Stained Class Import
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|8. Beyond The Relms Of Death|
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|10. Fire Burns Below|
|11. Better By Your, Better Than Me (Live)|
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Highlights? Many but to me the diamond on this album is 'Beyond The Realms of Death', probably the most complex song in their catalog (and yes, that's a good thing). I don't think Priest reached that level of epic since. The passion in Rob Halford's voice, K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton's mighty celestial guitar work, Les Bink's complementing drumming, the bass' Everything works. A deep, dark song but a beautiful one at that. I cannot, I repeat, cannot stress how amazing this song is. The opener 'Exciter' is as heavy and fast as it gets an opener in 1978 and Rob's voice soars epic heights towards the end, pure Metal done right by the Metal Gods.Read more ›
For me, it's obviously "Stained Class". With such classics such as "Exciter", "Heroes End" and "Saints in Hell", this album is a masterpiece like "Paranoid" from Black Sabbath. With such energy and good riffing, "Stained Class" deserves 5 stars!
The other extra track, "Fire Down Below", is an outtake from the 'Ram It Down' sessions (1987) that is actually one of the better studio songs added on this remasters series. The quality of this and the live cover tune means that THIS reissue is worthy of 4 stars.
Ever since their formation in the early seventies, Judas Priest was a band that set out to please listeners. Their first album, 1974's Rocka Rolla, didn't really succeed at it though. With their second album, 1976's Sad Wings Of Destiny, they found their sound and drew in a huge cult following. And 1977's Sin After Sin was their first release on a major label. At long last, the band was in the spotlight. Their following was beginning to grow greatly. And in 1978, the band released its fourth studio album, Stained Class. Read on for my review of this album.
The band doesn't waste any time getting right to the rock and roll on this album. The album opens with Exciter, a fast and furious rocker that has gone on to become a fan favorite. It's comparable to Sinner, the track that opened up their previous album. Next up comes another legendary hard rocker, an underrated masterpiece called White Heat Red Hot. Why this song never went onto extreme popularity is beyond me, because it is nothing short of excellent. Track three is a cover of the Spooky Tooth classic, Better By You Better Than Me (for those of you not familar with Spooky Tooth, they're the band that guitarist Mick Jones played in before Foreigner.) This is an EXCELLENT cover, but this version of the song was a source of controversy for many years (it was believed to contain subliminal messages that encouraged suicide.) But, of course, it's the music that matters, not the hidden messages (if there really ARE any.) Invader is an odd but still excellent tune with the theme being an alien invasion. This is NOT the same song as Iron Maiden's Invaders, although there is a striking resemblance between the two.Read more ›
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I cannot say I am very enthralled with this CD the music itself is alright as far as Metal goes but the Lyrics are totally obscured and end up becoming nothing more than a bunch of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by spigomars
I was a big fan of this vinyl album back when I first heard it.
Sold metal rock, with a good beat. Read more
One of the best metal albums ever recorded, Stained Class is a fantastic album from start to finish. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2009 by D. A. GOSS