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.