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As a long time Megadeth fan, I find this release fairly unexciting because it’s obviously nothing new. I've heard everything before and I'm sure you have too. I own most of the albums, Back To The Start, and The Arsenal Of Megadeth. Other fans of Megadeth will most likely agree with me and be bored and probably feel conned out of their money, considering the X number of compilations and Best of’s already out there. This release is the same old Megadeth, just in different order, in a different package. But I'm not here to review this for its content relevance; I'm here to review this for what it is. An anthology. A good anthology should contain the major songs from a bands entire catalogue. Which is covered here relatively well with the omission of some newer stuff. Unlike Back to the Start, which was the first album I bought that got me into Megadeth; this is a two disk collection. It spans from 85’s Killing is my Business to 01’s The world Needs a Hero, respectively, with some live tracks thrown into the mix.
The coverage of Megadeth’s career goes as follows: 3 from Killing is my Business, 3 from Peace Sells, 4 from So Far, So Good, So What?, 4 from Rust in Peace, 6 from Countdown to Extinction (including Demos), 3 from Youthanasia, 3 from Hidden Treasures, 2 from Trust, 2 from Risk, 1 from The World Needs a Hero, and some very good live tracks as well.
This anthology is pretty solid as far anthologies go. However, I did not like the fact that The System has Failed was not included for it has some excellent tracks. The inclusion of 4 tracks from So Far, So Good, So What? I thought was a bit much because although it is a very good album, it is (in my opinion) not as important as Peace Sells or Rust in Peace, and I don’t think Anarchy in the U.K. should have been included. I also thought that countdown to extinction was heavily represented and more should have been from the thrash era Megadeth. Although I'm not surprised at this considering the popularity of 90’s mainstream Megadeth and Dave’s goal for success. Overall though, this is a competent anthology and a decent illustration of the history of Megadeth. Especially the live tracks, which are my favourites.
Covering the history of Megadeth in one release is almost pointless to fans of the band because there are already so many releases available. To fans that already have all of the albums and I would advise not buying this because it contains nothing you haven’t all ready heard before (and paid good money for). I do however, recommend this for youngsters who have never heard Megadeth before and are interested in them to buy this because it covers all the Key songs throughout the history of this legendary band. On the plus side, it’s relatively cheap. I bought it at Wall-Mart for $15!