Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Dave Mustaine revived Megadeth in the mid-2000s, remastering and reissuing his band's entire Capitol catalog and hitting the concert circuit in earnest. Greatest Hits is part of that revival. It's the second Megadeth best-of, replacing the one from five years prior, Capitol Punishment. Greatest Hits is an improvement, loaded with 17 selections, three more than its predecessor. There's also some fancy packaging and a hyperbolic "Love Live Megadeth" tribute written by Penelope Spheeris, the colorful director of The Decline of Western Civilization, Pt. 2: The Metal Years. It all adds up to a nice package, or more precisely, a sampler of Megadeth, from the band's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Dave Mustaine revived Megadeth in the mid-2000s, remastering and reissuing his band's entire Capitol catalog and hitting the concert circuit in earnest. Greatest Hits is part of that revival. It's the second Megadeth best-of, replacing the one from five years prior, Capitol Punishment. Greatest Hits is an improvement, loaded with 17 selections, three more than its predecessor. There's also some fancy packaging and a hyperbolic "Love Live Megadeth" tribute written by Penelope Spheeris, the colorful director of The Decline of Western Civilization, Pt. 2: The Metal Years. It all adds up to a nice package, or more precisely, a sampler of Megadeth, from the band's pioneering thrash metal years to its later growing pains, with an unfortunate de-emphasis on the band's beginnings. Like the previous best-of released by Capitol, Greatest Hits overlooks much of Megadeth's prime years in favor of a balanced sample of selections from every album released by the label. There's going to be a large chunk of the market that is going to groan about this approach, since the early thrash years are the reason most Megadeth fans are fans in the first place, and also the reason why the band has been able to ramble on all these years despite some mostly dull new music. Since Megadeth released so many albums for Capitol, there's never room here for more than two tracks per album: Peace Sells, Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction, and Youthanasia get two representations, the rest get only one. Such breadth doesn't make for the best listening experience, especially because the disc hopscotches through time. That quibble aside, Greatest Hits does give you a sample of every Megadeth album, even duds like Risk. If you're serious about getting into this band, however, you're best off going through the albums one by one. The good ones are good all the way through; if you like "Peace Sells," you're going to like Peace Sells. But if you're just curious and would like a broad one-disc sampler, Greatest Hits is your ticket. You'll end up with a good understanding of Megadeth -- old and not as old, good and not as good -- and what to expect from each album, of which there are a couple stone-cold classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724387392922
  • Catalog Number: 73929
  • Sales rank: 25,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (6:32)
  2. 2 In My Darkest Hour (6:26)
  3. 3 Peace Sells (4:02)
  4. 4 Sweating Bullets (5:26)
  5. 5 Angry Again (3:47)
  6. 6 A Tout le Monde (4:25)
  7. 7 Trust (5:12)
  8. 8 Kill the King (3:42)
  9. 9 Symphony of Destruction (4:06)
  10. 10 Mechanix (4:21)
  11. 11 Train of Consequences (3:32)
  12. 12 Wake Up Dead (3:38)
  13. 13 Hanger 18 (5:12)
  14. 14 Dread and the Fugitive Mind (4:23)
  15. 15 Skin O' My Teeth (3:15)
  16. 16 She-Wolf (3:39)
  17. 17 Prince of Darkness (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Megadeth Primary Artist
Chris Poland Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Marty Friedman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
David Ellefson Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Nick Menza Drums, Group Member
Dave Mustaine Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Al Pitrelli Guitar, Group Member
Gar Samuelson Drums, Group Member
Chuck Behler Drums, Group Member
Jimmy DeGrasso Drums, Group Member
Jeff Young Guitar
Jeff Scott Young Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
M Friedman Composer
Mike Clink Producer, Audio Production
Dann Huff Producer
Bill Kennedy Producer, Engineer
Paul Lani Producer
Dave Mustaine Producer, Liner Notes, Author, Remixing, Remastering, Audio Production
Max Norman Producer, Engineer
Ralph Patlan Engineer
Karat Faye Producer
Diana Barnes Art Direction
Chris Vrenna Digital Editing
Penelope Spheeris Liner Notes
Billy Kennedy Producer
Shannon Ward Art Direction
Kristine Ashton Publicity
Todd Brodginski Publicity
Ralph Ratlan Engineer
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    this album is okay but its not as good as metallica and slayer

    okay megadeth tryed copying metallica but it did not work very well for megadeth but things have happened to megadeth during the years mustaine is still the only orginial member left so people now call megadeth megadave but i hate it when my favorite guitarist left the band he left when risk fell very very short and it did not get to number 1 on the billboard chart things change people change this band should have stopped making albums after rust in peace

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    this album is good for starters

    this band is pretty good they are still around to this day making albums going on tour sure megadeth right now has a new lineup and the drummers brother who was in megadeth at the time just left megadeth he got replaced by a guy named chris broderick hes going to do very well in megadeth i saw them in concert in 2007 and chris broderick really knows how to shred on the guitar him and mustaine and james and the rest of megadeth are the best of the best its true they are the best of the best

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