Let's face it. It was bands like early Priest, early Scorpions with Uli Roth, Sabbath, Hendrix, Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Mountain, AC/DC, etc. that really focused in on and started popularizing this hard rock and metal subgenre bigtime. These bands (and i'm sure i've missed a few others) are the grandfathers of hard rock/metal. Of course, Priest played a major role, since they were unquestionably one of the best to break into the scene, and 'Stained Class' is simply one of the most classic and best metal releases ever. It is energetic, structured, raw, focused, and powerful, with incredible hooks and soaring vocals only as Halford can deliver! I am 42 years young, and I still 'bang my head' to this classic (much to the chagrin of my lovely wife), having grown up listening to it in the late 70's. The digital remaster is superb, giving extra punch, air, and grit to the already tight instrumentals and vocals. The increased dynamics inherent in the remaster will give your system a workout!!! Listen to this CD on let's say, a 200 watt per channel McIntosh amp, good highly revealing Magneplanar speakers, with twin Velodyne subs, and you will achieve EARGASM!!!