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Return of the Killer A's: Best of Anthrax

AnthraxAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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"Unmistakable riffs, mindf**k drumming and classic songs--they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses."

--Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

"In the pantheon of modern metal, Anthrax are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up-and-coming bands of the new generation."

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg Special Product
  • ASIN: B00002SWLT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bring The Noise
2. Only
3. Potters Field (Hypo Luxa Hermes Pan Remix)
4. Ball Of Confusion
5. Crush
6. Room For One More
7. Inside Out
8. Hy Pro Glo (Hy Pro Luxa Mix)
9. Fueled
10. Among The Living
11. Got The Time
12. Indians
13. Antisocial
14. I'm The Man
15. Madhouse
16. I Am The Law

Editorial Reviews

Return of the Killer A's is by no means a farewell to 13 years of pioneering metal. Rather, it's an assemblage of classics, B-sides, and covers that sums up their career. Scott Ian and bandmates cowrote the 1980s speed-metal bible in an era when most bands were fixated with hairspray, but the band persevered through metal's lean years. They defied convention by becoming one of the first metal acts to gain mass appeal with their reworking of Public Enemy's anthem "Bring the Noise." Their humorous "hit," "I'm the Man," is also here along with such mosh-pit faves as "Antisocial," "Indians," and a sprawling punk-enraged cover of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." More recent tunes such as the Pantera-like "Hi Pro Glu" and "Crush" are included alongside a version of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," with early vocalist Joey Belladonna and current frontman John Bush sharing vocal duties. --Shanthi Sivanesan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i am glad someone still knows how to rock December 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
yes, no backstreet boys wanna be's and top 40 punks here. Once again Anthrax arrives in time for the holidays to bring cheer and merriment to the headbanger in your family. This cd offers something for both the new and old fans. Excellent remixes of Potters Field and Hi Pro Glo. A for effort on Ball of Confusion. Who else is crazy enough to have their old singer perform a duet with the current vocalist. Like most greatest hits ambitions there are going to be fans that felt that their personal favorite song was left out but this compilation is for the true Anthrax fan not the posers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Anthrax tunes... but... January 12, 2000
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
This is a killer collection of the best of Anthrax new and old. It has two killer re-mixes, but the ONLY problem I have with the album is that "I'm The Man" is the RADIO-FRIENDLY version! Given all the past "anti-censorship" statements of Anthrax (check out "Startin' Up a Posse" on "Attack of the Killer B's"), I think it was a very bad move on behalf of the band to put the censored version of one of their most fun songs! That's why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. But, if you don't mind that slight oversight, then order this album now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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At 16 tracks and nearly seventy five minutes, Return Of The Killer A's is quite a healthy (haha) dose of Anthrax! Great song selection from the Belladonna era AND the Bush era, including a cool couple of remixes, "Potters Field" and "Hy Pro Glo". All the standout tracks, the aforementioned remixes, and a brand new (stroke of pure genius!) cover version of "Ball Of Confusion" with both Belladonna and Bush (! ) sharing the mike, make this a must have CD for old and new fans alike! Really whets the appetite for the upcoming 2000 studio album! Now stop reading this review and order it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Purpose of Greatest Hits February 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
the true purpose of a Greatest Hits collection is to promote and summarize what the band has done and increase sales of older cd's. you hear a song or two from an older CD that you don't have, you enjoy the songs which prompts you to buy the older cd. this is precisly what this CD does. it flows extremely well. it has different versions of songs. they did an outstanding job at incorporating TWO lead singers which not an easy thing to do. Plus, it's all ANTHRAX.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of a great band May 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the big four (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax) to bring the thrash scene to the forefront, of those four it seems that Anthrax never got all the attention that they deserved. This greatest hits collection compiles all their supposed great material from the Joey Belladonna and John Bush eras; Belladonna and Bush even sing together on a cover of the Temptation's "Ball of Confusion", and that track is a nice little extra to this package. However, there a number of songs that should have been included on here that weren't. Songs like "Black Lodge", "Nothing", "Belly of the Beast", "Riding Shotgun", and "Caught in a Mosh" aren't on here, and they should be. I mean I'd rather see those songs on here than "Room For One More" and "Potter's Field" which I didn't think were so great. However, if you are a newcomer to Anthrax, this is as good a place to start as any.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These guys should have been bigger October 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Anthrax was at the forefront of the speed/thrash metal movement, but while bands like Metallica and Megadeth achieved superstar status, Anthrax for some unknown reason dropped back. This collection will have those not familiar with the band wondering why that happened. Anthrax doesn't seem to take themselves too seriously (except when it comes to censorship issues), and, unlike others of the genre, have been blessed with frontmen who can actually sing! They are definitely a high-energy band as well, with just enough melody in their songs to keep things interesting for those of us who are not habitual moshers. "Attack Of The Killer A's" is a good overview of Anthrax's career, although I was disappointed that the sublime "Medusa" wasn't included. Crank it up and get dirty looks from your neighbors!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY COOL ANTHRAX COMPILATION. January 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I believe that this is a good compilation which has many of this bands classic hits.It is not perfect because it is missing some really good songs,but then again what compilations out there are ever perfect.If you dont have all their albums then this is a good place to start.METAL RULES!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay compilation March 24, 2005
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
Anthrax is a great thrash metal band. They have MANY good songs, a lot more than the sixteen tracks here. While it is lacking, it has some good, redeeming factors. How does this stack up? Read on to find out.


-You get many of Anthrax's best works on one CD.

-It's a cheap compilation.

-Almost fills the limit you can fit on a CD.

-Has new songs. (i'll review them before I finish this review)


-WHERE THE F**K IS CAUGHT IN A MOSH?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

-Doesn't have songs from all of Anthrax's album.

-Has the RADIO EDIT of I'm The Man.


3. Potter's Field (Remix)-5/5-A great song gets a great remix.

4. Ball of Confusion-5/5-HOLY CRAP!!! Joey Belladonna, John Bush AND Danny Lilker on the same track!?!?!?!?! 'Nuff said.

8. Hy Pro Glo (Remix)-5/5-See track 3.


If you're new to Anthrax, DON'T buy any of their compilations, buy Among The Living.'Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had to find this again!
I had this CD when I was 13, well low and behold 10 years later I caught up with it again and had to immediately add to cart. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Sholcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars ANTHRAX KILLLER A'S
worth the price(used) just for Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today),not many bands record a song with BOTH of their best known vocalists on it.
Published on December 6, 2009 by MRT
4.0 out of 5 stars Indians rocks! If only the rest of the songs were that good...
This is a good compilation of Anthrax songs, with some cool tracks on it. However, it's not everything a fan could ever want. Read more
Published on May 29, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Anthrax fans and fans of classic metal bands.
The title speaks for itself: Return of the Killer A's: The Best of Anthrax. These are the songs that made Anthrax one of the best classic metal bands of all time. Read more
Published on March 5, 2006 by jimivr
5.0 out of 5 stars no title
this is a solid cd. i would give it 4 1/2 stars, but there are no halves. the only reason it doesnt get a full fledged 5 is cuz its missing a few really good songs from stomp 442... Read more
Published on November 21, 2003 by joe wynne
3.0 out of 5 stars good cd
this is a great cd but there's a few things wrong with it. "Caught In A Mosh" isn't on there (BIG mistake), the album can get boring in spots, and they have a RADIO EDIT... Read more
Published on February 1, 2003 by John Clements
2.0 out of 5 stars EDITED VERSION OF "I'M THE MAN"
WHAT THE HECK!! THEY INCLUDED THE RADIO EDIT OF I'M THE MAN!? What kind of greatest hits includes radio edits.
Published on September 18, 2002 by bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
As many other people feel, this CD is missing a lot of their true greatest hits. It is a good example of how Anthrax has changed their style over the years, but has still kept it... Read more
Published on April 4, 2002 by Ian S
5.0 out of 5 stars great summary of anthrax
I've like anthrax for years now but never got the chance to buy any of their albums. I bought attack of the Killer A's because it was a greatest hits package. Read more
Published on February 2, 2002 by Neel Aroon
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of tracks missing
Yeah....these guys could have been bigger, but thank god they remained small, and have commanded a ferocious following from hordes of fans. Read more
Published on June 28, 2001
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