32

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ennio Morricone, ComposerLyricist - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

2
The Call Of Ktulu Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:09:34

Dave Mustaine, ComposerLyricist - San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

3
Master Of Puppets Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:08:54

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

4
Of Wolf And Man Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:18

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

5
The Thing That Should Not Be Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:07:26

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

6
Fuel Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:35

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

7
The Memory Remains Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:42

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

8
No Leaf Clover Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:05:43

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

9
Hero Of The Day Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:44

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

10
Devil's Dance Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:05:25

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

11
Bleeding Me Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:09:01

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

1
Nothing Else Matters Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:06:49

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

2
Until It Sleeps Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:29

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

3
For Whom The Bell Tolls Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:52

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Artist - Cliff Burton, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eicca Toppinen, Arranger, Work Arranger - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

4
- Human Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:04:19

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

5
Wherever I May Roam Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:07:01

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

6
Outlaw Torn Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:09:58

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

7
Sad But True Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:05:46

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

8
One Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:07:53

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

9
Enter Sandman Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:07:39

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

10
Battery Live At Berkeley Community Theatre / April, 1999
00:07:24

San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra, Artist - Bob Rock, Producer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Artist, Work Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their multi-layered, compositional style works well with symphonic arrangements. "Master of Puppets," "Call of the Ktulu," "One," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" sound richer and fuller with violin, trumpet, clarinet, harp, trombone, and flute accompaniments, but "Sad but True," "Devil's Dance," and especially "Of Wolf and Man" range from haphazard and melodramatic to uninspired. S&M definitely has its moments, and not just with the pre-Black Album material: "Fuel" surpasses the furious pumping energy of the studio version, "Hero of the Day" stays poignant throughout, and "Until It Sleeps" has a wonderfully sinister feel. James Hetfield maintains his madman persona from beginning to end, laughing maniacally and grunting and growling at all the right moments. Overall, the symphony adds a macabre, ghoulish atmosphere -- it all sounds like a Broadway freak show or a revved-up Danny Elfman nightmare. Which is exactly what a Metallica album should sound like, even if every song isn't the best (or most appropriate) in the band's catalog.
© Gina Boldman /TiVo

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