MEGADETH – Rude Awakening

Megadeth – Rude Awakening (2002, Sanctuary Records)

DISC 1
1. “Dread and the Fugitive Mind” … 4:12
2. “Kill the King” … 3:50
3. “Wake up Dead” … 3:26
4. “In My Darkest Hour” … 5:28
5. “Angry Again” … 3:22
6. “She Wolf” … 8:17
7. “Reckoning Day” … 4:24
8. “Devil’s Island” … 5:06
9. “Train of Consequences” … 4:30
10. “A Tout le Monde” … 4:49
11. “Burning Bridges” … 4:56
12. “Hangar 18” … 4:45
13. “Return to Hangar” … 3:54
14. “Hook in Mouth” … 4:40

DISC 2
1. “Almost Honest” … 3:57
2. “1000 Times Goodbye” … 6:14
3. “Mechanix” … 4:36
4. “Tornado of Souls” … 5:47
5. “Ashes in Your Mouth” … 6:04
6. “Sweating Bullets” … 4:38
7. “Trust” … 6:46
8. “Symphony of Destruction” … 4:50
9. “Peace Sells” … 5:22
10. “Holy Wars” … 8:51

Band:
Dave Mustaine – Vocals, Guitar
Al Pitrelli – Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Ellefson – Bass, Backing Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

Produced by: Bill Kennedy and Dave Mustaine

The final release from Megadeth before that whole weird arm injury/break up they had in 2002. Luckily, Megadeth would return in 2004.

Not only is this a live album, but it also doubles as a great career retrospective in my opinion, and it would’ve been a nice final release from the band had their unexpected exit stuck. All but Risk is represented here. Heck, even “Angry Again” from the Hidden Treasures EP/Last Action Hero soundtrack is included.

Overall, the band sounds great. Many of the songs come close to sounding like the studio versions, but the more interesting tracks are the ones that differ slightly. Variety is the spice of life! Dave’s voice holds up well enough, but sounds very weak on “Train of Consequences” and “A Tout le Monde”.

My biggest gripe is the crowd. I love to have my live albums with a roaring crowd and this one just seemed dead and lazy for the part. The album was originally to be recorded at a show in Argentina (which surely would have provided the roar I was looking for), but terrorist attacks of 9/11 changed those plans and it ended up being recorded at shows in Tuscon and Phoenix in November 2001.

Dave would eventually get that live Argentina performance he was looking for with the superior That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires, released in 2007.

Highlights: “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”, “In My Darkest Hour”, “Reckoning Day”, “A Tout le Monde”, “Hangar 18”, “Almost Honest”, “Trust”, “Symphony of Destruction”, “Peace Sells”, “Holy Wars”

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Posted on July 18, 2009, in Megadeth and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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