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Unleashed in the East
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If you've heard the original and thought it was outstanding for its time, you'll agree that it left you wanting more. This remastered version is the way it should've been from the start. The original nine core songs sound amazing, and the four extra live tracks (from the same tour) seamlessly make this album complete, finally. After listening to this release from start to end, you won't remember that once upon a time, it was four tracks shorter. The folks at Legacy (Sony Music) have managed to make of the greatest live rock albums of all time even better. This CD is a MUST HAVE for any Judas Priest or heavy metal fan. Even if you're not into metal, but you're a hard rock fan, you will definitely enjoy the power of the performances captured in this recording.
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on July 2, 2004
Quite possibly the greatest live heavy metal record ever recorded, Priests Unleashed In The East set the mark for all others to follow. The thing is, no one could follow in the same footsteps. This is sheer live, brutal power and force. The energy of the crowd propelled the band to its greatest performance and it was captured for all the world to hear. Rob Halford never sounded better. The dualing guitars are at the forefront, the choise of songs perfect. My highlight from this CD is when the dualing guitar solo in Tyrant reaches its absolute zenith, right as Rob Halford comes in for the final chorus, the crowd of thousands and thousands of Japanese fans absolutely screams. It will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Perfection incarnate.
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on October 28, 2002
On Judas Priest's first live album, Unleashed in the East(1979), they manage to package most of their greatest songs of the period onto one great live album. Every song is a proven winner in the studio, and most sound even better live. The tracks off Sad Wings are greatly aided by Les Binks' fantastic drumming(chekc out that solo in Starbreaker). Glenn and K.K. fire off some sizzling guitar work, while Rob Halford(with some help from the studio) lays down some great vocals. However, Ian Hill begins his descent into mediocrity here, but for the most part his bass lines are effective and well-played. Overall this is one great albums, arguably the best they ever made, and I would STRONGLY recommend you buy this album first if you're new to the band.
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on January 24, 2003
This is a very good record and could be regarded as some kind of "best of" for the period prior to "British Steel" (Judas Priest's best album ever). When it first came out I believe it was the magazine Kerrang that called it "Unleashed in the studio" and I suppose they were right. I even think Judas Priest have admit that the only live thing about it is the drums - everything else is re-recorded in a studio. Maybe that's the reason the sound quality is so good, the guitars are even split. In fact I don't mind this "cheat" since I don't really see the point in releasing live albums...
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on March 17, 2003
Every time I listen to this album, I get goosebumps.
Who cares if Rob Halford rerecorded his vocal tracks; who else could sound that incredible, live or in a studio?
These guys helped write the book of hard rock, and everyone who came after them owes something to them.
These musicians had it all: chops; tone; attitude; production; songwriting; and most of all, solid gold BALLS.
These guys are pure rock 'n roll.
Hats off to them. This record shows a band in the form of a spitshined battalion on parade, with guitars, sex, and rock n' roll in lieu of bullets, as it should be.
FIVE BIG STARS!!!
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on November 23, 2002
I remember when I was in 9th grade living in Atlanta and could not wait for the release of this album--yes, album,not cd--I still jam like hell to it at the age of 38.Trust me when I say this one is priceless---how could anyone not like "victim of changes" or "Sinner" ! This is Priest at their finest ! Considering the lost art of true rock this day and age....it is a MUST HAVE !
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on August 14, 2002
Sorry I have to reply to an easiler review.
How can anyone say "avoid" the live version of Tyrant!?!? It's one of the defining moments in heavy metal history. Judas Priest blazed a trail that many followed, and this album is one of the all time greats within the genre. If you love metal and this isnt in your collection, you're seriously missing out.
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on December 29, 2003
For 1979, this album exceeds all expectations. From the opening track Exciter to the breaking riff of Running Wild this album makes you feel like your there. Robs vocals are outstanding especially on the Ripper. Other classic tracks like Victim of Changes and The Sinner makes this a special treat for all Priest fans.
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on July 15, 2011
one of the all time classic metal albums,in fact youd be lucky to find anything better in that decade metal wise
The Sinner,apocalyptic lyrics and vocals with KKs guitar work summoning the ghost of Jimi Hendrix to the modern metal age!!!
Classic!!!!
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This CD is excellent! Must have it! This contains live material Judas Priest played in the beginning! Real hard rock! Rob Halford makes it through the album!

Standout tracks: The Green Manalishi, Exciter, Sinner, Diamond And Rust...
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