Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

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Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
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Greatest hits album by Megadeth
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 1984-2000
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal
Length 78:04
Label Capitol, EMI
Megadeth chronology
The System Has Failed
(2004)
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
(2005)
Gigantour
(2006)

Greatest Hits: Back to the Start is the second greatest hits album by Megadeth. It was released on June 28, 2005 by Capitol Records.[1] The title "Back to the Start" is a reference to lyrics in "Rust in Peace...Polaris" from Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace: "The day of final conflict/All pay the price/The third World War rapes peace/Takes life back to the start"

Background and release[edit]

The selection of tracks for the album was largely determined by fans, who voted on songs in polls on the band's website.[2] However, the inclusion of "Kill the King", a track originally released on Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years, was insisted upon by Mustaine.[3] To help promote the release, a new video was made for "Kill the King."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Greatest Hits: Back to the Start reached No. 65 on the U.S. Billboard 200,[4] selling 17,441 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[5] By December 16, 2005, the album had sold about 133,000 copies in the U.S.[6] The album was also certified gold in Canada (for 40,000 copies) in July 2011.[7] On July 23, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, the band was presented with gold plaques by EMI in recognition of the achievement.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blender 3/5 stars [9]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [10]

Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic critiqued the album for being more of a sampler and having a more "balanced" approach to the band's Capitol Records material, rather than focusing on Megadeth's first few records.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" Dave Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace (1990) 6:32
2. "In My Darkest Hour" Mustaine, David Ellefson Mustaine So Far, So Good... So What! (1988) 6:26
3. "Peace Sells" Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986) 4:02
4. "Sweating Bullets" Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction (1992) 5:26
5. "Angry Again" Mustaine Mustaine Hidden Treasures EP (1995) 3:47
6. "À Tout le Monde" Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia (1994) 4:25
7. "Trust" Mustaine Mustaine, Marty Friedman Cryptic Writings (1997) 5:12
8. "Kill the King" Mustaine Mustaine Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000) 3:42
9. "Symphony of Destruction" Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction 4:06
10. "Mechanix" (2002 remix) Mustaine Mustaine Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! (1985) 4:21
11. "Train of Consequences" Mustaine Mustaine Youthanasia 3:30
12. "Wake Up Dead" Mustaine Mustaine Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? 3:38
13. "Hangar 18" Mustaine Mustaine Rust in Peace 5:12
14. "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" Mustaine Mustaine Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years/The World Needs a Hero (2001) 4:23
15. "Skin o' My Teeth" Mustaine Mustaine Countdown to Extinction 3:15
16. "She-Wolf" Mustaine Mustaine Cryptic Writings (1997) 3:39
17. "Prince of Darkness" Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman Risk (1999) 6:28
Total length: 78:04

[2]

Limited edition DVD[edit]

  • "Kill the King" music video
  • "Live at the Fillmore Auditorium December 27, 1999"
    • "Prince of Darkness"
    • "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"
    • "In My Darkest Hour"
    • "Hangar 18"
    • "Sweating Bullets"
    • "Symphony of Destruction"
    • "Peace Sells"
  • Arsenal of Megadeth trailer

[11]

Personnel[edit]

[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 21
US Billboard 200[13] 65

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Megadeth: New 'Kill The King' Video Posted Online - June 6, 2005". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Greatest Hits: Back to the Start liner notes. Capitol Records. 2005. pp. 6, 8–9. 
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (July 28, 2005). "Megadeth: Greatest Hits: Back to the Start". Popmatters. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start - Megadeth | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Soundscan Report: CKY, Megadeth, Devildriver, Darkest Hour, Throwdown". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Megadeth: Album Sales Update". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gold and Platinum search results for "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start"". MusicCanada. MusicCanada. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Megadeth Presented With Canadian Gold Plaques For 'Back To The Start'". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Blender Review Archived May 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason Allmusic Review Retrieved September 28, 2013
  11. ^ Greatest Hits: Back to the Start limited edition back panel. Capitol Records. 2005. 
  12. ^ "Megadeth: GREATEST HITS - BACK TO THE START" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Megadeth – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Megadeth. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Megadeth – Greatest Hits: Back To The Start". Music Canada.