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A collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica.

The conception of the collaboration project began in 2009 when both Metallica and Lou Reed performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert. After that performance, the two entities began “kicking around the idea of making a record together,” but didn’t start working together until two years later. In February 2011, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett announced that in May 2011 the group would start working on something that’s “not 100 percent a Metallica record. It’s a recording project, let’s put it that way.” The secret project was publicly revealed to be a collaboration with Lou Reed once the recording of the album had been completed in June 2011.

The collaboration was originally intended to be Metallica re-recording various previously unreleased tracks Reed had written over the years. Among these unreleased demos was a collection of songs composed for a play called Lulu—a theatrical production of two plays originally written by the German playwright Frank Wedekind. Reed shared the demos of these songs with the members of Metallica to help bring the “piece to the next level,”and the group provided “significant arrangement contributions” to the material.[8] David Fricke of Rolling Stone heard at least two of the songs from the project in June 2011—”Pumping Blood” and “Mistress Dread”—and described their sound as a “raging union of [Reed’s] 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ‘86 crusher, Master of Puppets.


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  • Bessandr

    Love Garage Inc. tradition.

    24 Jan 9:58am Reply
  • drvirtuozov

    great collaboration

    7 Jan 4:11am Reply
  • abethedemon

    I bet that this album will be better received some time from now.

    7 Jan 12:51am Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    I am the table. 'nuff said!

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MrBicile

    One of the ugliest of the best albums ever. [2]

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • noonward

    Loved this album when it first came out, still do. No revisionism here.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pinetreepuller

    One of the ugliest of the best albums ever.

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cheers_mate

    doesn't matter who perished, who didn't, still a pretty horrible album

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    I mean sure, musical taste is completely subjective, but it wasn't long ago that Metallica fan and Lou Reed fan alike were trashing the hell out of Lulu.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Well it's par for the course when an artist dies. Some people feel as if their work becomes immune to criticism. Then there's those people who just go out of their way to tell you how misunderstood an album is, and how it's actually "not that bad". It'll happen with Morbid Angel's Illud Divinum Insanus as well, eventually.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Aaaand the revisionism has begun regarding this album. No surprise.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AlaTis-BnT

    Still one of my favourite albums, fuck what y'all been sayin'

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • satchalicious

    I'm so glad Metallica got to do this project with Lou Reed before he passed away. R.I.P. Lou Reed, and thank you for the great and unique tunes!

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme


    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Further to that, I named Lulu my 4th best record of the decade so far. Don't believe me? Read..

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Still in love with this. So many people slate it, I think that is because metal fans are quite precious when it comes to their royalty. Guys, ease up. It's art!

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    Pretty terrible album. [2]

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    Pretty terrible album. [2]

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Pretty solid album. Seems to be an average Reed's album with Metallica as guest.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    Both Metallica and Lou Reed are terrible but even for both of them this is awful

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
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