Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

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Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
Studio album by Megadeth
Released June 12, 1985
Recorded December 1984 – January 1985 at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California
Genre Thrash metal, speed metal
Length 31:10
Language English
Label Combat
Producer Dave Mustaine, Karat Faye
Megadeth chronology
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
(1985)
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
(1986)

Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. The album was released on June 12, 1985. It was released through Combat Records.

Early in 1985, the band was given $8,000 by Combat Records to record and produce the band's debut album. The money proved not to be enough and the band was given $4,000 more. Most of the budget was spent on drugs, alcohol, and food, which forced the group to fire their original producer and produce the record by themselves.[1][2]

Track Listing[change | change source]

All songs written and composed by Dave Mustaine, except for "These Boots" which was by Lee Hazlewood

Original track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Last Rites/Loved to Deth"   4:38
2. "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!"   3:05
3. "The Skull Beneath the Skin"   3:46
4. "These Boots" (some of the versions do not add this track) 3:44
5. "Rattlehead"   3:42
6. "Chosen Ones"   2:54
7. "Looking Down the Cross"   5:01
8. "Mechanix"   4:20
Total length:
31:10
2002 reissue
No. Title Length
1. "Last Rites/Loved to Deth"   4:38
2. "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!"   3:05
3. "The Skull Beneath the Skin"   3:46
4. "Rattlehead"   3:42
5. "Chosen Ones"   2:54
6. "Looking Down the Cross"   5:01
7. "Mechanix"   4:20
8. "These Boots" (all lyric variations by Mustaine are bleeped) 3:44
9. "Last Rites/Loved to Deth" (demo) 4:16
10. "Mechanix" (demo) 3:59
11. "The Skull Beneath the Skin" (demo) 3:11
Total length:
42:36

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