S&M is Metallica's ninth album, recorded live with the San Francisco Symphony on April 21-22 of 1999. The set list contains songs from Ride the Lightning through ReLoad, as well as two new songs: "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover". "- Human" ("Minus Human") has never been performed without the symphony, but "No Leaf Clover" has been played live with a tape of the orchestral prelude.

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Transcript of the Liner Notes on S&M

In the Lines Notes "Michael Kamen" explains the ambiance between the Metallica-fans, The San Francisco Orchestra and Metallia

 Combining one of Americas' most powerful orchestras, the San Francisco Symphony with the world's most powerful rock band, Metallica, was really about imagining musk on top and alongside of their songs. Conducting a conversation between two different worlds that share the language of music.

 Creating a dialogue between two worlds that celebrate the power of music. live in both worlds ... now, so does Metallica. began by listening to and absorbing Metallica tunes and really believing that I was a symphony orchestra playing along ... listening to the orchestra in my head and writing down what I heard.

 I reacted to the songs, inventing melodies and counter-melodies that wove themselves around the tunes and adding orchestral color and texture to songs that were already complete! Sometimes we supported the chords or the riffs, sometimes we commented on the lyric or on a solo line, adding our yokes to the song, playing the right parts on the wrong instruments ... giving every player something to say; and above all making it feel and sound like it had always been there.

 Rock bands invent their own parts to play. Orchestras rely on a composer and a conductor to tell them exactly when and how and what to play. They will read 'fly specks' on paper if necessary, and add their own expressive skill to each note making it come alive.

 When the busses loaded with the symphony members arrived the first day of the show, they were met with cheering hordes of Metallica fans that had been camped out in the park across from the hall - not the usual greeting for a Symphony Orchestra! Something different was going on.

 The first contact with the audience was a frightening roar which terrified the orchestra, more accustomed as they usually are to polite applause. The crowd's reaction was like adrenaline on stage, and we all thrived on it.

 That kind of approval is inspiring! 'The event was in a 'formalized' setting with orchestra members in ties and tails, ushers in uniforms, and band members and audience in stage and street wear. To feel the audience give a standing ovation to me and the orchestra even before one note had been played was both reassuring and friendly, but I also got the feeling that the audience was applauding its own daring in being there.

 They were ready for anything ... Brave fans!

 the beauty of nearly one hundred musicians - each of whom has dedicated their entire life to perfecting their ability to speak and express themselves through the music and their instrument and playing together - reacting to each other and the music is why the orchestra was originally formed.

 They play concertos accompanying solo piano or violin at almost every concert ... but this was something else ... a Brave New World! As the evening unfolded there was a breaking down of barriers - not only between audience and players, but players and players.

 The band wandered around the stage and into the sections of the orchestra; orchestra players leapt to their feet, excited to be making music on the edge of their seats. We were not simply supporting; and certainly not 'sweetening' ... instead, the symphony actually became the 'fifth Beatle' - a member of Metallica.

 Example: 'Call of Ktulu' is a symphonic piece even without the orchestra. A story in music. Metallica music is always a story. Adding an orchestra was like writing a film score to that story. Dancing around the sections of the tune. Every player in the orchestra working as hard as Metallica does, committed to the music.

 'After two evenings of sturm and drang - I suppose the thing that sticks most in my mind was the sheer balance in power between electric and natural instruments. The massiveness of it all was fantastic! I keep returning to Metallica's 'Rolling Stone' quote: -... we don't expect easy listening ... the band will match the 100-piece ensemble with full-on amplification ... we can still find different ways of getting

 Well I would call it a Wagnerian Orgasm! It was a full-on musical experience with all players playing hard and soaking through their tuxes and black formals from the exercise. A bit like experiencing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies and 'The Rite of Spring in one evening! I remember during the intermission hearing string players saying how they should have brought a dry change of clothes, and -it's Mitchum deodorant time- from a perspiring horn player.

 I think the physicality of conducting and playing was the Symphony's answer to Metallica's 'full on amplification' challenge. When the evening u/ Au ver, it didn't feel like it was made up of individual songs - just one very rnaood provoking storm of sound.

 Imagine taking a very stark black and white picture, tough and relentless, unpredictable yet hypnotic - as black and white as a piece of music on paper ... as driving and powerfully honest as puinping guitars, bass, drums and voice can be ... and adding orchestral light and shade, bursts of color, and surprising blocks of sound from all the incredible expressive musical instruments that have been created over hundreds of years to speak and sing our passion, our lives.

 They think it was my idea, I think it was theirs! So thanks to Lars, James, Kirk, Jason, (and to me too), and every member in the orchestra for taking it on and making it fly! "

  Michael Kamen 23 September 1999

Music Genre:

Classic Symphonic Thrash Metal Music
Description / Collector's info: 

3LP set in Gatefold (FOC) cover design.

Album Production Information:

Producers: Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Michael Kamen

Bob Rock is a renowned music producer and sound engineer hailing from Winnipeg, Canada. Born on 19 April 1954, Rock's passion for music began at a young age, and he developed a strong interest in rock and heavy metal genres. Over the years, he has made an indelible mark on the music industry, working with numerous iconic bands and shaping the sound of some of the most influential albums in rock history.


Rock's career took off in the 1980s when he started collaborating with various artists and bands. His reputation as a skilled producer and engineer quickly grew, and he became known for his ability to capture the raw energy and power of heavy metal music. One of his earliest notable collaborations was with the Swiss hard rock band Krokus, for whom he produced their successful album "Headhunter" in 1983.

However, it was his work with the legendary band Metallica that truly catapulted Rock to international fame. In the early 1990s, Rock collaborated with Metallica as the producer on their self-titled fifth studio album, commonly known as "The Black Album". Released in 1991, the album was a massive success, selling millions of copies worldwide and propelling Metallica to new heights of mainstream popularity. Rock's production on the album was praised for its polished yet heavy sound, and it remains one of the best-selling rock albums of all time.

Following the success of "The Black Album", Rock continued to work with Metallica on their subsequent albums, including "Load" (1996) and "Reload" (1997). His collaboration with the band played a significant role in shaping their evolving sound and experimenting with new musical directions. Rock's ability to adapt to different artistic visions while maintaining a high level of production quality became one of his trademarks.

In addition to his work with Metallica, Rock has produced and engineered albums for several other major heavy metal bands. He worked with Mötley Crüe on their highly successful album " Dr. Feelgood " (1989), which showcased his knack for capturing the band's sleazy and aggressive sound. Rock also collaborated with Aerosmith on their comeback album "Permanent Vacation" (1987), which marked a resurgence in the band's popularity and featured several hit singles.

Throughout his career, Bob Rock has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the music industry. He has received Grammy Awards for his work with Metallica and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Rock's talent and expertise as a producer and engineer have made him one of the most sought-after figures in the industry, and he continues to work with a diverse range of artists and bands, leaving his mark on the music world with every project he takes on.

Bob Rock's passion for music, his innate understanding of rock and heavy metal, and his unwavering commitment to delivering top-notch production quality have cemented his status as one of the most influential music producers and sound engineers of his time. His contributions to the genre have left an indelible impact and have shaped the sound of countless iconic albums, making him a true legend in the world of rock music.

Record Label Information:

Elektra 62463 / ST-E-62463

Media Format:

Three x 12" LP vinyl , total album weight 550 grams

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Band Members and Musicians on: Metallica S&M with Michael Kamen and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
    Metallica's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • James Hetfield
  • Lars Ulrich
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Michael Kamen - Conductor

    Michael Kamen a name synonymous with epic film scores and soaring orchestral arrangements, also left an undeniable mark on the world of rock music. While his career spanned various genres, his collaborations with rock legends like Pink Floyd, Metallica, and Aerosmith remain a testament to his unique ability to bridge the gap between the raw energy of rock and the grandeur of classical music.


    Kamen's foray into rock began in the early 1970s with his own band, The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. This outfit experimented with blending classical influences into their rock sound, foreshadowing the collaborative spirit that would define his career. His talents soon caught the attention of established artists, leading to his first major rock project: arranging Pink Floyd's "The Wall" for its live performances. This collaboration showcased Kamen's ability to seamlessly integrate orchestral elements into the band's progressive rock tapestry, adding a layer of depth and emotional resonance.

    Throughout the 80s and 90s, Kamen became a sought-after collaborator for rock heavyweights. He crafted the iconic orchestral arrangement for Aerosmith's power ballad "Dream On," transforming it from a rock anthem into a timeless classic. His work with Metallica on their groundbreaking "S&M" live album , featuring the band performing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, remains a landmark achievement in the history of rock and metal. "S&M" not only pushed the boundaries of genre but also introduced a wider audience to the power and beauty of orchestral arrangements within rock music.

    Beyond specific collaborations, Kamen's influence on rock extends to his broader approach to music. He challenged the traditional boundaries between rock and classical, demonstrating how orchestral elements could enhance the emotional impact and sonic richness of rock music without compromising its raw energy. His work opened doors for future artists and producers to explore the potential of orchestral arrangements within the rock genre.

    Michael Kamen's legacy in rock music lies not just in his individual contributions but also in the way he redefined the sonic possibilities of the genre. He showed that rock music could embrace the power and sophistication of classical music, creating a unique and emotionally resonant sound that continues to inspire and captivate audiences today. His work serves as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration and the boundless potential of music when different genres and styles converge.

Track Listing of: Metallica S&M with Michael Kamen and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
    Disc One:
  • The Ecstasy of Gold
  • The Call of Ktulu
  • Master of Puppets
  • Of Wolf and Man
  • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • Fuel
  • The Memory Remains

    Disc Two :
  • No Leaf Clover
  • Hero of the Day
  • Devil's Dance
  • Bleeding Me
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Until It Sleeps
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Human
    Disc Three :
  • Wherever I May Roam
  • Outlaw Torn
  • Sad But True
  • One
  • Enter Sandman
  • Battery


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