CDP-529004 Youthanasia
Produced by Max Norman & Dave Mustaine
Released on October 1994
US CHART POSITION #4 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #6
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K ronomyth 6.0: THANATOS UNIDOS (or A SYME OF THE TIMES). Megadeth were megastars. Metal was their business and business was good. I had a negative reaction to most of the 90s metal movement because it had flowed into the mainstream through the same product pipelines that carried Garth Brooks and Nirvana. So while my ears recognize that this is an awesome metal album, my eyes can’t help but notice that it’s also slickly packaged product. Look, Metallica was product, Pantera was product, Soundgarden was product, so I’m not picking on Megadeth here. I’m only saying that a lyric sheet would have been fine; I don’t need a picture to tell the “story” of every song. I get that “Family Tree” is about incest; a photo of a kid holding a teddy bear is just staged pathos. And I still don’t have a clue what babies on a laundry line have to do with euthanasia, or why the “youthanasia” pun isn’t connected to infanticide in China and India. And mightn’t they have taken a photo of the band without using a fan to give their hair a windswept effect? Okay, that’s all the grousing I’m going to do about the megamarketing of Megadeth, sorry about that. Like I said, the album rocks. “Elysian Fields,” “Train of Consequences,” “Addicted to Chaos,” it’s all good. “A Tout le Monde” is also good, although the chorus in French is kind of, well, French. Youthanasia remains a fine example of melodic metal, somewhere between Metallica and King’s X, and by all accounts is a solid followup to the double-platinum Countdown. Ironically, for a band that was anti-war, I can’t help but think how half of this album would make a great soundtrack to destruction (“Blood of Heroes,” “Reckoning Day,” etc.).

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TRACK LISTING

  1. RECKONING DAY    (music by Dave Mustaine/Marty Friedman, lyrics by Dave Mustaine/David Ellefson)
  2. TRAIN OF CONSEQUENCES    (Dave Mustaine)
  3. ADDICTED TO CHAOS    (Dave Mustaine)
  4. A TOUT LE MONDE    (Dave Mustaine)
  5. ELYSIAN FIELDS    (music by Dave Mustaine, lyrics by Dave Mustaine/David Ellefson)
  6. THE KILLING ROAD    (Dave Mustaine)
  7. BLOOD OF HEROES    (Dave Mustaine)
  8. FAMILY TREE    (music by Dave Mustaine/David Ellefson/Nick Menza, lyrics by Dave Mustaine)
  9. YOUTHANASIA    (Dave Mustaine)
  10. I THOUGHT I KNEW IT ALL    (Music by Dave Mustaine/David Ellefson/Marty Friedman/Nick Menza, lyrics by David Ellefson/Dave Mustaine)
  11. BLACK CURTAINS    (music by Dave Mustaine/Marty Friedman, lyrics by Dave Mustaine)
  12. VICTORY    (Dave Mustaine)

    1994 Japanese CD bonus tracks
  13. A CROWN OF WORMS
  14. HOLY WARS... THE PUNISHMENT DUE (LIVE)
  15. SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION (LIVE)
  16. SWEATING BULLETS (LIVE)

    2004 CD reissue bonus tracks
  17. MILLENIUM OF THE MIND
  18. NEW WORLD ORDER (DEMO)
  19. ABSOLUTION
  20. A TOUT LE MONDE (DEMO)

CREDITS

DAVID ELLEFSON --
MARTY FRIEDMAN --
NICK MENZA --
DAVE MUSTAINE -- mixing
Max Norman -- mixing
Jimmie Wood -- harmonica (2,5)
Hugh Syme -- design & digital illustration
Richard Avedon -- band photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1994 Capitol CD/CS CDP-529004/29004-4  
UK/ITA October 1994 Capitol LP/CD/CS EST-2244/29004-2/4 blue vinyl, gatefold cover, picture sleeve
JPN 1994 Capitol CDX TOCP-8397 w. bonus tracks
UK 1995 Capitol 2CD CDESTS-2244 repackaged w. HIDDEN TREASURES
UK 2004 EMI CDX 598623-2 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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