Ram It Down Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
The sound of the record benefits somewhat from remastering, but (as with many of the Priest remasters) the extra tracks do not have any contextual connection with this record. "Night Comes Down" is a live version of a great ballad from a 1984 show in Long Beach, and "Bloodstone" is a live version from a 1982 show in Memphis. (FYI: If you want to check out the ACTUAL outtakes from 'Ram It Down', get "Fire Down Below" from the 'Stained Class' remaster and "Thunder Road" from the 'Point of Entry' remaster.)
"Ram It Down", "Heavy Metal", and "Monsters of Rock" are just as heavy any of the sounds on 'Painkiller' (1990) in that regard. "Blood Red Skies" combines the traditional two-guitar attack and post-apacolyptic lyrical landscape with a synthesizer to good effect. Even the radio-song, "I'm a Rocker", and the tongue-in-cheek rendition of "Johnny B. Goode", are appreciated.
The downside of 'Ram It Down' is the sound. By that time, it seems that Tom Allom, the long-time producer who began his tenure by spicing up the classic 'Unleashed in the East' (1979), hit an all-time low with this swan song.
BONUS TRACKS: As with the previous reissues, we have two live songs that has nothing to do with this particular record or the era it was recorded in, "Night Comes Down" (from the same 1984 show as "Jawbreaker" from the 'Sin After Sin' reissue, "Grinder" from the 'British Steel' reissue, and "Heavy Duty" from the 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue) and "Bloodstone" (from the same 1982 show as "Devil's Child" from the 'Screaming for Vengeance' reissue, "Screaming for Vengeance" from the 'Priest Live' reissue, and "Riding on the Wind" from the 'Hell Bent for Leather' reissue).
Ram it Down gets rid of most of the synths that were on Turbo. The title track is the high point of this record. The lead guitar work is much more the center of focus on all of the songs. There are traces of Turbo in some of the choruses. And the "Johnny B. Goode" cover would fit lock, stock and barrel on Turbo. That song was written for the soundtrack of the movie with the same name (starring Anthony Michael Hall, "Farmer Ted" from Sixteen Candles). I read in a Priest biography that they were approached to do the theme song for "Top Gun" but turned it down. After "Danger Zone" become one of the top performing singles of the decade they accepted the next soundtrack offer that was made - "Johnny B. Goode", which was a flop by all accounts. Some of the lyrics are silly but not as bad as Turbo. But too many songs are about metal and rock and roll. Singing about your own genre is kind of cheesy.
Judas Priest has never made a truly bad record (except for Rocka Rolla) but Ram It Down is not essential listening for casual fans. Serious Priest fans will enjoy it for the most part. But get anything else by them except for Turbo, Point of Entry and Rocka Rolla first. It probably deserves a 3.5 instead of a straight 3 stars.
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Ram it Down and Turbo were the first 2 Priest albums i was introduced to. To a guy who grew up with Guns n Roses and Metallica in the late 80s early 90s- this album and Turbo... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Matthew Willis
THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED HEAVY METAL ALBUMS. I CAN'T FOR THE LIFE OF ME UNDERSTAND WHY NO ONE LIKES THIS ALBUM. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Offensive Donkey
After Priest made a more slick, poppy sound on Turbo, they bounced back with their heaviest album to date. It screams, punches, roars, and howls. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
so after slow cd of turbo,priest came out with concert video fuel for life tour from dallas,tx in 1987 was when i first watched the video. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by armond c peaslee jr
ram it down is one lousy album. good guitar work and pretty good vocals, but horrible songs. the title track is good, but rest of the album is poor. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
I agree that the lyrics here are sometimes nauseating, but as far as the music goes, this is a very solid record. It's hard and rough. Also, Glenn Tipton and K.K. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Kael
After Turbo, Judas Priest tried to make a real heavy metal album. They ended up with just two good songs, Ram It Down and Hard as Iron. The rest of the album is pretty bad. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by SPM