JUDAS PRIEST - SAD WINGS OF DESTINY Original recording reissued
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That being said, The current Koch pressing of it totally blows!
The Low end is boosted as it were a hip-hop album.
In conlusion, If you're gonna buy this album from amazon.com go to the import section and buy the Victor Version, it's much better than the Koch version.
1. Early hard rock period - "Roca Rolla","Sad Wings of Destiny"
2. Early heavy metal period -"Stained Class", "Hell Bent for Leather"
3. Early Sell out attempts -"Point of Entry", "British Steel"
4. Stadium Rock period -"Screaming for Vengeance", "Defenders of the Faith"
5. Period of Decline -"Turbo" and onward.
The reason why I break up the albums like this is because Priest really is a different band in all these eras. Trying to rank albums is hard because they are of different styles in different periods. That said, I think "Sad Wings" is amazing. Les Binks, who will turn out to be a weak link when Priest gets heavier is in his element here. Halford's singing here also has not yet turned to screaming, and his voice can be admired for its range and his singing ability. "Stained Class" is the next album of mention. Here Halford's voice is turned into a metal voice by some clever effects and harder singing. "Stained Class" is just a great album, and is one of the heaviest albums I have ever heard period. Moving along, I think that "British Steel" is another album of mention. Here, Dave Holland replaces Les Binks on drums, and Oh what a difference it makes. Welcome the machine on drums -his playing is so loud and mechanical, almost clinical. "Point of entry" is one of their worst albums -so clear of an early attempt to sell out. Finally, "Screaming for Vengeance" and "Defenders of the Faith" are just outstanding. "Screaming" is more raw, and a little better in my opinion, but "Defenders" has a stadium sized bigness of sound that you will realize that this amazing band is at the peak of their career.
This album is Rob Halford at his peak, with Tipton and Downing laying down masterful, stunning riffery in the background.
Victim of Changes: Tons of cool chromatics in the riffs, tempo changes, and Halford...JEEZ does he get up there! The last note should bring you to your feet in praise of the Metal Gods.
The Ripper: Despite sounding like Howard Cosell at times (you're in for a shock! He could go all the way!) this is a signature track. Check the Iced Earth cover for an even better take.
Dreamer Deceiver: Forget those ... ballads. This is what a soaring, expansive solo should sound like. And Halford goes off! his range is untouchable.
Deceiver: Neat how the end drops back into Dreamer Deceiver.
Prelude: This song creeps and crawls right into the beginning of...
TYRANT!!!! This is an awesome, awesome track. Halford's vocals as they pound out the last few power chords...man! He IS the man.
Genocide: The cool dunt-dunt-dunt-dunnnnnnnnnnnn part with his deeper vocals in the middle is neat as all get out. I like to shout the phrase "Mercenary...BATTALIONS!"
Epitaph: Alright! Neat vocals. And creepy, especially how it goes right into...
Island of Domination: I don't know why the guy with the needle is pleading to get to his face. but I know that he sounds like Louie Armstrong at times. And the end! Again! Halford hits notes reserved for the opera, with power and style.
If YOU don't buy this album, you will be taken unto the island of DOMINA-shunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Shunnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Etc.
We saw Priest live last year. And Ripper nailed Victim of Changes. He nailed everything. Wow.
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This album is by far one of the best metal albums let alone one of the Priest albums. It has a very Black Sabbath "Paranoid" and Hawkwind feel to it, but it is distinctly early... Read morePublished on June 20 2009 by D. A. GOSS
SAD WINGS OF DESTINY is Judas Priest's second album, and one of heavy metal's true essential albums. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Raniel Almaria
This CD is the one that did all the fame for the band. I mean look at my fictionious last name! Tell me where did that come from! I want to tell (... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by RipperEagle-Flyer
my cousin's best friend owns this cd. the album cover is gay and stupid in my upinion. i heard the album once and the songs are boring as hell. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by MeTaL GaNgSTa
Great album, Metal lives,and the Priest is back! to many classics to talk about here. victim of changes, the ripper, deciever and the rest are priest at their best. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by mike hunt
the album starts off with victim of changes,great track to start off the album with[halford's vocals are really impressive on this track}the ripper should be considered one of the... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by gordon
1976 was a benchmark year for the form of music known later as "Heavy Metal". Black Sabbath had had their peak, Steve Harris was working on what would later become Iron... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Mattowarrior
Je connais Priest depuis juste 12 ans, soit a l,age de 18 ans en 1991 avec l,album Painkiller et sti que je l,aimais cet album-la. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by miko
This album was definatley ahead of it's time back in 75. Victim of Changes and The Ripper are still played by Priest now, and thats because these tracks are just as heavy and... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Flanger