Sin After Sin Import
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So all in all I have to say this album - of which title is taken from the classic song 'Genocide' - as some tracks on it are a bit too long. (And I don't mean the long and monotonous but very atmospheric ballad 'Here Come The Tears'.)
It praises the ingenuity of these musicians how they covered Joan Baez's acoustic song 'Diamonds And Rust' that became one of their finest hard and at the same time catchingly melodious tunes. But when you listen to 'Unleashed In The East' it becomes obvious how some tracks from this album could hit with a better sound. Another summit of the record is the short and extremely aggressive closing track 'Dissident Aggressor' - no wonder that it was covered by Slayer on 'South Of Heaven'.
In short this record is not bad, by far not the worst, but if preceding 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' is a thunder, it is just a plopping rain.
Rob Halford's vocals and lyrics are at their peak here. Glenn and KK's guitars are imaginative, skillful and impressive. Ian Hill's bass is... hmmm, let's better skip that with Simon Phillip's (then still an teenager!!!) incredible drumming. Until this day I still can't believe some of the prodigious and intricate drums parts he laid down for those sessions (unfortunately, he only acted as a session player). Simon started a whole thrashy drum movement with his dexterity in Sin After Sin.
Roger Glover's production here is frequently critized for not achieving a heavier sound, but I disagree with that, as the end result is just what was needed musically.
The real beauty of Sin After Sin is that one can actually listen to many new subtle things each time one listens to it, no matter how many times played back... and that simply doesn't happen often these days. IT HAS MAGIC ALL OVER IT. This is a must item in any rock CD collection. A timeless classic and my favorite Priest album!
This album was the only one to feature the session drummer Simon Phillips, replacing Alan Moore, who had apparently no idea of how great the band was going to be. Simon Phillips will later join the group Toto : you can hear his drums on the albums "Tambu" and "Mindfields".
My personnal ratings are :
Sinner - A
A classic rock song. It's good but quite fast boring at the end.
The chorus is average.
Diamonds and Rust - A
Another classic, but the chorus is just average and a little annoying.
Starbreaker - A+
This is my favorite song on the CD. Rob Halford sings all lyrics. This song has an excellent rhythm.
Last rose of summer - C- : I was looking for a good Judas Priest ballad, but this one is pretty asleeping
Let us prey... - C+
D+ for the beginning of the song which is a plain Queen imitation (not that I don't like Queen but this is annoying),
A+ for the guitar solo which is excellent.
Raw deal - A+
This one is pure enjoyment, melodic guitar, slow rhythm, best Halford's vocals.
Here come the tears - B-
This is another quite boring ballad, but better than the 'Last rose of summer'.
Dissident aggressor - D+
This song is awful, it's noisy, messy, not the Priest I like ! Though, many like it and it was included on 'Metal Works' compilation.Read more ›
The record kicks off with the incredible "Sinner" with amazing vocals by Rob Halford and plenty of guitar solos. "Diamonds and Rust" (originally done by Joan Baez) is one of the greatest cover songs I've ever heard. "Starbreaker" is great, but could have been improved a little. The ballad "Last Rose of Summer" is magnificent and rather catchy. "Let Us Prey" is a fast-tempo song that totally rocks. "Call for the Priest/Raw Deal" is another hard rocking song with a powerful closing. "Here Come the Tears" is another ballad with amazing guitarwork. Finally, the incredible "Dissident Aggressor" will blow you away.
I am reviewing this album based on the original version (I have the old cassette) and I am very pleased with this record. Even if you are a casual Priest fan, you'll be doing yourself a favor by getting this album.
Most recent customer reviews
Hafta admit, I dig Priest. At this stage, Halford was still exploring as a lead voice. Songwriting is solid. Put out with a session drummer, but works greatPublished on Feb. 14 2013 by Langer
The band's early phase was characterized by five very different records with five different producers. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by S B
This was Priest's first USA release. It was released in 1977 on Columbia Records, and the result is a solid piece of work. I would rank this in the Top 5 of all of their albums. Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by MR77100
I think Sin After Sin is the greatest Judas Priest album of all time. Other albums like Stained Class and Sad Wings of Destiny are also amazing, but it's just something about this... Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Elyk Nahanah
This is the first priest album I got, and it was the original version. On Saterday 23/6/01 my older brother gave it to me along with Quiet Riot's Metal Health, and Anthrax's Attack... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003 by E. Sharon
Sin After Sin is a great metal album. Fantastic composition and musical execution. I like to think of it as Part 2 of Sad Wings of Destiny. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by Ghost of Metal Past
On their third release, 1977's Sin After Sin, Judas Priest continued their relentless march towards metal domination. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002 by A.J. Taylor