METALLICA — S&M

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Movie · 1999

Filed under Symphonic Metal
By METALLICA

Tracklist

DVD 1

1. Ecstasy Of Gold (Ennio Morricone Cover) (2:30)
2. The Call Of Ktulu (9:34)
3. Master Of Puppets (8:54)
4. Of Wolf And Man (4:18)
5. The Thing That Should Not Be (7:26)
6. Fuel (4:35)
7. The Memory Remains (4:42)
8. No Leaf Clover (5:43)
9. Hero Of The Day (4:44)
10. Devil's Dance (5:26)
11. Bleeding Me (9:01)

DVD 2

1. Nothing Else Matters (6:47)
2. Until It Sleeps (4:29)
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (4:52)
4. - Human (4:19)
5. Wherever I May Roam (7:01)
6. The Outlaw Torn (9:58)
7. Sad But True (5:46)
8. One (7:53)
9. Enter Sandman (7:39)
10. Battery (7:24)

Total Time 133:01

Line-up/Musicians

Metallica:

- James Hetfield / lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar in "Master of Puppets" and "The Outlaw Torn", ovation guitar in "Nothing Else Matters"
- Kirk Hammett / lead guitar
- Jason Newsted / bass, backing vocals
- Lars Ulrich / drums, percussion

San Francisco Symphony:

- Michael Kamen / conductor
- John Kieser / general manager
- Eric Achen, Joshua Garrett, Douglas Hull, Jonathan Ring, Bruce Roberts, Robert Ward, James Smelser / French horns
- David Teie principal, Richard Andaya, Barara Bogatin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, David Goldblatt / celli
- Jeremy Constant concertmaster, Daniel Banner, Enrique Bocedi, Paul Brancato, Catherine Down, Bruce Freifeld, Connie Gantsweg, Michael Gerling, Frances Jeffrey, Robert Zelnick, Yukiko Kamei, Naomi Kazama, Kum Mo Kim,Gurthanthaclops Yasuko Hattori, Melissa Kleinbart, Chumming Mo Kobialka, Daniel Kobialka, Rudolph Kremer, Kelly Leon-Pearce, Diane Nicholeris, Florin Parvulescu, Anne Pinsker, Victor Romasevich, Philip Santos, Peter Shelton / violins
- Chris Bogios, Glenn Fischthal, Andrew McCandless, Craig Morris / trumpets
- Stephen Paulson, Steven Dibner, Rob Weir / bassoons
- Steven Braunstein / contrabassoon
- Charles Chandler, Laurence Epstein, Chris Gilbert, William Ritchen, Stephen Tramontozzi, S. Mark Wright / double basses
- Anthony J. Cirone, Ray Froelich, Thomas Hemphill, Artie Storch / percussion
- Don Ehrlich, Gina Feinauer, David Gaudry, Christina King, Yun Jie Liu, Seth Mausner, Nanci Severance, Geraldine Walther / violas
- John Engelkes, Tom Hornig, Paul Welcomer, Jeff Budin / trombones
- Julie Ann Giacobassi, Eugene Izotov, Pamela Smith / oboes
- Russ deLuna / English horn
- David Herbert / timpani
- Linda Lukas, Tim Day, Robin McKee / flutes
- David Neuman, Carey Bell, Luis Beez / clarinets
- Ben Friemuth / bass clarinet
- Catherine Payne / piccolo
- Douglas Rioth / harp
- Robin Sutherland / keyboards
- Peter Wahrhaftig / tuba

About this release

Label: Elektra
Release Date: November 23, 1999
Format: VHS, DVD

DVD version includes bonus content: 5.1 surround sound, 41 minute documentary, No Leaf Clover "Slice & Dice" version and the "Maestro Edit", muti-angles on "Of Wolf and Man", "Fuel", "Sad but True", and "Enter Sandman"

Thanks to Stooge, adg211288 for the updates

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AtomicCrimsonRush
"Let's hear it for Michael Kamen yeah!" He was the only one who had the guts to do this. This is the ultimate exercise in excess, to marry Metallica with a Symphony orchestra. The DVD is a crystal clear well edited package onthe ultimate event of the year. It is great to watch the orchestra getting into the music and then to see Metallica banging along. The crowd are as raucous as any Metallicrowd and of course it is as heavy as it always is. There are some fantastic surprises such as Call Of Cthulu sounding very Gothic and powerful with the violins and brass. The concert shows in equal measure the band and orchestra trading off seamlessly. It has been done before of course with Deep Purple and other metal acts. It is almost becoming a cliche of late with many bands taking up the idea including Kiss, Within Temptation, Dream Theater and Therion, all of which are captured on DVD. Non metal acts have done it such as Camel, Yes and ELP. The weird thing about it is these orchestral and rock marriages always work for me. I love to hear that massive orchestral sound with the crunching distortion of guitars. To hear a violin sweep across when you expect a guitar solo is bliss to my ears.

There are so many highlights on this DVD including Master of Puppets, more dramatic than ever, the darkness of super heavy The Thing That Should Not Be, The Memory Remains, iconic with audience participation, Nothing Else Matters, a definitive highlight and the crowd are in raptures when this is played. For Whom the Bell Tolls sounds very Gothic with the sweeping violins, and the song One is a masterpiece with the orchestral accompaniment.

The footage is professionally shot and edited as you would expect and it is nice to see the orhestra mamebrs having fun with this. None of the songs are less heavy, they are augmented to majestic heights. Watching this concert live is the best experience which is perhaps a pinnacle of the group's existence. Soon after it all turned sour as we know, captured on the astonishing Some Kind of Monster doco, but it is so great to see Metallica at the height of their powers as we do in S & M. Check out this DVD to see metal at its grandest.
Stooge
I had owned the CD version of S&M years ago, so it is good to revisit this with the visuals thrown in. Contrary to what I remembered from the CD, there really isn’t too much toestepping between what Metallica plays and what the orchestra plays. Most of the songs sound about as smooth as the originals. In fact, the only songs that I’m still not convinced worked effectively were “Until It Sleeps”, “Wherever I May Roam”, “Sad But True”, and much of “Battery” (though I love the intro). Even “Enter Sandman” worked surprisingly well.

Most of the material in this concert comes from songs from the Black Album and later. I would have liked to see a bit more variety in their song selection as there are plenty of songs from their past that almost naturally lend themselves to orchestration. Even a tune off of Kill ‘Em All would have been an interesting attempt.

Just for fun, here are some songs I would have liked to see them attempt with the orchestra: “Fade To Black”, “Orion”, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”, “…And Justice For All”, and “The Unforgiven”.

Although not the first rock/metal band to perform with an orchestra, Metallica often gets credit for starting a trend for rock bands to collaborate with an orchestra. However, much of the credit for the success of S&M should be given to conductor Michael Kamen. He was the one who spearheaded the project by taking an interest in Metallica’s music and proposing that they further collaborate (he did some arranging in 1991 on “Nothing Else Matters”). His arrangements on the two previously unreleased songs, “No Leaf Clover” and “- Human”, give both songs a strong identity. It would have been interesting to hear an entire album or an EP with all new material, because the collaboration certainly had potential.

As a whole, I’d say this is a good Metallica release. The performance by all involved is good and it’s shot well. However, it would be a stretch to call this essential Metal(lica).

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