Capitol/EMI To Release MEGADETH’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying” In Expanded 25th Anniv. Edition

April 19th, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Megadeth’s vital, Platinum-certified album, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, has been digitally remastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12 by Capitol/EMI.  All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.

Released in 1986, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was Megadeth’s second album and the band’s first Capitol/EMI release.  The acclaimed album thrust Megadeth into the international spotlight, and it remains a powerful thrash metal staple.

In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track:  “I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”

“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”

“Amen!,” continues Mustaine.  “I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”

“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow, Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition.  “Nothing more, nothing less.  It has stood the test of time.  And will continue to do so.”

Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful Megadeth after his departure from Metallica.  Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth has crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combines the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that has built a rabid worldwide following.

For nearly three decades, Megadeth has taken heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally.  The band has enjoyed great success on Billboard’s album and single charts, including three Top 10 titles on the Top 200 Albums chart and four Top 10 Modern Rock singles, “Almost Honest,” “Trust,” “Breadline,” and “Crush ‘Em.”

With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with nine Grammy Award nominations, six Gold, five Platinum, and one double Platinum albums, and three Gold-certified DVD releases, in addition to last year’s double Platinum concert DVD, The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.

Megadeth is currently on tour in Europe.  On April 23, Megadeth will again join forces with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax for The Big Four Festival in Indio, California, and The Big Four have confirmed several European shows for July.  Megadeth will also play more than 20 North American dates in July and August on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Disturbed, Godsmack, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium.

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MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]
Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered)
Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)

Wake Up Dead
Wake Up Dead
The Conjuring
The Conjuring
Peace Sells
Bad Omen
Devil’s Island
Rattlehead
Good Mourning/Black Friday
Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good
Bad Omen
Looking Down The Cross
I Ain’t Superstitious
My Last Words
My Last Words
Peace Sells

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

Devils Island

Mechanix

Last Rites / Loved To Deth

Good Mourning / Black Friday

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set]
Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)

Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)
Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]
Good Mourning/Black Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Bad Omen [previously unreleased]
I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]
My Last Words [previously unreleased]

Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)

LP 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)

MEGADETH ON TOUR: UPCOMING DATES
APRIL
16         Tel Aviv, Israel                            Hall 1 Exhibition Grounds
JULY
4          Hamburg, Germany                    Docks

THE BIG FOUR:  METALLICA • SLAYER • MEGADETH • ANTHRAX
APRIL
23         Indio, California              Empire Polo Club
JULY
2          Gelsenkirchen, Germany            Veltins Arena
3          Gothenburg, Sweden                  Ullevi Stadium
6          Milan, Italy                                Fiera Open Air Arena
8          Knebworth, UK                          Sonisphere Knebworth House
9          Amneville, France                      Sonisphere Snowhall Parc

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL(rockstarmayhemfest.com)
DISTURBED • GODSMACK • MEGADETH • MACHINE HEAD • IN FLAMES • TRIVIUM
JULY
10         Mountain View, CA                    Shoreline Amphitheatre
12         Auburn, WA                              White River Amphitheatre
13         Nampa, ID                                 Idaho Center Amphitheater
15         Phoenix, AZ                              Desert Sky Pavilion
16         Albuquerque, NM                       Hard Rock Casino
17         Englewood, CO                          Comfort Dental Amphitheater
19         Maryland Heights, MO                Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
20         Cincinnati, OH                           Riverbend Music Center
22         Mansfield, MA                           Comcast Center
23*       Toronto, ON                               Downsview Park (*Heavy T.O. Festival – heavyto.com)
24         Hartford, CT                               Comcast Theater
27         Holmdel, NJ                               PNC Bank Arts Center
29         Burgettstown, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion
30         Bristow, VA                               Jiffy Lube Live
31         Camden, NJ                              Susquehanna Bank Center
AUGUST
2          Virginia Beach, VA                     Virginia Beach Amphitheater
3          Raleigh, NC                               Time Warner Pavilion
5          Tinley Park, IL                           First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
6          Clarkston, MI                             DTE Energy Music Theatre
7          Noblesville, IN                            Verizon Wireless Music Center
9          Oklahoma City, OK                    Zoo Amphitheatre
10         Dallas, TX                                  Gexa Energy Pavilion
12         Atlanta, GA                               Aaron’s Amphitheatre
13         Tampa, FL                                 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
14         West Palm Beach, FL                Cruzan Amphitheatre

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