Megadeth - Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?: 25th Anniversary Edition

Deluxe reappearance of apocalyptic classic

Here’s the first great Megadeth album,
repackaged as a 5-CD-plus-3-LP luxury edition
as well as a standard double-disc version (the
one that most people will get has a bonus live
gig as well as the original, remastered songs).

Just as the LP’s purpose back in 1986
was to stick two fingers up at Deth frontman
Dave Mustaine’s old band Metallica, the
intent behind its luscious reissue now might
well be to flip the bird at the critics who
refused to believe in the music 25 years ago.
The album’s high points are the title track
(anti-establishment snarls plus iconic bass
intro “borrowed” for MTV News), The
Conjuring (a how-to guide for budding
warlocks) and Devil’s Island (Mustaine’s shot
at anthemic thrash metal), but there’s not a
duff cut on here. The bonus material is
splendid – remastered tracks from 2004,
unreleased Randy Burns mixes and more live
stuff, depending on the version – but at its
core, Peace Sells… is still about those eight,
very pissed-off, very good songs.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

EMI | tbc (5-CD / 3-LP)

Reviewed by Joel McIver
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