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Hell Bent for Leather Import

4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 6 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005R62M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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1. Delivering The Goods
2. Rock Forever
3. Evening Star
4. Hell Bent For Leather
5. Take On The World
6. Burnin' Up
7. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
8. Killing Machine
9. Running Wild
10. Before The Dawn
11. Evil Fantasies
12. Fight For Your Life
13. Riding In The Wind (Live)

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For Judas Priest (and, therefore, for heavy metal), 1979 was a watershed year. Studded leather and Harley-Davidsons made their way onto the Judas Priest stage and more driving, direct, breakneck-paced anthems made Hell Bent for Leather (aka Killing Machine ) their first step toward the superstar band they were about to become. Halford leads the intense charge through Delivering the Goods; Burnin' Up; Evil Fantasies; Killing Machine; Hell Bent for Leather; Evening Star; Rock Forever one of the most influential metal moments of its era!

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While the title of this 1979 release perfectly fits the band's increasing S&M-inspired leather-and-chains imagery, it's a mature and fairly sharp thematic departure from its largely death-obsessed predecessor, Stained Class. While the Priest could have easily fallen into the same stultifying goth clichés as forebears like Black Sabbath, they expanded both their musical range and lyrical focus here, shrewdly burnishing the album's commercial potential in the bargain. Kicking off with the upbeat "Delivering the Goods" and the Skynyrd-worthy arena boogie of "Rock Forever," the band blasts through material that's as wide as Sin After Sin's, but better focused. There are expected metal clichés--a big rock ballad ("Before the Dawn") and some expected bad-ass posturing (the title track and "Killing Machine")--but even the band's occasional bowing to gothic expectations is informed with a sense of surprise and adventure, as witnessed by their cover of the disturbing Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac track "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Horn)." That much of this album's tack became inspiration--and then cliché--for the widespread metal revolution that Judas Priest helped foster is only testament to their enduring legacy. This digitally remastered edition features expanded artwork, new commentary by the band, and complete lyrics, as well as the bonus tracks "Fight for You Life" (a studio outtake later incorporated into "Rock Hard, Ride Free") and a manic live version "Riding on the Wind." --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Audio CD
Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5 = very good
The year was 1979; I was at "Big Apple Records" looking for new additions for my record collection when I ran across "Hell Bent for Leather." The front cover of the album pictured a white Zombie like face wearing a black studded leather helmet with blood covered shattered sun glasses, looking like some neo Nazi biker from hell; WOW, I had to have it! I hurriedly went home & played the record. I was immediately blown away by the sounds & power contained on the vinyl grooves, I loved it!
"Hell Bent for Leather" led me into the rest of the 70's Priest albums, "Rocka Rolla," "Sad Wings of Destiny," "Sin After Sin," Stained Glass," & "Unleashed in the East," though with the exception (maybe) of "Unleashed in the East," "Hell Bent for Leather" was my favorite Priest album. I literally wore the groves out of the record. So you might be thinking why did I give "Hell Bent" 3 1/2 stars then? Well if you asked me back then I'd of been shocked myself, surely this album deserves a 5 star masterpiece rating, right? Well... As fast as I was enthralled with Priest, within two years I tired of them. Their music just didn't hold up in the long run. I found it repetitive; many riffs recycled from better previous acts. Their music was just too lumbering, it was not sophisticated & exotic enough, but there are songs on this album that still grab my attention "Killing Machine" with it's message of cold & ominous killer riff, also "Burning Up" (being 18 back then I didn't know Rob was gay, LOL!) a testimonial of sexual heat. The truly beautiful ballads, "Evening Star," "Before the Dawn" & the killer title cut "Hell Bent for Leather." These songs still rock my roll, but the ludicrously banal pep song for metal misfits (Yes, I was one, still am) "Take on the World" turned my gut even back then, more so now. As for the rest, they just don't move me one way or another anymore, but it did for that 18 year old I once was.
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Format: Audio CD
Killing Machine (1979, known as Hell Bent For Leather in America.) Judas Priest's fifth studio album.
It was in 1979 that Judas Priest released its fifth album, which was entitled Killing Machine. However, the band's American record label felt that this title was too violent, so to avoid any disputes, the band changed the name of the album to Hell Bent For Leather in America (both titles are also the names of tracks found on the album.) For this record, Halford, Hill, Tipton, Downing, and Binks all played to the best of their abilities, and created an album that has gone on to become a fan favorite. But how does this album measure up in comparison to the band's other efforts? Read on for my review of Judas Priest's fifth album, Killing Machine.
It's hard to believe that by the time the seventies were over, Judas Priest, a classic metal band, had already released five excellent albums! Most classic metal bands didn't even get around to releasing a single album until the eighties. Judas Priest doesn't waste any time "Delivering The Goods" - the track that bares that name and opens the album is one of the band's finest hard rockers. The follow-up, a rocker (which is appropriately) entitled Rock Forever, scores no less in the quality department. The band even tries its hand at melodic hard rock with the highly underrated masterpiece, Evening Star. Why didn't this song go on to become one of the band's biggest hits? It's a masterpiece, damn it! It was around this era that the band gained a fascination with creating arena rock anthems. Their first song of the style, Take On The World, can be found on this album. If you've heard United from the British Steel album, you'll know what to expect here. It's amazing the band can pull these kinds of songs off so well.
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Format: Audio CD
Rating: 3 ½ stars out of 5 = very good
The year was 1979; I was at "Big Apple Records" looking for new additions for my record collection when I ran across "Hell Bent for Leather." The front cover of the album pictured a white Zombie like face wearing a black studded leather helmet with blood covered shattered sun glasses, looking like some neo Nazi biker from hell; WOW, I had to have it! I hurriedly went home & played the record. I was immediately blown away by the sounds & power contained on the vinyl grooves, I loved it!
"Hell Bent for Leather" led me into the rest of the 70's Priest albums, "Rocka Rolla," "Sad Wings of Destiny," "Sin After Sin," Stained Glass," & "Unleashed in the East," though with the exception (maybe) of "Unleashed in the East," "Hell Bent for Leather" was my favorite Priest album. I literally wore the groves out of the record. So you might be thinking why did I give "Hell Bent" 3 1/2 stars then? Well if you asked me back then I'd of been shocked myself, surely this album deserves a 5 star masterpiece rating, right? Well... As fast as I was enthralled with Priest, within two years I tired of them. Their music just didn't hold up in the long run. I found it repetitive; many riffs recycled from better previous acts. Their music was just too lumbering, it was not sophisticated & exotic enough, but there are songs on this album that still grab my attention "Killing Machine" with it's message of cold & ominous killer riff, also "Burning Up" (being 18 back then I didn't know Rob was gay, LOL!) a testimonial of sexual heat. The truly beautiful ballads, "Evening Star," "Before the Dawn" & the killer title cut "Hell Bent for Leather." These songs still rock my roll, but the ludicrously banal pep song for metal misfits (Yes, I was one, still am) "Take on the World" turned my gut even back then, more so now. As for the rest, they just don't move me one way or another anymore, but it did for that 18 year old I once was.
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