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Lead Performance: Metallica; Genre: Metal

This San Francisco Symphony-backed set was taped in Berkeley, Calif., last April. Buttressed by grim strings, creaky horns, and thundering timpani, staples like ''Enter Sandman'' and ''Master of Puppets'' creep with fearful new dimension, like an old Posada print come to life. But after 21 long tracks, S&M starts dragging, like a French film that can't find its final scene.


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