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Anthology: Set The World Afire

Anthology: Set The World Afire


Reviewed By Simon Milburn
Published 14/11/2008

For the everyday, this Mega-best-of is a corker

It doesn't actually seem that long ago that I posted up our massive review of Megadeth's Warchest boxset. But alas, that massive boxset is over a year old now, and if the truth be known, out of print. I'm not 100% sure on that. But for those casual Megadeth fans, Capitol Records (through EMI/Virgin in our fine land) have put together a pretty damned comprehensive two disc “best of” Megadeth dubbed Anthology: Set The World Afire that chronologically takes us through everything from 1985's Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good to 2000's Capitol Punishment.

Let's clear up a couple of things firstly. Number one, the versions of the songs here are the Mustaine remixed/recordered/re-whatevered versions that came out a few years ago. So if you're looking for the original mixes etc in this kind of form, then this isn't for you. And number two, die hard fans might easily dismiss this but if you're a “gotta have it all” kind of fan, then Anthology does contain a couple of rarities which are sure to grab your interest. The discs aren't split by an era or album as such. In fact, the highlights of Countdown To Extinction (1994) are split across both discs.

As far as covering everything goes, Anthology: Set The World Afire does a damned good job. All of Megadeth's best known tunes are here - Mechanix, Rattlehead, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?, Wake Up Dead, Set The World Afire, In My Darkest Hour, Holy Wars...The Punishment Due, Hangar 18, Skin Of My Teeth, Sweating Bullets, Train Of Consequences, A Toute Le Monde, Trust, She-Wolf, Insomnia, Kill The King and Dread And The Fugitive Mind - amongst many more. No doubt there'll be points of contention about some songs that are there versus those that didn't make the cut.

For diehard fans though, there are a couple of gems included in this 35-track metal onslaught. Disc one contains demo versions of Crown Of Thorns and High Speed Dirt which sound pretty damned good as far as demos go. Also included are live versions of Reckoning Day and of Symphony Of Destruction and also Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? to wrap it all up.

Whilst Warchest focused on rarities and was a real treat for fans, Anthology: Set The World Afire is the perfect set for casual fans. Diehard's haven't been ignored either although they might find it a tad harder to justify the cash for this one. All in all though, this two disc set is a great representation of Megadeth's stellar career.

(Capitol Records/EMI/Virgin Australia)

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Anthology: Set The World Afire

Reviewed By Simon Milburn
Published 14/11/2008