Rude Awakening [CD/DVD Combo] Live
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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...Read more ›
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.
The great thing about Megadeth, is that even with a hasty change of line-up the newcomers were still to capture the magic of three previous drummers and lead guitarists and still hold true to their music. With Dave Mustaine at the helm with his sneers and snarls, Megadeth burn their way at another blow for glory that it seems is always attributed to another great metal band, Metellica. Even in this album, Dave says when singing Mechanix, which is similar to Metallica's The Four Hoursemen, you heard it their way and now you'll hear it our way.
The album is live and you could feel the intensity, not in just the fans singing their heads off or a swear here and there, you could feel it in the band too. Just listen to She-Wolf and be captivated by the extremely long solo at the end. The newbies, drummer, Jimmy DeGrasso (excellent drum solo on She Wolf) and guitarist Al Pitrelli, liven up the mood and deliver an all-smack performace. David Ellefson shines more than anyone here, since you can hardly listen to his input during their studio albums. You just can't get his bass strings off your mind in some of the songs here. Dave Mustaine? Well he's still Dave Mustaine and that's just how we people like it.
The song collection is unbelievable. You get to have a piece of all their back catalog history. This is even better than their Capitol-released Capitol Punishment greatest hits. There are no songs from Risk, though. Megadeth did not include any in this album, because most of the songs on that album are tame when compared to all the songs featured here. A number of songs from that album were featured on their setlist during their tour. It was just not included in this album, because it did not seem to fit, not because the album is reviled by the band.
With two CDs of great music, you get a wallop for your money's worth. The problem is that which CD you'd want more in your CD player, the first or the second?
Why not BOTH? Back to back!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this item mainly for the dvd. As is says in the description it's a cd/dvd combo. It's not. It's just the cd.Published 3 days ago by Jeremiah Demchek
Having seen Megadeth several times throughout the 80's and 90's, I highly anticipated this cd. It is awesome to hear Dave and company live again. The energy is amazing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by V. Peterka
Take caution it says cd/dvd combo but there was no dvd but is excellent live cd😠Published 9 months ago by chris mixon
Just got it today-9/2/2015!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thomas E Shelton
Megadeth's best concert, with one of the best line-ups. It was such a shame that this line up made the worst Megadeth album (The World Needs a Hero). Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Leonel
Packed with great sounding live Megadeth...do I need to say more? This is a lot of fun to listen to, and is a really great sample of the band's work.Published on September 21, 2013 by bocacoder
Megadeth is one of the best heavy metal bands of all time. The industry should be thankful for all of their contributions to music.Published on May 20, 2013 by Average Guy