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Metallica – S&M (1999)

September 26, 2020

[Album 805/1001]

I don’t think anyone would confuse me with being a foodie, or a sommelier.

But I’m certainly a fan of good food & wine.

And all the more of a fan when they pair nicely, like a red with some pasta, or a riesling with a stir fry.

In a similar manner, I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur of Metallica or symphonies.

I do however consider myself to be a fan of both individually.

And I’m pleased to report that they also work quite well as a collaboration!

The hits are fun to hear with Michael Kamen’s orchestral arrangements and I bet it would have been a neat experience to see live.

I recall my friend HMO once saying that at a concert, it’s the new songs that will make the difference.

Seeing as my favourites here were either new compositions (No Leaf Clover, The Ecstasy of Gold) or new-to-me Metallica tunes (The Call of Ktulu, The Outlaw Torn), that would only add further confirmation that S&M is a solid live album!

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Verbalize the Positive

I quite like the delayed cymbal hits on Hero of the Day!

From → 1990s

14 Comments
  1. I like Metallica but never a massive fan, but I do enjoy this one. Still haven’t listened to the new one though.

    • And I owe you a tip of the hat, John – it was through one of your Friday New Release posts that I was reminded to listen to their first symphony collaboration. So my thanks to you!

  2. Reading Roger Daltrey’s book right now and he claims Kamen was a huge fan of the nose candy. I wasn’t expecting that!

    • Who wasn’t a fan of nose candy back then? lol. Read the book ‘I Want My MTV’ for more clarification! lol

      • It’s on my list! I’m just a slow reader. I think I started this Daltrey book two months ago, lol

      • Well I got the Halford one coming nex week at some point and Adrian Smiths book in early Nov.
        I’m also intrigued by that Mustaine book about Rust In Peace album as I read an excerpt and those guys were a mess lol

      • Yeah, I’ll never be able to keep up with that pace, lol. Those all seem like interesting reads though.

      • Interested to hear what the Metal God has to say as Smith who like the rest of the Maiden guys keeps there private life private.

    • I wouldn’t have pictured that either – his score to Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was one of my favourites growing up!

  3. A buddy went to the drive-in a few weeks back to see the Metallica movie with four dudes crammed in a car and upon showing there coupons they each got a download card for the new symphonic album.
    Andrew already bought it on CD so he sent it to me. Pretty good as well.
    It’s cool that S&M has oyu discoveirng some new songs. Who doesn’t love a delayed cymbal it now and then?

    • the delayed cymbal hit is one of my weaknesses – the gin blossoms might have been where I first noticed one & have been hooked ever since!

  4. I forgot this was on the 1001 – seems like an odd choice to me. It took me a long time to come around to Metallica – their 1980s stuff is good but there’s been a lot of missteps ever since.

    • The list seems to reward comebacks or unexpected career twists – so I guess this may be one of those where it’s not on the list because of its inherent excellence, more for adding an unanticipated stop in metallica’s discography!

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