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Old 07-29-05, 03:21 PM
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Judas Priest fans -- I need your input

I've never listened to any of their albums, just a few tracks here and there. I figured I'm long overdue to check them out a little more, so I was wondering:

1. Which albums do I absolutely HAVE to listen to?
2. Which ones should I definitely avoid?
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Old 07-29-05, 03:32 PM
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MUST OWN:

Hell Bent For Leather

Screaming For Vengeance

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Old 07-29-05, 03:36 PM
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My favs:

British Steel
Hell Bent For Leather
Screaming For Vengeance
Stained Class
Unleashed in the East
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Old 07-29-05, 03:37 PM
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sin after sin is classic...start there.

Hell Bent for Leather..


stay away from all greatest hits.
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Old 07-29-05, 03:39 PM
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wow no sin after sin....im shocked....
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Old 07-29-05, 03:43 PM
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I think Defenders Of The Faith is a must-own.
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Old 07-29-05, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by tommy28
wow no sin after sin....im shocked....

yeah, I knew I was missing at least one. No Sin After Sin is a definate must.
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Old 07-29-05, 03:56 PM
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then of course,you can`t own any JP without owning"the Ripper"
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Old 07-29-05, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I think Defenders Of The Faith is a must-own.
Oh yeah!



You'll probably want to avoid the Ripper Owens albums. Not necessarily bad, but not really the Judas Priest experience either. And Turbo sucks.
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Old 07-29-05, 09:39 PM
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you need them all !!!

Actually if you have to choose a few to start with...


1) Defenders Of The Faith is one of the Greatest Metal albums of all time
2) Unleashed in the East is one of the greatest live albums of all time and covers much of the early carrer. (get the extended version which has extra tracks which are essential)
3) Metalworks . 2 extended discs of essentials, covers most of it for beginners
4) Priest Live ... A little overproduced but still gives a taste of the Priest concert experience.
5) Live In London. The last Ripper Owens album shows how great of a singer he really is bolting out Priest classics and has the best songs from his 2 studio albums.

as a side note...

Halford Live Innsurection. covers the best material from Rob Halford's side projects including Fight and Halford, plus has some Priest classics forgotten on the live Priest albums


all of the albums are good but the last ones you should get are probably Rocka Rolla and Turbo (which isn't bad... just really commercial)
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Old 07-30-05, 01:31 AM
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British Steel is my favorite album.
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Old 07-30-05, 02:21 AM
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Unleashed In The East
Screaming For Vengeance
Hell Bent For Leather

Also check "Beyond the Realms of Death" from the Stained Class album.

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Old 07-30-05, 06:10 AM
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I agree with all choices listed and I also suggest their latest "Angel of Retribution" and as a bonus, Rob Halford's "Resurrection" cd . One thing that IMHO Priest doesn't get nearly enough credit for is not only having great hard rocking songs, but some truly well written and well played slower stuff. Halford is such a great singer and his range is awesome. I mean they're "Ballad" songs without coming across like lame ass 80's hair band ballads.

Also, after having seen them just a few weeks ago live, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and get to one of their shows ASAP. Dear God man, they still rock and they come from an age where putting on good stage shows was an impartant part of the giving to the fans.

Many groups today could learn a lot from older Metal bands when it comes to live shows....

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Originally Posted by cactusoly

as a side note...

Halford Live Innsurection. covers the best material from Rob Halford's side projects including Fight and Halford, plus has some Priest classics forgotten on the live Priest albums

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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
I agree with all choices listed and I also suggest their latest "Angel of Retribution" and as a bonus, Rob Halford's "Resurrection" cd . One thing that IMHO Priest doesn't get nearly enough credit for is not only having great hard rocking songs, but some truly well written and well played slower stuff. Halford is such a great singer and his range is awesome. I mean their "Ballad" songs without coming across like lame ass 80's hair band ballads.

Also, after having seen them just a few weeks ago live, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and get to one of their shows ASAP. Dear God man, they still rock and they come from an age where putting on good stage shows was an impartant part of the giving to the fans.

Many groups today could learn a lot from older Metal bands when it comes to live shows....

"Last rose of summer"what memories...
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Tell us more about the documentary.
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Old 07-30-05, 12:33 PM
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Definately agree about getting there latest cd "Angel of Retribution" also check out rob halford's solo album "Resurecction".

Priest albums to buy imo..are

British Steel
Screaming For Vengeance
Defenders Of The Faith
Turbo
Ram It Down
Metal Works '73-93'

Also if you purchase any of the 5 studio albums i mentioned above get the remasters they were released in 2001 and sound great, not to mention the bonus songs added to them.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
Tell us more about the documentary.
It was some half hour tape this guy made at a parking lot for a Judas Priest show back in the mid-80's. It takes place only in the parking lot. Funny stuff. Just do a search for Heavy Metal Parking lot and you'll find their website. The guy just did a recent set of shows that aired on cable TV in the past year (outside a Cher concert, Yanni, Motorhead, Dragon Con, Fleetwood Mac).
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Priest were the 1st band i ever saw in concert and it was on the Defenders tour(1984) and man was i blown away.Saw them again on the Turbo tour which was still good but probably didnt like it as much cuz i didnt care for the songs off that album.

Fave album: Defenders of the Faith with Screaming for Vengeance a close 2nd
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TURBO!!




















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Old 07-31-05, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by johnbook
...Also if you purchase any of the 5 studio albums i mentioned above get the remasters they were released in 2001 and sound great...
I completely disagree. The Priest remasters (by Peter Mew) are among the worst (over-compressed garbage) I have ever heard. Stick with the original versions. IMHO, of course.
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Old 08-01-05, 06:56 PM
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NO mentions of Sad Wings of Destiny? It's absolutely my favorite Priest record and an awesome listen.
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Old 08-01-05, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by CephalicCarnage
NO mentions of Sad Wings of Destiny? It's absolutely my favorite Priest record and an awesome listen.
Agreed, this is a GREAT album, highlighting the mello side of Priest.

That said, my favs (in no particular order)
- Sad Wings of Destiny
- British Steel
- Screaming for Vengeance
- Defenders of the Faith

For the beginner, the Metalworks collection is quite nice. It's got most of the songs I'd recommend for a beginner.
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Old 08-02-05, 04:48 PM
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Sad Wings Of Destiny is the best album Judas Priest ever did...get that one.
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