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.

Versions (104)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 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
138669, 138.669 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) CBS, Discos CBS 138669, 138.669 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, Promo) Columbia JC 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, Red) Columbia JC 35706 US 1978 Sell This Version
RDH 6105 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album) Rainbow (4) RDH 6105 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
PC 7260 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album) CBS PC 7260 US 1978 Sell This Version
40-83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 40-83135 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 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
25·3P-28 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) Epic 25·3P-28 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ASF 2240 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS ASF 2240 Rhodesia 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
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
CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 83135, 83135 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
S CBS 83135, 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, Red) CBS, CBS S CBS 83135, 83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
JCA 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(8-Trk, Album) Columbia JCA 35706 US 1979 Sell This Version
JCT 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album) Columbia JCT 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
JC 35706, 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia JC 35706, 35706 US 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
JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia JC 35706 US 1979 Sell This Version
35706, JC 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia, Columbia 35706, JC 35706 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, Club) Columbia JC 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
CBS 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 32218 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JC 35706, KJPL-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) Columbia, Jigu Records Corporation JC 35706, KJPL-0453 South Korea 1985 Sell This Version
JC-35706, KJLP-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album) CBS, CBS JC-35706, KJLP-0453 South Korea 1985 Sell This Version
JC-35706, KJPL-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, Promo) CBS, Jigu Records Corporation JC-35706, KJPL-0453 South Korea 1985 Sell This Version
JC-35706, KJPL-0453 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, 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 US 1986 Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, Lon) Columbia CK 35706 US 1986 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 UK 1987 Sell This Version
25•8P-5035 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Epic 25•8P-5035 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
462849 2 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) CBS 462849 2 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
462849 4 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 462849 4 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
ESCA 5252 Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* - Killing Machine = 殺人機械(CD, Album, RE) Epic ESCA 5252 Japan 1991 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-7665 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album) Epic 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
2 086181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE) Legacy 2 086181 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
CK 86181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia CK 86181 US 2001 Sell This Version
CK 86181 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia CK 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
EICP 7011 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE) Epic EICP 7011 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
502129 0, COL 502129 0 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia, Sony Music 502129 0, COL 502129 0 Russia 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
CK 91563 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 91563 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
502129.2 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RM) Columbia 502129.2 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
502129 4 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) Sony Music Entertainment (Colombia) S.A. 502129 4 Russia 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, Ltd, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l MHCP 666 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
MHCP 666 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial, Min) Sony Records Int'l (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, Ltd, Num, RM) 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) Sony Records Int'l SICP 3394 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
MOFI 1-036, 88691936781 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Gat) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group MOFI 1-036, 88691936781 US 2014 Sell This Version
88985390811 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) Epic, Legacy, Sony Music 88985390811 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
JCA 35706, 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(8-Trk, Album, Dol) Columbia, Columbia JCA 35706, 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(CD, Album) Columbia CK 35706 Canada 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
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
VJCT-35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album) Columbia VJCT-35706 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
JCT 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, Dol) Columbia JCT 35706 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
VJCT 35706, VJCT-35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia VJCT 35706, VJCT-35706 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
JCT 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) Columbia JCT 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
0440 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elbo 0440 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
none Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
0440 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elbo 0440 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
JC 35706, 35706 Judas Priest Hell Bent For Leather(LP, Album, RE, Car) Columbia, Columbia JC 35706, 35706 US Unknown Sell This Version
CPK-1015 (CK 35706) Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, M/Print) CBS CPK-1015 (CK 35706) South Korea 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
502129 2, 5021292000 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Columbia (2), Columbia (2) 502129 2, 5021292000 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CD 32218, COL CD 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(CD, Album, RE, RP) Columbia, Columbia CD 32218, COL CD 32218 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
RSV 074 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) Rainbow (4) RSV 074 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
40-32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 40-32218 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, CBS 83135, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 32218, CBS 83135, 32218 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32218 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32218 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 32218, 32218 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32218, 32218 Spain 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 Judas Priest Killing Machine(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 32218 Greece 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

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orbaddict

orbaddict

January 22, 2019
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Gat, MOFI 1-036, 88691936781
My copy has no number stamped on the Special Limited Edition spot
masterofreality

masterofreality

April 14, 2018
edited 10 months ago
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, CBS 83135, 83135
This is the first Dutch Pressing of this VINYL LP.
Metalrunner

Metalrunner

August 22, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Hell Bent For Leather, LP, Album, JC 35706, 35706

The number on the Matrix /Runoutside is: P AL 35706-1A on the A side and P AL 35706-B on the B side, not the other way around! Thanks for the other valuble information.
ocotes

ocotes

July 1, 2017
referencing Hell Bent For Leather, LP, Album, RP, JC-35706, KJPL-0453
Also Green Manalishi was removed, as the title is ''Hell Bent for Leather'' replicating US version.
tedsrecords

tedsrecords

June 30, 2017
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, Red, S CBS 83135, 83135
I have USA pressing with
Matrix A= P-0 AL 35706-2A COLUMBIA NY
Matrix B= P-P-0 BL 35706-2D XG COLUMBIA NY

I don't see it here, anyone have any idea on this one?
Gargarax

Gargarax

June 22, 2017
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, S CBS 83135, 83135
Great Priest album, one of their best. If anyone has a spare cover sleeve for this release that they wouldn't mind parting ways with drop me a PM as mine is ripped to shit. I'd happily pay for the postage.

Cheers
playhogan

playhogan

June 9, 2017
referencing Hell Bent For Leather, HDCD, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, AFZ 066
This is the worst sounding HDCD re-master in my collection. Not sure what happened but this fantastic release sounds terrible.
Del-70

Del-70

December 1, 2015
referencing Killing Machine, LP, Album, RE, CBS 32218, 32218, CBS 83135

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. ;)