Master of Puppets, Santana’s “Abraxas” among 25 new entries to U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry



masterofpuppetsMetallica’s 1986 album Master of Puppets and Santana’s 1970 album Abraxas are among 25 recordings to be induced into the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry, the library announced on Wednesday.

Master of Puppets is said to be the first heavy metal album selected for induction into the registry.

“The third release by the band Metallica shows the group moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas,” the library said in a release. “Thrash, a reaction against the pop metal of the early 1980s, aimed to renew metal by emphasizing speed and aggression.”

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The library cited the wide appeal of Abraxas as a reason for induction.

“Santana’s second album consolidated the group’s position as purveyors of a unique blend of Latin music, rock, blues and modal jazz,” the library says. “The rhythm section was of key importance in appealing to fans of many musical genres. While the songs “El Nicoya” and “Se Acabo” allowed Jose “Chepito” Areas’s timbales and Mike Carabello’s congas a chance to stretch out, their contributions are important on the more rocking numbers and especially on the jazz-influenced “Incident at Neshabur.” Greg Rolie proved adept at writing compelling rocker tunes while contributing some of the best organ solos of the era. The standard rock rhythm section—Dave Brown on bass, Mike Shrieve on drums—deftly switched from jazz to rock to Latin as the situation required. But Carlos Santana’s signature guitar tone, with its nearly infinite sustain, and his lyrical melodies have proven highly compelling to this day.”

The Library of Congress inducts 25 recordings each year that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and preserves the best-quality version of each recording. Here’s a complete list of recordings inducted this year:

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”—Columbia Quartette (The Peerless Quartet) (1911)
“Wild Cat Blues”—Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1923)
“Statesboro Blues”—Blind Willie McTell (1928)
“Bonaparte’s Retreat”—W.H. Stepp (1937)
Mahler Symphony No. 9—Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor. (1938)
“Carousel of American Music”—George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (September 24, 1940)
“Vic and Sade”—Episode: “Decoration Day.” (June 4, 1937) Radio
The “Marshall Plan” Speech—George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
“Destination Freedom”—Episodes: “A Garage in Gainesville” and “Execution Awaited” (September 25, October 2, 1949)
Original soundtrack from “A Streetcar Named Desire”—Alex North, composer. (1951)
“Cry Me a River”—Julie London (1955)
“Mack the Knife” (singles)—Louis Armstrong (1956); Bobby Darin (1959).
Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin’s 100-point game (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks)—Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
“A Love Supreme”—John Coltrane (1964)
“It’s My Way”—Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964) (album)
“Where Did Our Love Go” (single)—The Supremes (1964)
“People Get Ready” (single)—The Impressions (1965)
“Mama Tried” (single)—Merle Haggard (1968)
“Abraxas”—Santana (1970)
“Class Clown”—George Carlin (1972)
“Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios”—The Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
“Piano Man” (single)—Billy Joel (1973)
“Bogalusa Boogie”—Clifton Chenier (1976)
“I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor (1978)
“Master of Puppets”—Metallica (1986)

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao said. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

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