In thrash annals, Peace Sells... captured Megadeth in their prime, a tight, well-oiled machine. Their second album blasted off with “Wake Up Dead,” and includes Megadeth classics like the title track and “Devil's Island.” The 1986 lineup of Dave Mustaine, Chris Poland, David Ellefson and Gar Samuelson was a strong one, although struggles with drugs made the recording of this album rather difficult.
In addition to the remastered CD, the 25th anniversary edition of Peace Sells also includes a previously unreleased concert from 1987. Megadeth plays songs from their first two releases, and it's a very solid set, especially for those who prefer the band's early material. Superfans and those with some extra cash might want to skip the 2 CD version and go with the deluxe box set.
The box set includes 5 CDs: the original album, the 1987 concert, Dave Mustaine mixes for the 2004 reissue, Randy Burns mixes and the album and concert in high resolution audio. It also comes with 3 LPs, a book, photos and replicas of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. It will set you back nearly 130 bucks, but for hardcore fans it's well worth it.
For thrash fans, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? is mandatory, so if you don't have it, this edition is a good one to get. For those who already own the original, the extra concert is a nice bonus, and collectors will really dig the deluxe box set.
(released July 12, 2011 on Capitol Records)