Judas Priest

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British Heavy Metal band preceding the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ movement.

The band was formed in Birmingham, England in 1969 by guitarist John Perry (who died shortly after and was replaced by Ernie Chataway), bassist Bruno Stapenhill, drummer John Partridge (2), and singer Al 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 (30) replaced Partridge. Later, in 1973, Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch joined to replace Atkins and Campbell, respectively. A song from the last show with Atkins and Campbell and three from Halford and Hinch's first were released in 2019 on the compilation Downer-Rock Asylum. A second guitarist, Glenn Tipton, was also added to the line-up in 1974.

The line-up featuring Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill existed between 1974 and 1990. Priest went through a number of drummers (Hinch, Alan Moore, Simon Phillips and Les Binks) between its formation and 1980 when Trapeze drummer Dave Holland (2) joined and stayed until 1988. In early 1990 Racer X drummer Scott Travis joined the band. 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.

Halford left the group in 1993 to pursue a solo career. Tim "Ripper" Owens, an Ohioan tribute band singer was chosen and recorded 4 albums (2 studio, 2 live) with the band. 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.” K.K. Downing left the band in 2009 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 early era.
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6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Rocka Rolla — Judas Priest Judas Priest Rocka Rolla (Album) Gull 6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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CAT 1157 Sad Wings Of Destiny — Judas Priest Judas Priest Sad Wings Of Destiny (Album) Gull, Gull CAT 1157 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
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144203 Sin After Sin — Judas Priest Judas Priest Sin After Sin (Album) CBS, CBS 144203 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
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S CBS 83135, 83135 Killing Machine — Judas Priest Judas Priest Killing Machine (Album) CBS, CBS S CBS 83135, 83135 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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ASF 2097 Stained Class — Judas Priest Judas Priest Stained Class (Album) CBS, CBS ASF 2097 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
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JCT 36179 Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan) — Judas Priest Judas Priest Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan) (EP, Album) CBS JCT 36179 US 1979 Sell This Version
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JC 36443 British Steel — Judas Priest Judas Priest British Steel (Album, Comp) CBS, CBS JC 36443 US 1980 Sell This Version
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none The Judas Priest Concert — Judas Priest Judas Priest The Judas Priest Concert(2xLP, Transcription, Rad) NBC Radio none US 1981 Sell This Version
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27389-6 Point Of Entry — Judas Priest Judas Priest Point Of Entry (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS 27389-6 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
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438 The King Biscuit Flower Hour — Judas Priest Judas Priest The King Biscuit Flower Hour DIR Broadcasting 438 US 1982 Sell This Version
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322 A B.B.C. Rock Hour #322 — Judas Priest Judas Priest B.B.C. Rock Hour #322 London Wavelength 322 A UK 1982 Sell This Version
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ANOTR-182 SuperGroups Presents A Night On The Road — Judas Priest Judas Priest SuperGroups Presents A Night On The Road(3xLP, Promo, Transcription) ABC Radio Networks ANOTR-182 US 1982 Sell This Version
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40-85941 Screaming For Vengeance — Judas Priest Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance (Album) CBS, CBS 40-85941 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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IC-Y-83-25 In Concert — Judas Priest Judas Priest In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-Y-83-25 US 1983 Sell This Version
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OTRS 83-08 Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner — Judas Priest Mary Turner (4), Judas Priest Mary Turner (4), Judas Priest - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One OTRS 83-08 US 1983 Sell This Version
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SG28 Supergroups — Judas Priest Judas Priest / U2 Judas Priest / U2 - Supergroups(3xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting SG28 US 1983 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour  — Judas Priest Judas Priest King Biscuit Flower Hour (LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
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FCT 39219 Defenders Of The Faith — Judas Priest Judas Priest Defenders Of The Faith (Album) CBS, CBS FCT 39219 US 1984 Sell This Version
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none Judas Priest 1984: On Tour And On The Radio Post Concert Special — Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest 1984: On Tour And On The Radio Post Concert Special(3xLP, S/Sided, Mixed, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1984 Sell This Version
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S.E. 8788 Turbo — Judas Priest Judas Priest Turbo (Album) CBS S.E. 8788 Peru 1986 Sell This Version
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C2T 40794 Priest... Live! — Judas Priest Judas Priest Priest... Live! (Album) CBS C2T 40794 US 1987 Sell This Version
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FCT 44244, CT44244 Ram It Down — Judas Priest Judas Priest Ram It Down (Album) CBS FCT 44244, CT44244 US 1988 Sell This Version
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88-17 In Concert — Judas Priest Judas Priest In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 88-17 US 1988 Sell This Version
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I 90-46 Westwood One In Concert — Judas Priest Bruce Dickinson / Judas Priest Bruce Dickinson / Judas Priest - Westwood One In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks I 90-46 US 1990 Sell This Version
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CT 46891, CT46891, 46891 Painkiller — Judas Priest Judas Priest Painkiller (Album) CBS CT 46891, CT46891, 46891 US 1990 Sell This Version

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FaultyWalkman

FaultyWalkman

January 30, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
The 2011 Japanese CDs don't have the same sound as the 2001 Astley versions. Unfortunately, these 2011 reissues were remastered from the 80s/90s 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.
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mag1971

mag1971

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