Peace Sells But Who's Buying?

Label
Capitol Catalog
Release date
14 Jul 2009
Running length
2 tracks
Running time
9:08

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Peace Sells (2004 - Remastered) 4:03 2,159
2 Devils Island (2004 - Remastered) 5:05 852

About this album

Megadeth, released in 1986. Originally, the project was handled by Combat Records, and this resulted in the first mix of the album (nicknamed Peace Diffs… but Who’s Buyin?, also known as Peace Sells Combat Mix), which can be found on the internet as a bootleg. 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 (though it is not known if the remaster is of the Combat release, the Capitol release, or a combination of both).

Professional rock critic Steve Huey noted the album’s combination of “punkish political awareness with a dark, threatening, typically heavy metal worldview.” For instance, the album’s cover makes an ironic statement about the Cold War. On the backdrop of a red and orange sky, it shows the United Nations headquarters soon after a nuclear attack. In the foreground is the band’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead, who is leaning against a sign reading “For Sale” (“Vic Realtors” appearing in some copies), implying that the United Nations is for sale. The cover and the title suggest that while peace is a popular theme, it has become commodified, yet the ideal not achieved. These themes carry into the title track, with its strong themes of youth disillusionment. Dave Mustaine lifted the title from a Reader’s Digest article, where it was written “Peace Would Sell But No One Would Buy It”.

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