Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! [Remixed]by Megadeth
If you have the original version of Megadeth's debut record, Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!, then there is no reason to go out and buy this slightly remixed 2002 version. Only the most hardcore fan would want to own both. It is a classic metal album, as good if not better than Metallica's or Slayer's debut records. Songs like "Looking Down the Cross" and "The Skull Beneath the Skin" are heavy, while sillier tunes like "Killing Is My Business" and Megadeth's cover of the Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots" are a lot of fun. The guitar playing all over the record absolutely shreds. This was music from the glory years of metal and Megadeth was at the top of the game with many more and even better albums to come. But this 2002 version released on the rap label Loud suffers because the song "These Boots" has all the bad words bleeped out of it, because the song's original writer, Lee Hazelwood, found them offensive. Rap fans are used to hearing songs with all the bad words bleeped out on the radio, but on this version the bleeping is done very poorly and completely ruins the song. Megadeth could have challenged Lee Hazelwood and released the record as it was, and may have even won if he chose to take them to court or they could have left the song off the record. The least they could have done is have the song properly edited. Otherwise, the new album cover as it was originally meant to be isn't an improvement, the remixing job is not very noticeable, and the demo versions sound very much like demos. Still, this is an awesome album and if it's the only version one can find, it's very worth getting.
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Performance CreditsMegadeth Primary Artist
Chris Poland Solo Instrumental,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
David Ellefson Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Mustaine Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Soloist
Gar Samuelson Drums,Timpani
Technical CreditsDavid Ellefson Liner Notes
Scott Ian Liner Notes
Dave Mustaine Producer,Liner Notes
Karat Faye Producer
Sean Evans Art Direction
Michael Muller Cover Image
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Megadeth's first album suffers a bit from what plagued Metallica's debut (Kill 'Em All) - a high-energy thrash explosion weakened by amateurish songwriting and slightly subpar production. The trademark Megadeth style - manic, terrifying instrumental work and dark lyrical themes - are here, packed into a brief (27-minute) intro to the 'Deth canon. It doesn't approach the refined songcraft of Peace Sells (their second album), but KIMB...ABIG can still be enjoyed by speed-metal fans. At least, the music was never more energetic.
This album has excellent killing tracks but the level of recording is so low. Guitars and vocals are fantastic. Real heavy metal!