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Metal Works: 1973-1993 Best of


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 20 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002960
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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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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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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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! That's right, IT ROCKS so much, I gotta state IN CAPS how much IT ROCKS! In fact, it doesn't just ROCK-- it RAWKS NADZ! And you know it, too! It RAWKZ NADZ so much, whenever I listen to this CD in my room, I pretend I'm front-row center at a JP concert! I even enhance this simulated concert experience by whippin' out my Zippo™, givin' it a flick, and holdin' it up in the air! And the weird part is, I don't even smoke! THAT'S how much it-- whoops, I set off the smoke detector again. 'Scuze me while I get it out of the range of the spent Zippo™ fuel fumes...
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!
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This is a 2 cd Judas Priest anthology. The anthology actually spans the years 1977-1990 not 1973-93 as the title suggests. During this time period the band was signed to Columbia/CBS. Pre CBS material is not included in this set except for a live version of "Victim of Changes" from 1979. The lynch pins of the set are the dual guitars of Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing along with the impressive vocal range of Rob Halford. The band was one of the most successful hard rock/heavy metal bands from the late seventies until the late eighties. The set contains many but NOT ALL of the band's biggest hits. This is the reason I am only giving this a four star rating instead of five. Among the missing cuts, some of which turned up on a single disk best of are "Hot Rockin'", "The Green Manalishi", "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" and "Diamonds and Rust". The set does include many forgotten gems like "Delivering The Goods", "Beyond The Realms of Death", "Exciter", "Desert Plains", "The Rage" and others. The set however suffers from and over dependence on material from the weaker post "Defenders Of The Faith" albums at the expense of some neglected earlier material. Some earlier material I wish was included is "Star Breaker", "White Heat, Red Hot", "Killing Machine", "Rock Forever" and "Rapid Fire" among others. This being said the set does include such anthems as "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Breaking The Law", "Living After Midnight", and "Heading Out To The Highway" (live not the studio version). The set does provide a fairly good representation of an exciting band.Read more ›
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