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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, 26 Sep 2009
This review is from: Rust In Peace (Audio CD)
Firstly This album has some truly amazing musicianship and it deserves 3/5 on that basis alone. The guitars are incredible, the drums are stunning and Dave Ellefson's picked bass is aesthetically pleasing particularly on 'Poison Was The Cure'.

However, the remastering process was just not required on this album. The original mix sounds perfectly fine, almost 20 years after it was recorded. This remastered version features re-recordings of Mustaine's vocal performances. Dave's voice has gone through a few changes over the years. In 1990 he was more focused on sounding angry than singing on 'hit records'. Consequently, his current singing voice sounds alien on this album. Sadly the instrumental performances have also been edited and if you are familiar with the album you will find the alterations distracting.

In summary this is a great record but they have overcooked the remastering process. Find the original mix from 1990 - It's a tiny bit quieter, but you can get round this problem by simply turning the volume up. Seriously.

EDIT: I have noticed that my review has been included on both CD versions of this album. Just to clarify, I am reviewing the remastered release B0002EXH5O.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2011 22:05:58 BDT
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Posted on 5 Oct 2011 17:26:49 BDT
I also agree. I had to turn it off after Five Magics. The re-recorded vocals (both lead and backing) are nowhere as good as the original. Also I think the bass is now far too loud. Why mess with something so near perfect? The original sounded great, raw and full of energy. The only advantage the remastered version has is that is is louder when you listen to it on an ipod. But louder with a poor overall sound

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 12:40:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2012 12:43:16 GMT
G. Young says:
Absolutey; I was listening to the album last night (the original) and it simply does not need remastering, the production is excellent. Same with Countdown To Extinction; one of the best produced albums I have ever heard - perfection. With the exception of Peace Sells, (I like the mix on this one but I would still recommend the original) the remasters are quite dreadful.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 00:13:44 GMT
I don't know why Dave altered it so much - Although given his bizarre political rants he does seem to be losing the plot. Certainly not likeable by any means. I digress...

There are some great remasters where they just clean things up a bit and highlight muddier parts so there's more clarity - That's all you have to do - It's not rocket science! Given that rock music is usually a recording of a musical moment in time, why go back and re-record bits when the original was so fondly remembered and commercially successful?

Dave Mustaine is the George Lucas of thrash metal. He'll be recording the prequels next - 'Rust in Peace - Episode III: Now With Trombones'

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 19:58:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 20:01:12 GMT
G. Young says:
"Dave Mustaine is the George Lucas of thrash metal." I love that, almost as much as I love your Amazon name; genius! This is definately a case of 'if it ain't broken don't fix it' regarding the 'remasters.' The original mixes are the ones we grew up with, fell in love with and hold close.
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