Judas Priest ‎– Killing Machine

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Killing Machine is the fifth studio album by Judas Priest, released in November 1978. The album was Judas Priest's first stab at a "different" sound, and was created at about the same time that the band members adopted their now-famous "leather-and-studs" style. Killing Machine was retitled Hell Bent for Leather for US release, as the US branch of Columbia/CBS did not like the "murderous implications" of the album title. Additionally, the track "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)", an early Fleetwood Mac cover, was added to the running order; it was not on the UK release.
The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added. The bonus track "Fight for Your Life" was the "original" version of Judas Priest's "Rock Hard Ride Free" from their Defenders of the Faith album.

Tracklist

Delivering The Goods 4:15
Rock Forever 3:18
Evening Star 3:55
Hell Bent For Leather 2:38
Take On The World 2:58
Burnin' Up 3:55
Killing Machine 3:00
Running Wild 2:51
Before The Dawn 3:20
Evil Fantasies 4:09

Versions (63)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
S CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, Red) CBS, CBS S CBS 83135, 83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
JCT 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album) Columbia JCT 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
JC-35706, KJLP-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) CBS, CBS JC-35706, KJLP-0453 South Korea 1978 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) CBS JC 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia JC 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
138669 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) CBS 138669 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, Promo) Columbia JC 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
40-83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 40-83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
SBP 237260 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS SBP 237260 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 83135, 83135 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
25·3P-28 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) Epic 25·3P-28 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
S CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS S CBS 83135, 83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 83135, 83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS 83135 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
SBP 237260 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS SBP 237260 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
ASF 2240 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS ASF 2240 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
JCA 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(8-Trk, Album) Columbia JCA 35706 US 1979 Sell This Version
S CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia S CBS 83135, 83135 US 1979 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia JC 35706 US 1979 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia JC 35706 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
JC 35706, 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia JC 35706, 35706 US 1979 Sell This Version
40-32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album) CBS 40-32218 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
40-32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album) CBS 40-32218 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
S CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS S CBS 32218, 32218 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JC-35706, KJPL-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, RP) CBS, Jigu Records Corporation JC-35706, KJPL-0453 South Korea 1985 Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album) Columbia CK 35706 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
25•8P-5035 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Epic 25•8P-5035 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
CD 32218, COL CD 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia CD 32218, COL CD 32218 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
ESCA 5252 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Epic ESCA 5252 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ESCA-7665 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album) Epic, Epic/Sony Records ESCA-7665 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
CK 86181, 86181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, Club, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 86181, 86181 US 2001 Sell This Version
CK 86181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 86181 US 2001 Sell This Version
CK 86181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RM) Columbia CK 86181 US 2001 Sell This Version
EICP 7011 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Epic EICP 7011 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
502129 2, 5021292000 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 502129 2, 5021292000 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
MHCP 291 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic MHCP 291 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
MHCP 666 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Columbia MHCP 666 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
MHCP 666 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial, Min) Columbia (2) MHCP 666 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
32218P Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Pic, Unofficial) CBS (2) 32218P UK 2007 Sell This Version
AFZ 066 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(HDCD, Album, RM, Ltd) Audio Fidelity (3) AFZ 066 US 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV218LP Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Back On Black BOBV218LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV218LP Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, MP, RE, RM, Gre) Back On Black BOBV218LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV218LP Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE, 180) Back On Black BOBV218LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV218LP Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Back On Black BOBV218LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
SICP 3394 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia SICP 3394 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
MOFI 1-036 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, RM, Gat) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MOFI 1-036 US 2014 Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RP) Columbia CK 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RP) Columbia CK 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RP) Columbia CK 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
JCT-35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album) Columbia JCT-35706 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0440 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elbo 0440 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CD 32218, COL CD 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia CD 32218, COL CD 32218 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
502129 2, 5021292000 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 502129 2, 5021292000 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none, CD 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "СПЮРК", Columbia (2) none, CD 32218 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 Greece Unknown Sell This Version

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Del-70

Del-70

December 1, 2015
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, RE, CBS 32218, 32218

One of the most complete metal albums of all time. Killing Machine delivers the goods!
saxonman1

saxonman1

November 21, 2015
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, 25·3P-28
im not sure if the below statement was for me as i thought i gave a review of this classic last year, anyway i have a couple of copies of this japan lp, i have the first pressing wich also comes with a thin red obi next to the silver obi you see here, anyway this comes with a great lyric insert with lyrics in both japanese and english.... this will always be one of my favorite priest albums next to stained glass.....
Morose

Morose

September 6, 2015
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, 25·3P-28
Though you strayed far off from saying anything about this particular release, nonetheless, I enjoyed reading your input about Japanese releases. I agree with almost everything you said; however, I must also address a few caveats. In my not so humble opinion Japanese releases, whether vinyl or CD, are not all they are cracked up to be. Take for instance the 2nd pressing on CD of 'British Steel' (ESCA-5254) from 1991. If my hunch is correct the latter is a re-issue of the 1st pressing (25.8P-5038) in terms of artwork *and* sound. That said I did discover something quite unusual when I compared it to the 1st pressing on CD here in America. Firstly, they sound more or less exactly alike but with a very noticeable difference (e.g., Ian's bass has a punchier and warmer sound). Overall the differences are miniscule at best but noticeable all the same if one has ears to hear. :) Oddly enough the same cannot be said for the track, "Living After Midnight". The differences are HUGE! I would love to know if it was on the same source tape as the other tracks for the ESCA-5254 pressing or a different tape was used specifically for this track. The one on the U.S. pressing sounds more prominent, louder (though it has the same sound level as the other tracks), and has more "bite" (e.g., Dave Holland's snare and kick drum). The same track on the Japanese pressing sounds good but tame by comparison! I will come back to Judas Priest towards the end. I need to bring up other Jap. releases to drive home my point.

I now bring up the British band, Tank, and their 1st Japanese pressing of "This Means War" (APCY-8023). I will put aside any comments on the overall sound because it's a digression at best. On the other hand if one must know, and keeping things short and sweet, it sounds "flat" overall *and* lacks the desired "ooomph" even if first-generation tapes were used in the mastering process. The remastered version on Metal Mind Productions was a big leap forward. At any rate, the main point I want to bring up is that this particular release of 'This Means War' has the dubious distinction of *NOT* including the fantastic track, "The Man Who Never Was". The latter was a non-album track (alongside ''Whichcatchewedmycuckoo'') on the 'Echoes of a Distant Battle' EP which came out prior to the full-length album. I think it's too late in the ball game to start pronouncing any anathemas on the knuckleheads responsible for this sort of thing, but to not include that particular track (quite possibly my favorite TANK song) it was really STUPID! Luckily it can be found on the 'Honour and Blood' release. (I suspect the reason why was to force the hand of many or a few Tank fans who might have balked at getting 'Honour and Blood' seeing how pricey Jap. releases are.) The same applies to the Tygers of Pan Tang, John Sykes, and I presume many other artists and bands during that point in time. The bottom line in this strange version of 'Musical Chairs' is money, money, money! Donald Trump, eat your heart out!!! :P

As far as lyric sheets *and* OBI strips go I'm one of those who's not overly impressed. Yeah, it's nice to have the lyrics in front of a person especially if one knows that the U.S., U.K., European, or whatever other pressing does not include them. But anyone who has seen a good deal of lyric sheets contained in either vinyl or CD releases from Japan knows that they are not always correct. Since I mentioned them up above, Judas Priest and Tank are two prime examples: "Priest In The East" and "This Means War", respectively, come to mind. And as far as OBI strips are concerned I can take them or leave them. With the passage of time I will have to say I would sooner do without them. They kind of remind me of the original long boxes from back in the 80's, and into the early 90's, that came with the CD's released here in America. I recall cutting out some of them for the front or back pictures, and some had pics. that weren't included on the actual CD booklet (e.g., 'First and Last and Always' by the Sisters Of Mercy). All in all they were a waste of paper, time, and a downright nuisance to not only some record stores but also quite a handful of the music-buying public. Luckily, the OBI strips that come with vinyl and CD releases from Japan are not as bothersome. Nonetheless, I think it's one more thing *I* -- and many others I presume -- can do without.

Last but not least, I can also mention some of the (ahem) touted audiophile quality releases under the SHM-CD category. Granted, some of them sound really good (e.g., The entire discography of the Cars), but for the most part they sound highly compressed and/or bloated in sound (e.g., most or all of the Judas Priest releases). I hate to say it, and I suppose the powers that be in Japan have not learned their lesson, but it seems we have yet another casualty in the so-called 'Loudness Wars'. And I am not talking about the Japanese HM band of the same name. ;)
Elvenking

Elvenking

May 4, 2015
referencing Killing Machine, CD, Album, RE, 25•8P-5035
As a side note....you'll find the most incorrect translation of the lyrics in this package. To the point of some humor.Take Delivering The Goods...the very first line....

"Feelin'....Rock Queer! Ready to kick tonight"

...hahahaha how forward looking...cause Rob hadn't come out yet. Anyway...great collectible.
saxonman1

saxonman1

July 11, 2014
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, RE, 180, BOBV218LP
from my era and at my age this to this day is still many fans favorite judas priest record!!!!, anyway i have multiple copies of the lp from various countries around the world, this copy is the 2010 uk double lp gatefold color viynl edition i have an original copy of the killing machine uk lp from 1978 on red wax, THIS 2 lp gatefold copy i have is on DOUBLE GREY VIYNL, i was told i was lucky to have it on grey viynl as the color was a mistake and it was re called after 106 lps where pressed so i bought 2 of these when they came out after hearing that, anyway i see this advertised as a 2 RED lp set but as i stated i have the GREY COLOR LP SET as to not confuse anyone, anyway this came on 180g viynl and sounds pretty good but i still feel the original lp from japan sounds the best,, for collecters this is an ace though enjoy......
Grantidge

Grantidge

January 6, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, SBP 237260
Classic, classic Judas Priest. Tip-top production for an album of that time, very strong songs end-to-end, well-chosen track order (with the ballad-esque 'Before The Dawn' to boot), explicit yet not too serious lyrics. They seemed to manage a few anthems in their time, and 'Take On The World' was pushing for a cohesive and unified NWOBHM to break just as they had honed their sound to this point where they were really breaking onto exciting new ground. By this time there was no turning back from the leather/whips/bikes/handcuffs/studs imagery, either. Rob Halford had developed his quite unique vocal style and really established it here (he developed it some more on 'Screaming For Vengeance'). This was a different album from 'Sin After Sin', yet still progressed from it, was somehow far more tuneful than 'Stained Class', and more sophisticated and enduring than 'British Steel' ('Breaking The Law', 'United', and 'Living After Midnight' notwithstanding as far as endurance goes). Always exploring new avenues (one of the first metal bands to use synth guitars), they were one of the first bands to establish a new blueprint for riff-driven, well-arranged, fists in the air, ass-kickin' rock and metal with this release - possibly their finest...?