The remixed and remastered Megadeth albums released in 2004 aren't your typical cash-ins. They're stark improvements over the originals: group leader Dave Mustaine did the remixing and remastering himself, making especially significant revisions to the earlier albums, and he includes insightful liner notes for each reissue, including track-by-track commentary for the bonus tracks, as well as lyrics and period photos. Along with So Far, So Good...So What! and Rust in Peace, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? was most due for such a reissue as this. Originally recorded in early 1986 on a modest budget, this landmark album didn't boast pristine production, yet it was rightfully crowned a landmark release and remains one -- one of the most influential metal albums of its decade and certainly one of the few truly definitive thrash albums, right up there with Metallica's Master of Puppets and Slayer's Reign in Blood, both of which were also released in 1986. Mustaine's liner notes help shed some light on the wondrous events surrounding this storied album, the band's second and the final one featuring guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson. The four bonus tracks are alternate mixes by Randy Burns and aren't too remarkably novel in contrast. Still, Peace Sells was so key to the development of metal and so influential to the then-burgeoning thrash movement, it's a real godsend to have it remixed and remastered like this. Such treatment makes an already essential album for metal fans all the more essential. Beyond doubt, if you're going to own one and only one Megadeth album, make it this one. And if you've always wondered why Megadeth were so followed, here's a chief reason. The few albums that followed Peace Sells are damn good also, but this is the one that started it all. It's the foundation of the band's legacy and one of the best beginning-to-end metal albums ever.
Performance CreditsMegadeth Primary Artist
Chris Poland Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
David Ellefson Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Casey McMackin Vocals
Dave Mustaine Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gar Samuelson Drums,Group Member
Mike Anderson Vocals
Randy Burns Vocals
Paul Sudin Vocals
Technical CreditsWillie Dixon Composer
Casey McMackin Engineer
Dave Mustaine Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing,Audio Production
Ralph Patlan Engineer
Gar Samuelson Prop Design
Edward Repka Cover Illustration
Randy Burns Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Shannon Ward Art Direction
Kristine Ashton Publicity
Todd Brodginski Publicity
Bo Caldwell Contributor,Artwork
Donn Delson Merchandising
Dave McRobb Contributor,Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Well to my mind the pakcage is super awesome! You have a 5 CD cardboard sleeve, 3 LP vinyl, booklet with words from Dave, Lars and Capitol engineer (as well as some nice live and memorabilia photos) and a sleeve with replica of old flyers and photos. And the cover art looks really nice :D The sound of the new 2011 remaster is really good, of course we live in the "loud war" time but to my ears this remaster sounds better than 2004 remix remaster in terms of compression. 1987 live concert is awesomely great, regarding a little lack of quality (but I guess it's rare to find a clean sounding record aged as almost 30 years :D ), so the performance is amazing, very nice setlist. Randy Burns mixes is a great addition since we didn't get the whole CD earlier and it's nice to hear PSBWB in it's early stage. Overall the boxset really impressed me and after I've listened to remaster, concert and Hi-res DVD while reading the booklet and looking the photos and flyers, I felt like I was back in time :) Must have for every fan of Megadeth and Peace Sells album \m/
This came out the same year as Metallica's Master of Puppets, but in many ways it is a far different record than that, its metal cousin. Megadeth's songs are shorter and less drawn-out, but feature more lightning-fast licks and riffs crammed into those few frightful minutes. The famous title track is rather tame compared to the brutal intensity of 'Wake Up Dead', 'Devil's Island' and 'Black Friday'. The guitar playing is particularly impressive and features lots of good ol' 80s shred. All in all, this is certainly one of the essentials of thrash.
This album has everything: good guitars, vocals etc. but the level of the songs are low in 3 last tracks. They are too simple.