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Classic Albums: Metallica - The Black Album (2001)

The story of the making of this remarkable album is told here via exclusive interviews, archive footage and performance, with contributions from producer Bob Rock, band members James ... See full summary »

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The story of the making of this remarkable album is told here via exclusive interviews, archive footage and performance, with contributions from producer Bob Rock, band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Jason Newsted. We revisit the original multi-tracks of the album, as well as listen to previously unheard demo recordings. Featuring the five singles from the album, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, Wherever I May Roam and Nothing Else Matters, this is the compelling story of one of the biggest selling albums of all time, a true Classic Album. Written by Speerman

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The wrong album
26 April 2004 | by (Ridderkerk, Holland) – See all my reviews

Having been a Metallica fan for as long as I can remember, this was something I had to see. It's basically about the writing, the recording and the impact of the Black Album, Metallica's best selling album of all time. And that's exactly what's wrong with it. It's seen now as a classic album by mainstream "rock" lovers, but it is not Metallica's best album, not by a long shot. There's nothing wrong with the interviews, even though some of them could have been a little longer for my taste, but the material on the Black Album just isn't strong enough to carry the label "Classic Album." With the exception of Enter Sandman, Wherever I May Roam and Sad But True, the entire album is miles away from the quality reached on Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and some parts of ...And Justice For All. No doubt the Black Album was a turning point in Metallica's career, launching them into the public eye, creating a whole new horde of fans which adore them. Kirk Hammet himself describes the Black Album as Metallica's Dark Side Of The Moon, the epic classic by Pink Floyd, but there's a glitch in his reasoning. Sure, it was Pink Floyd's best selling album ever, but it was also their best, which can't be said of the Black Album. Overall, worth the watch if you like the album. Three stars out of five


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