Glenn Tipton. Diamonds and Rust. Joan Baez. Beyond the Realms of Death. Rob Halford. Hell Bent for Leather. Delivering the Goods. Before the Dawn. Breaking the Law. Metal Gods. Living After Midnight. Heading Out to the Highway. The Hellion. Electric Eye. You've Got Another Thing Coming. Screaming for Vengeance.
Love Bites. Track Listing - Disc 2. Freewheel Burning. The Sentinel. Turbo Lover. Blood Red Skies. Ram It Down. A Touch of Evil. Night Crawler. Hell Patrol. Harder, faster, tighter although I gather a lot of the solos were semi-improvised. Halford hits note after sustained note which may have caused discomfort to any bats near the studio! The wailing screams in Saints in Hell are almost disturbing.
The album just blasts out of the speakers at full tilt and pummels you, with only Better By You Something niggled that it was a cover so I checked and it was originally by Spooky Tooth I seem to remember Foreigner's Mick Jones was with them anyway I digress. This is the sound of a band hitting their stride in jaw-dropping fashion, but it took them a few more months to get on Top of the Pops and tickle the Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD) with Take On The Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD) from Killing Machine.
Lucky us we get to listen to the whole catalogue whenever we want. This is definitely one of the highlights. White Heat Red Hot indeed! Maybe I was turned off in past listens by the very dated sounding production and guitar tones. As excellent as the album is, I wanted it to sound bigger. I can imagine Stained Class growing on me the more I listen. Happs Richards: Once again a great excuse for me to bust out the vinyl and give it some volume, obviously in the name of fair reviewing!!
Suffice to say, 70s Priest were one of my very favourite bands. The run of albums they had, culminating in Unleashed In The East the second best live album ever was simply brilliant. Yeah, the production on Stained Class lets it down slightly but that's a minor distraction. Exciter might not be as good here as on Unleashed Other highlights? Take your pick. Beyond The Realms Of Death is magnificent, Saints In Hell is a great overlooked Priest classic, and the title track with its galloping bass line and twin guitar attack serves as a blueprint for what Iron Maiden would do so well in years to come.
Ah, it's late, I've had a drink so I'll finish by saying, this is the real Judas Priest. They don't make em like this any more. John Davidson: Judas Priest are among those founding bands of heavy metal and Stained Class is the pinnacle of their early period before they achieved widespread commercial success with British Stee l. I first heard Invader at my sister's 17th birthday party.
I was 14 at the time and just starting out on my hard rock journey. Needless to say I was blown away. One of the problems I have with the Judas Priest sound is the density of the guitars. For all that I love great guitar music, the relentless chug under Rob Halford's wailing vocals can get a bit samey after a while and many of their songs lack the dynamic range to bring out the bass and drums. It's not a tinny sound, but it's presented in a narrow register somehow I don't have the words or technical know how to describe this.
That said, Stained Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD) contains a collection of cracking songs. The whole of side one is superb with Invader and Stained Class being personal favourites. Saints In Hell is saved by some fantastic soloing as is Heroes End which, while not an epic, has a more open song dynamic.
For me, if you have this album and Unleashed In The East live or not you have the best of their 70s output. They were never my favourite band but this is one of their best. This is a masterpiece album. I mean, that scream at the end of Exciter is one of the best vocal performances ever. Mike Knoop: "Pure metal" is the best description I can think of for Saints In Hellmy favourite song on this album and definitely top five Priest overall. The song just sounds so sinister, and Halford cements his reputation as a metal god with his inhuman wails and screams.
Granted, it's not the total overhaul that their brilliant Diamonds and Rust was, but having listened to the original version by Spooky Teeth as homework this week, Priest definitely gives it a good kick in the ass.
Then there's the epic album closer, Beyond the Realms of Death. Lots of times I forgot it's not actually the last song. I would say right from the get-go, we were getting buzzed about those early songs Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD) we even entered into full production. It all has to come from the songs. It has to come from the material. Due respect and massive thanks to the great work the production team did as well, but you know Dave, this is the joy of music. You never know what the end result is going to be.
And our fans just ran to it and gave it worldwide success. Or would you stick with you, Glenn and Richie as the main songwriting core? Rob Halford: Well, Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD), due thanks to Andy.
We love Andy for stepping in. So to make that decision was incredibly difficult for him. But he did it for the benefit of the band. And as it turned out, of course Andy was in the studio at the same time. So Andy has been out there standing on that side of the stage every night and doing great work. Everything is on the table. But Glenn is still a full on, Sinner - Judas Priest - The Essential Judas Priest (CD) member of Judas Priest.
And it just shows you the love and support for the Priest — under any circumstances — is as strong and as powerful as it ever was. But let me just finish quickly on the Richie thing. He did great work. By the time we did that album and tour, he was stronger than ever. So the three of us — Glenn and Richie and myself — were able to turn it up to eleven! We had a blast! It was amazing. I love Crue.
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