Judas Priest ‎– Metal Works '73-'93

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Tracklist

The Hellion 0:41
Electric Eye 3:38
Victim Of Changes (Live) 7:23
Painkiller 6:05
Eat Me Alive 3:34
Devil's Child 4:46
Dissident Aggressor 3:08
Delivering The Goods 4:16
Exciter 5:04
Breaking The Law 2:34
Hell Bent For Leather 2:39
Blood Red Skies 7:48
Metal Gods 4:08
Before The Dawn 3:21
Turbo Lover 5:33
Ram It Down 4:48
Metal Meltdown 4:14
Screaming For Vengeance 4:42
You've Got Another Thing Comin' 5:07
Beyond The Realms Of Death 6:52
Solar Angels 4:01
Bloodstone 3:52
Desert Plains 4:30
Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days 4:39
Heading Out To The Highway (Live) 4:39
Living After Midnight 3:26
A Touch Of Evil 5:44
The Rage 4:43
Night Comes Down 3:59
Sinner 6:42
Freewheel Burning 4:23
Night Crawler 5:45

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 US 1993 Sell This Version
473050 1, COL 473050 1 Judas Priest Metal Works 73-93(2xLP, Comp) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony 473050 1, COL 473050 1 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
CT 53932, CP2T-1348 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 (2xCass, Comp) Columbia, Columbia CT 53932, CP2T-1348 South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
MG 2732 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 Vol. 1(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 2732 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MG 2733 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 Vol. 2(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 2733 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MG 2734 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 Vol. 3(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 2734 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
CC2K 53932, C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Columbia House CC2K 53932, C2K 53932 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
CDCOL 3547 W Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp) Columbia CDCOL 3547 W South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
C2XK 53932, C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Columbia C2XK 53932, C2K 53932 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
752.241-2/2-473050 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp) Columbia 752.241-2/2-473050 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, Club, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 US 1993 Sell This Version
4730502 / 42-473050-10 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) CBS/Sony 4730502 / 42-473050-10 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
473050 2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia, CBS/Sony 473050 2 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
473050 2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia 473050 2 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 US 1993 Sell This Version
MJM162BM Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp) MJM Music PL MJM162BM Poland 1993 Sell This Version
C2T 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp) Columbia C2T 53932 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-473050 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp) Columbia 4-473050 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
C2T 53932, CT 53933 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp) Columbia, Columbia C2T 53932, CT 53933 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
473050 4 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp, RM) Columbia 473050 4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
473050 4 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp, RM, Dol) Columbia 473050 4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
473050 4 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp, RM, Dol) Columbia 473050 4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Vol. I - MCD137, Vol. II - MC 0725 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp, Unofficial) Unison (2), Unison (2) Vol. I - MCD137, Vol. II - MC 0725 Bulgaria 1993 Sell This Version
473050 1 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xLP, Comp) Columbia 473050 1 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
188.309-10/1-473050 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Columbia 188.309-10/1-473050 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
XPR 1896 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(LP, Comp, Promo) Columbia XPR 1896 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SPL 50006 A Judas Priest Metal Works (73-93)(Cass, Comp) Columbia SPL 50006 A India 1993 Sell This Version
ESCA 5750~1 Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* Judas Priest = ジューダス・プリースト* - Metal Works 73-93(2xCD, Comp) Epic ESCA 5750~1 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
473050 4 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCass, Comp, RM, O-C) Columbia 473050 4 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
502138 2, 5021382000 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 502138 2, 5021382000 UK 2002 Sell This Version
MHCP 678~9 Judas Priest Metal Works 73-93(2xCD, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l, Sony Music MHCP 678~9 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 Colombia 2010 Sell This Version
none Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 1(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest) none Unknown Sell This Version
none Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93 2(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest) none Unknown Sell This Version
502138 2, 5021382000 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 502138 2, 5021382000 UK Unknown Sell This Version
C2K 53932 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) Columbia C2K 53932 US Unknown Sell This Version
473050 2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia 473050 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
473050 2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM) Columbia 473050 2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
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473050 2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(2xCD, Comp, RM, RP) Columbia 473050 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
20031996-1-2, 200311996-1-2 Judas Priest Metal Works '73-'93(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest), Not On Label (Judas Priest) 20031996-1-2, 200311996-1-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
586 Judas Priest Metal Works 73-93 Vol. 2(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Vivo (4) 586 Romania Unknown Sell This Version
585 Judas Priest Metal Works 73-93 Vol. 1(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Vivo (4) 585 Romania Unknown Sell This Version

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southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

December 18, 2020
edited 6 months ago
referencing Metal Works '73-'93, 2xCD, Comp, RM, C2K 53932
Judas Priest’s double-disc retrospective "Metal Works '73-'93" could be accused of biting off more than it can chew, but if one craves a thorough and effective introduction to the band, then it brilliantly serves its purpose. On the other hand, if you expect it to replace their catalogue or perform the function of a chronologically ordered definitive collection, then prepare to be disappointed. In order to fully grasp their vast contribution to the reshaping of heavy metal, one is obliged to appreciate the majesty of “British Steel”, “Hell Bent for Leather” and “Defenders of the Faith” before delving into their legacy, which is extensive to say the least. Ergo, for neophytes daunted at the prospect of investing in more than one release, “Metal Works” functions as a satisfactory compromise, focusing on reasonably melodic songs characteristic of the band’s unparalleled musicianship rather than the infinitely more complex deep cuts that should really be heard in the context of an album. It has since been supplanted by more modern collections, but “Metal Works” reigns supreme in the anthology stakes, despite the ‘80s period being more represented than the exalted ‘70s era.

Several omissions are glaringly obvious if you happen to be acquainted with the band, but that is the nature of the compilation – the selection process is often extemporaneous, though the eventual running order can sometimes be fortuitously effective. One could also argue that fans are too subjective to give careful consideration to the practicalities of a compendium, in that it is expected to flow as a complete listen not merely unfurl as a series of radio staples and live mainstays. Containing successive classics of the genre, vacillating immaculately between progressive-minded Led Zeppelin speed and attack, commercialized S&M-inclined stadium rock, driving nightlife anthems and dramatic yet entirely sincere ballads, "Metal Works" is by no means complete, but it is largely exhaustive, which makes for a very exhilarating and rewarding two-and-a-half hours.

Judas Priest transitioned from an unfocused, run-of-the-mill blues enterprise to an aggressive, tightly controlled unit boosted by operatic vocals, palm-muted twin-guitar harmonies and an omnipresent groove. It was not simply their growing technical prowess that saw them become pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Judas Priest’s ability to remain ahead of the pack, constantly moving forward stylistically and lyrically, adapting easily to any genre form within the rock sphere, from driving folk tune renditions and science-fiction excursions to accomplishing the heaviest metal song of all time - "Dissident Aggressor" - ensured their relevancy. By the mid-‘80s though, the band’s thematic darkness and morbidity gave way not only to carnality and hedonism, but to radio-friendly and boogie reworkings of the power riffing and double-bass drumming of their imperial phase. Such a departure from their essence was not received well by their fans, who were now enjoying progressive and thrash metal. It was not until 1990 that their wish would be granted with "Painkiller", a raw return to form that all but abdicated their chances of further mainstream attention. "Painkiller" was a menacing and manic masterpiece, perhaps one last reminder of how, with the right producer, the band could turn things around and reaffirm their impeccable songcraft and instrumental spectacle.

As many established acts of the NWBHM discovered, the 1990s were difficult going for any style of music too attached to rock clichés. In all its anachronistic glory, “Metal Works” demonstrates exactly why Judas Priest was so influential, commercially successful and held in such high regard. In addition to their enduring popularity within the traditional metal community, they achieved crossover success and significantly widened their scope without ever sacrificing their leather-clad image and street-tough disposition. In a position to skilfully craft the most rhythmic, electrifying and explosive metal compositions, they are now considered on the same level as, perhaps even greater than, Iron Maiden in terms of overall prestige, expertise and esteem. On the basis of recognition alone, the band remains a huge concert attraction and source of inspiration for many, and this compilation condenses their foundation, prime and beyond to great effect. Despite its minor oversights and scattershot sequencing that neglects to showcase their progression, "Metal Works" offers its own merits, such as the seamless arrangement of overlooked gems "Delivering the Goods," "Turbo Lover," "A Touch of Evil" and "Desert Plains" and live renditions "Victim of Changes" and "Heading Out To The Highway" amidst the metal zeniths "You've Got Another Thing Comin," "Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," and "Screaming For Vengeance".

If one hopes to find the reference point for Judas Priest, then take advantage of the individual albums. “Metal Works” is ostensibly a necessarily comprehensive summary of their consummate output, offering no incentives to fans unless you lack the mandatory attention span to devote an entire day to consuming their core albums and desire something more convenient and concise. As a well-balanced, dynamic-sounding and relatively concise cross section of their optimum material, "Metal Works" is sufficiently adequate, particularly for the uninitiated amongst us.

Rating: 4.5/5
cordonbleu5

cordonbleu5

May 20, 2019
referencing Metal Works '73-'93, 2xLP, Comp, 473050 1
Shouldn't someone add "gatefold"? It's visible in the pictures so why not add it?
NIKLAZAR1982

NIKLAZAR1982

February 9, 2019
referencing Metal Works '73-'93, 2xCD, Comp, RE, RM, 502138 2, 5021382000

*Matrix / Runout (Disc 1 [Variant 4]): Sony Music S5021382000-0102 24 A2
**Matrix / Runout (Disc 2 [Variant 4]): Sony Music S5021382000-0202 31 B1
Everything else, same as above.
simonmacklin

simonmacklin

June 13, 2018
referencing Metal Works '73-'93, 2xCD, Comp, RM, 473050 2
Perfect as an introduction to Judas Priest. Before the Tim Owens years and Robs Return.
zmb5501

zmb5501

November 28, 2017
referencing Metal Works 73-93, 2xLP, Comp, 473050 1, COL 473050 1
how do you even fit that many tracks on vinyl. it must be so fucking quiet