Metallica Classic Albums: Metallica

2000 • 0h 50m

Following the tour for their Justice album, Metallica felt it was time to do something different. Band members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield flew up to Vancouver to meet Canadian producer Bob Rock, and after playing him the song demos Bob came on board, this being the first time the band allowed a new creative force into their tightly-knit camp. The result was Metallica, the album otherwise referred to as "The Black Album," a record that topped the Number #1 spot on the US Billboard charts upon its release, won a Grammy Award for Best Heavy Metal Album, and has subsequently sold a staggering 20 million copies.

This program takes a track-by-track look at the making of the album. Kirk Hammett (Lead Guitar) and Jason Newsted (Bass) lead us through the original multi-tracks of "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," "The Unforgiven," "Wherever I May Roam," and "Nothing Else Matters." The band perform new versions of their songs and Michael Kamen (Composer/Artist/Arranger) demonstrates and discusses his orchestrations on "Nothing Else Matters." The program is illustrated by archive footage from Metallica in concert, on video, and with rare live performances—this is the compelling and definitive story of the making of one of the best-selling Heavy Metal albums of all time.