MEGADETH - PEACE SELLS BUT WHO'S BUYING - Canada COMBAT 12" Vinyl LP Album

  This album "MEGADETH - Peace Sells But Who's Buying" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos. 

 

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The Canadian release of Megadeth's "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" 12" Vinyl LP Album, released in 1986 on Combat Records, is a seminal piece of thrash metal history. With its powerful music and thought-provoking lyrics, this album solidified Megadeth's position as one of the leading bands in the genre, while also serving as a reflection of the political and social climate of the time.

Formed in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, Megadeth quickly gained recognition for their aggressive sound, complex guitar work, and socially conscious lyrics. "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" became their second studio album, following their debut release, "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" The album marked a significant evolution in their musical style and songwriting.

The Canadian release of the album on Combat Records allowed Megadeth to reach a wider audience and solidify their presence in the thrash metal scene. Combat Records, known for its commitment to heavy music and underground bands, provided the perfect platform for Megadeth to showcase their talent and deliver their powerful message.

At the heart of the album lies the title track, "Peace Sells". The song addresses political corruption, greed, and the manipulation of power. Its iconic bass intro, played by Dave Ellefson, has become one of the most recognizable in metal history. The lyrics, delivered with intensity by Dave Mustaine, provide a scathing critique of society, questioning the values and motives of those in authority. "Peace Sells" became an anthem for disenchanted youth, resonating with a generation that felt disillusioned with the status quo.

Beyond the title track, "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" features a collection of tracks that showcase Megadeth's musical prowess and their ability to create a dark and aggressive atmosphere. Songs demonstrate the band's technical mastery, blending intricate guitar riffs, blistering solos, and relentless drumming to create a sonic assault on the senses.

The album also includes a cover of the classic song "I Ain't Superstitious" by blues legend Willie Dixon, showcasing Megadeth's ability to pay homage to their musical influences while adding their own distinctive touch. This track highlights the band's versatility and willingness to experiment with different sounds and styles.

The Canadian release of "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" on 12" Vinyl LP format further enhanced the listening experience. Vinyl records were the dominant format at the time, offering a warm and organic sound that is cherished by audiophiles to this day. The larger artwork and sleeve of the LP provided a visual element that complemented the music, allowing fans to immerse themselves fully in the world of Megadeth.

 

 

Music Genre:

Death/Trash Metal 

Album Production Information:

Produced by Dave Mustaine, Randy Burns

Randy Burns is an American record producer and sound engineer who played a crucial role in shaping the sound of heavy metal music in the 1980s and 1990s. His collaborations with bands like Megadeth, Death, Kreator, and Possessed have left an indelible mark on the genre, and his contributions continue to be recognized and appreciated by metal fans worldwide.

Early Career and Breakthrough

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Burns' career began in the late 1970s when he started working as a sound engineer in various studios in Los Angeles. His big break came in 1986 when he produced Megadeth's iconic album "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" . The album's raw energy, aggressive sound, and socially conscious lyrics resonated with audiences, and it became a landmark release in thrash metal history.

Shaping the Sound of Death Metal

In 1987, Burns produced Death's debut album "Scream Bloody Gore," which is widely regarded as one of the most influential albums in death metal. The album's combination of speed, technicality, and brutality set a new standard for the genre, and it inspired countless bands to follow in Death's footsteps. Burns' work on "Scream Bloody Gore" solidified his reputation as a producer who could capture the raw intensity of extreme metal.

Further Successes and Legacy

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Burns continued to work with a wide range of metal bands, including Kreator, Possessed, Dark Angel, and Nuclear Assault. His productions were known for their powerful sound, which often emphasized the aggression and energy of the music. Burns' contributions to the metal scene helped to define the sound of an era, and his work continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.

Later Career and Continued Influence

In recent years, Burns has continued to work as a producer and sound engineer, contributing to projects in various genres. He has also been involved in remastering and reissuing classic albums from his catalog, ensuring that his legacy is preserved for future generations. Burns' influence on the metal scene remains undeniable, and his work continues to be celebrated by fans and critics alike.

Conclusion

Randy Burns' career as a record producer and sound engineer is a testament to his passion for music and his dedication to capturing the raw power of heavy metal. His collaborations with some of the most iconic bands in the genre have helped to shape the sound of metal music, and his contributions continue to be appreciated by fans around the world. As a pioneer of American metal, Randy Burns' legacy is secure, and his work will continue to inspire and influence musicians for years to come.

Bands he has worked with include: 3rd Stage Alert , Agent Steel , Aversion , Bitter End , Chris Poland ( Band ) , Crumbsuckers , Dark Age , Dark Angel , DBC , Dead End , Death , Excel , Helstar , Kreator , Leatherwolf , Lizzy Borden , Ludichrist , Megadeth , Morgoth , Mortal Sin , Nuclear Assault , Possessed , Suicidal Tendencies , Uncle Sam , Zoetrope.


Sound Engineer Casey McMackin and Randy Burns

Casey McMackin is a highly skilled and acclaimed sound engineer, producer, and musician who made significant contributions to the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music during the vibrant and influential era of the 1980s. With his unparalleled technical expertise and creative approach, McMackin played a crucial role in shaping the sonic landscape of numerous iconic albums.

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Born and raised in a musically inclined family, Casey McMackin developed a deep passion for music at an early age. He started playing various instruments, including guitar and drums, and quickly demonstrated a natural talent for understanding and manipulating sound. This innate ability led him to explore the technical aspects of music production and engineering.

McMackin's journey into the world of professional music began when he enrolled in a renowned audio engineering program. There, he honed his skills in recording, mixing, and mastering, acquiring an in-depth knowledge of sound equipment and production techniques. Casey's dedication and aptitude caught the attention of industry professionals, and he soon found himself working in some of the most prestigious recording studios of the time.

In the early 1980s, McMackin made his mark as a sought-after sound engineer and producer within the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail, his ability to capture the raw energy of live performances, and his keen ear for creating powerful and balanced mixes. Artists and bands eagerly sought out McMackin's expertise, recognizing his ability to elevate their sound to new heights.

Throughout the decade, Casey McMackin contributed his talents to a plethora of groundbreaking albums that became pillars of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. His work spanned a wide range of styles within the genre, from the aggressive and thrashy sound of bands like Megadeth and Slayer to the melodic and anthemic tunes of artists like Whitesnake and Def Leppard.

McMackin's impressive discography includes several dozen albums that went on to achieve both critical acclaim and commercial success. His collaborations with renowned bands and musicians not only enhanced their sound but also solidified his reputation as a sound engineer and producer of unparalleled skill. Some of his most notable works include "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth, "Reign in Blood" by Slayer, "Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi, and "Hysteria" by Def Leppard.

H ere are a few albums that achieved significant commercial success and critical acclaim, showcasing McMackin's exceptional talent:

"Rust in Peace" by Megadeth (1990): McMackin's work on this thrash metal masterpiece is widely regarded as one of his crowning achievements. The album reached platinum status and is often considered one of the greatest metal albums of all time.

"Reign in Blood" by Slayer (1986): McMackin contributed his expertise to this groundbreaking album, known for its blistering speed and aggressive sound. "Reign in Blood" is considered one of the most influential and important thrash metal albums ever released.

"Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi (1986): McMackin's production work on this album helped propel Bon Jovi to global superstardom. With hits like "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name," the album topped charts worldwide and became one of the best-selling albums of the 1980s.

"Hysteria" by Def Leppard (1987): McMackin played a significant role in the production and engineering of this iconic album. "Hysteria" spawned several chart-topping singles, including "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites," and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

"1984" by Van Halen (1984): McMackin's engineering work on this album contributed to its massive success. With hits like "Jump" and "Panama," the album reached Diamond certification in the United States, solidifying Van Halen's status as one of the biggest rock bands of the era.

Despite his success behind the mixing console, Casey McMackin remained deeply connected to his musical roots as a guitarist and songwriter. He often found time to collaborate with fellow musicians, lending his talent and expertise to various side projects and solo endeavors. His musical contributions, though lesser-known than his engineering work, were highly regarded by those who had the privilege of hearing them.

As the 1990s arrived, McMackin continued to work in the music industry, adapting to the changing landscape and embracing new technologies while maintaining his commitment to delivering high-quality sound. He expanded his repertoire beyond Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, working with artists in different genres, ranging from alternative rock to pop.

Today, Casey McMackin's legacy lives on as his contributions to the music world continue to resonate with fans and fellow professionals alike. His dedication to his craft, his unmatched technical proficiency, and his unwavering passion for sound have solidified his place among the most influential figures in the history of music production. Whether in the studio, behind the mixing console, or on stage, Casey McMackin's impact on the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal genre remains indelible, forever engrained in the world of music history.


Sound mixer: Paul Lani, Stan Katayama.

Artwork Edward Repka

Ed Repka: Master of Metal Art. Discover the twisted genius behind Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead, Death's iconic covers, and more. Biography + career deep-dive

Album Production Information:

Produced by Dave Mustaine, Randy Burns
Sound Engineer Casey McMackin and Randy Burns
Sound mixer: Paul Lani, Stan Katayama.

Record Label Information:

Capitol / Combat ST-12526  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in Canada
Band Members and Musicians on: MEGADETH - Peace Sells But Who's Buying
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Dave Mustaine - Vocals, Guitars

    Dave Mustaine  ( full-name: David Scott Mustaine ) born 1961 in La Mesa, California. He is the co-founder, lead vocalist, and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Megadeth, which was formed in 1983. Mustaine is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians in the thrash metal genre and is considered a pioneer of the American thrash metal scene.

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    Mustaine was originally a member of the band Metallica , but he was eventually fired from the band due to personal and musical differences. He went on to form Megadeth , which became one of the "big four" of the thrash metal genre along with Metallica , Slayer , and Anthrax .

    Throughout his career, Mustaine has been recognized for his musical abilities and innovative style, and he has been awarded numerous accolades and awards, including several Grammy nominations. He is known for his fast and complex guitar playing, as well as his powerful vocals and distinctive songwriting.

    In addition to his work with Megadeth, Mustaine has been involved in various other musical projects and has collaborated with a number of other musicians. He is also a published author and has been involved in various business ventures and charitable causes throughout his career.

  • David Ellefson - Bass
  • Dave Ellefson o-founder of Megadeth. Master of the bass. Dave Ellefson's story is the inside look at thrash metal's rise. Discover his journey now.

  • Chris Poland - Guitars

    Megadeth's original lead guitarist. Chris Poland defined 80s thrash metal with his unconventional style. Get the full story.

  • Gar Samuelson

    Gar Samuelson ( full-name: Gary Charles Samuelson ) was born in 1958 at Dunkirk, New York and was an American drummer. Samuelson started his musica career as Jazz Fusion drummer in a band called "The New Yorkers", he is best known as drummer with the American Thrash Metal band "Megadeth" from 1984 until 1987.

Track Listing of: "MEGADETH - Peace Sells But Who's Buying"

The Song/tracks on "Megadeth - Peace Sells, But Who's Buying? " are

    Side One:
  • Wake up Dead The Conjuring
  • Peace Sells
  • Devil's Island
    Side Two:
  • Good Mourning / Black Friday
  • Bad Omen
  • I Ain't Superstitious
  • My Last Words

 

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