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The world needs Megadeth,
This review is from: Rude Awakening (Audio CD)
Megadeth finally released their first live album in early 2002, featuring no less than 24 tracks on two CD’s. If memory serves, the set list had been voted for by fans online, so no mutterings of not including this-or-that song are in order. The songs on offer are a nearly all-covering trek through the group’s back catalogue. Every studio album is represented here, with the less than surprising exception of the infamous “Risk”. A number of old classics such as “Hook In Mouth”, “Devils Island” and “Ashes In Your Mouth” had found their way back to the set after a lengthy absence. Four songs were chosen from the then-latest studio offering “The World Needs A Hero”, and even their debut album is represented in the form of “Mechanix”.
The album features the rather short-lived line-up of Mustaine, Ellefson, DeGrasso and Pitrelli. Guitarist Al Pitrelli does a decent job in recreating the parts of no less than three predecessors. However, Jimmy DeGrasso’s habit of constantly hitting the hi-hat whenever there aren’t any drum parts in a song can be annoying.
In comparison with the album versions, many of the songs are played with a faster tempo. “She-Wolf” and “Symphony Of Destruction” have also been extended for a live situation. Very little between-song banter has been included – whether that is a plus or a negative is up to you to decide.
A source of complaint is the mix, which is heavily dominated by the bass and drums. And while the cover artwork is rather amusing in itself (a guy falling off a skyscraper while still in bed – a rude awakening indeed!), the absence of the Megadeth logo makes the product look rather faceless. Still, the set list works well enough, and the performances are ferocious, so one can’t be entirely displeased.