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Turbo

Judas Priest Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Tipton should be ashamed June 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is no secret among Priest fans that Glenn Tipton(their main songwriter) no longer sets the trends, but now follows them. This album is the moment that this heinous act occurred. J.P. was one of the premier bands of the NWOBHM movement. They were one of the bands being imitated by any newcomers who came along. Turbo changed that forever. On Turbo, Priest transformed before our very eyes from heavy metal innovators to hair-metal imitators. Many fans blamed their use of guitar synthesisers for this album being so bad. It wasn't the instruments, it was the songs. New equipment is constantly being introduced. Good bands mold these instruments to their sound. Priest failed on this occasion. They molded their sound to the pop-music these new instruments were currently being used for.
Then there is the image factor. A previous reviewer stated how silly Dave Holland looked at this time, and he did. However Glenn Tipton looked even worse. That haircut was beyond ridiculous. To their credit, Rob Halford, KK Downing, and Ian Hill did not cave to the new style. They just continued to dress as they always had.
But this is about music, not image. It took them 4 years and 2 albums to make up for this atrocity(Ram it Down was no better, see previous reviews as to why). Painkiller is one of the best albums they've ever done. It is obvious, in my opinion that Halford took charge of that one, resulting in the power struggle with Tipton resulting in Rob leaving the band. Even the new Priest albums sound like any of the other new metal bands around. Glenn Tipton is still a follower. It is time for him to start leading again. One listen to Halford's new material shows that he still gets it( I forgive him for the TWO album. He had just made a major life decision, we know which one) Maybe Rob should have stayed in Priest, and kicked Glenn out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over Produced but Under-rated March 16 2003
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Most fans of Judas Priest and Early 80's Heavy Metal point to Turbo being the point of decline in Judas Priest career. This is arguably true as following this release the band put out only two more albums with original vocalist Rob Halford and never again reached platinum status.
Turbo definetly has its drawbacks and dosen't have as much staying power as some of Priests earlier albums, however, I have always found this to be an enjoyable, well written, Heavy Metal Pop record (Which is why most Hard Core Metal Heads Hate it).
First of all, the lyrics are decent. They may stick to generally and sometimes cliche theme's of driving fast, ...innuendo, and teenage rebellion. But remember in the end it is Rock & Roll and Priest themselves were in their Mid-30's when recording it. I would think that maybe they got to feeling a little silly signing about "Creatures From beyond, etc..." by this point and wanted to make a progessive Hard Rock record with technology that seemed the wave of the future at the time. The experimentation, which I always give extra stars for having the balls to try, has mixed, but generally good results.
Stregnths:
Great Voalcs (As Always)
Great Guitar Solos
Good Song Structure - Short Pucnhy radio friendly songs
Out In The Cold - Possibly Priest Best Ballad
Weaknesses:
Overboard on the Synthes
Overboard on Electronic Drums
Parental Guidence - Inteneded to be a hit single but sounds too cliched.
Priest did an awesome tour on after this CD, which did seem to mark the decline of the bands popularity as Arena Headliners, but I find this CD more true to where Priest seemed to be coming from muscially then some of their later releases, which sound like the band is trying TOO HARD to keep up with the "Thrash" exposion.
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Boy, the first time I heard 'Locked In' was one of the most disappointing moments in my adolescent years. I was stunned, and could not believe it was Judas Priest. It was a long wait between 'Defenders of the Faith' and 'Turbo', and it was not worth it. I was a huge Priest fan back then, and still am, but 'Turbo' was a monstrous letdown to most Priest fans. While not as bad as the pitiful 'Ram It Down', it's bad nonetheless.
It seems 'Turbo' marked a new era in the stellar career of Judas Priest, an era where they were overwhelmed by the desire to gain more commercial airplay, and also decided to become a pseudo-glam band in look and style. Gone were the bone-crushing tunes like 'Electric Eye', 'Tyrant', 'The Rage', and 'Dissident Agressor'. In their place was radio/MTV-friendly garbage like 'Locked In', 'Parental Guidance', 'Hot For Love', and 'Private Property'. Gone were the studs & leather, and in came the poofy hair and outfits that looked like they were stolen from a 'Pirates of Penzance' revival.
There are two decent songs on 'Turbo', being 'Out in the Cold' and 'Reckless'. The rest of the writing comes across as forced and aimed directly at commercial airplay. It seems odd that a true pioneering band like Priest, who hit their commercial success stride with 'Screaming for Vengeance' and had amassed a massive following, would pull this on their loyal fans. 'Locked In' and 'Parental Guidance' were methodically penned in a effort to crack the Top 40 and gain acceptance with the mainstream of pop music. Guitar synths were brought in, and were used so carelessly that they actually overpower Glenn Tipton & KK Downing's trademark twin-guitar attack.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Die hards only.
This would be the bubblegum pop version of Judas Priest.
I bought it because i have all of their albums.
It's like a mainstream radio version of metal. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wayne Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not as bad as people think
I have read other reviews of this album and I can't completely agree that it's a bad album. It was 1986 and metal was headed towards a more pop sound. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sir Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars My 'Turbo' Review
The Sound quality was perfect, the cd was delivered in perfect condition, and as always, judas Priest is just awesome!
Published 17 months ago by Brock Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds better than it did 20+ years ago.
I love hearing older albums remastered for CD because it practically brings them back to life, and they often sound better than they originally did on tape or LP. Read more
Published on May 28 2012 by Matt Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Out In The Cold
Yeah, yeah, I know: How the hell can I give Turbo four stars? Well, if you're one of the many who considers Turbo one of the worst (if not the worst) Judas Priest album, I... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2010 by LeBrain
1.0 out of 5 stars One star for one song!
I am a huge Priest fan and I like all of their albums throughout their 35- year carreer except their worst album (Turbo) and their second worst (Point of Entry) although I respect... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2006 by Customer from Quebec
4.0 out of 5 stars "Without warning, something's dawning, listen"
I like it when bands/artists experiment. Some of my favorite albums are ones that explore music beyond an artist's typical sound like the New Wave inspired Under Wraps by Jethro... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by mwreview
4.0 out of 5 stars "Without warning, something's dawning, listen"
I like it when bands/artists experiment. Some of my favorite albums are ones that explore music beyond an artist's typical sound like the New Wave inspired Under Wraps by Jethro... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by mwreview
3.0 out of 5 stars Has its Moments
I recently pulled this record off the shelf and gave it another listen after owning it for many years. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Sidsel Roine
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! ... they shall listen to in again!
1986: Turbo.
If most of the Judas Priest fans hate this album, I do believe it's one of their best... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
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