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So Far, So Good, So What [VINYL]
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2005
In the remixed version's booklet; Dave comments that he can remember the events the lead to the "second incarnation" of Megadeth like it was yesterday. Chris Poland was sacked from the band for selling off some of Dave's guitars for drug money, and Gar Samuelson was sacked because he was becoming too wild for Dave and Junior to handle. After this, Dave then hired Jeff Young, who was guitar teacher for ex-Malice guitarist, Jay Reynolds, and Chuck Behler, who was Gar Samuleson's drum technician.
During the making of this album, Dave had to fire Paul Lani, as there were rising difficulties between the two, and higher Michael Wagner half way through. The original production was poor but received a warm welcome from Droogies everywhere. However, the remixed version has much better production and, perhaps not as much as Killing is My Business... And Business is Good! , has a raw feel to it. Some consider this to be Megadeth's worse album, but I don't think Megadeth have really ever made an awful album. Anyway, this album is great it's also an underrated classic.
(1) Into the Lungs of Hell (Mustaine)
Megadeth's first, and only, full and official instrumental song. The title of the song refers to the bible where Michael the Archangel and his cohorts "thrust into the lungs of Hell" to attack Satan. This is a great instrumental and I like the horn elements at the beginning.
(2) Set the World Afire (Mustaine)
This was the first song Dave wrote after he was sacked from Metallica, but it was originally entitled Megadeth. He didn't want to use the song just yet until he felt it was ready to be experimented on, and then it was later renamed Set the World Afire. The song is about destruction of all life on earth through nuclear weapons and the horrible aftermath. This is one of the best songs of the album, and it's one of my personal classics.
(3) Anarchy in the U.K. (Matlock/Rotten/Cook/Jones)
This song is a cover of the Sex Pistols song. It was originally featured on Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols album, released in 1979. This isn't the best cover Megadeth have done, but it isn't a bad tune and it's definitely better than I Ain't Superstitious. Megadeth actually misheard several lyrics in the original Sex Pistol's song. For example, "and other cunt-like tendencies" is actually "another council tenancy" and "no dog's body" is actually "no, don't worry."
(4) Mary Jane (Mustaine/Ellefson)
The first 'Deth song Junior helped write. It is about a girl who takes up witchcraft. Eventually, she wants to get out of it and in an effort to do so, she confesses to her father, who not only doesn't forgive Mary Jane, but buries her alive. That's why she haunts the forest. This is another great tune with really good lyrics as well.
(5) 502 (Mustaine)
This is basically about Dave being pulled over by the police! This is perhaps the worst song of the album, but it does have a good tune and some hilarious lyrics, (e.g. "Pullover shit-head; this is the cops!").
(6) In My Darkest Hour (Mustaine/Ellefson)
This songs was first written when Dave heard of the death of his good friend and late Metallica bass player Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton, (1962 - 1986), and it was also when his understanding of "being there for you" was born. Although the lyrics have nothing to do with him, Cliff's untimely passing gave Dave this melody that lives in the hearts of metal heads around the world. This is perhaps one of the best Megadeth songs ever, and it has some of the best lyrics ever for a Megadeth song.
(7) Liar (Mustaine/Ellefson)
This is basically Dave telling us exactly what he thinks, (or use to think), of ex-guitarist Chris Poland. This is another great song, with some clever and crude lyrics.
(8) Hook in Mouth (Mustaine/Ellefson)
This song is about revisionism and censorship, specifically aimed at the PMRC, (The Parents Music Resource Centre), which forced the band to put "Parental Advisory/Explicit Lyrics" warnings on both Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? and So Far, So Good... So What! Several parts of this song are similar to the George Orwell novel, 1984. It must have been the major inspiration for this song. In the book, the government employs and organization called the Ministry of Truth to alter every piece of literature, especially newspaper articles, in order the make the government look good. The book describes people being created and erased, statistics and figures being changed, all to eliminate any negative feelings or opposition towards the government. Many of the workers for this organization are described just as Dave describes them; little, beady-eyed, bug-like men. In "Hook in Mouth," Dave is comparing the PMRC to the Ministry of Truth. Dave obviously feels that the organization oversteps the bounds of the government by putting warning labels on albums or forcing artists to compromise their integrity in any way. This is another one of the best songs of the album, and has some very clever lyrics in, although Dave's vocals are very different to the rest of the album.
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Yeah its only about 35 minutes long, but its a pretty damn amazing 35 minutes. The opening instrumental track 'Into The Lungs Of Hell' does exactly what it says on the tin, this belting opener sets the scene for the rest of the album. Apart from a cover version of 'Anarchy In The UK' the whole album is top notch, the opener, 'Set The World Afire' and 'In My Darkest Hour' are the stand-out tracks of this album. Blistering solos, intimidating riffs and Mustaine's early 'growly' voice prove this is one of the best Megadeth albums. Yeah Endgame and Rust In Peace are way better however this album defines the early days of Megadeth, any metal fan should love it. I wouldn't recommend it for people looking to get into Megadeth, get Countdown To Extinction or Rust In Peace. Overall a kick-ass thrash/metal album from an awesome band - Get It.
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on 24 August 2007
Pumped full of drugs, furious and churning out riffs - it is hard to see how Mustaine managed to put the band together while he had all that in mind! But the riffs on so far so good so what are quality, and while there isn't an equivalent of a catchy but political and metal song (as in peace sells, hangar 18) there are some very very good songs on this. I think that it is worth buying this cd especially for 'in my darkest hour', which is my all time favourite megadeth song. However this cd has an abundance of great songs. songs like 'hook in mouth' and 'into the lungs of hell' are great songs.

Not quite as good as peace sells and rust in peace, but still an amazing record. But for people new to megadeth, i would suggest buying peace sells, rust in peace, and so far so good so what if you want.
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on 7 November 2012
What can I say?
Megadeth.
So far, so good,...so what!
Old style Heavy Metal that, by today's comparisons, is relatively mild.
Quite a varied musical style within the stereotype too. As, in the fact that, each track was distinct, and not just a thrash of noise from start to finish. Lots of fret work, direction and key changes. A definitive album.
A great cover of 'Anarchy in the U.K'.
Dave Mustaine still sounds full of youthfull angst. They've been going nearly 30 years now, lol.
It took me back to the day!
If I meet anyone called 'Mary Jane', I still hear the song welling up inside my mind.
Very please with my purchase.
But my neighbours may not be........ and ...SO WHAT!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2004
when reading about megadeths history and their best albums, it's always Rust In Peace, Peace Sells..., but i never see this album mentioned. But i love it! Starting out with a great fast paced instrumental. The songs join seamlessly and as this is the first album by megadeth that i own it's definitely my favourite.
On song 5 or 6 the first time i heard it i thought of for whom the bell tolls by metallica. Now we all know the history there. See what you think.
The only downsides are that the extra songs don't really add much for a new listener - maybe older fans would recognise differences to the originals.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Oh Dear Dave! What have you done?? This was one of my favourite albums when I was a kid and Megadeth were probably my favourite Thrash band at the time. I was just getting into Thrash Metal when this came out, and this was the first album I heard of theirs. It's their darkest I'll agree, and the fact that Dave was in a dark place during the making of this albums only gives it more depth, and technically he was pushing the envelope once again on from Peace Sells.. Personally I love the production of the orginal. It was a little rawer than Peace Sells, but no less technical, and contains some of Daves best work. Into the Lungs of Hell, Mary Jane, Set the World Afire,Hook in Mouth... all monsterous classics, that threw you deep into Daves pshycic abyss.. a truly menacing album. It's also more visceral lyric wise, and his writing definitely took a more serious approach on his addiction to drugs, and the state he was in at the time, battling his constant frustration with Metallica, and his own personal demons.
This is probably going against the 'die hard critics', but for me, I think this album also contains the best cover in 'Anarchy in the USA'. I really dont know why everyone dislikes this so much? It's a brilliant version, and if anything improved on the original. The reasons are The Sex Pistols were nothing more than a manufactured pop band with a Punk style..they might have had the looks, and some attitude, but on Daves version of their biggest hit, he sings it with real aggression, and genuine 'attitude. I also love the fact he said he sung the lyrics different because he thought thats wht they were, which makes it more his own take on it, throwing in the word 'c@nt', and you know this guy sings it pissed off!! Remember, this is one of the leading pioneers of Thrash Metal, and anarchy flowed through his veins back then.
So, enough of why I love the album. The reason why I hate this so called 'remastered version' is the fact that, and sorry Dave, you're still a genuis, but it's been butchered. It sounds like this was completely re-recorded rather than tweeked. I'm no expert, but I defintely notice the differents in the guitar work, and I'm sure I read that Dave re-did a lot of the guitar work for the re-masters, on this album it's really noticable, almost to the point it could be a session guitarist throwing a turd on an already polished album. Why would you do it the other way round and ruin something that already sounds perfect. The drums have been tweeked to sound tinny and ridiculous, none of the aggressive tom hits are there anymore, just this echoey tap. If anything it's been over-polished, and I cringed at every technical turn that was destroyed by this remastered rubbish. When I look back and remember how awesomely visceral, raw and heavy this album sounded when it first same out, with this version, I'm thrown into a child friendly innocent fluffy re-production. Don't get me wrong, I think any album that needs to be remastered and tweeked should if it's given the justice it deserves, just dont over produce something and remaster something that sounds the way it was intended in the first place. Nothing short of criminal for this!!!
Final difinitive upset...what the hell were the trumpet sounding piece at the opening of 'Into the Lungs of Hell' doing on here??? they weren't ever there on the original!!or if they were, at least you never heard em!! Be prepared for a Re-Remastered version..complete with Pan Pipes and Banjos!!!!
Ditch the remaster and buy the original!! How it was and how it should always be...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2009
This one makes it for me. Never have they sounded angrier, darker, scarrier... this album is a tour de force with a guitarstorm called Into the lungs of of hell opening the attack. If I had to choose one metal-album, it would be this one. Second would be Master of reality by Black Sabbath.
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on 21 June 2008
One of Megadeths darekest album. This is a masterpiece every track is a killer track. Best has to be Into The Lungs Of hell, Set The World Afire, Mary Jane, 502, Hook In Mouth and of course the classic In My Darkest Hour. Everyone is saying that the Sex Pistols cover Anarchy In The Uk is a terrible cover but i think it's great they did a better job then Sex pistols anyway. The band was on alot of drugs during the recording of this album and to make such a masterpiece was a miracle. Great start too Megadeth it's a classic.
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on 5 September 2013
Bought this album when it first came out on cassette, a classic for any real metal fans! Was dying to get it again on vinyl so jumped at the chance when I saw it was available and at 180 grams! But was very disappointed once again to find the inner sleeve was not anti static, can't believe at the price you pay such a simple and cheap addition is not included as standard! Also the record is slightly warped, which again is very disappointing! As for sound the vinyl is far superior to anything else!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2001
This has got to be the ultimate Megadeath album. The music hits you like a freight train going trough your living room. This was the first Thrash album that i bought (12 years ago!) but it still kicks ass. The only complaint is that it is only 28 minutes long, but its 28 minutes of non stop agression, and it gives you a chance to rest your aching neck before you do yourself ireparable damage from too much head banging. Anyway, buy this album, it`ll blow you away!
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