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Sad Wings of Destiny [Original recording reissued]

Judas Priest Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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6. Tyrant
7. Genocide
8. Epitaph
9. Island Of Domination

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly JP's Best Work July 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
This record came out in 1976 before JP dicovered their leather and studs look which every metal band after them adopted. The songs on this album also were written at a time when progressive bands like Led Zep and deep Purple ruled the hard rock world. The songs on here are very different then the songs normally associated with Priest. But consider this: Four of the nine songs from this album made it onto Unleashed In the East, their classic live album released a few years after Sad Wings. There is not a bum track on this album. Among the standouts on a CD full of standouts, Tyrant, my all time favorite JP track, Dreamer Deceiver/ Deceiver which feature the highest notes ever hit by a man, Island of Domination, Genocide, the Ripper. Listen to the lyrics of Epitaph for the surprise ending. This was actually the first JP album I ever heard twenty some odd years ago and it still holds up today. The production is good, and the bass player played the best bass lines he would ever be given. On subsequent JP CD's, Ian Hill just rides his E string. I love Priest, and I love Sad Wings of Destiny. Buy or die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Crappy Remaster April 13 2004
By Luke W.
Format:Audio CD
First and foremost, I give the album in itself 4 stars for being an innovative peice of work! Songs such as "Victim Of Changes", "Tyrant", "The Ripper", and "Dreamer Deciever/Deciever" are true classics!
That being said, The current Koch pressing of it totally blows!
The Low end is boosted as it were a hip-hop album.
In conlusion, If you're gonna buy this album from amazon.com go to the import section and buy the Victor Version, it's much better than the Koch version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priest's Best Early Work April 6 2004
By Law Man
Format:Audio CD
I tend to divide the best of Priest's career into 5 phases.
1. Early hard rock period - "Roca Rolla","Sad Wings of Destiny"
2. Early heavy metal period -"Stained Class", "Hell Bent for Leather"
3. Early Sell out attempts -"Point of Entry", "British Steel"
4. Stadium Rock period -"Screaming for Vengeance", "Defenders of the Faith"
5. Period of Decline -"Turbo" and onward.
The reason why I break up the albums like this is because Priest really is a different band in all these eras. Trying to rank albums is hard because they are of different styles in different periods. That said, I think "Sad Wings" is amazing. Les Binks, who will turn out to be a weak link when Priest gets heavier is in his element here. Halford's singing here also has not yet turned to screaming, and his voice can be admired for its range and his singing ability. "Stained Class" is the next album of mention. Here Halford's voice is turned into a metal voice by some clever effects and harder singing. "Stained Class" is just a great album, and is one of the heaviest albums I have ever heard period. Moving along, I think that "British Steel" is another album of mention. Here, Dave Holland replaces Les Binks on drums, and Oh what a difference it makes. Welcome the machine on drums -his playing is so loud and mechanical, almost clinical. "Point of entry" is one of their worst albums -so clear of an early attempt to sell out. Finally, "Screaming for Vengeance" and "Defenders of the Faith" are just outstanding. "Screaming" is more raw, and a little better in my opinion, but "Defenders" has a stadium sized bigness of sound that you will realize that this amazing band is at the peak of their career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Priest Album, Ever April 30 2003
By JP
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Judas Priest album. This is the one to have if you can only have one. This album cranks from start to finish, and Victim of Changes is the greatest JP track of all time. how can you deny it? Unfortunately, most of the harmony into got cut in the mix, but you can hear it on live recordings.
This album is Rob Halford at his peak, with Tipton and Downing laying down masterful, stunning riffery in the background.
Victim of Changes: Tons of cool chromatics in the riffs, tempo changes, and Halford...JEEZ does he get up there! The last note should bring you to your feet in praise of the Metal Gods.
The Ripper: Despite sounding like Howard Cosell at times (you're in for a shock! He could go all the way!) this is a signature track. Check the Iced Earth cover for an even better take.
Dreamer Deceiver: Forget those ... ballads. This is what a soaring, expansive solo should sound like. And Halford goes off! his range is untouchable.
Deceiver: Neat how the end drops back into Dreamer Deceiver.
Prelude: This song creeps and crawls right into the beginning of...
TYRANT!!!! This is an awesome, awesome track. Halford's vocals as they pound out the last few power chords...man! He IS the man.
Genocide: The cool dunt-dunt-dunt-dunnnnnnnnnnnn part with his deeper vocals in the middle is neat as all get out. I like to shout the phrase "Mercenary...BATTALIONS!"
Epitaph: Alright! Neat vocals. And creepy, especially how it goes right into...
Island of Domination: I don't know why the guy with the needle is pleading to get to his face. but I know that he sounds like Louie Armstrong at times. And the end! Again! Halford hits notes reserved for the opera, with power and style.
If YOU don't buy this album, you will be taken unto the island of DOMINA-shunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Shunnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Etc.
We saw Priest live last year. And Ripper nailed Victim of Changes. He nailed everything. Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Priest fans
This album is by far one of the best metal albums let alone one of the Priest albums. It has a very Black Sabbath "Paranoid" and Hawkwind feel to it, but it is distinctly early... Read more
Published on June 20 2009 by D. A. GOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sophomore Effort! A True Classic!
SAD WINGS OF DESTINY is Judas Priest's second album, and one of heavy metal's true essential albums. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Raniel Almaria
5.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked by so-called "fans"
This CD is the one that did all the fame for the band. I mean look at my fictionious last name! Tell me where did that come from! I want to tell (... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by RipperEagle-Flyer
1.0 out of 5 stars this album sucks
my cousin's best friend owns this cd. the album cover is gay and stupid in my upinion. i heard the album once and the songs are boring as hell. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by MeTaL GaNgSTa
5.0 out of 5 stars the ripper
Great album, Metal lives,and the Priest is back! to many classics to talk about here. victim of changes, the ripper, deciever and the rest are priest at their best. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by mike hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate judas priest album
the album starts off with victim of changes,great track to start off the album with[halford's vocals are really impressive on this track}the ripper should be considered one of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning album from the British Metal Gods.
1976 was a benchmark year for the form of music known later as "Heavy Metal". Black Sabbath had had their peak, Steve Harris was working on what would later become Iron... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Mattowarrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very hot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Je connais Priest depuis juste 12 ans, soit a l,age de 18 ans en 1991 avec l,album Painkiller et sti que je l,aimais cet album-la. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by miko
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome album
This album was definatley ahead of it's time back in 75. Victim of Changes and The Ripper are still played by Priest now, and thats because these tracks are just as heavy and... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Flanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Cd
This is a must own for any person out there who thinks of themselves as a true metal fan. This Cd is one of the Best Priest albums every made. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Bob
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