Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke in an interview with Metal A Day and remembered the days they record and release the debut album “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” in 1985.
He claimed that the album was a little independent label and they didn’t have any money. Here’s the statement:
“‘The Final Kill’, we’re calling it, because we hopefully won’t keep remixing it. It’s sounds really good. Mark Lewis did an excellent job mixing it. It was definitely necessary.
Dave [Mustaine] and Bill Kennedy went in and worked on it when we were working on ‘The World Needs A Hero’ and remixed it and radically improved it from where it was, but we just decided… there were two albums that always bothered us in our catalog, which was the mix of ‘So Far So Good… So What!’, which we felt was just too slick, kind of polished – because it was recorded pretty raw, pretty dry — and also ‘Killing Is My Business’, which we just didn’t have any money. It was a little independent label and we didn’t have any money and it was our first time in the studio with the band, and it’s kind of that maiden voyage.
Some records [like] Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite For Destruction’, as I understood, they took a long time to put that together. They had major-label money; they had real A&R; they had a lot of people guiding [them]. We didn’t have that. It’s just a tiny little label; they handed us some money — ‘Go make a record and give us the master.’
We were kind of left to our own devices. We had grand ideas, but we didn’t have enough capital and resources to get there until we went to Capitol.“
You can watch the entire interview from below.