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. Drummers John Ellis and Chris Campbell replaced Partridge. Later, in 1972, Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch joined to replace Atkins and Campbell, 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 number of drummers (Hinch, Alan Moore, Simon Phillips and Les Binks) 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.

K.K. Downing left the band after that and was replaced by Richie Faulkner. This line-up recorded two more studio albums before Tipton had to retire due to illness in 2018. For the Firepower tour he was temporarily replaced by Andy Sneap, making Hill and Halford the only remaining members from the band's classic era.
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Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla album art Judas Priest Rocka Rolla (Album) Gull Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny album art Judas Priest Sad Wings Of Destiny (Album) Gull, 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 - Killing Machine album art Judas Priest Killing Machine (Album) CBS, CBS UK 1978 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Stained Class album art Judas Priest Stained Class (Album) CBS, CBS South Africa 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 Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
none Judas Priest - The Judas Priest Concert album art Judas Priest The Judas Priest Concert(2xLP, Transcription, Rad) NBC Radio none US 1981 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
ANOTR-182 Judas Priest - SuperGroups Presents A Night On The Road album art Judas Priest SuperGroups Presents A Night On The Road(3xLP, Promo, Transcription) ABC Radio Networks ANOTR-182 US 1982 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance album art Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1982 Sell This Version
IC-Y-83-25 Judas Priest - In Concert album art Judas Priest In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-Y-83-25 US 1983 Sell This Version
none Judas Priest - The Best of the Biscuit (#461) album art Judas Priest The Best of the Biscuit (#461)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1983 Sell This Version
OTRS 83-08 Judas Priest - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner album art Mary Turner (4), Judas Priest Mary Turner (4), Judas Priest - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTRS 83-08 US 1983 Sell This Version
none Judas Priest - Judas Priest - The King Biscuit Flower Hour  album art Judas Priest Judas Priest - The King Biscuit Flower Hour (LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, 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 US 1984 Sell This Version
508 Judas Priest Best Of The B.B.C. Rock Hour #508(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength 508 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Turbo album art Judas Priest Turbo (Album) CBS Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
Judas Priest - Priest... Live! album art Judas Priest Priest... Live! (Album) 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
I 90-46 Judas Priest - In Concert album art Bruce Dickinson / Judas Priest Bruce Dickinson / Judas Priest - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks In Concert I 90-46 US 1990 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

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devildick

devildick

November 30, 2019
probably the greatest hard rock / metal band of all time.....
DiabloGriffin

DiabloGriffin

January 30, 2019
The 2011 Japanese remasters don't have the same sound as the 2001 Astley versions. However, and this is important, the 2011 versions were remastered from THE OLD JAPANESE CDS. Both the old and 2011 editions of each title stay in sync with each other and have very similar, if not identical EQ. The only exception is Priest Live, which was remastered from the Astley version (probably because the old version had only 1 disc). The bonus tracks sound identical to the regular remasters.
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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