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Metal Works: 1973-1993 [Best of]

Judas Priest Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Victim Of Changes
4. Painkiller
5. Eat Me Alive
6. Devil's Child
7. Dissident Aggressor
8. Delivering The Goods
9. Exciter
10. Breaking The Law
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Screaming For Vengeance
2. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
3. Beyond The Realms Of Death
4. Solar Angels
5. Bloodstone
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Double Shot of Metal Aug. 30 2011
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
1973 to 1993? But didn't the first album (which has no songs on this CD) come out in 1974? And didn't the band form in 1969?

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Metal at its finest! May 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Tipton & Downing are perhaps the greatest guitar tandem you'l find in any metal band. "Metal Works" is an outstanding collection of many of Priest's greatest songs. The only way to top this is by getting the new "Metalogy" CD/DVD set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To supplement other reviews... March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Again, please keep in mind that this is not a review, just an "answer" to the complaints this 2 CD set has recieved.
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST. Nov. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.Most of all the classic judas priest songs are found here with a couple of good live performances.A must get for any fan of this legendary and original band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Their best hits compilation Oct. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to classic hard rock / heavy metal bands, Judas Priest is one of the finest. With Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing's guitar mastery, and Rob Halford's killer vocals, these guys shelled out some of the finest tracks in hard rock history, from 1974 to 1990. In the early nineties following Halford's departure from the band, they released two hits compilations - The single-disc Livin' After Midnight, and the double-disc Metal Works. Read on for my review of the latter compilation.
PROS:
-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!
CONS:
-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
OVERALL:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Out of 10 people agree, Metal Works! Especially Priest!
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 more
Published on June 20 2004 by Will Culp
5.0 out of 5 stars RAWKIN NADZ with Judas Priest�!
This Judas Priest™ Metal Works '73-'93© 2-CD set rocks! That's right, you heard (or, rather, read) me-- it rocks! And it doesn't just rock... IT ROCKS! Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by Zagnorch
5.0 out of 5 stars METAL GODS
These two cd's are almost beyond words. Judas Priest has to be the most overlooked and underrated metal band of all time. Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by J. Brittman
5.0 out of 5 stars summary of a great band
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 more
Published on Feb. 3 2002 by Neel Aroon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Metal Gods!
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 more
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by "albinowski"
4.0 out of 5 stars Dual Guitars and Killer Riffs
This is a 2 cd Judas Priest anthology. The anthology actually spans the years 1977-1990 not 1973-93 as the title suggests. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2001 by J. E FELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal God's Still In Our Hearts
The band known as Judas Priest has done it all. They have made it possible for bands to come overseas and rock us out like they have never before. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2001 by Mark Melero/ALW Online
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good!
This is a very good compilation although i was i bit upset "The Sentinel" and "Invader" weren't on this album thats why i only gave it 4 stars! Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2001
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