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Cryptic Writings [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

MegadethAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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listen13. Trust (Spanish Version) (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Evil That's Within (Demo) (2004 Digital Remaster) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0002EXH4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remastered reissue of gold release includes four bonus tracks, 'Trust' (Spanish version - prev. unreleased), 'Evil That's Within' (demo - prev. unreleased), 'Vortex' (Alternate version - prev. unreleased), & 'Bullprick' (prev. unreleased).

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Disc 1 is nothing more than the Japanese release of 'Cryptic Writings'. The 2nd disc on the other hand, is called 'Live Trax II', and was recorded in Phoenix, AZ (a.k.a. Megadeth, AZ), right before the release of 'Cryptic Writings'.
The show was recorded in a smaller venue, so you feel as though they are performing a special show just for you. It is a great performance, and the love songs consist of:
1) Almost Honest 2) A Toute Le Monde 3) Sweating Bullets 4) Symphony Of Destruction 5) Anarchy In The U.K.
And then there are 2 remixes which I could care less about of 'Almost Honest'. If you have to have only one of the 2 Live Trax CDs, get the 1st.
But, if your like me and cannot get enough live Megadeth, get this CD! Its worth the $$$!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THE REMIX/REMASTER!!! October 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is an easy 4 stars, but the new remix/remaster is vastly inferior to the original mix. Hunt down the original and avoid this new version at all costs. The reason for the remix/remaster is perplexing because Cryptic Writings was recorded on "state-of-the-art" digital equipment (back in 1997). At only 11 years old, it really amazes me that they would even take the time to remaster, let alone remix it. That being said, the new remix is HORRIBLE. The guitar tone has much more mid and lacks the crunch of the original. Back when this first came out I was trying for months to achieve this type of guitar tone on my was that good. Well, now it just sounds weak. To top it off, the overall sound is muddy now....if you remember the original mix you'll know that it was very punchy and alive. For a good (stark) example of the difference in quality, just compare the drum intro to Trust for both versions, side by side. It's immediately apparent that the quality and clarity isn't in tact. It's a shame...

This new remix actually deserves only 2 stars at the most, but I couldn't bring myself to give it that low of a rating. 3 stars is generous, and like I said, the original is at least 4 stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I second that opinion! March 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Mr. Costa. This is an exceptionally good album. So it's catchy? Why is that a bad thing? If you want to listen to music with no recognizable melody, go buy some jazz. Just for the record, I have nothing against jazz. I'm just so sick of people complaining about how their favorite bands become too "commercial". I just want to hear great music played by talented musicians. If it's radio friendly, so be it. Just listen to all the Nu Metal crap out there. Those bands don't even compare to Megadeth. Someone said this album is light on solos compared to other Megadeth albums. Well, most guitarists in these newer bands can't even play a decent solo. People in this country have become lazier and lazier and this is reflected in modern metal as well. Dave Mustaine is twice the age of these modern "musicians" and he still rocks twice as hard to this day!!! He's the hardest working metal musician of all time! How many other people could recover from a devastating injury and play guitar with the same intensity that they did 20 years ago? Cryptic Writings is a great album. It is one of the best albums from the nineties.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's best in years October 5, 2005
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In 1996, Dave Mustaine's former band (Metallica) alienated their cult following by releasing "Load," an album which was very commercial, simplified, and alternative. And even though Dave Mustaine and Megadeth would eventually follow suit and release "Risk" in 1999, they first made an album (1997's "Cryptic Writings") which pleased all metal fans, and helped make the Metallica fans less angry. Megadeth's seventh studio album was, at the time, definitely their best effort since "Rust In Peace" came out in 1990. "Cryptic Writings," which is kind of like a combinations of Megadeth's last two albums (1992's "Countdown to Extinction" and 1994's "Youthanasia"), is full of crunchy riffs, memorable hooks, and famous, acrobatic guitar solos from axemen Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. "Trust," "She-Wolf," and "Vortex" are all instant `Deth classics, and "Almost Honest" includes an incredible, long, wailing guitar solo. Elsewhere, "Use The Man" begins with acoustic strums and has a rhythm which subtly gains momentum and speed, "The Disintegrators" features fast, stutter-stepping riffs, "I'll Get Even" has a very infectious and memorable sing-along chorus, and "A Secret Place" has a catchy, "Rust In Peace"-esque vibe and rhythm. So, "Cryptic Writings" is definitely another great Megadeth album, it is a mostly successful attempt at returning to the thrash sound of the 1980's, and it is, in my opinion, better than both "Youthanasia" and "Countdown to Extinction." And if Dave Mustaine hadn't made "The System Has Failed" in 2004, this disc would still be Megadeth's best album this side of 1990. Plus, if you buy the remastered edition, you get an unreleased bonus track ("Bullprick") which is also essential for every diehard Megadeth collection.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's best--and most commercia--album September 15, 2000
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This, quite simply, eclipses any of Megadeth's previous work (including their pretty good new album, RISK). The band got a mixture of flack from old fans, and praise from critics on this album, and for once I'm going to side with the critics. As a collection of songs, as heavy metal that's supposed to give you energy, to make you want to rock out, Megadeth has really served up a classic here. Some fans detest this, but this album is truly like Metallica's BLACK album, but better. Now, I love Metallica, and in general like them more than Megadeth (I have ALL the albums by both bands), but this one changed my perspective (and I was let down a little by RISK). Anyways, this is more of a departure from the bands more progressive elements (where YOUTHANASIA really began the move towards a more accessible sound). However, while Megadeth has gone more commercial here, the result is an album that had great success on radio for a reason. "Trust" is Megadeth's best song, period. It's a bit like a catchier "Enter Sandmand". "Almost Honest", "A Secret Place", "Use The Man", this entire album is consistently strong, with the addition of one element that seriously elevates Megadeth's music-hooks! For fans of heavy metal (particularly fans of Metallica's BLACK album), this is a must-have. This is the place to start a Megadeth collection, as their most accessible album. The old stuff, from the PEACE SELLS...BUT WHO'S BUYING period is great, but CRYPTIC WRITINGS, like any truly great album, managed to change my perspective (for the better) of this band forever. My only fear is that they'll never live up to this album again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The album is very average
Cryptic Writings by Megadeth is a very middle of the road album. As you can read from the other reviews of this album it is not great nor does it suck. Read more
Published 11 days ago by kelly Groce
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Cd
Megadeth at their best. All those who like Megadeth must put this Cd in their collection. The price was great, the Cd in mint gondition and the shipping was quick, all should buy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by greg
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!
While not one of the most famous albums from MEGADETH, i think CRYPTIC WRITINGS is really really COOL!!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music \m/
Great music, love this Megadeth album. I would have liked the album pictures with it, but it's still a great purchase.
Published 17 months ago by Samuel Byram Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THRASH
Published 20 months ago by AMP
3.0 out of 5 stars Huge Megadeth Fan finds this a little "...meh"
I have never owned any of the albums between Countdown and The System Has Failed because that is during the time in the 90s that I grew away from thrash and metal in general. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hypotenus Love Triangle
3.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth - "Cryptic Writings"
Pros: A few good songs, a more musical sound.

Cons: Ends up being unmemorable, Mustaine tries to push the band beyond its capacity. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Matt
3.0 out of 5 stars Metal? no. Rock? yeah
Cryptic Writings... The last album before the dreaded thing known as Risk. Well listening to this album just shows the direction they were going in. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by PeaceSells215
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album period
Yes, we all know Megadeth was extremely hard and thrash in the 80's and they made some awesome albums with that style. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not thrash but its still METAL!!!
I just got my copy of Megadeth's Cryptic Writings and a few listens It really didnt quite blow me away like some of their classics like "Rust In Peace", "Peace Sells" "Countdown To... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Johnathan W. Brockwell
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