master of registries

the Library of Congress is considered to be the Holy Grail for librarians and archivists. each year, 25 lucky winners are selected to be inducted into the LOC’s National Recording Registry to showcase the diversity of American music from a variety of genres. in order to be included, the recordings must be at least 10 years old and highlight a cultural or historical significance. this year, the LOC chose an album that is not only celebrating its 30th anniversary (does anyone feel old yet?), but has the unbelievable honor of being the first Metal album ever to join this widely-praised institution: Metallica’s Master Of Puppets. now that’s heavy!

the album is a watershed among critics and fans, and even those who aren’t necessarily part of the Metal community praised its quality. its significance is not only found in the shift of musical direction (veering away from the Thrash sound of their early 80’s outputs and focusing more on songwriting abilities), but also for the poignancy of being the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, whose death (he was killed when the band’s bus flipped over while driving through Sweden in September 1986) is widely regarded as one of popular music’s most tragic losses. 30 years later, his memory lives on through his fans, the surviving members of Metallica both past and present, and his devoted father Ray who, at 89 years old, remembers him fondly as both musician and son. even the most die-hard Metal fan gets a little misty-eyed listening to this soft-spoken gentleman recount how much he adored Cliff. if he were alive today, he would certainly be pleased.

 

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One Response to “master of registries”

  1. […] this year, the Library of Congress inducted Metallica’s Master Of Puppets into its registry. now, the band has a new book coming out which explores the recording process of the album as well […]

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