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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Release Date: 5-FEB-2002
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Loud Records
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005V0X5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Megadeth have outdone them selves with this release. The remastering of a classic Speed/Thrash album circa '83 - '84.
This release includes the completely redone cover art (The one the band REALLY wanted), excellent remixes that really brightens up the mix and brings the somewhat dismal mix of the original (Combat records) to a wonderful clarity and heaviness.
Dave Mustaine starts the album with a scorching commentary on what his life was like just after the "Firing" from Metallica and his mindset when putting together his band. Then Dave Ellefson's and Scott Ian's (From Anthrax) introduction.
On top of that you get commentary from both Dave’s (Mustaine and Ellefson) on each song.
The Final topper is the 3 demos at the end (Last rites/Loved to deth, Mechanix, and The Skull beneath the Skin) which are wonderful to see how the song transformed into the groundbreaking tunes they've become.
Congratulations to Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson for being able to get this chance to remix history and make it better than it was before.
R.I.P. Gar Samuelson
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Alot of people never got into Killing is my Business because of the production flaws , but this remastered edition brings the entire album to life. Dave Mustaine's voice sounds incredibly clearer , and it is much easier to hear the drumming of Gar Samuelsson , who happens to be whom the album is dedicated to. The highlights of this album are Mechanix , Skull Beneath The Skin , and Looking Down The Cross , among others. All these songs have a completely different sound to them on the remastered version. Also , you'll find some comedy on the album. Dave's cover of "These Boots" , which of course was taken off the original Killing is my business because of copyright issues , is back on this album. The only problem is that the original song write Lee Hazelwood did not allow Dave to use many of the obscene lyrics in his version. Dave has put the song on the album with the majority of the lyrics bleeped out. It is hilarious to listen to the song. As if that isn't enough , you get Megadeth's 3 demo songs from 1983. These have a raw power to them , they sound tremendous , although the quality is not that good , Dave did not have a good tape of these recordings to use. Anyways , I'm sure every Megadeth fan has already bought this album. If you haven't bought it , it's worth your $..
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I own the non-remaster version of the CLASSIC first Megadeth album, commonly known as KIMB. I had the original pressing with an unedited These Boots, but my friend lost it, so I bought another copy but it was missing the Nancy cover song. Oh well, it was OK but really the weakest song on an otherwise flawless CD. KIMB is non-stop thrash metal bliss from opening to end. Every track is awesome. The opening track is haunting and scary and then just flat out kicks a**. And you won't stop to take a breath until the entire CD is finished. It's THAT good. I'd say the standout tracks are Killing is my Business, Skull Beneath the Skin, Chosen Ones, and Looking Down the Cross (this song is brutal, I get chills listening tio the lyrics and incredible musicianship). Mechanix has better music than Metallica's Four Horsemen, but Metallica took the cooler lyrics. Chris Poland's lead guitar work is amazing. Gar on the drums... you have to hear it to believe it. The original Megadeth line-up with Poland and Gar was never beat. True metal legendary album. 5 stars all the way. An essential must have CD.
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Credit must be given to Dave Mustaine for wanting this headbanging record to sound good. The sound is loud and crunchy and the drums are absolutely ear-kicking... The removal of the reverb gives the album a completely different ambiance (the process was not as successful on "So Far, So Good..."). The new cover is actually quite interesting even if it doesn't freak me out as much as the original.

Now to the bad part... I know it's been said before, but this reissue is completely ruined by the BEEEEEPs on "These Boots".

I'd recomend both versions of this album. For the original one look for the edition with "These Boots" UNCENSORED. It's definitely a must get.
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Finally, a remastered album that sounds like its been redone.
While this album won't do anything to change the minds of anyone not into this genre of music, those who own the original will notice a great deal of improvement.
The most noticable improvements are with Dave Mustaine's vocals and Gar Samuelson's drums. You can actually understand what the hell Dave's rambling on about.
The songs where the sound quality really shines are "Looking Down The Cross" and "Killing Is My Business.."
Even "Mechanix" sounds louder.
Too bad about the censored version of "These Boots" though. Not their fault, it's explained in the booklet.
The demos included really show where Dave was headed with this band, even if his vocals are a little funny sounding at the time.
A good buy for a 'Deth fan, or someone into old-school metal.
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One thing about Megadeth is they hold nothing back. When Metallica released their first album, Kill 'Em All, they utilized Dave Mustaine's music and lyrics; Most notably The Four Horsemen/Mechanix. Mustaine claims to have prohibited the use of his work on any Metallica album. This album proved the Megadeth wasn't playing around. With faster and more complex guitar work, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!'s only downside is the mastering. At the time, Combat records was just growing and had little funding to master the album properly. Since leaving Combat, Megadeth's albums have improved in quality. This remaster's only weakness is the cover of These Boots, which has been edited by way of bleeping out "'vile and offensive" lyrics. People complain about it, but it was included on the remastered album as a jab at Lee Hazelwood, the song's original writer. Funny, though; For more than a decade he accepted the royalties and said nothing.

I highly recommend this album, whether you have the original or not. These Boots is nothing special anyway, I omit it from the playlists anyway.
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