Harvester of Sorrow

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"Harvester of Sorrow"
Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album ...And Justice for All
B-side
ReleasedAugust 28, 1988 [1]
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length5:43
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Master of Puppets"
(1986)
"Harvester of Sorrow"
(1988)
"Eye of the Beholder"
(1988)

"Harvester of Sorrow" is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their fourth studio album, ...And Justice for All (1988). The song debuted at a live performance prior to the release of ...And Justice for All while on the summer Monsters of Rock Tour in 1988 with Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come.

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Contents

The single contained two B-sides, both of which were cover songs: "Breadfan", originally by Budgie, and "The Prince", originally by Diamond Head. There was an error in the mastering of the recording: At the end of "Breadfan", a distorted voice can be heard saying "Mommy, where's Fluffy?". This was actually intended to be the intro to the next track, "The Prince". However, it was separated in the wrong place.[ citation needed ] The band decided not to correct this error when the tracks were included on their 1998 Garage Inc. compilation.

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Content

The song's subject matter refers to a man who descends into madness, taking out his anger on his family. At the end of the song, it is hinted his sanity snaps and he murders them.

Cover versions

The song was covered by San Francisco–area alternative/ska band Link 80 for the 2000 compilation album Punk Goes Metal . Apocalyptica covered the song for the A Tribute to the Four Horsemen cover album. German electronic group Funker Vogt also covered the song on The Blackest Album Vol. 3 tribute album.

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Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
United KingdomAugust 19, 1988 CD, vinyl Elektra
United StatesAugust 28, 1988

Chart positions

Chart (1988)Peak
position
Australian (ARIA) Singles Chart [3]
100
Ireland (IRMA)
19
Italy (FIMI) [4] 40
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [5] 30
Spain (AFYVE) [6] 11
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)20

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References

  1. "Harvester of Sorrow release date" Archived August 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine . Metallica.com. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  2. https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/metallica/harvester_of_sorrow/9825/
  3. "Chartifacts – Week Ending: 25 August 1991 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 83)". imgur.com. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  4. Italian peaks
  5. "Charts.nz – Metallica – Harvester of Sorrow". Top 40 Singles.
  6. Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN   84-8048-639-2.