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The Essential Judas Priest Best of, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 11 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000EQ47TU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Judas Rising
2. Breaking The Law
3. Hell Bent For Leather
4. Diamonds And Rust
5. Victim of Changes
6. Love Bites
7. Heading Out To The Highway
8. Ram It Down
9. Beyond The Realms Of Death
10. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
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Disc: 2
1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Living After Midnight
4. Freewheel Burning
5. Exciter
6. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
7. Blood Red Skies
8. Night Crawler
9. Sinner
10. Hot Rockin'
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The core of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill worked with several drummers in the earlier years, with longtime current member Scott Travis rounding out the definitive lineup due to his incredible power and versatility. JUDAS PRIEST knows that what matters is the music, and its ability to blend unforgettable melodies with atomic-bomb power has never been equalled.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vader on July 21 2006
Format: Audio CD
Judas Priest has released the definitive collection and the legendary band has all the best of the best on this album. From the opener- Judas Rising to Metal Gods. This is the best collection from one of the best metal bands of all time.

My all-time favorite Judas Priest songs:

1. Painkiller

2. Judas Rising

3. You've Got another thing comin'

4. Ram it Down

5. Turbo Lover

6. Love Bites

7. Before the dawn

8. Breaking the Law

9. Touch of Evil

10. delivering the goods.

Judas Priest are one of the masters of metal.

If you want Judas Priest at their best- get this definitive collection!!
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Great for casual fans, merely very good for the Priest faithful Aug. 2 2007
By P. E. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Judas Priest are quite possibly, without a hint of over-dramatization, one of the three most influential bands in the history of heavy metal, the other two being Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. As such they are certainly worthy of more than one career retrospective album, and there are several from which to choose. When I first ran across this particular CD, The Essential Judas Priest, last year, I was fairly impressed by the song selection from each album. Many times these hits compilations wind up being horrible messes, with countless bad selections and many times including the much-dreaded (at least in my mind) live tracks. I hate live tracks as part of greatest hits compilations or career-spanning retrospectives, just because if I wanted a live track, I would've bought a live album. I much prefer the original studio versions of songs. Good news: no live tracks present. The Sony people did a pretty good job here, and I understand there was significant input from the band members, which is never a bad thing. Let's get started!

Rocka Rolla: As usual not represented. The band do not care for this album and I can't say I blame them, as I really don't care for it either. This isn't the album you are looking for. Move along.

Sad Wings of Destiny: Very good album, not my favorite. The two best songs from the record are here, Victim of Changes and The Ripper. Tad surprised at the omission of Dreamer Deceiver and Deceiver, but I guess with only 34 possible slots, some good songs are going to get left off.

Sin After Sin: Again, good album but not a personal fave. Diamonds and Rust and Sinner are among the best known from here. Dissident Aggressor is a notable exclusion, but again it's a numbers thing.

Stained Class: Here is where the band really started coming into their own. Beyond the Realms of Death is a signature track for the band and Exciter is pretty well-known, but as has been noted in several other reviews, it seems impossible to think that Better By You, Better Than Me slipped through the cracks. It really seems like they should have found room for it somewhere on here.

Hell Bent For Leather: Classic album represented by the title track plus Delivering The Goods, The Green Manalishi and Before The Dawn, all great songs. Although this album includes many great tracks, I have no complaints with the song selections here. I just would have liked more selections. Again, numbers...

British Steel: And here we are. The album that was most likely many people's first taste of the Priest. Songs herein include Breaking The Law and Living After Midnight (big surprises there; note sarcasm) as well as Metal Gods and United. If you've tuned into a hard rock, classic rock or metal radio station any time in the past, ohh 27 years or so, you've undoubtedly been treated to hearing the former two songs somewhere between 750 and 3000 times. Even though I've heard them enough to last several lifetimes, to not include them here would've been a joke. The latter two songs have been concert staples for the band for years, so as such these are all solid choices for this album, but I miss Grinder...

Point Of Entry: A very weird album, one that doesn't sound terribly Priest-ish. But I like it when a band releases a record that doesn't fall into their normal sound structure. Heading Out to the Highway and Hot Rockin' are here and are actually the two songs that sound the most like much of the rest of their 80's catalog and are both good, but my three faves are missing. Desert Plains, Don't Go and Solar Angels are the most interesting songs on the record and yet they don't show up here. Pity.

Screaming For Vengeance: My personal first Priest album. Included here are the uber-obvious You've Got Another Thing Coming (another comically over-played song), the title track and two songs that are really one song, The Hellion/Electric Eye. Great tunes all, but as this is probably the most popular of Priest's albums, you wouldn't have gotten many complaints by adding a couple more tracks from this landmark record. Notable by their absence are Bloodstone and Riding On The Wind.

Defenders Of The Faith: Four songs, all great. Freewheel Burning, The Sentinel, Love Bites and Jawbreaker. I love them all; the problem is I also love Rock Hard Ride Free, Eat Me Alive, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, Night Comes Down and Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith. In other words this whole album flat out rocks! You could include the entire thing on a Best Of release and I'd be perfectly content. Great album, I guess if I can't have all the songs, the ones they did choose are as good of choices as any.

Turbo: Chronically panned album, I have to admit to rather liking it. Indeed the synthesizers give most of the songs a decidedly un-Priest-like bent, a tad poppish perhaps but I think it's pretty cool. Some of the songs are a bit too junior high, but overall I thought it was better than many claim it to be. Represented here by the quasi-title track, Turbo Lover and the power ballad Out In The Cold. I would've loved for them to have included Locked In (the lead single) and Private Property and I think Reckless is one of the best songs they've ever written.

Ram It Down: Chronically overlooked album, I really, really like this one. I admit that at this point in time, their lyrical content consisted primarily of songs about sex and songs about how great metal is and how hard they can rock, but nevertheless, this is probably my second favorite Priest album top to bottom. Only songs that are here are the blistering title track (best guitar solo EVER) and the epic, synth-laden Blood Red Skies. I really could've used Heavy Metal, I'm A Rocker and Hard As Iron, but seeing as only about twenty people bought this album, it's no surprise that it's so lightly represented.

Painkiller: What is there to say? It's unquestionably their heaviest album ever and so many quality songs to boot. Standing in are Painkiller, Touch Of Evil, Night Crawler and Hell Patrol, screaming masterworks of metal all. Another instance where the entire record could be on here and I wouldn't bat an eyelash. Metal Meltdown, All Guns Blazing and One Shot At Glory all would've been welcome additions, but alas we have to "settle" for only four great slabs of metal.

Jugulator and Demolition: Not represented. No surprise. Ripper Owens is a talented singer but these albums never resonated with the hardcore fans.

Angel Of Retribution: Good, not great comeback album. Songs included are Judas Rising (now one of my top ten favorite Priest tunes)and Revolution (which I just can't get into, for some reason). Would have enjoyed Deal With The Devil, Worth Fighting For and Hellrider, but what can ya do?

Overall: This is a great album for casual fans who might just want the well-known hits and a small mix of deeper cuts. Also not bad if you are looking for a comprehensive collection of Priest songs to make things easier when driving or for gatherings with less Priest-initiated friends. Also good for those of us (ahem, me) who have been too lazy through the years to replace all their old tapes with CDs and are still going through that rather laborious and expensive task. Much more worth your time and money than Living After Midnight:The Best Of Judas Priest.

If you're a hard-core Priest-head who owns all the CDs and perhaps bought the 4-disc, career spanning Metalology boxed set as well, you probably don't need this unless you desire to be a completist.

My personal rating is four and a half stars, leaning towards four if you are a die-hard and closer to five if you are more casual in your JP fandom.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Another Excellent Compliation for JP April 11 2006
By Sean Rallis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're already a big Judas Priest fan, then you probably own their other greatest hits albums they've put out and the box set, so it's not really "essential" that you own this, but hey, it beats switching out 20 different cds constantly to hear all of these songs.

CD 1 opens up with Judas Rising off of their latest (although sadly, not their best work) album "Angel of Retribution", and CD 2 ends with another cut from the album, Revolution, with 30 years of awesome music sandwiched in between (although I wonder why it's not in chronological order?).

As I said before, chances are if you're a Judas Priest fan, you probably own most of their CDs already or even the other greatest hits, but if you're just hearing them for the first time, this is an awesome place to start, but check out all of their albums because there's so much music they've done that cant all be included on here that is definitely some of their best.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Essential collection of metal's Metal Gods gets expanded April 10 2009
By Terrence J. Reardon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Judas Priest's compilation album entitled The Essential Judas Priest (first released as a 2-CD retrospective covering the classic heavy metal band's 1976-2005 career in 2006) was re-released in 2008 as an economically priced 3-CD set.
Judas Priest weren't just called the Metal Gods for nothing. For decades, the core of Judas Priest which are guitarists KK Downing and Glenn Tipton, bass player Ian Hill and lead singer Rob Halford and the cast of drummers have successfully defended the faith of metal!
The Essential Judas Priest contains forty-one (count them 41) tracks overall. Released by Columbia Records, the set covers the band's Rob Halford years from 1976-1990 and reunion in 2005. It covers tracks from twelve of the band's fifteen studio albums released over the years.
The band's 1974 debut Rocka Rolla was not covered though some would have wanted its title cut here.
The band's sophomore effort 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny is represented by the classics and finally properly remastered versions of the studio recording of "Victim Of Changes" and "The Ripper". Whilst the album, like its predecessor was on Ovation Records (a long out of print label here in the US), didn't sell well upon release it did find the band's sound that it would adopt for the rest of its career.
The band's third album (their first for CBS/Sony affiliate Columbia) 1977's Sin After Sin (which saw the addition of powehouse drummer Simon Phillips (who would work with Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford on his Smallcreep's Day album and with Pete Townshend and The Who and later Toto in his career)) is represented by "Diamonds And Rust", "Sinner" and "Diisident Aggressor" (which was left off of the 2-CD edition for time constraints but is on disc 3).
The group's fourth album, February 1978's Stained Class (which was the band's first studio album with drummer Les Binks) is represented by "Exciter", the classic "Beyond the Realms of Death" and on the third disc is the infamous "Better By You Better Than Me".
The band's fifth studio effort titled Killing Machine in the UK (released in October, 1978) and as Hell Bent For Leather here in the US (released in February of 1979) is represented by "Hell Bent For Leather", "Delivering The Goods", "The Green Manalashi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)" and the ballad "Before The Dawn". The album's UK hit "Take On The World" is missing but the other songs from this album featured here are superb.
The band's 1980 breakthrough album British Steel (which was their first with new drummer Dave Holland and producer Tom Allom) is represented by "Breaking The Law", "United", "Metal Gods" and "Living After Midnight" plus "Grinder" which is on the third CD. No Priest compilation is complete without "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", so the set has that base covered.
The US Top 40 charting Point Of Entry from 1981 is represented by the big US rock radio smash "Heading Out To The Highway" and the UK hit "Hot Rockin'". On the third CD you ger the concert favorite "Desert Plains".
The band's biggest selling album in the US 1982's three million plus selling Screaming For Vengeance is represented by the band's signature track "You've Got Another Thing Coming" plus the superb opener "The Hellion" and "Electric Eye" plus Screaming's title cut and on the third CD you get "Riding On the Wind". All great picks.
The 1984 follow-up, the US Platinum selling Defenders of the Faith is represented by the big hit "Freewheel Burning" plus album favorites like "Love Bites", "Jawbreaker" and "The Sentinel". Great choices plus on CD number 3 you get "Rock Hard Ride Free".
The 1986 Platinum seller Turbo is represented by "Turbo Lover" and the classic "Out In The Cold". When Priest experimented with guitar synthesizers with Turbo, the album and got a very mixed reaction. Nonetheless, the album still did well in the eyes of many of the band's fans. "Locked In" (the album's first single) is missing though.
The next studio album 1988's Ram It Down is represented by its title cut and "Blood Red Skies". Another controversial album for the band. I wish "Monsters of Rock" was on here but c'est la vie.
The band's 1990 album Painkiller (their first with current drummer Scott Travis) is represented by the title cut, "A Touch Of Evil", "Night Crawler" and "Hell Patrol". The third disc also has "All Guns Blazing" which was always one of my favorite Priest tunes. Painkiller was the swan song from the classic lineup, until the 2003 onwards reunion. After two questionable pop-metal albums, the band released their heaviest album to date. The title track is killer. The other tracks featured here are no slouches as well. Still, the epic "One Shot at Glory" could have been included.
After Rob Halford left in 1992, Priest soldiered on with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and released two mediocre albums 1997's Jugulator and 2001's Demolition (neither album has any songs featured here thankfully).
The band's 2005 triumphant comeback and reunion album with Halford titled Angel Of Retribution is represented by "Judas Rising" and "Revolution". Good choices but "Deal With The Devil", "Wheels Of Fire" and "Loch Ness" should have been included as well (but you can't have them all).
If you are a newbie, start with this SUPERB compilation and then work your way through the catalog.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superb overview to metal's Metal Gods April 10 2009
By Terrence J. Reardon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Judas Priest's 2006 compilation album entitled The Essential Judas Priest is a great 2-CD retrospective covering the classic heavy metal band's 1976-2005 career.
Judas Priest weren't just called the Metal Gods for nothing. For decades, the core of Judas Priest which are guitarists KK Downing and Glenn Tipton, bass player Ian Hill and lead singer Rob Halford and the cast of drummers have successfully defended the faith of metal!
The Essential Judas Priest contains thirty-four tracks overall. Released by Columbia Records, the set covers the band's Rob Halford years from 1976-1990 and reunion in 2005. It covers tracks from twelve of the band's fifteen studio albums released over the years.
The band's 1974 debut Rocka Rolla was not covered though some would have wanted its title cut here.
The band's sophomore effort 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny is represented by the classics and finally properly remastered versions of the studio recording of "Victim Of Changes" and "The Ripper". Whilst the album, like its predecessor was on Ovation Records (a long out of print label here in the US), didn't sell well upon release it did find the band's sound that it would adopt for the rest of its career.
The band's third album (their first for CBS/Sony affiliate Columbia) 1977's Sin After Sin (which saw the addition of powehouse drummer Simon Phillips (who would work with Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford on his Smallcreep's Day album and with Pete Townshend and The Who and later Toto in his career)) is represented by "Diamonds And Rust" and "Sinner". The album's key tracks were chosen though some whine that album tracks like "Starbreaker" and "Dissident Aggressor" are missing.
The group's fourth album, February 1978's Stained Class (which was the band's first studio album with drummer Les Binks) is represented by "Exciter" and the classic "Beyond the Realms of Death". They put the album's two best tracks on here but left off the infamous "Better By You Better Than Me".
The band's fifth studio effort titled Killing Machine in the UK (released in October, 1978) and as Hell Bent For Leather here in the US (released in February of 1979) is represented by "Hell Bent For Leather", "Delivering The Goods", "The Green Manalashi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)" and the ballad "Before The Dawn". The album's UK hit "Take On The World" is missing but the other songs from this album featured here are superb.
The band's 1980 breakthrough album British Steel (which was their first with new drummer Dave Holland and producer Tom Allom) is represented by "Breaking The Law", "United", "Metal Gods" and "Living After Midnight". No Priest compilation is complete without "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", so the set has that base covered.
The US Top 40 charting Point Of Entry from 1981 is represented by the big US rock radio smash "Heading Out To The Highway" and the UK hit "Hot Rockin'". The concert favorite "Desert Plains" and "Solar Angels" are missing but you can't have them all.
The band's biggest selling album in the US 1982's three million plus selling Screaming For Vengeance is represented by the band's signature track "You've Got Another Thing Coming" plus the superb opener "The Hellion" and "Electric Eye" plus Screaming's title cut. Good picks but they could have added Devil's Child and Bloodstone but gives one a reason to buy Screaming in its own right.
The 1984 follow-up, the US Platinum selling Defenders of the Faith is represented by the big hit "Freewheel Burning" plus album favorites like "Love Bites", "Jawbreaker" and "The Sentinel". Great choices though some yearn for "Rock Hard Ride Free" or "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" on here.
The 1986 Platinum seller Turbo is represented by "Turbo Lover" and the classic "Out In The Cold". When Priest experimented with guitar synthesizers with Turbo, the album and got a very mixed reaction. Nonetheless, the album still did well in the eyes of many of the band's fans. "Locked In" (the album's first single) is missing though.
The next studio album 1988's Ram It Down is represented by its title cut and "Blood Red Skies". Another controversial album for the band. I wish "Monsters of Rock" was on here but c'est la vie.
The band's 1990 album Painkiller (their first with current drummer Scott Travis) is represented by the title cut, "A Touch Of Evil", "Night Crawler" and "Hell Patrol". Painkiller was the swan song from the classic lineup, until the 2003 onwards reunion. After two questionable pop-metal albums, the band released their heaviest album to date. The title track is killer. The other tracks featured here are no slouches as well. Still, the epic "One Shot at Glory" could have been included.
After Rob Halford left in 1992, Priest soldiered on with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and released two mediocre albums 1997's Jugulator and 2001's Demolition (neither album has any songs featured here thankfully).
The band's 2005 triumphant comeback and reunion album with Halford titled Angel Of Retribution is represented by "Judas Rising" and "Revolution". Good choices but "Deal With The Devil", "Wheels Of Fire" and "Loch Ness" should have been included as well (but you can't have them all).
If you are a newbie, start with this SUPERB compilation and then work your way through the catalog.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Essentially "Delivers The Goods!" Oct. 8 2008
By C. R. Belshe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Essential Judas Priest is a two disc set that adequately covers the Metal Gods' career from their earliest roots through 2005. Songs from their 2nd earliest effort, "Sad Wings Of Destiny" to their reunited "Angel Of Retribution" album are included. Their lackluster debut "Rocka Rolla" has been thankfully overlooked.

Covering the band's more than three decade career is a hard feat with only a two disc set and I'm sure many people would want different songs included and some omitted. Overall, they have culled together a collection that a Priest neophyte to a long time fan will enjoy.

All songs are taken from their phenomenal remastered catalog and include such staples as "Breaking The Law," "Delivering The Goods," and their two famous covers: Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi" and Joan Baez's "Diamonds And Rust."
While I have no ill will towards Tim "Ripper" Owens and his years in Priest, thankfully they have stuck with the traditional Priest lineup.

The Essential Judas Priest is just that - an essential addition to any metal head's collection!


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