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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

Laud Records, February 5, 2002

Remastered by Tom Baker
Remixed by Bill Kennedy

Dave Mustaine - vocals, guitars, piano
David Ellefson - bass, backup vocals
Chris Poland - guitars
Gar Samuelson - drums

Total running time: 31:12

Cover illustration: Michael Muller
Cover concept: Dave Mustaine

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Deluxe Edition)

Lyrics


# Track: Music, lyrics by: Single: Video: Length:
1. Last Rites/Loved to Death Mustaine     4:40
2. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Mustaine     3:06
3. Skull Beneath the Skin Mustaine     3:47
4. Rattlehead Mustaine     3:43
5. Chosen Ones Mustaine     2:55
6. Looking Down the Cross Mustaine     5:02
7. Mechanix Mustaine     4:22
8. These Boots Lee Hazlewood     4:39


Due to label and creative conflicts, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! was released in 1985 with incomplete songs and mixes, and without Mustaine's original artwork. There was a rumor around since the mid 90's, that the album is going to be re-released with new packing and remastered sound. Eventually, the expectations of Megadeth fans were fulfilled on February 5th, 2001.

Laud Records recovered the original tracking tapes used in the album's recording and had the tapes restored, which allowed Megadeth and producer Bill Kennedy to remix the entire album, as it was originally intended. Technological advancements permitted the album to be digitally remastered, giving it the highest sonic level possible.

Then there was the controversy over including the band's cover version of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," which appeared on the original release, but was dropped from the 1996 re-release due to demands for royalties. According to the music lawyers, Mustaine was ordered to omit his 'vile and offensive lyrics' to acquire permission to use it.

"We are including 'These Boots,' but with all of the words that I changed 'beeped' out. Also, there is a note from me explaining why we took it off and what we had to do to put it back on." (Mustaine, 2001)

"I know there will be some who say 'waaaaah! Dave said he wouldn't censor it!' Well, guess what? I changed my mind due to overwhelming requests to include it." (Mustaine, 2001)

In addition to the inclusion of this infamous track, Mustaine's original cover concept for Killing Is My Business... has been restored. The booklet of the album is going to contain extensive liner notes by Mustaine and Ellefson as well as forward by fellow metallian and admirer, Anthrax's Scott Ian. Deluxe Edition also features three unreleased bonus tracks ("Last Rites/Loved to Death," "Mechanix," and "The Skull Beneath the Skin"), which composed the first Megadeth demo entitled Last rites the band originally submitted to Combat for signing consideration.


Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! :: Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? :: So Far, So Good... So What! :: Rust in Peace :: Countdown to Extinction :: Youthanasia :: Hidden Treasures :: Cryptic Writings :: Risk :: Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years :: The World Needs a Hero :: Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Deluxe Edition) :: Rude Awakening :: Still Alive... And Well?

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