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 contains covers of the songs "Winter" and "Never Satisfied".

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 1987 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.

Tracklist

One For The Road 4:40
Rocka Rolla 4:00
Winter 3:00
Deep Freeze 2:00
Winter Retreat 1:30
Cheater 2:55
Never Satisfied 4:50
Run Of The Mill 8:30
Dying To Meet You 6:15
Caviar And Meths 2:00

Versions (88)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 1005 UK 1974 Sell This Version
MC GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Gull MC GULP 1005 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
26 597-5 MU Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull 26 597-5 MU Germany 1974 Sell This Version
2933 703 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull 2933 703 France 1974 Sell This Version
GULP 22000 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 22000 France 1974 Sell This Version
6.22 017, GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull, Gull 6.22 017, GULP 1005 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo) Gull, Gull 6.22017, 6.22 017 (AS) Germany 1974 Sell This Version
GP-479 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GP-479 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
GP-479 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo) Gull GP-479 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull GULP 1005 UK 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-6554 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull VIP-6554 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
INT 148.304 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RP) Gull INT 148.304 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Visa Records IMP 7001 US 1979 Sell This Version
PB 2030 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Passport Records PB 2030 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 1005 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
FRLP 9906 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Friends Records FRLP 9906 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
PD 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, MP, Pic, RE) Milan PD 201 France 1983 Sell This Version
PD 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Pic, RE) SPI PD 201 France 1983 Sell This Version
A201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Milan A201 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
A201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) S.P.I. Milan A201 France 1983 Sell This Version
7.151462 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Helidon 7.151462 Yugoslavia 1984 Sell This Version
AYL 1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) RCA, RCA Victor AYL 1-5041 US 1984 Sell This Version
FA 41 3137 1 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Fame FA 41 3137 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
ST. 0. 53 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(12", Album, Unofficial, Pi) High Stereo Light ST. 0. 53 South Korea 1985 Sell This Version
VMC-123, 50.650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Victoria, Victoria VMC-123, 50.650 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
206473 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Ariola 206473 France 1985 Sell This 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 Sell This Version
VMC-123, 50.650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Victoria, Victoria VMC-123, 50.650 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
L-38572, GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Gull L-38572, GULP 1005 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
30.001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Penguin 30.001 Greece 1986 Sell This 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 Sell This Version
LICD 9.00101 O Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Line Records LICD 9.00101 O Germany 1987 Sell This Version
5041-2-R Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) RCA 5041-2-R US 1988 Sell This Version
7.551462 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Helidon, Fame 7.551462 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This 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 Sell This Version
GULP 1005, SUPR-001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Gull GULP 1005, SUPR-001 South Korea 1990 Sell This Version
TECX-20608 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Gull, Metal Mania TECX-20608 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
3007-2 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RM) Go On Deluxe 3007-2 Scandinavia 1996 Sell This Version
1309085-1 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RM) Paradoxx Music 1309085-1 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
SMMCD 561 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Snapper Music SMMCD 561 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PTS 1025310 Judas Priest Dying To Meet You(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Poptoones PTS 1025310 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
KOC-CD-8068 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RP) Koch Records KOC-CD-8068 US 2000 Sell This Version
TECI-24073 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Imperial Records (13) TECI-24073 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VICP-61650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Victor VICP-61650 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
SDPCD124 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Snapper Classics SDPCD124 UK 2003 Sell This Version
KOC-LP-4581 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, 180) Koch Records KOC-LP-4581 US 2008 Sell This Version
BOBV251LP Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Back On Black BOBV251LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
BOBV251LP Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Back On Black BOBV251LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
REP 5236 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Repertoire Records REP 5236 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
VICP-75044 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM) Victor VICP-75044 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
VICP-78019 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pla) Victor VICP-78019 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
V 129, REP 2234 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, RM) Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records V 129, REP 2234 UK 2015 Sell This Version
VICP-65425 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, K2H) Victor VICP-65425 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
3501 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, S/Edition, Tra) V180 3501 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
Flash 151 Judas Priest Never Satisfied(CD, Album, Unofficial) Flash Light Flash 151 Unknown Sell This Version
57801-2 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album) Transluxe 57801-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TLCD 7801 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, Club) Transluxe TLCD 7801 US Unknown Sell This Version
REP 4305-WY Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Repertoire Records REP 4305-WY Germany Unknown Sell This Version
100298, CD 100298 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal, Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal 100298, CD 100298 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
ACDM 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Attic Records Limited ACDM 1179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CD 100298, none Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE) Top Masters Ltd., Seagull Records Co. Ltd. CD 100298, none Greece Unknown Sell This Version
VICP-61650 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Victor (4) VICP-61650 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
REP 4305-WY Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, RP) Repertoire Records REP 4305-WY Germany Unknown Sell This Version
none Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) CD Media Records none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CAT 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album) Attic CAT 1179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CAT-1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Attic CAT-1179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
NAC-026 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) North American Records NAC-026 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
57801-4 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) TransLuxe 57801-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
AYK1-5041 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) RCA AYK1-5041 US Unknown Sell This Version
C 201 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, RE) Milan C 201 France Unknown Sell This Version
none Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Judas Priest) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
0437 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elbo 0437 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
GULP 22 000 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Gull GULP 22 000 France Unknown Sell This Version
LAT-1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album) Attic LAT-1179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
LAT 1179 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Club, RE) Attic LAT 1179 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Import Records IMP 7001 US Unknown Sell This Version
6.61523 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Telaeg Records 6.61523 Scandinavia Unknown Sell This Version
9356-7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Import Records 9356-7001 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
GULP 1005 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Gull, Planet Records (17) GULP 1005 Sweden Unknown Sell This Version
IMP 7001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Import Records IMP 7001 US Unknown Sell This Version
30.001 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) Penguin 30.001 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
NA-026 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE) North American Records NA-026 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
OLLP 5371 AS Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Gull OLLP 5371 AS Germany Unknown Sell This Version
LILP 4.00101 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Line Records LILP 4.00101 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
INT 138.300 Judas Priest Rocka Rolla(LP, Album, RP) Gull INT 138.300 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
IMPC-7001 Judas Priest Rocka-Rolla(Cass, Album, Dol) Visa Records IMPC-7001 US Unknown Sell This Version

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metamorfis

metamorfis

December 16, 2017
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, GULP 1005
Anyone know when this was released? I'd guess between 76 and 82 but can't find anything to confirm a release year.
GurneyHalleck

GurneyHalleck

December 1, 2017
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, IMP 7001
If you're used to the classic era of Priest, this album may come as a surprise. Much bluesier, slower and deliberate than Metal Gods Priest, it exhibits the underlying raw sinews and muscle that the band built upon. Tracks like "Cheater," "One For The Road" and the title track, "Rocka Rolla" are worth listening to and adding to your personal list of Priest canon.
mastermind401

mastermind401

November 9, 2017
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP 1005
This record is awesome might you listen to a little bit of it here:
http://allmetalmixtapes.com/judas-priest-1974-rocka-rolla/
saxonman1

saxonman1

October 6, 2017
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP 1005
rob actually signed my copy of this italian pressing back in 1992, nice italy pressing from the late 70s/early 80s.........
tedsrecords

tedsrecords

June 30, 2017
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP 1005
Doesn't first pressing say Thanks for the words Al! and subsequent sleeves have this blurred out and then finally removed completely?
amam_arpmoc

amam_arpmoc

March 13, 2016
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, RE, GULP 1005
I got this one long ago in NM shape from a vendor that sold it to me as if it was the very first 1974 issue; it was not, I was dissapointed when I received it and immediately noted it was the 1978 british reissue. Nevertheless, I appreciated having a copy in such great shape with the edited 3 minutes version of the Rocka Rolla song.
amam_arpmoc

amam_arpmoc

March 13, 2016
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP 1005

I recently got this very first issue in a solid VG+ shape for both, media and sleeve (with the orginal Decca inner sleeve also!). I am very happy of finally have the original 4 minutes version of the Rocka Rolla song that was replaced by the edited 3 minutes version in subsequent reissues of the album.
Black_Sabbath_Ed

Black_Sabbath_Ed

February 6, 2016
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, GULP 1005

IMO a very under rated Priest album. Never Satisfied is my personal favorite.
amam_arpmoc

amam_arpmoc

October 9, 2015
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi, BOBV251LP

Beautiful presentation, great material quality, excellent sound remastered and features the early version od Diamond And Rust previously avaliable only in the Hero Hero release and in some re-presses of Rocka Rols in CD. But, it features the same problem as the Back On Black versions of Sad Wings of Destiny: It does not respect the original cut of the vinyl sides which, for this album, mark the end of side A with Cheater and the beginning of side B with Never Satisfied while this press ends the side A with Never Satisfied and opens the B side with Run Of The Mill. Fortunately, Never Satisfied and Run Of The Mill are originally totally separated songs then the problem is only related to the mistake of not following the original cut. Anyway, a mistake that should not be there...
saxonman1

saxonman1

April 1, 2015
referencing Rocka Rolla, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi, BOBV251LP
this is a very nice reissue of this debut classic by judas priest that to this day over 40 years later is still a very underrated record, this was recorded in 1974 and this was done at a time when priest did not seem to have there image straight as if you look at photos from this era or watch that top of the pops video from 1975 they dressed more like it was 1966 or 67 then 1975, anyway the music on here is great, this is PRE METAL GOD priest but very well done, not as heavy as what would come by 1977 with sin after sin but still i dare to say this record is almost as good as sad wings of destiny, this is a nice gatefold reissue on pure white vinyl and it looks great, im very pleased to have this for my priest collection as ive been a priest fan since 1978 now, anyway wonderful sleeve, lyrics inside the gatefold and once again awesome white vinyl, i have a number of copies of this record and to this day my favorite copy is the original japanese 1977 pressing of this as the obi strip on that blends right into the lp artwork same as sad wings does, anyway this to is a VERY NICE COPY OF THIS RECORD