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Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition)

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Megadeth s Dave Mustaine has personally overseen the new 20th Anniversary Edition of the band s most popular album, 1992 s double Platinum-certified Countdown to Extinction,
Presented in a 2CD lift-top box, Countdown to Extinction s new commemorative edition pairs the remastered original album with a 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco s Cow Palace, which has never before been released in its entirety. The concert audio has been newly remixed for this release.

The lift top box includes a booklet with a new liner notes essay by music journalist Kory Grow, a 24 x 36 poster and four collectible postcards.

History

Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth s fifth studio album, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King trial verdicts. American tensions weren t limited to LA, by any means, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people s minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season. Out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create Countdown to Extinction, considered by many to be the band s best and most accessible album
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Digital Booklet: Countdown to Extinction
Digital Booklet: Countdown to Extinction
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • 20th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Catalog
  • ASIN: B008Q7O6VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twenty years ago, my dad stood outside a record store at midnight to buy this album for me, I didn't get it from him until almost a month later and had to 'buy' it from him. I think he got more release swag for being an 'old' guy. So now twenty years later for the remastered release, I ordered on Amazon and in less than 24-hours I have it in my hands and immediately in the cd player (surprised it still worked). I still think this was Megadeth's best lineup, at least musically - I know personally they had a lot of issues. The remastered tracks sound even more amazing than they did 20 years ago. Get this album (along with Rust In Peace) and bang your head til you bleed!
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Since I've been collecting Megadeth stuff since decade ago, this is a must buy for me for the live cd and poster alone. They did a good job on remastering one, unlike 2004 remastered which has different snare sound ,this one pretty much retained the same sound like the original release but with notable louder bass volume and slightly thicker guitar tone.

The second disc is awesome, it's the classic Megadeth 90's line up playing songs from peace sells, so far, rust in peace, countdown and "This was my life" and the title track are on the setlist, cant ask for more! I believe those 2 songs has not been played since 1995 until the recent Countdown anniversary tour, off course without the original album line up.

While I like the 2004 remastered series for its bonus stuff (unreleased songs and demos), I wish they remaster the album itself the way they did for this Countdown anniversary, just make the sound more "in your face" but no remixing.

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What's wrong with people? Is everyone's hearing really that degraded?

This is NOT a true remaster. All they did was jack up the volume so now the drums have the same awful clipping as modern albums. It's not more crisp, it's not cleaner, the bass isn't better. IT'S ONLY LOUDER, YOU FOOLS! Avoid this and stick with the 1992 original.
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I remember buying CTE on casette back in July 92, and I was hooked on the first listen. Then later, I bought the 2004 remix and remastered version on CD and I didn't really like that version as I had thought I would. Now, CTE has been put back into its original state, but remastered for better sound quality,...and it doesn't get any better than this! This will remind all fans who remember the first release how awesome this album was and still is! All instruments, vocals, and effects are clearly heard and it all sounds crystal clear. Buy this version only! Don't waste your time and money ont the 2004 remixed,remastered version. Buy this version instead and hear "Countdown" the way it should be heard! Oh, by the way,..the bonus CD of the live performance at The Cow Palace is awesome as well. I went to this tour back in Dec. 92 in Houston, Tx. and the setlist was the same as on the CD. Awesome show!
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I am a huge megadeth fan. I have the original album and the remixed and mastered one as well. I bought this specifically for the live album which is a must have. Some of the tracks they play on it you can't hear live anymore or are very very rare and these are GREAT quality.

The main album sounds crisp, not heavily edited and no loudness tweaks. The added poster is nice too, but I wish it was a standard 3 x 5.

If you are a fan, you likely already have it and may be apprehensive about getting it- Don't be. Get the live cd for you and give the other cd to someone who needs more metal in their life!
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By Geddy76 on November 29, 2012
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Of course, this is a great album. However, I would suggest you stick to the original CD master if you can. This one has been mastered too loud, so much so, the kick drum distorts with the music slightly falling away each time due to the compression.

Hope this helps.
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The original recording is still great and the extra live recording is excellent. If you are a fan the live recording is worth the price. (Give your original studio copy to a friend.)
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this is a must have for any Megafan. for the price you just cant pass it up and the live cd is classic Dave with all the attitude you can possibly hope for. simply awesome
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