Judas Priest

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Judas Priest is a pioneering British Heavy Metal band and was a forerunner in the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ movement, laying the groundwork for the speed and thrash metal of the ’80s and ’90s with numerous classic albums.

The band was formed in Birmingham, England in 1969 by guitarist John Perry (who died shortly after and was replaced by Earnest Chataway), bassist Bruno Stapenhill, drummer John Partridge, and singer Alan Atkins, who created a band name from Bob Dylan's song 'The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest'. In 1970, guitarist Kenneth K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill (2) joined, replacing Chataway and Stapenhill. Later, in 1972, Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch joined to replace Atkins and Partridge, respectively. A second guitarist, Glenn Tipton, was also added to the line-up in 1974 as compensation for its record company’s (Gull Records) suggestion to add a horn section to the first album, Rocka Rolla.

The band featuring Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill would go on to record 14 albums from 1974 through to 1990. Priest went through a considerable amount of drummers between its formation and 1980 when Trapeze drummer Dave Holland joined and stayed until 1988’s Ram It Down. In early 1990 Racer X drummer Scott Travis joined the band and recording began on its Painkiller album. In mid 1990 the band was taken to court over the attempted suicide of two young boys in Reno, allegedly driven by subliminal messages on its Stained Class album. The case was eventually thrown out of court and in September 1990, Painkiller was released.

Halford left the group in 1993 to pursue a solo career but the band was determined to find a suitable replacement vocalist. Tim "Ripper" Owens, an Ohioan tribute band singer was chosen after a lengthy auditioning process and the band recorded 4 albums (2 studio, 2 live) with Owens.

In 2003, Judas Priest’s 1990 line-up was restored when Rob Halford returned to the group after rekindling the relationship during work on Judas Priest’s 4-CD career retrospective “Metalogy.” In 2004 the band played Ozzfest and released a CD of new studio material entitled Angel of Retribution and an accompanying live DVD in 2005, enjoying a successful world tour that year. This was followed by the 2CD concept album Nostradamus in 2008 and the release of its fifth live album in 2009.
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Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla album art Judas Priest Rocka Rolla (Album) Gull Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny album art Judas Priest Sad Wings Of Destiny (Album) Gull Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin album art Judas Priest Sin After Sin (Album) CBS, CBS Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Stained Class album art Judas Priest Stained Class (Album) CBS, CBS South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Killing Machine album art Judas Priest Killing Machine (Album) CBS, CBS UK 1978 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan) album art Judas Priest Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan) (Album, EP) CBS US 1979 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - British Steel album art Judas Priest British Steel (Album) CBS, CBS US 1980 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Point Of Entry album art Judas Priest Point Of Entry (Album) CBS Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance album art Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1982 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - B.B.C. Rock Hour #322 album art Judas Priest B.B.C. Rock Hour #322 London Wavelength UK 1982 Sell This Version
none Judas Priest - Judas Priest - The King Biscuit Flower Hour  album art Judas Priest Judas Priest - The King Biscuit Flower Hour (2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith album art Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith (Album) CBS, CBS Spain 1984 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Turbo album art Judas Priest Turbo (Album) CBS US 1986 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Priest... Live! album art Judas Priest Priest... Live! (Album, Comp) CBS US 1987 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Ram It Down album art Judas Priest Ram It Down (Album) CBS Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Painkiller album art Judas Priest Painkiller (Album) CBS Canada 1990 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Jugulator album art Judas Priest Jugulator (Album) Steamhammer Poland 1997 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - '98 Live Meltdown album art Judas Priest '98 Live Meltdown (Album, Comp) Steamhammer Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Demolition album art Judas Priest Demolition (Album) Steamhammer US 2001 Sell This Version
210338-4 Judas Priest - Demolition album art Judas Priest Demolition(Cass, Album) Globus Music 210338-4 Czech Republic 2001 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Live In London album art Judas Priest Live In London (Album) Steamhammer Russia 2003 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution album art Judas Priest Angel Of Retribution (Album) Sony Music UK, Sony Music UK Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Nostradamus album art Judas Priest Nostradamus (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - A Touch Of Evil - Live album art Judas Priest A Touch Of Evil - Live (Album) Columbia, Sony Music Argentina 2009 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls album art Judas Priest Redeemer Of Souls (Album) Columbia, Sony Music 2014 Sell This Version

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mag1971

mag1971

May 28, 2016
The MoFi vinyl remastered releases from 2014 are excellent also.
TheNoseMan

TheNoseMan

September 8, 2013
Buyers beware! The remastered versions of the classic Priest albums are BAD. The production is horrible, everything is compressed and brickwalled. Do yourself a favor and buy only pre-2001 versions of their albums.

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