Here I go again!!! ( In the immortal lines of 'Sweating Bullets'!).. I ranted about how bad the remastered version for So Far So Good So What..was, and the same has to be said for Countdown. Another classic butchered..why oh why was this done?? I bought the remastered having owned the original, thinking, 'this'll be interesting', maybe heavier, something extra? some added sleeve notes? Well, it had some of that, and to be completely frank, the bonus tracks are the best thing on the remastered version. The album itself has been butchered beyond belief, and I have to agree with one of the other comments, Dunc, in that all the aggression and heaviness has been removed, and replaced with tinny trebly innocence, and bright fluffy drums!! It all sounds too high end, polished to the point of smiling pearly whites rather than 'its gapped tooth grin!!!!!' like in the original.
You know what, and it's maybe a bit of an obvious one, but I think Daves ego really got carried away with him during the remasters of these albums..It was a time to go 'these are mine, and f@ck what anyone else thinks, I'm gonna have a play!!' like some spoilt kid having a tantrum. He never liked Nick Menza that much, and it really shows on this album as he completely destroyed any density his drum sound had from the original! I thought Nick was possibly one of the best techinically brilliant drummers the band ever had, truly unique sound, but Dave in his infinite wisdom for a cash-in throws in a nice tinny echoey slap to the drums..it sounds..well, rubbish in my opinion.
So, this, probably my second or third favourite Megadeth album, close shave with So Far So Good, or Peace Sells..is turned into the 'MegaDave'album.. A real shame as this was a defining classic that had them take the world by storm at their peak!!