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“Peace” Still Sells: Megadeth Album to Receive Deluxe Box Treatment

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Dave Mustaine was determined not to become a footnote in heavy metal history. The guitarist had spent a mostly uneventful two years in the employ of a Los Angeles band named Metallica, who fired him shortly before recording their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in 1983. (Mustaine did pen four tracks on the record, including favorites “The Four Horsemen” and “Jump in the Fire.”)

Undeterred, Mustaine formed his own band, Megadeth, in 1985. Their debut, Killing is My Business…and Business is Good!, was released through Combat Records and led to a moderately successful tour. But it was their sophomore release, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, released the next year, that took them into the metal stratosphere. Acquired and released by Capitol just as metal was entering the mainstream (dovetailing with the beginning of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball), Peace Sells remains a cornerstone of the thrash metal genre.

Now, 25 years later, EMI/Capitol is celebrating the success of the album in a brand-new 25th anniversary edition and deluxe box set. The standard, double-disc deluxe edition features the original album plus a previously unreleased live concert from the band’s 1987 world tour, as well as new liner notes from Mustaine and former Metallica band mate Lars Ulrich. For hardcore fans and collectors, there’s going to be a deluxe box set that includes all the material from the two-disc set, two discs’ worth of alternate mixes of the album by Mustaine (as released on a remastered CD in 2004) and original mixer Randy Burns (whose mixes were replaced by Capitol before the album was released – some of those tracks were included on the remastered CD as well), a DVD of the original album and concert in high-resolution audio, and the album and concert across three vinyl records.

The sets is available on July 12. Read the press release here and hit the jump for the track list.

Megadeth, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? 25th Anniversary Edition (EMI/Capitol, 2011)

Disc 1: Original LP

  1. Wake Up Dead
  2. The Conjuring
  3. Peace Sells
  4. Devil’s Island
  5. Good Mourning/Black Friday
  6. Bad Omen
  7. I Ain’t Superstitious
  8. My Last Words

Disc 2: Live concert, 1987 (previously unreleased)

  1. Wake Up Dead
  2. The Conjuring
  3. Bad Omen
  4. Rattlehead
  5. Killing is My Business…and Business is Good
  6. Looking Down the Cross
  7. My Last Words
  8. Peace Sells
  9. These Boots Were Made for Walkin’
  10. Devils Island
  11. Mechanix
  12. Last Rites/Loved to Deth
  13. Good Mourning/Black Friday

Disc 3: Original LP – mixed by Dave Mustaine

Disc 4: Original LP – mixed by Randy Burns

Disc 5: DVD (original LP + live concert, 1987 in hi-res audio)

LP 1: Original LP

LPs 2-3: Live Concert, 1987

Disc 1 originally released as Capitol ST-12526, 1986
Disc 3 originally released as Capitol 72435 98624 2 2, 2004
Disc 4 previously unreleased except for Tracks 1-3 and 5, which were bonus tracks on Capitol 72435 98624 2 2, 2004

Written by Mike Duquette

April 20, 2011 at 13:42

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  1. Dammit man, you;re costing me a fortune!



    April 20, 2011 at 16:26

  2. I loved this album but I think I am going to go broke buying reissues this year. Amazon has the 5 disc boxset listed and the preorder price is around $112.00. The picture does show a lot of bang for the buck. Not out of the question, just not on the front burner for me right now.

    Besides I am still in shock at the news that KK Downing is retiring from Judas Priest.


    April 20, 2011 at 22:06

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