25th Anniversary of Metallica's Master of Puppets

03/04/2011
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(Gibson) 25 years ago yesterday (March 3, 1986) Metallica unleashed "Master Of Puppets" on the world. Mike Meyer at the Phoenix New Times has just launched a 10-part series on the best thrash metal albums of 1986, starting with Puppets.

Meyer connected with producer Flemming Rasmussen to discuss Metallica's masterpiece. PNT: You produced three consecutive Metallica albums - Ride the Lightning, Puppets and Justice - but they have three distinctly different sounds. Was that a conscious decision by you and the band?

FR: Yes. The difference between Ride and Master is evolution, as Master is a perfection of the sound we started to evolve on Ride. And in my opinion, we did really master it on Master. That album sounds so good. When I got onto the Justice album, they were a month into the session, and it was a new studio, etc., so we decided on a more up-front and dry sound. As for the mix, they had already hired someone else to do this, so I had no say in that. But it's still a classic metal album, and the sound has inspired a whole new generation of metal bands. more on this story

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