- Released: July 27, 2004
- Label: Capitol
Spin - p.92
"[G]lossy hardcore with magic-show guitar solos....Executed with complete finesse..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1224 stars out of 5
-- "PEACE SELLS...was the third of 1986's pivotal thrash releases. Steeped in frontman Dave Mustaine's anti-government cynicism, it was also the most articulate."
Pitchfork (Website) - "PEACE SELLS is a dead serious record that never takes itself too seriously, a slab of political shock commentary that's loaded with black comedy..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.984 stars out of 5
-- "[A]t its core, PEACE SELLS is still about those eight, very pissed-off, very good songs."
- 1.Wake Up Dead
- 2.The Conjuring
- 3.Peace Sells
- 4.Devils Island
- 5.Good Mourning / Black Friday
- 6.Bad Omen
- 7.I Ain't Superstitious
- 8.My Last Words
- 9.Wake Up Dead - (Randy Burns Mix, previously unreleased)
- 10.Conjuring, The - (Randy Burns Mix, previously unreleased)
- 11.Peace Sells - (Randy Burns Mix, previously unreleased)
- 12.Good Mourning / Black Friday - (Randy Burns Mix, previously unreleased)
Megadeth: David Ellefson (bass guitar); Chris Poland, Dave Mustaine, Gar Samuelson.
Personnel: Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitar); David Ellefson (vocals, background vocals); Paul Sudin, Mike Anderson, Randy Burns, Casey McMackin (vocals); Chris Poland (guitar); Gar Samuelson (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dave Mustaine; Paul Lani; Ralph Patlan.
Audio Remixer: Dave Mustaine.
Liner Note Author: Dave Mustaine.
Recording information: Maddog Studios, Venice, CA (02/15/1986-03/20/1986); Music Grinder, Los Angeles, CA (02/15/1986-03/20/1986); Rock Steady Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/15/1986-03/20/1986); Track Recorders (02/15/1986-03/20/1986).
Editor: Lance Dean.
Photographers: Ross Halfin; Chris Walter; Peter Cronin; Neil Zlozower.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bo Caldwell; Dave McRobb.
Guitarist Dave Mustaine was an original member of thrash-pioneers Metallica. But he was booted from the band during the recording of that band's debut album, KILL 'EM ALL. Instead of moping around, Mustaine returned to California and immediately formed another group--Megadeth. He promised his fans that the new outfit would be faster and more lethal than his former band, and Megadeth's 1985 debut, KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, AND BUSINESS IS GOOD, made good on this threat. Megadeth and Metallica duked it out in the music press, but both acts thrived. In 1986, each released its finest record, Metallica's MASTER OF PUPPETS and Megadeth's PEACE SELLS...BUT WHO'S BUYING?
While Metallica initially shunned MTV, Megadeth used the video format to its advantage--becoming the first thrash band to do so. Both "Wake Up Dead" and the anthemic title track received constant play on MTV's HEAVY METAL HOUR; the latter song's brief bass intro was even used as the theme to MTV news in the early-'90s. Tracks such as "The Conjuring," "Devil's Island," "Good Mourning/Black Friday," and a cover of Jeff Beck's "I Ain't Superstitious" proved to be just as brutal. PEACE SELLS is an influential, all-time heavy metal classic.