Thursday, April 22, 2010

Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (LP) 1985


1985 Combat Records Front Cover


1985 Combat Records Back Cover

2002 Remaster Front Cover


Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
Speed/Thrash Metal
U.S.A.
Combat Records



Line-up :
Dave Mustaine - Guitars, Vocals, Piano
Chris Poland - Guitars
David Ellefson - Bass, Backing Vocals
Gar Samuelson - Drums, Timpani 


1985
1- Last Rites/Loved To Death
2- Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
3- The Skull Beneath The Skin
4- These Boots (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
5- Rattlehead
6- Chosen Ones
7- Looking Down The Cross
8- Mechanix

2002




1- Last Rites/Loved To Death
2- Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
3- The Skull Beneath The Skin
4- Rattlehead
5- Chosen Ones
6- Looking Down The Cross
7- Mechanix
8- These Boots (Nancy Sinatra Cover) (Bleeped)

Classic first album from Megadeth. I always loved this album, the songs are just driven with attitude and passion, from the man who basically invented thrash. This was in answer to Metallica , and in my humble opinion, outplays Kill 'Em All any day of the week. The only let down comes from the production, as the whole thing sounds a bit poor. Originally I had this on a badly pressed picture disc, which made most black metal sound over produced, but still the songs shone through. (I dread to think what that may be worth these days). This poor production probably cost Megadeth a lot in the race against Metallica, but who knows eh! So when the remaster came out in 2002 it was a joy. Especially as the mix was now top notch (well done to whoever) these songs finally come to life as they were meant to. For those who haven't gone back to the thrash roots properly yet, then do not pass this over, as it is a stunning work. Only These Boots is a disappointment as legal wranglings forced a bleep to be used, as the original writer didn't agree with some of the alternate lyrics.
Skull Beneath The Skin, Rattlehead, & Chosen Ones are Megadeth classics, while Mechanix (original version of The Four Horsemen but about cars, likening engines and speed to sex) is still a live favourite. But personally Looking Down The Cross steals the show for me here, it is archetypal Megadeth, structurally, lyrically and with more riffs than your average album, it is a true classic.

Stick the remaster on your ipod's, but substitute the original These Boots for the bleeped one.


Link for original These Boots
128kbps

Bag yourself a copy of the remaster here:-









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