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Metallica – S&M (With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) , 3 x Vinyl LP

Metallica – S&M (With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) , 3 x Vinyl LP

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Metallica – S&M (With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) , 3 x Vinyl LP

  • S&M (an abbreviation of Symphony and Metallica) is a live album with The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. It was recorded on April 21–22, 1999 at The Berkeley Community Theatre. This is the final Metallica album to feature Jason Newsted as Metallica's bassist.

    The idea to combine heavy metal with an epic classical approach, as James Hetfield has stated repeatedly, was an idea of Cliff Burton's. Burton’s love of classical music, especially of Johann Sebastian Bach, can be noted in many instrumental parts and melodic characteristics in Metallica’s songwriting including songs from Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. Michael Kamen, who arranged and conducted the orchestral background tracks for "Nothing Else Matters", met the band at the 1992 Grammy award show for the first time, and after hearing the "Elevator version" of the song, suggested the band to perform with a whole orchestra; the band, however, didn't take him up on the offer until 7 years later. Lars Ulrich's favourite band Deep Purple, who he colourfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, is noted for having kicked off this kind of approach 30 years before, in Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969).

    In addition to songs from previous albums spanning Ride the Lightning through Reload, there are two new compositions: "No Leaf Clover" and "Human". "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone, Metallica's entrance music, was played live by the orchestra. "No Leaf Clover" has since been performed by Metallica in concert, using a recording of the orchestral prelude.

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