In September of 1986 an album came out that cemented me forever on as a Thrash Metal fan. That album was and still is "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?". While I first discovered Dave Mustaine and Megadeth a year earlier with their first release "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!", what followed with "Peace Sells" was a major jump not only in production, but song-writing & vision for a band that eventually would become part of what Thrash Metal fans know as "The Big Four" along side Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer. This album stands tall with it's Thrash equals "Master Of Puppets", "Among The Living" and "Reign In Blood" in pure power & intensity. For me, it was my generation's Paranoid.
I have had the CD version of it since the late 80's and have always waited for a more recent remastering of it for years. Then in 2004, Mustaine personally remastered his Capitol Records library, but did what few fans liked: he remixed & "gasp" re-recorded certain parts. While some later albums got new intros and vocal lines, "Sells" didn't, but what was left was an album without it's big, reverb-like 80's sound. It now sounded flat, without life as it once had. Sure, it had some of the original mixed songs now as bonus tracks, but I felt like Dave was trying to rewrite history...and mine as well. So I went back to my 80's CD.
But now I have this. And what an amazing release! Not only is the original mix now brought up to today's standards of sound and volume, but it's a lot cleaner without losing it's power. It really took me back. But not as much as the bonus live disc that makes up Disc Two. A thirteen track concert from this tour in 1987 at Cleveland when the band was just breaking big. While not a professional recording (think quality soundboard), it truly showcases the band while still hungry for Metal Domination. Featuring songs that have never been released in this form ever, I personally remember seeing them on this tour only to never really seeing them because I banged my head throughout the show so much. Ah, Metal Memories...
With a booklet of new classic photos, as well as liner notes including one from former "enemy" Metallica's Lars Ulrich (I knew he liked this album, but I never knew he liked it this much!), it will replace all versions of "Sells" released before. A must own in any respectable Metalhead's collection. So if you're wondering what the Thrash 80's were really like, start right here. This album is just so classic, so good, and if you say "So What", so long!
- Original Release Date: July 20, 1986
- Release Date: September 6, 2018
- Label: Capitol Records
- Copyright: ℗© 2004 Capitol Records Inc.
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- Total Length: 55:29
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- ASIN: B000TGZRUS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,727 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)