Metallica Release 1985 Demo Version Of ‘Master Of Puppets’

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Metallica ‘Master Of Puppets’ artwork - Courtesy: UMG

Metallica have released a demo of their classic track ‘Master Of Puppets.’ It was recorded in the garage of The Carlson House, El Cerrito, California, in late June 1985 and has been taken from the band’s upcoming Master Of Puppets box set, which arrives on November 10 via their Blackened Recordings label.

As uDiscover previously reported, the Master Of Puppets reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and limited edition deluxe box set and digitally as a Standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD expanded edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download).

The album’s expanded edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The limited edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.

Master Of Puppets was originally released on 24 February 1986 and was the first album Metallica recorded after signing a major label deal with Elektra Records. The set only reached No. 29 on the Billboard album chart initially, but has sold over six million copies in the US since. It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.

Metallica: Master of Puppets (Late June 1985 Demo)

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Several songs from the album are still staples of Metallica’s live set, including ‘Battery’, ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ and the title track. Many fans consider it Metallica’s finest album, a fact that the band acknowledged by playing it in its entirety on a European tour in 2006.

Currently, Metallica are about to embark on the European leg of their WorldWired tour in support of latest album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

Those dates will get under way in London on 22 October, with a pop-up shop selling Metallica merchandise opening its doors from 18 – 23 October at 45 Charlotte Road, London.

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