Former Megadeth Producer Explains Why Dave Mustaine Is Credited As The Only Songwriter For The ‘Peace Sells’ Album

Former Megadeth producer Randy Burns spoke in an interview with ’Full In Bloom’ and talked about Megadeth’s legendary ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ album.

In 1986, Megadeth released their second studio album, ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ and the 36-minutes long album peaked 76th place on US Billboard 200 chart. Also, Dave Mustaine credited as the only songwriter in the album.

When asked, Randy stated that there was no tension in the studio between the band members about the credit situation and said that they were just ready to play new songs and didn’t mind anything.

Furthermore, Randy admitted that Dave isn’t the most generous person in terms of giving credits to other musicians and that might be the reason why he is the only one who credited as the songwriter.

Interviewer asked:

“Dave is credited as the only songwriter on that album. Did he allow anybody else to write or was there any tension within the band during those sessions?”

Randy Burns:

“I think none of that happened in the studio that I was aware of. The songs were ready to go; they had just come off the road and they were playing the new stuff, and they played it as a set, and they were totally on.

I think there’s probably a lot of stuff out there about Dave maybe not being the most generous with musicians in terms of co-writing and credits and stuff. But I wasn’t in the band, I’m not a band member, so I don’t know.”

He added:

“As far as what went where in the songs, and the arrangements, and the instruments, where what was going to go where, if we needed guitar parts here – he was the guy. And my style with them and with other bands has always been very documentary.

I assume that the band understands what it is that they want to do, and what they want to sound like, I figure my job is to capture that and to make it happen. Not go in and fix them and tell them what they need to do.”

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