|Jens Eriksson via Wikimedia Commons|
|A Burton memorial in Ljungby, Sweden|
If you clicked on this, you probably already know the story: It was 1986, and Metallica released their third album, Master of Puppets to wild acclaim. They took their Damage, Inc. tour on a massive swing through Europe, only to have the excursion interrupted by a bus crash in Sweden. Everyone escaped the turned-over tour bus except for their bass player, 24-year old Cliff Burton, a classically trained metalhead with long hair, denim jacket, and a Misfits tattoo. He was crushed by the bus and died Sept. 27, 1986. Read more here: http://bit.ly/V8Zb6n
The first thing people should know about Cliff Burton is that he played bass without a pick. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to point out, but it’s kind of like driving a truck without a steering wheel. Burton had agile, road-hardened fingers, and his musical mind seemed telepathically linked to drummer Lars Ulrich’s, creating perhaps the greatest metal rhythm section of all time. Burton played an integral part in writing the first three Metallica albums, with his soaring bass solos often leading the charge. (source: loudwire.com)
Here are five of his best contributions to Metallica’s early catalog.