Metal Works: 1973-1993 Best of
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|8. Delivering The Goods|
|10. Breaking The Law|
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|1. Screaming For Vengeance|
|2. You've Got Another Thing Comin'|
|3. Beyond The Realms Of Death|
|4. Solar Angels|
|6. Desert Plains|
|7. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days|
|8. Heading Out To The Highway|
|9. Living After Midnight|
|10. A Touch Of Evil|
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Top Customer Reviews
1973 was the year that original singer Al Atkins left to be replaced by Rob Halford, who himself quit in 1992. So, 1973-1993? I guess I'll play along.
Due to complications and conflicts with Gull Records, Metal Works 1973-1993 contains no songs from the first two albums, Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny. Instead, a live version (from Unleashed) of "Victim of Changes" represents the early period of the Priest. After that, every album is given a look-see.
Aside from missing tracks from Sad Wings, it is hard to argue with this track list. It is a near-perfect representation of pre-Ripper Priest, with the odd track I'd swap out for another but more or less awesome all the way through. Personally I think "Night Crawler" is and pretty much always has been a boring song and I would have put on something else, like "Between The Hammer and the Anvil" or "Hell Patrol".
Most conspicuous by its absence is "Green Manalishi". I guess the band decided not to include a cover, even if it's the best thing that Priest have ever recorded and far, far better than the Fleetwood Mac original. It may as well be their own song.
Personal faves are present. I love "Bloodstone". I love "Desert Plains". I love "Night Comes Down", and "Blood Red Skies".
Liner notes are interesting for a quick read, tales from four of Judas Priest's members (Rob, Ian, KK and Glen) on each of the songs. Nothing earth shattering, just some fun breif stories. Interesting, however, how Priest completely glossed over Rob's departure in the liner notes. Indeed, by reading, one would have no idea he was gone.Read more ›
This is NOT a greatest hits collection and was never intended to be. According to the liner notes, the entire band picked out their personal favorites spanning their Columbia/CBS years from "Sin After Sin" through "Painkiller". And, Metal Works is the finest JP Columbia/CBS collection that exists - until it's replaced by a remastered version.
Yes, there are favorites missing; that's what the studio albums are far. Sure, buying "Sin After Sin", "Point Of Entry", "Turbo", "Ram It Down" and "Painkiller" (the five weakest Halford-era, Columbia/CBS releases) sounds like a waste of money, but how else can you get classics like "Starbreaker", "Diamonds & Rust", "Don't Go", "Hot Rockin'", etc.? ...not to mention "The Green Manalishi", "Love Bites", "White Heat, Red Hot", "The Sentinel" "Better By You, Better Than Me", "Running Wild", "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll", "Grinder", etc., etc., etc.
Hell, I purchased all of their remastered discs, made several CD-R mixes, which included the tracks above, and turned around and sold them here on Amazon.com. Sure you lose a chunk of change in the end, but isn't getting your favorite Halford/Priest tracks most important?
-Let's say you're a casual fan of Priest, and you want the songs you hear on the radio on a regular basis - Breaking The Law, Livin' After Midnight and You've Got Another Thing Comin'. They're here for your listening pleasure.
-Unlike Livin' After Midnight (the compilation), this one doesn't overemphasize live material.
-You get a plethora of underrated gems as well. Among these are The Hellion / Electric Eye and The Green Manalashi. Why did these songs never become hits?
-Many of the songs on there are available on NO OTHER HITS COMPILATION BY THIS BAND. Among these are Exciter, Sinner, Solar Angels, and Eat Me Alive.
-None of that junk from the Ripper albums!
-It may be two discs, but there are still too many songs missing. Where are (Take These) Chains, Riding On The Wind, Painkiller, Before The Dawn, Out In The Cold, The Ripper, Love Bites (NOT the Def Leppard song), Rapid Fire, United, and countless other Priest masterpieces? (I'm a big Priest fan, not a casual one. THAT'S why I have so many tracklist complaints.)
-Two discs = higher price
-It's not as easy to find as Livin' After Midnight
Being a big Priest fan, my suggestion is to get all the albums (with Halford, that is). However, they have A LOT of albums, so if you're not willing to buy them all, get THIS compilation. It's not as easy to find as their single-disc hits compilation, but it's considerably better. And believe me, it's WORTH the extra cash.
Okay, now where was I...? Oh yeah, like I said (or, rather, typed) before, this bad-boy RAWKZ NADZ BIG TIME! That's right, it doesn't just RAWK NADZ anymore, it does it BIG TIME! It RAWKZ NADZ BIG TIME so much, I'm tryin' to develop the one-man mosh pit (patent pending) for my bedroom so I can really RAWK OUT to the 'Priest when I'm unable to get tickets to their latest concert, and hafta settle for listening to these two CDs! Even former front-man Rob Halford's revelation that he bats lefty-- if you know what I mean-- doesn't keep this from RAWKIN NADZ BIG TIME! And don't you forget it!
There's 32 BIG TIME NADZ RAWKIN tracks in all! I especially love Disc One's opening tracks 'Hellion / Electric Eye'©, 'cuz they really RAWK NADZ BIG TIME! In fact, these two opening tracks RAWK NADZ BIG TIME so much, I don't even need to completely spell out RAWKZ NADZ BIG TIME, I just use the initials RNBT instead!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Not a huge Priest fan but this is a nice collection of songs.Published 11 months ago by Dan from Vic
Released in 1993, Metal Works '73-'93 was the first Judas Priest compilation to be issued and was put out to commemorate Judas Priest's 30th Anniversary. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Will Culp
I am a lifelong metalhead, and I especially love the British metal of the 70's & 80's. Judas Priest is one of the greatest metal bands in music history. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by rnorton828
In my opinion,one of the best bands of the new wave of british heavy metal.This very well put together compilation truly chronicles their long lived musical career. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Edgar Sanchez
These two cd's are almost beyond words. Judas Priest has to be the most overlooked and underrated metal band of all time. Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by J. Brittman
Judas Priest stands out as one of the best metal bands of all time. Metal Works gives you their greatest hits package and really shows why Judas Priest was able to stay around as... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2002 by Neel Aroon
This album is amazing. As far as greatest hits albums go this album is definetly the real deal. Almost all they're greatest hits from the early 70's up to the 90's. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002
This is a 2 cd Judas Priest anthology. The anthology actually spans the years 1977-1990 not 1973-93 as the title suggests. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2001 by J. E FELL