The 2011 remaster of Peace Sells is simply that, from what it sounds like to my ears.
The 1986 recording is tweaked and brightened and sounds a little fuller.
The 2004 re-release was a total butchery, as it was not only a remaster, but also had re-recordings of drums, vocals, guitar parts, etc.
Who gave Dave Mustaine this "brilliant idea" in 2004 to change the integrity of the original Megadeth albums? Sharon Osbourne??
None of that harsh, plastic sounding 2004 mix is here on the 2011 CD.
The ONLY minor complaint is about some of the songs on their first note.
It sounds like they are faded in on the first split-second of the song, and don't burst open, do not jump out exactly like on the 1986 album mix.
A very minor complaint and only fans that know the original release very well would even notice.
The bonus CD is a 1987 live soundboard concert recording.
June 3rd, 1987, at Phantasy Theatre, Lakewood, Ohio, USA. Wake Up Dead Tour.
It is ok.
Mainly For die hard Megadeth fans, and those already used to bootlegs with vocals being buried sometimes, and the mix not perfect like a studio recording.
The musicianship is good, and in 1987, it was sometimes hit or miss; as guitarist Chris Poland sometimes would not stick to the album versions and instead improvise onstage.
This was due to Chris being bored and using his jazz background, and maybe his substance abuse (* hard drug abuse* which all four band members were guilty of.)
There are better soundboard recordings from the 1985-87 tours, but this one (as far as I know) was never shared before, or maybe not as widely as others.
The CD booklet has liner notes by Lars Ulrich, Mustaine, and Producer Dennis Wolfe.
Includes some photos I haven't seen before, but now the lyric sheet is not included? Why not?
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