Soundcheck 5 with David Ellefson (MEGADETH)BANDS : Megadeth
David Ellefson, bass player of Megadeth, was kind enough to list his 5 most favorite albums for Metalfan Romania, the albums that influenced him as a musician and as a person, he also did not hesitate to name the album that he feels most proud of as a musician. You can find more details in the following lines, right from David himself:
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile (1974)
This was the first real rock album I ever heard as a kid and the heaviness of the bass and guitars changed my life forever. Plus as a kid listening to the radio I mostly heard women or high pitched men singers. Bachman Turner Overdrive was the first time I heard gruff, manly singing in a cool way. This album is the reason I'm in rock'n'roll today.
KISS - Alive (1975)
To me, this album had it all...great songs that were dark and heavy, extended guitar, drum and bass solos and overall epitomized what a real rock concert should be. This album taught me a lot about what show business really is.
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East (1979)
The first time I heard this album it scared me! There was a very dark and brutal nature to it. The cover photo was great and this was the best dual guitar band I had ever heard up to this point in my life. Plus, Halford really nailed it on this recording and put him in the demi--god realm forever.
AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It (1978)
I bought alot of albums because of their covers and this one sold me as soon as I picked it up. To see Angus stabbing a guitar through his chest on the front and then laying on his stomach with the head stock coming out his back on the fllip side told me that I needed to have this album! The songs are great, and again a live album that really changed my life with their simplicity. AC/DC made us musicians feel like any of us could be rock stars because they were so simple and but powerful.
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (1982)
I loved the first two Maiden albums but this one really brought it all together for me. The production was great and I loved Clive Burr's drumming....it was so heavy and tight. Plus as a bass player, Steve Harris set the bar for all of us in Metal music. This one is a '10' in my book.
Metalfan: Of the albums that you played on, what's the one you feel most proud of?
David Ellefson: The album I played on would be Countdown to Extinction (1992) because it has such heavy, hooky and timeless songs.
The new Megadeth album, Th1rt3en, will be released on November 1st, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. This is the first album featuring David Ellefson since his departure from the band, after The World Needs a Hero (2001). The band's latest studio album called Endgame, and was released in 2009.