Rude Awakening [CD/DVD Combo] Live
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Rec-room rock stars can rejoice knowing that drum and guitar solos, long thought extinct in the post-grunge era, are alive, well, and flourishing in the hands of speed-metal granddaddies Megadeth. Seriously, Rude Awakening, the band's first-ever live set, is almost certain to benefit from renewed interest sparked by the reissue of their spruced-up debut, Killing Is My Business. . . and Business Is Good. That album, like most in Megadeth's canon, is quoted here ("Mechanix"). The band also revisits So Far, So Good. . . So What ("Hook in Mouth"), Peace Sells. . . But Who's Buying ("Peace Sells"), The World Needs a Hero ("Return to Hangar"), Countdown to Extinction ("Symphony of Destruction," "Sweating Bullets"), Youthanasia ("Train of Consequences"), Rust in Peace ("Hangar 18"), and Cryptic Writings ("Almost Honest"). Fanned across two discs, Rude Awakening's 24 tracks capture Dave Mustaine and cohorts in top form--lightning fast, muscular, nihilistic, urgent, and, of course, very, very angry--with crowd noise kept to a bearable minimum. --Kim Hughes
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Where to begin, what to say? The record is perfect: the sound is clear, the performances are unbelievable, everything is just so... the only bad thing? That this is Megadeth's last album, after Dave's suffering some serious injury...But i think i've come up with a good way to describe it: according to the studio albums represented here:
- "Killing...": "Mechanix" is the only one here, but most certainly the best choice. Dave's intro to the song says it all...
-"Peace...": excellent! the title song, "wake up dead" and "Devil's island" are great. A song missing? Maybe "My last words" or "The Conjuring"
-"So far...": Hook in mouth, In my darkest hour... great! And boy, Al Pitrelli can play!
-"Rust...": Perfect! A song missing? Perhaps Lucretia, but the inclusion of "Tornado"(my fav 'Deth song ever) makes up for that...
-"Countdown...": Maybe "foreclosure" and "Countdown" are missing, but once again, the inclusion of "Ashes in your mouth" is a nice surprise...
-"Youth...": great selection! no possible complaints here...
-"Hidden...": Angry Again is here! 'nuf said!
"Cryptic...": She - Wolf (extended version...cool!) is here, and that's all that matters... maybe "FFF" or "Desintegrators" could've been included...
"The world...": only "Motopsycho" is missing here, and maybe "Promises", but overall, great choices, specially "1000 times goodbye"
Which record is missing? You guessed it, "Risk"... for most Megafans, that's a good thing, for me... good either way...
Bottom Line: The record rules! And even thought I said a couple more songs could 've been included, the fact remains that I wouldn't trade any of the songs that are in here.I don't remember the last time i felt so enthousiastic about an album. You don't miss Chris Poland, Jeff Young, Marty Friedman or any other former member, for that matter... (no disrespect to them), and I think that fact alone speakes volumes!(RIP Gar Samuelson)
The only bad thing is having to see them go... but if you have to go, go with a bang, as Megadeth did!
LONG LIVE MEGADETH!!!
Now some of the bad things. The songs selection is just ok in my opinion. They play a lot off of The World Needs a Hero, which is understandable considering thats what they're touring. It's actually a very good album, but I thought they chose a lot of the wrong ones. Burning Bridges and 1000 Times Goodbye really aren't special. Off of Cryptic Writings they take Trust, She-Wolf, and Almost Honest. ALmost Honest should not be on here, and on the other two Mustaine has a little vocal trouble, he just sounds off. She Wolf does have sweet guitar and drum solos at the end though, making it well worth listening to. Other than A Tout Le Monde, it seems like Mustaine also has trouble singing the tracks from Youthanasia too. During Train of Consequences he forgets the words and mumbles.
Some of the best tracks include Hangar 18, Return to Hangar, Mechanix, Dread and the Fugitive Mind, and everything off Peace Sells. The best track though, which surprised me, is Hook In Mouth hands down. It is performed just like it is on the album.
Once again, this is a great deal for what you're paying, and though there are a few lyrical mess-ups, it's the only live Megadeth CD out there, and therefore a must have for any Deth fan.
One other thing. There's a half-cd/half-dvd version. Don't buy it. You lose half the songs when you can really just go pick this and the full length DVD up seperately for a better price.