The View (song)

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"The View"
The View single.jpg
Single by Lou Reed and Metallica
from the album Lulu
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre
Length
  • 5:17(album version)
  • 3:45 (video edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lou Reed singles chronology
"Gravity/Safety Zone"
(2007)
"The View"
(2011)
Metallica singles chronology
"Broken, Beat & Scarred"
(2009)
"The View"
(2011)
"Lords of Summer"
(2014)
Music video
"The View" on YouTube

"The View" is a single by American singer Lou Reed and American heavy metal band Metallica. It is the only single taken from the studio album Lulu , released on September 27, 2011.

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Music video

A music video directed by Darren Aronofsky and released on December 3, 2011, [3] shows Lou Reed and Metallica performing a short version of the song in a recording studio.

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Track listing

iTunes single
No.TitleLength
1."The View"5:17

Personnel

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Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

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James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

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References

  1. Hogan, Marc (September 19, 2011). "Lou Reed, Metallica Post 30-Second Collabo Preview". Spin . Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. Fricke, David (September 28, 2011). "Lou Reed and Metallica - "The View"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  3. "The Video for The View Debuts on December 3". LouReedMetallica.com. December 2, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2013.