Prime Music

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$17.53 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by ExpressMedia.

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.10 Gift Card
Trade in
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition)

MegadethAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Price: $26.26 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 4 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, Oct. 21? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 28 Songs, 1 Digital Booklet, 2012 $14.49  
Audio CD, 2012 $26.26  

Amazon's Megadeth Store


Image of album by Megadeth


Image of Megadeth


Megadeth Countdown To Extinction: Live Trailer


MEGADETH easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades, are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of their thirteenth album, titled TH1RT3EN. The album will be released November 1, 2011 via Roadrunner Records. TH1RT3EN follows up 2009's Endgame, which was one of the most celebrated albums of the ... Read more in Amazon's Megadeth Store

Visit Amazon's Megadeth Store
for 98 albums, 17 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition) + Peace Sells... But Who's Buying (25th Anniversary Edition) + Rust In Peace
Price for all three: $46.64

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Catalog
  • ASIN: B008Q7O6VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Skin of My Teeth
2. Symphony of Destruction
3. Architecture of Aggression
4. Foreclosure of a Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This Was My Life
7. Countdown To Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
9. Psychotron
10. Captive Honour
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due
3. Skin O My Teeth
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Hangar 18
6. Countdown to Extinction
7. Foreclosure Of A Dream
8. This Was My Life
9. Lucretia
10. Sweating Bullets
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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.


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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy November 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Has it really been 20 years? I remember waiting outside of my local cd store for two hours waiting for the store to open to purchase this album for the first time back in 1992. Even though this was not my favorite release, I still listen to it constantly, even to this very day. Needless to say I was really excited for this remaster to be released.

That being said, here is what you need to know. This is the original version and not the remixed version from 2004. The sound on this release is some what better then the original 1992 version and a whole lot better then the 2004 remaster. One thing I really noticed was the drums which really come out on this pressing as does the bass. This gives the album a slightly different feel to it then what I have original heard.

The second disc is a live concert from 1992. This live set is a lot better then I thought being that the 2nd disc of the Peace Sells remaster was a little to be desired. The sound of this live recording is really good and worth the money.

The packaging is pretty good. It comes in a clam shell box. Inside is a book with some basic liner notes about the album however I doubt there is much in there that fans don't already know. There is a pretty nice poster and cards of each member. For some reason I got a duplicate of Nick Menza but oh well.

There are only 2 negatives to this release. The 1st is the cds come in sleeves and not a case which I really hate. The 2nd doesn't bother me however I know it will bother many of you reading this which is the volume. Yes it's loud. Not Death Magnetic loud, but loud just the same.

I really love this release so Buy It!!!!
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dose of metal you need? November 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! November 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.

Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown doesn't get any better than this! January 26, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the live cd alone February 26, 2013
By Douglas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for! February 8, 2013
Format:Audio CD
No time for one and you'll never regret it! The live cd is a must have. It's definitely a collectible.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 20th Edition February 28, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Overall a good remaster of a classic. Much better than the 2004 reissue. Sounds crisper.
The live CD is a good addition if you are a Megadeath fan.
Packaging cool. Poster sweet. Good booklet with extra pics from the era.
Postcards o.k. but not anything special.

Good price for a classic album. Dave is one angry redhead.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Aside from the terribly folded poster, everything's good.
There is no remaster here, so in general, it's just the original Countdown to Extinction album, plus the San Francisco's Cow Palace, which I have to say; is quite good, the poster... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leonel
5.0 out of 5 stars a great anniversary edition.
the great megadeth.this is a great album if you like speed metal at its finest.and its a 20th anniversary edition.very happy with this album.its a 2 disc set. Read more
Published 10 months ago by TREVOR G.
5.0 out of 5 stars countdown
this an item collection .the album in 1992 it was a succesfull .sound great the videos too cool all the time in the air .awesome
Published 15 months ago by oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary Edition
Countdown to Extinction is one of the best Megadeth albums to date. The live cd is packed full of songs from the album and some from previous albums. Great all around package.
Published 15 months ago by MC8104
5.0 out of 5 stars megadeth rules
Great cd and you get to hear it in concert too, with some of my fav songs as well, a must buy for any mega-head fan!!!
Published 17 months ago by Cory Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice packaging from that re-release, but it could be more complete
It was a really great idea to release a commemorative 20th anniversary version of Megadeth's Countdown To Extinction. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Devil's Child
5.0 out of 5 stars The bonus live show is worth the price all by itself.
Countdown is one of the best thrash metal albums ever made and everyone knows this. This set has a bonus live show from the cow palace that makes this set special. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deimos
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool
Its a great box set, but not all that it could be. I was hoping for more unreleased songs and stuff, but all it is is the remastered CTE with a live show (a great concert none the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 year girft for my boyfriend
It was 2 year gift for my boyfriend and we both love Megadeth. So it was the perfect girft for him. Thanks
Published 20 months ago by colleen
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category