METALLICA’s classic 1986 LP “Master Of Puppets” is among the albums that have been selected for induction into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2015 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 450, only a minuscule portion of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of more than 3 million items.
“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao said in a statement. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”
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METALLICA recently collaborated with an author named Matt Taylor on a book about the making of “Master Of Puppets”.
Taylor, who wrote an acclaimed and extensively detailed book on the making of the movie “Jaws”, contacted the band with a proposal to create a definitive history of the band’s third album.
“Metallica: Back To The Front” is due in the fall.
“Master Of Puppets” was released on February 24, 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 but has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.
It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.
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.
“Master Of Puppets” continues to sell almost four thousands copies a week in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.