Judas Priest ‎– Rocka Rolla

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Rocka Rolla is the debut album by Judas Priest, released in 1974. It was produced by Rodger Bain, who had made a name for himself as the producer of Black Sabbath's first three albums.

This album was played entirely "live" (i.e. all musicians playing simultaneously as in a concert, vs. the more popular method of each musician's parts being recorded separately and then mixing them).

According to the band there were technical problems in the studio, resulting in poor sound quality and a hiss through the album. The band further claims that the producer had too much control over track selection, and omitted their more popular stage classics. These songs were eventually included on their next album. Many of the songs were written before Rob Halford joined the band. The track "Caviar and Meths" was originally a 14-minute epic penned by Halford's predecessor, Al Atkins, but due to time constraints, only the intro is recorded for the album. A longer version of the song appears on original vocalist Al Atkins's 1998 album Victim of Changes. Though not the full-length version, it is notably longer at seven minutes. The album also lists Atkins as co-writer of the songs "Winter" and "Never Satisfied". The very rare first UK printing of the album thanks Atkins with ""Thanks for the words Al!" on the back cover, presumably for writing those lyrics, or for the "words" Judas Priest, the name of his previous band that he allowed this band to use in 1971.

At this point of the band's career, they had not yet developed their signature look of leather and studs. They had appeared on a British television programme called The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975, performing "Rocka Rolla" and "Dreamer Deceiver", and their wardrobe was very "hippified" as journalist Malcolm Dome put it. This footage was included on the "Electric Eye" DVD. In addition, the album has some slight progressive rock influences that would continue through to Stained Class, but to a lesser extent, and would be abandoned in later releases.

Drummer John Hinch would be dismissed in 1975, before the next record was to begin being recorded, for what Glenn Tipton would later call him being "musically inadequate".

The album was reissued in 1984 with a different cover. Reportedly the band was unhappy with the original cover art and logo, as it didn't fit with their image as a heavy metal band. There are also rumours that the Coca Cola Company brought legal pressure because the original album art too closely resembled their most famous brand. The re-issue cover art (By artist Mel Grant, and originally used as the cover for the novel The Steel Tsar) was also used for the US cover of Ballistix for the Turbo Grafx 16 and Commodore Amiga.

Since the album was released during the period when K.K. Downing was the band's frontman, this remains the only album on which he is the primary songwriter.

Judas Priest have rarely performed any of the songs from Rocka Rolla live since the mid-late 1970's. However, Never Satisfied was brought back into the band's setlist for the 2011 Epitaph tour.

Versions (104)

Cat N° Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat N° Pays  Année
Flash 151 Judas Priest Never Satisfied(CD, Album, Unofficial) Flash Light Flash 151 Unknown Vendre cette version
C 38572 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE, DD,) Gull, Festival Records Pty. Ltd. C 38572 Australia 1986 Vendre cette version
L-38572, GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Gull L-38572, GULP 1005 Australia 1986 Vendre cette version
1309085-1 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Paradoxx Music 1309085-1 Brazil 1997 Vendre cette version
none Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest) none Bulgaria Unknown Vendre cette version
9356-7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Import Records 9356-7001 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
NAC-026 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) North American Records NAC-026 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
9356-7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Visa Records 9356-7001 Canada 1979 Vendre cette version
PB 2030 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Passport Records PB 2030 Canada 1980 Vendre cette version
LAT 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Club, RE) Attic LAT 1179 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
LAT-1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Attic LAT-1179 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
ACDM 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Attic Records Limited ACDM 1179 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
5356-7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Gull 5356-7001 Canada 1974 Vendre cette version
CAT 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Attic CAT 1179 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
CAT-1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Attic CAT-1179 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
NA-026 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) North American Records NA-026 Canada Unknown Vendre cette version
3501 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, S/Edition, Tra) V180 3501 Europe 2017 Vendre cette version
3516 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, S/Edition, 180) V180 3516 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
C 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Milan C 201 France Unknown Vendre cette version
GULP 22 000 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 22 000 France Unknown Vendre cette version
PD 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Pic, RE) SPI PD 201 France 1983 Vendre cette version
PD 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, MP, Pic, RE) Milan PD 201 France 1983 Vendre cette version
206473 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Ariola 206473 France 1985 Vendre cette version
C 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Milan C 201 France Unknown Vendre cette version
2933 703 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull 2933 703 France 1974 Vendre cette version
GULP 22000 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 22000 France 1974 Vendre cette version
A201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Milan A201 France 1983 Vendre cette version
INT 138.300 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RP) Gull INT 138.300 Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
26 597-5 MU Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull 26 597-5 MU Germany 1974 Vendre cette version
INT 138.300 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RP) Gull INT 138.300 Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
PTS 1025310 Judas Priest Dying To Meet You(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Poptoones PTS 1025310 Germany 2000 Vendre cette version
REP 4305-WY Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RP) Repertoire Records REP 4305-WY Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
INT 148.304 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RP) Gull INT 148.304 Germany 1978 Vendre cette version
REP 4305-WY Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Repertoire Records REP 4305-WY Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
LICD 9.00101 O, LICD 9.00101 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Line Records, Line Records LICD 9.00101 O, LICD 9.00101 Germany 1987 Vendre cette version
OLLP 5371 AS, OLLP 5371 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Gull, Line/OutLine, Line Records OLLP 5371 AS, OLLP 5371 Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
A201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Milan A201 Germany 1983 Vendre cette version
REP 5236 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Repertoire Records REP 5236 Germany 2011 Vendre cette version
6.22 017, GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull, Gull 6.22 017, GULP 1005 Germany 1974 Vendre cette version
LILP 4.00101 J, LILP 4.00101 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Line Records, Line Records LILP 4.00101 J, LILP 4.00101 Germany 1984 Vendre cette version
6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo) Gull, Gull 6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Germany 1974 Vendre cette version
LICD 9.00101 O Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Line Records LICD 9.00101 O Germany 1987 Vendre cette version
30.001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Penguin 30.001 Greece 1986 Vendre cette version
30.001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Penguin 30.001 Greece Unknown Vendre cette version
100298, CD 100298 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal, Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal 100298, CD 100298 Greece Unknown Vendre cette version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull GULP 1005 Italy 1981 Vendre cette version
MC GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Gull MC GULP 1005 Italy 1974 Vendre cette version
VICP-65425 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, K2H) Victor VICP-65425 Japan 2016 Vendre cette version
GP-479 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull GP-479 Japan 1977 Vendre cette version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Vendre cette version
VICP-61650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Victor VICP-61650 Japan 2002 Vendre cette version
GP-479 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Gull GP-479 Japan 1977 Vendre cette version
TECI-24073 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Imperial Records (13) TECI-24073 Japan 2001 Vendre cette version
VICP-75044 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Victor VICP-75044 Japan 2012 Vendre cette version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Vendre cette version
TECX-20608 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Gull, Metal Mania TECX-20608 Japan 1993 Vendre cette version
VICP-78019 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pla) Victor VICP-78019 Japan 2014 Vendre cette version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Vendre cette version
TECP-25387 Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* - Rocka Rolla = ロッカ・ローラ(CD, Album, RE) Gull, Metal Mania TECP-25387 Japan 1990 Vendre cette version
TECW-21859 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Gull TECW-21859 Japan 1999 Vendre cette version
FRLP 9906 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Friends Records FRLP 9906 Netherlands 1981 Vendre cette version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 1005 New Zealand Unknown Vendre cette version
0437 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elbo 0437 Poland Unknown Vendre cette version
none Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) CD Media Records none Russia Unknown Vendre cette version
VICP-61650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Victor (4) VICP-61650 Russia Unknown Vendre cette version
6.61523 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Telaeg Records 6.61523 Scandinavia Unknown Vendre cette version
3007-2 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Go On Deluxe 3007-2 Scandinavia 1996 Vendre cette version
ST. 0. 53 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) High Stereo Light ST. 0. 53 South Korea 1985 Vendre cette version
GULP 1005, SUPR-001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Gull GULP 1005, SUPR-001 South Korea 1990 Vendre cette version
RK 83 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Unofficial) Stereophonic (2) RK 83 South Korea Unknown Vendre cette version
VLP-123, E-30.650, 30.650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Victoria, Victoria, Victoria VLP-123, E-30.650, 30.650 Spain 1985 Vendre cette version
VMC-123, 50.650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Victoria, Victoria VMC-123, 50.650 Spain 1986 Vendre cette version
VMC-123, 50.650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Victoria, Victoria VMC-123, 50.650 Spain 1985 Vendre cette version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Planet Records (17) GULP 1005 Sweden Unknown Vendre cette version
5356-063 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla (Heavy metal collection 1)(Cass, Album) Gull 5356-063 Turkey 1974 Vendre cette version
GULP.1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP.1005 UK 1974 Vendre cette version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull GULP 1005 UK 1978 Vendre cette version
BOBV251LP Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Back On Black BOBV251LP UK 2010 Vendre cette version
FA 41 3137 1 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Fame FA 41 3137 1 UK 1984 Vendre cette version
GULP.1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Tha) Gull GULP.1005 UK 1974 Vendre cette version
SMMCD 561, SMM CD 561 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Snapper Music, Snapper Music SMMCD 561, SMM CD 561 UK 1998 Vendre cette version
V 129, REP 2234 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, RM) Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records V 129, REP 2234 UK 2015 Vendre cette version
BOBV251LP Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Back On Black BOBV251LP UK 2010 Vendre cette version
SDPCD124 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Snapper Classics SDPCD124 UK 2003 Vendre cette version
AYL1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP) Gull AYL1-5041 UK 1984 Vendre cette version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Import Records IMP 7001 US Unknown Vendre cette version
AYL 1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) RCA, RCA Victor AYL 1-5041 US 1984 Vendre cette version
5041-2-R Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) RCA 5041-2-R US 1988 Vendre cette version
57801-4 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) TransLuxe 57801-4 US Unknown Vendre cette version
AYK1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) RCA AYK1-5041 US Unknown Vendre cette version
IMPC-7001 Judas Priest Rocka-Rolla(Cass, Album, Dol) Visa Records IMPC-7001 US Unknown Vendre cette version
AYK1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) RCA AYK1-5041 US Unknown Vendre cette version
KOC-CD-8068 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RP) Koch Records KOC-CD-8068 US Unknown Vendre cette version
EOM-LP-46052 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Col) Entertainment One EOM-LP-46052 US 2018 Vendre cette version
KOC-LP-4581 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Koch Records KOC-LP-4581 US 2008 Vendre cette version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Import Records IMP 7001 US 1978 Vendre cette version
KOC-CD-8068 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Koch Records KOC-CD-8068 US Unknown Vendre cette version
TLCD 7801 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, Club, RE) Transluxe TLCD 7801 US 1995 Vendre cette version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Visa Records IMP 7001 US 1979 Vendre cette version
KOC-CD-8068 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RP) Koch Records KOC-CD-8068 US Unknown Vendre cette version
57801-2 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Transluxe 57801-2 US 1995 Vendre cette version
EOM-CD-46092 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Entertainment One EOM-CD-46092 USA & Canada 2019 Vendre cette version
7.151462 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Helidon 7.151462 Yugoslavia 1984 Vendre cette version
7.551462 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Helidon, Bad-Ming-Ton Music, Fame 7.551462 Yugoslavia 1989 Vendre cette version

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rinuswb

rinuswb

7 juillet 2019
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP.1005
Looking for just the cover of any 70's pressing. Please send me a message if you have one for sale.
Manitou13

Manitou13

19 avril 2019
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052
Old coke bottle green colour and embossed cover are pretty resplendent. Sounds good with correct sound adjustments.
DiabloGriffin

DiabloGriffin

17 avril 2019
en référence à Rocka Rolla, CD, Album, RE, Dig, EOM-CD-46092
How's the sound on this version? This company's vinyl reissue sounded like the Koch remaster (it stayed in sync with it too), so I wouldn't be surprised if this CD was the same.
Mayflowar

Mayflowar

25 mars 2019
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052
Overall not bad but the high end sounds harsh almost distorted.
RobHalfordIsGod

RobHalfordIsGod

3 décembre 2018
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052
Free download is mp3 only, no FLAC nor WAV files :-(

Otherwise, another version of 'Rocka Rolla' for my collection. I've begun listening to this album more and more in the past couple of years, mainly due to the fact that it followed 'Redeemer of Souls' on my playlist. I was never a big fan of it growing up, but now that I'm older/wiser (?) I've come to appreciate 'Rocka Rolla' more and more. The band had no clue that they would have legions of fans the world over in just a little under a decade away from this album's release.
saxonman1

saxonman1

3 décembre 2018
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052
just got this one today, I LOVE THE EMBOSSED SLEEVE, that was the main selling point for me as i have other copies of this as i have been a priest fan since 1978 ( 40 years now) the nicest and rarest copy of this pressing is the original japan 1977 pressing wich is not to easy to come by now, anyway this comes with a download card and obviously a greenish color to the vinyl ( not really coca cola looking) and the record sounds great, im an odd man out here but i feel priests work from THIS RECORD in 1974 up to killing machine was there best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i also love the killer records of the 80s priest did. i always had a special place in my heart for this lp..................... very overlooked for decades
sanch818

sanch818

24 novembre 2018
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052

Priest!! Cool bottle colored vinyl, with some minor visual imperfections. After a spin on my cleaning machine, this lp sounded great. Love the embossed cover, where you can fell the water beads on the bottle cap. Includes download and a paper sleeve for the record, which I feel is a bit cheap considering the is limited edition release, however, this is a minor nuisance.
Therefore, I highly recommended this release for it's sound, vinyl quality and packaging.
danostrat

danostrat

24 novembre 2018
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, Col, EOM-LP-46052
My copy has a lot of surface noise, fairly disappointing pressing.
metamorfis

metamorfis

28 août 2018
en référence à Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, RM, V 129, REP 2234
Excellent reissue. Nice remastered sound and matte packaging. Recommended even if you own an original press or early press.
bov1

bov1

13 août 2018
en référence à Never Satisfied, CD, Album, Unofficial, Flash 151
This manufactured in Brazil. Sound taken from 1st UK vinyl edition Rocka Rolla album. This edition have best sound of album on CD !!!!