MEGADETH - PEACE SELLS, BUT WHO'S BUYING? - German Release DMM 12" Vinyl LP Album

  "Peace Sells" the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released in November 1986. Originally, the project was handled by Combat Records, and this resulted in the first mix of the album. Eventually Capitol Records bought the rights to the album and a producer was hired to mix it himself. It was remixed and remastered in 2004 by Dave Mustaine, and again in 2011 as part of the album's 25th anniversary celebrations.

 

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Megadeth is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine. The band's second album, "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" was released in 1986 and is considered one of their most significant and influential works.

Megadeth's first album, "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!" was released in 1985 and received critical acclaim. It was followed by "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" in 1986. The album was produced by Dave Mustaine and Randy Burns and was released under the Capitol Records label. The album cover, which features the band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, was designed by artist Ed Repka.

"Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" is a concept album that deals with social and political issues such as war, corruption, and greed. The album is characterized by fast-paced, aggressive guitar riffs, pounding drums, and powerful vocals. The lyrics are often confrontational and critical of society, reflecting the band's punk rock and thrash metal influences. Some of the album's most popular tracks include "Wake Up Dead," "Devil's Island," and the title track, "Peace Sells."

"Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" was a critical and commercial success, cementing Megadeth's place in the heavy metal scene. The album reached #76 on the US Billboard 200 chart and has sold over a million copies worldwide. The album's title track became a popular anthem for the band and is still considered one of their signature songs. The album's success helped establish Megadeth as one of the leading bands in the thrash metal genre and paved the way for their future successes.

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos. 

Music Genre:

  American Thrash 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 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

Record Label Information:

  Capitol Records 1C 064-24 0626 / DMM Direct Metal Mastering

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 200 gram  
Year & Country:  1986 Made in Germany
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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