Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years

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Capitol Punishment:
The Megadeth Years
Greatest hits album by Megadeth
Released October 24, 2000
Recorded 1986-2000
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, thrash metal, speed metal
Length 1:05:53
Label Capitol
Producer Various
Megadeth chronology
Risk
(1999)
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
(2000)
The World Needs a Hero
(2001)
For the article on the death penalty, see Capital punishment. For the professional wrestling event, see WWE Capitol Punishment.

Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years is a greatest hits album by heavy metal band Megadeth, released in 2000, through Capitol Records. The album featured the Dave Mustaine/David Ellefson/Jimmy DeGrasso/Al Pitrelli line-up on the new tracks "Kill the King" and "Dread and the Fugitive Mind". The album features a hidden track, "Capitol Punishment", which is a medley of numerous previous Megadeth songs.

The title of the album is an allusion to the band's persistent difficulties with their record label, Capitol Records. Megadeth ultimately left Capitol and signed with Sanctuary Records, but were contractually obliged to release one further album with Capitol, hence the greatest hits compilation. With the exception of material from the band's debut album, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, which was released on Combat Records rather than Capitol, the compilation contains songs from all Megadeth's previously released albums at the time. In addition to the new track "Kill the King", Capitol insisted on the inclusion of "Dread and the Fugitive Mind", a track recorded for the The World Needs a Hero album, then in the production stage. The band agreed simply to release themselves from their obligations to Capitol, but the enmity between band and label was memorialized in the title of the album, intended to demonstrate that working with Capitol was a form of punishment. It is out of print. As of December 2005, Capitol Punishment had sold 200,000 copies in the U.S.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
Q 3/5 stars [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Album Length
1. "Kill the King"   Dave Mustaine Mustaine New song for this release 3:46
2. "Dread and the Fugitive Mind"   Mustaine Mustaine New song, later featured on The World Needs a Hero (2001) 4:26
3. "Crush 'Em"   Mustaine, Bud Prager Mustaine, Marty Friedman Risk (1999) 4:59
4. "Use the Man"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman Cryptic Writings (1997) 4:37
5. "Almost Honest"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman Cryptic Writings (1997) 4:04
6. "Trust"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman Cryptic Writings (1997) 5:12
7. "À Tout le Monde"   Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia (1994) 4:31
8. "Train of Consequences"   Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia (1994) 3:28
9. "Sweating Bullets"   Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 5:04
10. "Symphony of Destruction"   Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 4:03
11. "Hangar 18"   Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace (1990) 5:13
12. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"   Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace (1990) 6:35
13. "In My Darkest Hour"   Mustaine, David Ellefson Mustaine So Far, So Good... So What! (1988) 6:19
14. "Peace Sells"   Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986) 3:46
Total length:
1:05:53

Hidden track (US version)[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Album Length
14. "Capitol Punishment" (hidden medley track) Mustaine Mustaine New for this release 5:17

Bonus track (Japanese version)[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Album Length
15. "Wake Up Dead"   Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986) 3:40

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 66
New Zealand 41
Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Kill the King" Mainstream Rock Tracks 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=45667
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Drowned in Sound Review
  4. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 534. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.