At first I have to say that I usually don't buy box sets. The only one I have is from Ozzy Osbourne. When Megadeth decided to release this one...there was no doubt if I'm gonna buy it or not. Megadeth is my favourite band and defintely better than Metallica. This box-set is almost perfect. It has something new, something old, something rare...and something live.
"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good" and "The Skull Beneath the Skin" are good choices from their first album "KIMB". Still...I would have taken more songs, at least "Rattlehead" would have been a great for this. After all...it was supposed to be the title of their first album before they decided to change it to KIMB...ABIG! These tracks remind us for the wonders of remixing and remastering.
"Peace Sells", "Wake Up Dead", "Devils Island" are the best choices from "Peace Sells..But Who's Buying?". All the songs from the studio albums are remixed and remastered.
"Set the World Afire", "Into the Lungs of Hell", "Hook in Mouth", "Liar", and "In My Darkest Hour" are all great songs but I would have taken only 3-4 songs from "So Far, So Good...So What!" for this box set. "Anarcy/Problems" is a mixture of those two cover songs. It begins and ends with "Anarchy" - in the middle there's a short "Problems".
"Hangar 18" is the only songs which is taken as an album version from "Rust in Peace" (which is the best metal album ever!). However, there's three more songs ("Holy Wars...the Punishment Due", "Tornado of Souls", and "Five Magics") as demo versions...and of course live versions.
"Symphony of Destruction" and "Foreclosure of a Dream" are taken from "Countdown to Extinction". Great songs! "Architecture of Aggression" is a great demo version. Also the four live tracks are awesome!
From "Youthanasia" they decided to take "Train of Consequences", "Reckoning Day", "The Killing Road", "A Tout Le Monde" which all are great choices. I'd personally like more "Elysian Fields" or "Blood of Heroes" but they weren't chosen.
"Cryptic Writings" is not as bad as many think. Although they chose only "Trust" (a hit single), "Almost Honest", "Use the Man", "She-Wolf" and a live version of "A Secret Place", you could find more masterpieces in it if you would give it a chance.
"Insomnia" and "Crush 'em" were great choices from "Risk" which is their most hated album - although it isn't that bad - it just different from others.
I remember when Megadeth's first collection "The Megadeth Years" were released - there was "Dread And Fugitive Mind" - as well as "Kill the King" - great songs.
"Moto Psycho" and "1000 Times Goodbye" are from "The World Needs a Hero". Well, you could say that they are great songs...but I would have replaced "1000 Times Goodbye" with "Promises".
"Kick the Chair" and "Of Mice And Man" are from their underrated comeback album "The System Has Failed". The box sets have a strange way to make songs sound better. Well, great choices!
There's two short interviews "dark themes..." and "keeping score..." which are great to make this box set (almost) a perfect one.
The songs "Go to Hell", "Angry Again", "Paranoid" (a Black Sabbath cover), "Diadems" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (an Alice Cooper cover) are "rarities" which have been released in soundtracks etc. and "Hidden Treasures". "Breakpoint" can also be found in "HT" but this one is a session take which haven't been released before.
"New World Order", "Strange Ways" (a Kiss cover), "One Thing", "Duke Nukem", "Never Say Die" (a Black Sabbath cover), and "Coming Home" were songs I hadn't heard before. They all are great songs!!!
Disc four is a 68-minute-live album which is great. It has made during the tour of "Rust in Peace". The players play perfectly! Mustaine's voice is great. It is well mixed. The audience is awesome! The only thing that I don't like is "It's Electric" which is sung by Sean Harris which some of you may know from a band called "Diamond Head".
The DVD is great. It includes only a 50-minute-long live gig but it is a great one. The picture quality is great. "Lucretia" and "Ashes in Your Mouth" are such perfect live acts...like every song is.