1 additional guitar by Steve Jones
So Far, So Good... So What! is a surprisingly diverse Megadeth album, featuring Megadeth's second lineup of Jeff Young on guitar and Chuck Behler on drums. This lineup lacked the chemistry of the previous one, with Mustaine not very happy with the new additions, but keeping them due to desperation and his desire to keep Megadeth together and constantly releasing material. Jeff Young wanted to call the album "No Warning."
Dave's drug problems were at their peak during the recording of this album, and the music suffers accordingly. Even thought it contains two memorable tracks (a cover of "Anarchy in the UK" and "In My Darkest Hours"), So Far, So Good... So What! is probably Megadeth's most controversial, weakest and least-consistent album.
"In the beginning, when me and Junior wanted to intoxicate ourselves, a mix of beer and pot satisfied us. But I was fascinated by the fact, that I could become a real junky. I really wanted it to happen. I wasn't a very interesting guy. I had a problem with everybody. I didn't notice that I was completely ruining my image. For five whole years I was throwing away $500 a day for fresh material." (Mustaine)
"We thought that this was what life in a band should look like. The amazing thing is that we somehow managed to function normally with these habits. We were in it real deep. For us a state of total narcotic blast off was just a regular thing." (Ellefson)
"For all intents and purposes, that album was a fucking disaster. I wanted to kick [drugs], I didn't want to kick, I wanted to kick, didn't want to kick, I was up at Woodstock and I was sick and everything was really crazy. And this guy, [co - producer] Paul Lani, would be out in the woods, peeling apples and coring them and feeding them to the fucking deer while we were trying to make a record. And I'm thinking, 'You know, deer eat fucking apple skin. They don't care that it's peeled and cored!' We had to remix that album twice and still never ended up with a good mix; it's just totally buried under reverb. That's a record I would love to go back and remix, but you know, when is enough enough? When Jimmy Page went back and redid those songs for the Zeppelin remasters, that, to me, was sacrilege - I mean, I'm used to hearing all those little noises." (Mustaine, 1997)
"That whole album was very hurriedly put together. We came off the road, and we had schedules set up that weren't realistic. We were talking about this, and if we had put the brakes on - not broken up - but just stopped and found the musicians that we think we've found in Marty [Friedman] and Nick [Menza], I think that things would've been a lot different." (Ellefson, 1990)
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