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S&M (an abbreviation of Symphony and Metallica) is a live album by American heavy metal band Metallica, with The San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen. It was recorded on April 21–22, 1999 at The Berkeley Community Theatre. This is the final Metallica album to feature Jason Newsted as Metallica's bassist.

Album information

S&M contains performances of Metallica songs with additional symphonic accompaniment, which was composed by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the orchestra during the concert. The idea to combine heavy metal with an epic classical approach, as James Hetfield has stated repeatedly,[3][4] was an idea of Cliff Burton. Burton’s love of classical music, especially of Johann Sebastian Bach, can be traced back to many instrumental parts and melodic characteristics in Metallica’s songwriting including songs from Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets.[5] The other inspiration was Deep Purple's 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra. Purple revived their hybrid musical performance in 1999's In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra after being notified that Metallica were doing theirs earlier that year.[citation needed]

In addition to songs from previous albums spanning Ride the Lightning through ReLoad, there are two new compositions: "No Leaf Clover" and "−Human". "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone, Metallica's entrance music, was played live by the orchestra. "No Leaf Clover" has since been performed by Metallica in concert, using a recording of the orchestral prelude.

Several other songs, including "Wasting My Hate", "The Unforgiven", "Low Man's Lyric", "Fade to Black", The Unforgiven II, "Through the Never", "Harvester of Sorrow", and even more obscure and lesser-played tracks such as "Ronnie" and "Mama Said" were considered for selection, but were eventually dropped as it was decided by both Metallica and Kamen that they were not well-suited for symphonic accompaniment.[citation needed] Unexpectedly, the nearly ten-minute "...And Justice For All" was also considered for the setlist but, due to the gap in time since the band last played it and with little time to prepare, the idea was abandoned.[citation needed] On the S&M DVD documentary, Metallica and Kamen can be seen and heard discussing the orchestration for "So What?", though it's obvious both parties were enjoying a good joke and had no intentions of performing the song.

Changes were made to the lyrics of some songs, most notably the removal of the second verse and chorus of "The Thing That Should Not Be" and playing the third verse in its place.

The "S" in the stylized "S&M" on the album cover is a backwards treble clef, while the "M" is taken from Metallica's logo.

The drum kit Ulrich used on the album currently resides in a Guitar Center in San Francisco.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
Q3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[12]
  • Rolling Stone (January 20, 2000, pp. 57–59) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...create the most crowded, ceiling-rattling basement rec room in rock....[in its] sheer awesomeness...the live performance succeeded....the monster numbers benefit from supersizing. The effect is more one of timelessness..."[11]
  • Spin (February 2000, 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."[10]
  • Entertainment Weekly (December 3, 1999, 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[9]
  • Q (February 2000, 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."[10]
  • CMJ (December 20, 1999, p. 24) - "...stunning....orchestral renditions of hits from the band's '90s output."[10]


Year Winner Category
1999 S&M Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Compilation Album of the Year[13]
2000 S&M ARTIST Direct Online Music Award for Favorite Turn-It-Up-Loud CD[14]
2000 S&M California Music Award for Arthur M. Sohcot Award for Excellence
2001 "The Call of Ktulu" Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Commercial performance

S&M sold 300,000 units in the first week of release,[15] and went on to sell a total of 2.5 million copies. As of 2003, the album had been certified 5× platinum.[16] As of August 2013 the album had sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[17]

This album was also ranked 48th on NME's list of 50 Greatest Live Albums.

With Kamen's death in 2003, Metallica has not revisited the S&M concept in any further performances or recording work.

Track listing

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."The Ecstasy of Gold" (instrumental)Ennio Morricone 2:31
2."The Call of the Ktulu" (instrumental)James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave MustaineRide the Lightning, 19849:34
3."Master of Puppets"Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Kirk HammettMaster of Puppets, 19868:55
4."Of Wolf and Man"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettMetallica, 19914:19
5."The Thing That Should Not Be"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettMaster of Puppets7:27
6."Fuel"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettReload, 19974:36
7."The Memory Remains"Hetfield, UlrichReload4:42
8."No Leaf Clover"Hetfield, Ulrichpreviously unreleased5:43
9."Hero of the Day"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettLoad, 19964:45
10."Devil's Dance"Hetfield, UlrichReload5:26
11."Bleeding Me"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettLoad9:02
Total length:67:00
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Nothing Else Matters"Hetfield, UlrichMetallica6:47
2."Until It Sleeps"Hetfield, UlrichLoad4:30
3."For Whom the Bell Tolls"Hetfield, Ulrich, BurtonRide the Lightning4:52
4."− Human"Hetfield, Ulrichpreviously unreleased4:20
5."Wherever I May Roam"Hetfield, UlrichMetallica7:02
6."The Outlaw Torn"Hetfield, UlrichLoad9:59
7."Sad but True"Hetfield, UlrichMetallica5:46
8."One"Hetfield, Ulrich...And Justice for All, 19887:53
9."Enter Sandman"Hetfield, Ulrich, HammettMetallica7:39
10."Battery"Hetfield, UlrichMaster of Puppets7:25
Total length:67:38

Video release

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 (also: 2.0 band+orchestra, 2.0 band-only and 2.0 orchestra-only), 41 minute documentary about the concert, and two "No Leaf Clover" music videos: "Slice & Dice" 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".


San Francisco Symphony

  • Michael Kamen – conductor
  • John Kieser – general manager
  • Eric Achen, Joshua Garrett, Douglas Hull, Jonathan Ring, Bruce Roberts, Robert Ward, James Smelser – French horns
  • David Teie principal, Richard Andaya, Barara Bogatin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, David Goldblatt – cello
  • Jeremy Constant concertmaster, Daniel Banner, Enrique Bocedi, Paul Brancato, Catherine Down, Bruce Freifeld, Connie Gantsweg, Michael Gerling, Frances Jeffrey, Robert Zelnick, Yukiko Kamei, Naomi Kazama, Kum Mo Kim, Yasuko Hattori, Melissa Kleinbart, 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
  • Stephen Paulson, Steven Dibner, Rob Weir – bassoons
  • Steven Braunstein – contrabassoon
  • 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
  • Russ deLuna – English horn
  • David Herbert – timpani
  • Linda Lukas, Tim Day, Robin McKee – flutes
  • David Neuman, Carey Bell, Luis Beez – clarinets
  • Ben Friemuth – bass clarinet
  • Catherine Payne – piccolo
  • Douglas Rioth – harp
  • Robin Sutherland – keyboards
  • Peter Wahrhaftig – tuba


  • Bob Rock – producer, engineer
  • James Hetfield – producer
  • Lars Ulrich – producer
  • Michael Kamen – producer, orchestration, arranger, liner notes, music director
  • Randy Staub – engineer, mixing
  • Steve McLaughlin – engineer, recording
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Billy Bowers – digital editing
  • Paul DeCarli – digital editing
  • Mike Gillies – digital editing
  • Darren Grahn – digital editing, assistant
  • John Vrtacic – technical assistance
  • James Brett – assistant, music preparation
  • Billy Konkel – assistant
  • Leff Lefferts – assistant
  • Kent Matcke – assistant
  • Geoffrey Alexander – orchestration
  • Ted Allen – orchestration
  • Pete Anthony – orchestration
  • Chris Wagner – orchestration
  • Chris Boardman – orchestration
  • Bob Elhai – orchestration
  • Blake Neely – orchestration, music copyist, music preparation
  • Jonathan Sacks – orchestration
  • Brad Warnaar – orchestration
  • Michael Price – music preparation
  • Vic Fraser – music copyist
  • Andie Airfix – design
  • Anton Corbijn – photography

Chart positions


Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 16
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25] 1
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[26] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 33
US Billboard 200[29] 2
Chart (2000) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[32] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 4

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
German Albums Chart[34] 89
Chart (2000) Position
German Albums Chart[35] 8


Year Single Chart Position
1999 "No Leaf Clover" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Modern Rock Tracks 18
2000 Billboard Hot 100 74



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[38] Platinum 125,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[39] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[40] Platinum 72,831[40]
France (SNEP)[41] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[42] Platinum 300,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[44] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] 5× Platinum 5,531,000^
Europe (IFPI)[48] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[50] Gold 5,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[51] Platinum 50,000*
United States (RIAA)[52] 6× Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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