“Greatest Hits: Back To The Start” by Megadeth

Artist: Megadeth
Title: “Greatest Hits: Back To The Start”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 6/28/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Dave Mustaine has finally given the Legions of Megadeth followers the single most requested CD of all. A compilation of the bands greatest pieces all in one easy place to find them. There is no questioning the genius of Mustaine when it comes to putting together a great metal song, and he has many of them which make this piece a welcome addition to the catalog. Before this arrived the closest example of this we would have would be with the live CD/DVD “Rude Awakening” and the 2000 released “Capitol Punishment”. While the older hits piece was good and shares similar numbers from the new package, the live piece in particular had an amazing selection and was almost as good as a career compilation. It served as a better example until now. However, it with “Back To The Start” we have more tracks included and a little cleaner production than its predecessor. For me this was a plus since it included almost all of the Megadeth tracks that I have enjoyed over the years. Dave made sure to have a great amount of material on this piece and with 17 tracks you cannot go wrong. This CD is even perfect tailgate party music. There is nothing better than kicking back some beers with your Friends at a show, and cranking up the Megadeth (that is provided you are legal drinking age of course).

Everything the die-hard or casual fan would expect to find is here for them to enjoy from “Peace Sells”, to “In My Darkest Hour” and “Wake Up Dead”. He also included the masterpiece “Hangar 18”. I would have to label it as a CD with something for everyone who appreciates intelligent metal. There is a limited edition that includes a DVD that I was not given as part of the review yet this CD is quite simply a must buy. It arrives in perfect time for The Gigantour, which is a massive concert featuring Megadeth as the headliners with Dream Theater and a number of others as well.

Track Listing:
1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
2. In My Darkest Hour
3. Peace Sells
4. Sweating Bullets
5. Angry Again
6. A Tout Le Monde
7. Trust
8. Kill The King
9. Symphony Of Destruction
10. Mechanix (2002 Remix)
11. Train Of Consequences
12. Wake Up Dead
13. Hangar 18
14. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
15. Skin O’ My Teeth
16. She-Wolf
17. Prince Of Darkness

Official Website: http://www.megadeth.com/

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