Remastered and remixed re-release of the third full-length studio album by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
A largely uninspired effort recorded with a new guitarist and drummer, "So Far, So Good...So What!" lacks the conceptual unity and musical bite of "Peace Sells...", which helps push much of its lyrical material into the realm of self-parody, as Mustaine rants about the PMRC, the apocalypse, ex-girlfriends, and other people he is angry with, while hinting at the depth of his substance abuse problem with "502", a paean to driving drunk. The album wants to sound threatening but mostly comes off as forced and somewhat juvenile; typical is the embarrassing cover of "Anarchy in the U.K.", which is played in Megadeth's tightly controlled riffing style and without the looseness of the original, making it sound stilted and stiff - and Mustaine doesn't even get the lyrics right. This one is for diehards only.
It is the band's only album recorded with Chuck Behler and Jeff Young, who were fired immediately after the subsequent tour. This album features one of the first songs Dave Mustaine wrote for Megadeth, which was "Set The World Afire", being the first song he wrote after being fired from Metallica. He later admitted writing the lyrics during his journey home from the departure.
"So Far, So Good… So What!" sold 400000 copies one month after its release, becoming Megadeth's fastest selling album at that point. The record eventually went Platinum and indicated Megadeth's forthcoming emergence from the Underground scene.
A remixed and remastered version, featuring several bonus tracks, was released in 2004.
Capitol Rec./EMI, 1988/2004 (724359862620). Made in Italy.
1.Into The Lungs Of Hell 03:22
2.Set The World Afire 05:48
3.Anarchy In The U.K. 03:01
4.Mary Jane 04:24
6.In My Darkest Hour 06:26
8.Hook In Mouth 04:48
Previously unreleased bonus tracks:
9.Into The Lungs Of Hell (Paul Lani Mix) 03:31
10.Set The World Afire (Paul Lani Mix) 05:52
11.Mary Jane (Paul Lani Mix) 04:08
12.In My Darkest Hour (Paul Lani Mix) 06:11
Total playing time: 54:20