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Megadeth was formed in 1983, shortly after California native Mustaine parted ways with Metallica. ”When I first started the group, I wanted to form a band because I was very bitter about being fired (from Metallica) and my fuel was revenge,” said the bracingly candid musician. With something to prove, Mustaine initially set out to create the heaviest metal band ever. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business.And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following. Several early albums, including 1986’s classic Peace Sells.But Who’s Buying? and the masterful 1990 release, Rust In Peace, solidified the band’s underground metal fanbase. In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album, Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994’s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997’s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including ”Trust” and ”Almost Honest.” By the time of 1999’s Risk, however, which featured a pop slant unheard on previous Megadeth recordings, Mustaine himself began to grow disillusioned with the band’s direction and the music industry. 2001 saw a return to the band’s heavier roots on The World Needs A Hero, but a year later, a compressed nerve in Mustaine’s arm forced the singer and guitarist to put his career and Megadeth on hiatus, while reassessing both. Part of that reassessment involved Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second album, Peace Sells.But Who’s Buying? ”I always had the desire to make So Far, So Good.So What! (1988) sound good ever since it came out, because I wasn’t really happy with it,” says Mustaine. ”I just wanted all of them to sound good.” Mustaine spent months remixing, remastering, restoring – and in some cases, reconstructing – the band’s Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each reissue was packed with unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by the iconoclastic Mustaine. Megadeth’s tenth studio album, 2004’s The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200, and the band’s sold-out ”Blackmail The Universe” tour followed, supporting the new album and Capitol’s extensive catalog campaign. Dave Mustaine’s ”GIGANTOUR,” inspired in name by the classic 1960s cartoon ”Gigantor,” took Megadeth and a host of other bands selected by Mustaine across North America in 2005 and 2006. The prophecy continued with the band’s most recent critically acclaimed album, United Abominations. For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into the future – and been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five platinum and multi-platinum albums.

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  • For all the negative reviewer listen to disc 1 track 14!!
    This mix of songs are AWESOME!!
    Long live Dave!!

    Posted on January 31, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Two discs contain MEGADETH’S best material from all of their CD’s, some songs have been remastered, if not all of them. Making for an excellent listening experience.

    Posted on January 30, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Seems Capitol is really into milking Megadeth as of late, and it also appears they are into duping us fans by releasing a “demo” of a track that is only a slowed down/pitch altered version of the regular, album release version of High Speed Dirt.

    If you already own the albums (remastered or originals), or another better compilation (Capitol Punishment, Back To The Start, or even the Warchest), then just ignore this pathetic release.

    Posted on January 30, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This compilation covers the First album all the way to the first compilation (Capital Punishment: The Megadeth Years Dread and Fugitive Mind also made it to the ninth (The World Needs a Hero) album) This compilation is heavy on the first five capitol records (Peace Sells to Youthanasia) albums plus hidden treasures on top of 2 tracks from the first (Killing Is My Business), Seventh (Cryptic Writings), and Eighth (Risk) albums including some b-sides(demos, live tracks, and rarities). A majority of the tracks are the remixed versions from 2004. For some reason the original mix of Rattlehead was used instead of the 2002 remix (The 2002 Remix of Mechanix was used though). I recommend this album for first time megadeth buyers that don’t want to buy all the albums and doesn’t want to buy the more expensive Warchest that is mostly full of rarities,demos and live tracks than the hits and fan favorites.

    P.S. Every track that was on the second compilation (Back To The Start: Greatest Hits) is on here except the studio version of Symphony of Destruction.

    Posted on January 30, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • be aware that the songs on this cd are the remastered songs. these are the “alternate versions” of the songs. they are not the original studio album versions. if you like the new versions of the songs buy it if not then dont waste your money. Sound quality is very distorted/staticky.

    The song selection is pretty decent, but where’s “Lucretia” ?

    Posted on January 30, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now