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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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In terms of new music there's nothing much here, in fact there's absolutely nothing at all. It's the 2001 remaster of British Steel repackaged with a DVD. This means no extra songs, demos etc. None at all.Read more ›
I've bought this album 5 times now. First was a cassette back in highschool, then I picked up a used vinyl. I bought the remastered CD when it came out, then a 180 gram vinyl reissue. Now this!
Also, Amazon's DVD tracklist is incorrect and I will provide the full correct tracklist at the end of this review.
This 3 disc edition is beautifully packed in digipack with lots of photos in a nice booklet with essay. The photos are all from their recent tour, none are vintage, which disappointed me. I would have loved some fly-on-the-wall photos of them recording this album at Ringo Starr's house, Tittenhurst Park. Maybe no such photos exist.
Disc one is the recent British Steel remastered edition, straight from the last reissue. That means the original 9 tracks, a live version of "Grinder" from an unknown tour, and the completely unrelated "Red, White & Blue". This song has no place on the album as it was written and recorded for the Turbo/Ram It Down sessions in the late 80's. It is merely a holdover from the Priest remastered collection issued in the early 2000's.
The second disc, exclusive to this version, is an audio disc of the concert on the live DVD, minus one song ("Prophecy" is the missing track, due to the 80 minute running time of a CD.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2014 by Old Rusty
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 deathPublished on July 16 2013 by clayton astoforoff
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
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
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 morePublished on June 15 2011 by T. Skylar
Disk One: The British Steel remastered edition is my favorite, the previous version I have is on vinyl. Read morePublished on June 10 2010 by Ray J