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  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003C4J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Rites/Loved to Death
2. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good
3. Skull Beneath the Skin
4. Rattlehead
5. Chosen Ones
6. Looking Down the Cross
7. Mechanix

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This one is a full package.
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This album is very intense indeed, excellent work musicians on the music and songwriting.
Edward the *********
A great album with great songs.
Deth head 44

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Muddy Moe on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'll keep this short. This is a great thrash album and a groundbreaker of the genre. It easily compares to Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" and definitely influenced the entire thrash scene. It also contains some great songwriting and has a very "hungry" performance.
I would *NOT* however, recommend that you begin your Megadeth experience here. The album is somewhat poorly produced, with some midrange EQ problems that make it sound a bit like somebody is playing it in another room than the one you're in. They also added a bit too much reverb, presumably to cover Dave's voice up. Dave's voice is raw, to say the least. But the lo-fi actually works to a degree and if you like raw production (i.e. black metal fans) it shouldn't bother you greatly.
Note that the older copies have "These Boots" which is a great cover/adaptation of the old Nancy Sinatra hit. You will *NOT* get that song on the newer releases.
I recommend this to round out your Megadeth collection after getting the other albums up through and including "Rust in Peace." Or if you just like early, raw thrash, it's a good listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward666 on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was only 4 when Dave Mustaine got booted from Metallica and to this day, i'm 26 now, you can't mention the name Megadeth without someone being a smartass and throw dirt at you like you talked about a communist party in the american parlament. Metal fans should unite because we have more in common than what separates us. For the record, Megadeth's music is unique and not a watered down version of Metallica's as some ignorant people put it that have never actually heard a Megadeth song in their life.

Moving on to the music...

Megadeth's debut album can best be described as an uncontrolled beast let out on mayhem. The raw energy of this album is unique from anything else that i've heard.

The guitars spark and the solos are in your face shreiking and the drums add a dimension being jazzy yet metal from the late Gar Samuelson whom had his roots in jazz music.

On this album you can hear the first of Dave Mustaines amazing abilities as a composer with inticrate arrangements and classic riffs.

The lyrics are somewhat infantile on many songs and you can hear that Dave Mustaine has yet to master the art of writing lyrics. All in all this is a classic album in the genre of thrash.

Unfortunatley the production is not the best and it appears as the music is coming from one mic placed in a corner of the room far away from the instruments. Not very good at all. Considering that the band members where heavy drug addicts at the time you can't really blame them for fireing the producer half way through the recording process doing things their own way. For it is also part of the history and myth that they created being gods of metal. Well they were a few years ahead of themselves...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By steve russell on May 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This debut from Megadeth is great. Every song on this album is at least a 4 out of 5. And if you ask me, this is 10 times better than Kill 'Em All. Any Megadeth album is better than any Metallica album. My personal favorite from this album is Last Rites/Loved to Death. The opening piano is a perfect opener for a metal album. You'll find a song that sounds like Four Horsemen but don't be fooled. ... I like Mechanix better anyway. Another great song is Looking Down the Cross. The beginning lead guitar riff is awesome. Dave Mustaine displays his aggresion guitarwise on this CD. The Chosen Ones is such a good song. I like the way they use two different leads at the same time. And then the little bass solo by David Ellefson was incredible. It went right into the song. And who could forget about the song which introduces Megadeth's mascot, Rattlehead. This is a pure metal massacre. Everything about this song is perfect. The speed, lyrics, and Dave's voice are all perfect. Dave's screaming on Skull Beneath the Skin was great voicing. I like the whole point of the song in particular. This also a song about Rattlehead Vic. This song tells you what happened and how it happened to Vic. And last but not least, we're down to the self-titled song...Killing is my Business...and Business is Good! this is one of the most powerful elegies Megadeth has to offer. Any sniper would love this song. In review this is definitely a 5 star, classic metal album. I would suggest going out and buying this CD. This is a cd that any metalhead would enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drewboy on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really didn't like this cd at first. I thought it sounded horrible, and I couldn't understand a single word said. But it grew on me rather fast and it is now one of those discs that is always in my car when I'm going somewhere. Dave and crew are remastering this cd, so I expect a better sounding version to be out within the next 6 months. And please, lets get something straight here... Mustaine was in Metallica, and Mechanix was his song. Its on the "No Life Till Leather" Metallica demo tape from when Dave was still in the band. Metallica did use a lot of stuff Mustaine contributed to though... Look at the liner of "Kill Em All" and you'll see.
As for the songs included in this cd, I really like every one of them. I wish I could fast forward through the into "Last Rites" every once in a while, depending on my mood, but that is a minor thing. My favorites are: ever song on the cd. Like I said, it may take a while to warm up to, but once you do, you won't be able to put it down.
To those of you who have read the bad reviews of this cd here on Amazon, I highly recommend that you give it a listen for yourself. Personally, I think this is some of the most unique music in my collection. Buy it.
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