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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Album Description & Collectors information:

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 Music producer , Sound Engineer , and sound mixer. Responsible for the recorded sound of many Heavy Metal bands during the 1980s. 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 - Sound Engineer, Producer, Musician has been responsible for the sound and production of several dozen of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s. A list of 1980s music records he has worked on:

Sound mixer: Paul Lani, Stan Katayama.

Artwork Edward Repka

  Edward J. Repka aka Ed Repka - a very successful album cover art artist who has illustrated album covers for dozens of Heavy Metal bans most notable for bands like: Death, Defiance, Megadeth, "Suicide Angels" and many others. Visit the web-page with a gallery of Repka's album covers.

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.

     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 ( full-name: David Warren Ellefson ) a highly respected and accomplished musician who has made significant contributions to the world of heavy metal music. As a bassist, songwriter, and founding member of the legendary thrash metal band Megadeth, Ellefson has left an indelible mark on the genre, influencing countless musicians and fans alike.

     Born in Jackson, Minnesota in 1964, Ellefson began playing bass at the age of 11. He was heavily influenced by hard rock and heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Kiss, and Judas Priest, and began playing in local bands during his teenage years. In the early 1980s, Ellefson moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, and it was there that he met guitarist Dave Mustaine, who was forming a new band after being fired from Metallica.

     Ellefson and Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983, and the band quickly established itself as a major force in the thrash metal scene. Ellefson's aggressive, intricate bass lines and tight rhythmic sense helped define the band's sound, and his songwriting contributions were crucial to the success of many of the band's most iconic songs, including "Peace Sells," "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due," and "In My Darkest Hour."

     Throughout Megadeth's early years, Ellefson and Mustaine were the band's driving creative force, with Ellefson playing a key role in the songwriting and production of the band's early albums. However, in 2002, Ellefson left the band following a falling out with Mustaine. He went on to form several other musical projects, including the band F5 and the group Temple of Brutality, and also pursued a career as a solo artist and producer.

     In 2010, Ellefson rejoined Megadeth, and has remained a vital part of the band ever since. In addition to his work with Megadeth, Ellefson has continued to pursue a wide range of musical projects, including collaborations with other artists and his own solo work. He is also an accomplished author, having published a memoir entitled "My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock and Roll" in 2013.

     In addition to his contributions to the world of heavy metal music, Ellefson is also known for his philanthropic work, particularly in the areas of education and music therapy. He has established several charitable organizations, including the Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, which provides music education programs for children and young adults.

  • Chris Poland - Guitars

    Chris Poland Chris Poland is an American guitarist, born on 1 December 1957, in Dunkirk, New York. He is best known for his work as the lead guitarist for the thrash metal band Megadeth from 1984 to 1987.

    Poland began playing guitar at the age of 7 and was primarily self-taught. He later attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he honed his skills as a guitarist. In the early 1980s, he formed the jazz-fusion band The New Yorkers with his brother Mark Poland.

    In 1984, Poland joined Megadeth, which at the time consisted of Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, and Gar Samuelson. He recorded two albums with the band, "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!" and "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?," before being fired in 1987 due to drug and alcohol addiction.

    After leaving Megadeth, Poland formed his own band, OHM, which fused jazz, rock, and metal influences. He has also worked as a session musician and collaborated with other artists, including Lamb of God, Circle Jerks, and Mumbo's Brain.

    Poland has released several solo albums, including "Return to Metalopolis," "Chasing the Sun," and "Resistance." He is known for his virtuosic guitar playing and innovative use of jazz and fusion elements in his music.

    In addition to his music career, Poland has also worked as a guitar teacher and has released instructional videos and books. He continues to tour and record music with OHM and as a solo artist.

  • 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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Band Description:

  Megadeth is a thrash metal band that was formed in 1983 by Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. The band has released over 15 studio albums, selling over 50 million records worldwide. Megadeth is considered to be one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax.


  After being fired from Metallica in 1983, Dave Mustaine returned to Los Angeles and formed Megadeth with David Ellefson, Greg Handevidt, and Dijon Carruthers. The band's first album, "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!", was released in 1985 and showcased the band's aggressive thrash metal sound. However, the band's early years were marked by numerous lineup changes, with Mustaine being the only constant member.

  Megadeth's breakthrough album, "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?", was released in 1986 and featured the hit single "Peace Sells". The album's political lyrics and heavy sound appealed to a growing audience of thrash metal fans, and it established Megadeth as a major force in the genre. The band's next two albums, "So Far, So Good... So What!" and "Rust in Peace", continued to cement their reputation as one of the top thrash metal bands.

  In the early 1990s, Megadeth's popularity began to wane, and the band struggled with substance abuse and internal conflicts. However, they rebounded with the release of "Countdown to Extinction" in 1992, which became their most commercially successful album to date. The album's more accessible sound and lyrics appealed to a wider audience, and it earned Megadeth a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

  Over the next two decades, Megadeth continued to release albums and tour extensively, maintaining their status as one of the top thrash metal bands in the world. They have faced numerous lineup changes, with Mustaine remaining the only consistent member throughout the band's history. In 2020, the band released their 16th studio album, "Dystopia", which received critical acclaim and earned the band their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

  Musical Style

  Megadeth's musical style is characterized by fast, aggressive guitar riffs, complex song structures, and politically charged lyrics. Dave Mustaine's distinctive guitar playing style, which emphasizes intricate solos and rapid-fire picking, has influenced countless heavy metal guitarists. The band's sound is heavily influenced by classical music, with many of their songs featuring complex arrangements and multiple movements.

  Lyrically, Megadeth often tackles political and social issues, including war, government corruption, and environmentalism. Many of their songs also address personal struggles, such as addiction and mental illness. Mustaine's lyrics are often introspective and vulnerable, and they have resonated with a generation of heavy metal fans.


  Megadeth's impact on the world of heavy metal cannot be overstated. Along with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, they are considered to be one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal, and they have inspired countless heavy metal bands over the past three decades. Their aggressive sound and politically charged lyrics have influenced the development of numerous sub-genres of heavy metal, including death metal, black metal, and progressive metal.