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Classic Albums - Metallica: Metallica

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  • First my standard warning:The Classic Album series by Eagle Eye Media is a series of DVD documentaries about the *making* of classic albums. These are not DVDs of videos and music. This series will probably be of highest interest to musicians and recordist. And it’s an excellent series with quality production.Now the review:The DVD actually documents the making of 7 tracks on the black album and touches on interesting aspects of the production of each song. There a hella lot of footage and interviews here since the bonus interviews actually comprise half the DVD. James & Lars discuss songwriting and drum recording techniques. Kirk talks about how Bob Rock pushed him to the brink of insanity to get some good solos on tape. What I love most about this DVD is seeing the band sit around the mixing console with engineer Randy Staub as they listen to the original mixes and solo things like the vocal and drum tracks. It’s pretty cool to here the band members’ tracks isolated like that. They also listen to some demos and discuss those. There’s tons of comments about the many decisions that Rock and the band had to make to create this album and why they made those decisions. Also interesting was the story behind Michael Kamen’s orchestral score of Nothing Else Matters and his later work with the band. And last but not least, there’s a bunch of studio footage from the period and much praising of Bob Rock–you’ll have to judge if the praising is justified. I know a lot about how Metallica works as a band so a lot of this info wasn’t new to me, however I have to admit I gained more appreciation of the immense effort these guys made to put this album on tape–quite an incredible process. And I’m looking forward to more documentaries in this series, especially the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind.

    Posted on December 11, 2009