is a live album by the American heavy metal
, recorded live with the San Francisco Symphony
on April 21-22
of 1999 at Berkeley Community Theatre
The set list contains songs from Ride the Lightning
, 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 recording of the orchestral prelude.
Composer Michael Kamen scored the symphonic arrangements and conducted the orchestra during the concert.
The album's title is a play on words for sado-masochism. The "S" (ostensibly for "symphony") is formed from a backwards treble clef, while the "M" (ostensibly for "Metallica") is taken from the band's classic logo.
During the show Hetfield re-named the song "Of Wolf and Man" to "Of Wolfgang and Man" in a reference to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- Rolling Stone (1/20/00, pp.57-9) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...creates the most crowded, ceiling-rattling basement rec room in rock....[in its] sheer awesomeness...the performance succeeds....the monster numbers benefit from supersizing. The effect is...one of timelessness."
- Spin (2/00, pp.114-5) - 8 out of 10 - "...makes their tempo and texture dynamics...into a topic in and off of itself, a deep evocation of bad-voodoo creeping willies culminating in 'One' and 'Enter Sandman'....Freed from ritualized superhuman extremism, it builds a soundtrack to everyday life."
- Entertainment Weekly (12/3/99, p.102) - "Buttressed by grim strings, creaky horns, and thundering timpani, staples...creep with fearful new dimension, like an old Posada print come to life." - Rating: B
- Q (2/00, p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...another just about forgivable flirtation with [Spinal] Tap-esque lunacy....a fine hit-heavy live LP with bolted-on bombast from the S.F. Symphony....Michael Kamen's scores swoop and soar with impressive portent throughout."
- CMJ (12/20/99, p.24) - "...stunning....orchestral renditions of hits from the bands '90s output."
Metallica also filmed and released the concert in DVD and VHS with direction by Wayne Isham
. The VHS set has only the concert video, while the double DVD set has 5.1 sound, 41 minute-long documentary about the concert, and two "No Leaf Clover
" music videos; "Cut & Slice" version and the "Maestro Edit." The DVD also contains four songs with multi-angles where each band member can be viewed individually - "Of Wolf and Man," "Fuel," "Sad but True," and "Enter Sandman."
- James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Kirk Hammett – lead guitar
- Jason Newsted – bass, backing vocals
- Lars Ulrich – drums, percussionSan Francisco Symphony
- Michael Kamen – conductor
- Eric Achen, Joshua Garrett, Douglas Hull, Jonathan Ring, Bruce Roberts, Robert Ward, James Smelser – French horns
- David Teie (principal#Adjective), Richard Andaya, Barara Bogatin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, David Goldblatt – celli
- Jeremy Constant (concertmaster), Daniel Banner, Enrique Bocedi, Paul Brancato, Catherine Down, Bruce Freifeld, Connie Gantsweg, Michael Gerling, Frances Jeffrey, Judiyaba, Yukiko Kamei, Naomi Kazama, Kum Mo Kim, Yasuko Hattori, Melissa Kleinbart, Chumming Mo Kobialka, Daniel Kobialka, Rudolph Kremer, Kelly Leon-Pearce, Diane Nicholeris, Florin Parvulescu, Anne Pinsker, Victor Romasevich, Philip Santos, Peter Shelton – violins
- Chris Bogios, Glenn Fischthal, Andrew McCandless, Craig Morris – trumpets
- Steven Braunstein, Stephen Paulson, Rob Weir – bassoons
- Charles Chandler, Laurence Epstein, Chris Gilbert, William Ritchen, Stephen Tramontozzi, S. Mark Wright – double basses
- Anthony J. Cirone, Ray Froelich, Thomas Hemphill, Artie Storch – percussion
- Don Ehrlich, Gina Feinauer, David Gaudry, Christina King, Yun Jie Liu, Seth Mausner, Nanci Severance, Geraldine Walther – violas
- John Engelkes, Tom Hornig, Paul Welcomer, Jeff Budin – trombones
- Julie Ann Giacobassi, Eugene Izotov, Pamela Smith – oboes
- David Herbert – timpani
- Linda Lukas, Catherine Payne, Genevieve Fentress – flutes
- Jay Mason, Anthony Striplen, Luis Beez – clarinets
- Gayle Levant – harp
- Marc Shapiro – piano, keyboards
- Peter Wahrhaftig – tubaProduction
- Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Michael Kamen – producers
- Bob Rock, Randy Staub – engineers
- Randy Staub, Ovidiu Nistor – mixing
- George Marino – mastering
- Billy Bowers, Paul DeCarli, Mike Gillies, Darren Grahn – digital editing
- Stephen McLaughlin – recording
- John Vrtacic – technical assistance
- James Brett, Darren Grahn, Billy Konkel, Leff Lefferts, Kent Matcke, Stephen McLaughlin – assistants
- Geoffrey Alexander, Ted Allen, Pete Anthony,Chris Wagner, Bruce Babcock, Chris Boardman, Bob Elhai, Michael Kamen, Blake Neely, Jonathan Sacks, Brad Warnaar – orchestration
- Michael Kamen - music director
- James Brett, Blake Neely, Michael Price – music preparation
- Vic Fraser, Blake Neely – music copyist
- Michael Kamen – arranger
- Andie Airfix – design
- Anton Corbijn – photography
- Michael Kamen – liner notesVideo production
- Wayne Isham - Video director
- Bart Lipton - Video producer
- Dana Marshall - Video producer
|| Certification |
||2x Platinum |