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British Steel

Judas Priest Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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British Steel + Screaming for Vengeance (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) + Defenders Of The Faith
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1. Rapid Fire
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3. Breaking the Law
4. Grinder - Judas Priest
5. United - Judas Priest
6. Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise
7. Living After Midnight
8. The Rage - Judas Priest
9. Steeler - Judas Priest
10. Red, White & Blue - Judas Priest
11. Grinder (Live) - Judas Priest

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The guitar riff from "Breaking the Law" is one of the most recognizable from early 1980s heavy metal. Though British Steel sounds dated these days, it's also a classic slice of metal, one of the best from a band that defined the genre in the late '70s and early '80s. Everything that ultimately became characteristic of heavy metal is here, from the lightning-fast riffs on "Rapid Fire," the anthemic "Metal Gods," and "United" to the obligatory party song "Living After Midnight" to the equally obligatory youth-rebellion song, "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise." British Steel is unquestionably Priest at their peak. The 2001 remastered reissue includes two bonus tracks--a previously unavailable studio selection called "Red, White & Blue" and a live take on "Grinder." --Genevieve Williams

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4.0 out of 5 stars Should've kept Les Binks.... Nov. 22 2003
By e5150
Format:Audio CD
First, a note on the remaster: The Bonus track live version of "Grinder" was NOT recorded on the British Steel tour as they claim, but is taken from the radio broadcast concert from California on the Defenders Tour. When I first saw this falsehood, I went so far as to attempt to contact the band through their website to find out why they were trying to mislead people like that. I got no reply, but noticed that all the subsequent cd releases after the first four did not specify the source location of the bonus live recordings. I'm not claiming responsibility, but I sure hope they now realize that their fans aren't that stupid.
Anyway, back to British Steel...
Here come the anthems!! "Hell Bent for Leather" was just the preamble, while British Steel was the body of their Metal Constitution and set the stage for the rest of their career, as far as subject matter goes. "Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight", "You Don't Have to be Old to be Wise"--not a ballad in sight. But as with all of the remasters, take the printed lyrics with a grain of salt, because their accuracy is way off in some places.
British Steel has a very upbeat, good time atmosphere throughout and nearly compels you to raise your fist and shout. Warning: doing this in your car will result in several strange glances from passers-by, and perhaps even the odd restraining order from people you don't even know.
The only real downer here is Dave Holland, the new "drummer". WTF? The guy hardly ever uses his toms, instead utilizing a plain, boring Ringo Starr style of snare/kick-snare/kick which any drummer will tell you saps the music of any extra muscle it could've potentially had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Pounding the world like a battering ram" July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
The track "Grinder" is a perfect description of British Steel. Most of the songs off Judas Priest's first release of the 1980s sound like guitars thrown in a grinder. Those who know this album chiefly by the two singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" will be surprised at how non-commercial the rest of this album is. Rob Halford, through much of the 1980s, called British Steel the best Judas Priest album. As a fan of 1980s Priest, I'd give the nod to Screaming for Vengeance and I may even put British Steel behind Defenders of the Faith. Still, British Steel is a classic 5-star album and a must for any metal fan. "Living After Midnight" aside, any fan of raw, grinding metal who does not like too much of the good time rock 'n roll sound, will be a big fan of British Steel.
"Breaking the Law" is one of the more well-known songs by Priest receiving a lot of play with the cool retro (although rather silly) music video. It is a very accessible and fun rocker. "Rapid Fire" is one of those grinding songs. It is my least favorite off British Steel as it is very repetitive and doesn't seem to go anywhere. It has no chorus to speak of. "Metal Gods" and "Grinder" also have a very raw sound but are also very catchy. The former is classic Priest and "Grinder" is one of my favorites on this album. "United" is a chanting anthem which was probably more appropriate live with audience participation.
The most played Judas Priest track is definitely "Living After Midnight." It is a good rock 'n roll song, but it is also very commercial and not really what Priest was/is all about. In terms of the best songs on this album, I put it in the middle of the pack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Pounding the world like a battering ram" July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
The track "Grinder" is a perfect description of British Steel. Most of the songs off Judas Priest's first release of the 1980s sound like guitars thrown in a grinder. Those who know this album chiefly by the two singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" will be surprised at how non-commercial the rest of this album is. Rob Halford, through much of the 1980s, called British Steel the best Judas Priest album. As a fan of 1980s Priest, I'd give the nod to Screaming for Vengeance and I may even put British Steel behind Defenders of the Faith. Still, British Steel is a classic 5-star album and a must for any metal fan. "Living After Midnight" aside, any fan of raw, grinding metal who does not like too much of the good time rock 'n roll sound, will be a big fan of British Steel.
"Breaking the Law" is one of the more well-known songs by Priest receiving a lot of play with the cool retro (although rather silly) music video. It is a very accessible and fun rocker. "Rapid Fire" is one of those grinding songs. It is my least favorite off British Steel as it is very repetitive and doesn't seem to go anywhere. It has no chorus to speak of. "Metal Gods" and "Grinder" also have a very raw sound but are also very catchy. The former is classic Priest and "Grinder" is one of my favorites on this album. "United" is a chanting anthem which was probably more appropriate live with audience participation.
The most played Judas Priest track is definitely "Living After Midnight." It is a good rock 'n roll song, but it is also very commercial and not really what Priest was/is all about. In terms of the best songs on this album, I put it in the middle of the pack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priest rules!
This LP rocks. Buy it. Crank it. Pretend it's 1980 all over again. Call your friends. Buy some beer, put on your old lumber-jackets & have a good old-fashioned headbangers... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Old Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
good music to rock with on the padeo in the car in the garage and on the guitar rock on out with the priest and pray to god that you don't go death
Published 14 months ago by clayton astoforoff
5.0 out of 5 stars if you`re a Judas Priest fan, then this is just what the doctor...
this has got to be the best dvd Judas Priest has ever put out..video and sound quality are excellent!!.you definitely won`t go wrong purchasing this dvd.
Published on July 25 2012 by Mountain Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest-British Steel
I first saw this band in 1983, still have the t-shirt. Amazing album, especially Breaking The Law, Living After Midnight, and United. Good metal never dies!
Published on March 18 2012 by noradolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for a hardcore Priest fan
Judas Priest is one of the most influential metal bands. The metal gods have delivered many times during their career and their back catalog is nothing short of classic and... Read more
Published on June 15 2011 by Tommy Skylar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Video, Audio needs impovement
Disk One: The British Steel remastered edition is my favorite, the previous version I have is on vinyl. Read more
Published on June 10 2010 by Ray J
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous if imperfect repack
Man, does this make me feel old. Back in my highschool days when I first got serious collecting music, British Steel was a must-have. Read more
Published on June 7 2010 by LeBrain
3.0 out of 5 stars Another
Interesting that a few years back they released The Remasters of all their albums, and now thank God, they have released the Remasters!!! Yet another money grab.
Published on June 4 2010 by Matt Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Priest
Judas Priest are metal gods, they forever changed rock/metal music and for the better, they are an incredible band that continues touring and recording music even today. Read more
Published on May 17 2010 by Tommy Skylar
3.0 out of 5 stars British Steel 30th Aniversary Edition=2001 Remaster+DVD of concert and...
Judas Priest is one of the most influential metal bands, the metal gods have delivered many times during their career and their back catalog is nothing short of classic and... Read more
Published on May 11 2010 by Tommy Skylar
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