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Orion Analysis


This week I will discuss Orion - the classically inspired, melodic instrumental from Metallica's acclaimed third album, Master of Puppets. The song features the work of the band's late bassist, Cliff Burton, who played a major role in the composition of the 8.5 minute piece - contributing bass solos, melodies and counter melodies. Tragically, only months after Master of Puppets was released in 1986, Cliff was killed when the band's tour bus overturned in rural Sweden. A recording of Orion was played at his funeral but the song was not performed by the band in concert for 20 years.

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