August 06, 2021

Megadeth - Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (1985)

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 8 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label Number: 88561-8015-2

© 1985 Combat Records
After his exit from Metallica, Dave Mustaine regrouped with his own band on this debut album, accentuating his own chaotic, driving rhythm guitar work and careening, lightning-fast solos. The music here is as raw as Megadeth gets, and that can be both good and bad -- Megadeth's later precise, complex riffing and composition aren't completely developed, but the music is performed with a great deal of energy, while Mustaine's vocals (never his strong point) are amateurish at best. Highlights include a retooled version of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots" and "Mechanix," a Mustaine composition written with Metallica, which turned into the latter's "The Four Horsemen."

tags: megadeth, killing is my business and business is good, 1985, flac,


  1. MegaThrashMay 04, 2023

    Hi Bucc, I was wondering which exact version of this disc this is, as I find several very similar editions on Discogs...
    Could you ID the right one please?
    Check these versions, especially the pics of the disc itself:





    Also, what program and version did you use for the rip?

    Hope this is not too much trouble, thanks for all the hard work!

    1. Hi. This is the first U.S. pressing, made in the USA, so it would be the one in the first link. The only thing different about the other pressings are the country of manufacturing and aesthetic ones. They all contain the same audio mix, even the represses. A repress is simply a reissue that used the same materials, source tapes and other resources that the original first pressings were made from by the same label and pressing plants. A repress will often be identical to the original pressing in terms of audio quality since they used the same source for the mastering. The CD might look different, but the audio is not.

      We also rip using CueTools and all CD files are tagged and sorted for your convenience. There are no cue sheets to deal with. All files are also scanned and verified using the AccurateRip database and the report is also included in the RAR file. You can also view the Accuraterip data in the files themselves. Other info like production credits and label numbers are also included in the audio files. If you have something like FooBar2000, you can view the tags there.

    2. MegaThrashMay 08, 2023

      Thanks for the detailed response, Bucc!
      I didn't know that about re-pressings, so I even learned something :)

    3. Yay! 😃 Normally, if we post a repress, we include that information in the post. The same applies if it's a reissue, a remastered pressing, a digital store pressing or the first pressing on CD. It's all included in the post along with the label number and the track total. Cheers!


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