So what do we have here folks. It's a collection of MEGADETH songs that have appeared in various other places already like cover albums and movie soundtracks.
A collection of rarities, un-commons, sought after tracks or hidden treasures if you will.
Don't get me wrong. This CD has some good tracks and there are probably even some good things in every song but as a compilation of songs, it just feels, well, like just that, a group of songs written at different times and under different circumstances. It seems disjointed. Articulating why I am not fond of this is difficult…I just don't feel eager to put it on and when I do I want to remove it from my player…fast.
The production varies, perhaps because the songs come from different times and places. The production is clear and alive and the guitar sound is most MEGADETH on "Angry Again" which for me is also the strongest track on the CD. In fact, when the "Last Action Hero" movie came out, I purchased the soundtrack (which I rarely do) because of this song (but also because of many other good Metal songs present).
I respect Alice Cooper and I do like some of his earlier work. Don't love any of it but I like some of it. I hate the song "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and even a MEGADETH version ain't gonna win me over. It irritates the shit out of me and frankly it sounds real corny.
"Paranoid" is a godly track but I'm sure you all know that. Dave and Co. add an interesting thrashy twist that sits fine with me. Not necessary to compare it original so I don't. It was originally done for the "Nativity In Black" tribute CD to BLACK SABBATH.
MEGADETH pulled off a great punk cover of "Anarchy I n The U.K." on their third album "So Far, So Good…So What?" but I am not as excited about the SEX PISTOLS song "Problems" done here. I don't really know the original very well but this version certainly does little for me. Maybe the original is better…I hope so.
I find the other tracks to be mediocre MEGADETH…I could definitely be just as happy having never experienced them.
This is not groundbreaking material…I really like one of the three cover songs and one original. The rest ain't bad…just eh. MEGADETH completists should probably have this. That's why I do. That's really only why I do. (Online May 17, 2003)