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Metal Works: 1973-1993 Best of

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002960
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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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
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2011
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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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.
-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.
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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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