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Limited deluxe 180gm green vinyl LP pressing of this 1978 album in a gatefold sleeve. A popular album in the band's catalogue, Stained Class showcased a more streamlined songwriting style while not compromising on the band's trademark Heavy Metal riffs. The production is crisper, clearer, and cleaner than any of their preceding albums. This is the only Judas Priest album to feature songwriting by all five members. Back On Black. 2010.
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Highlights? Many but to me the diamond on this album is 'Beyond The Realms of Death', probably the most complex song in their catalog (and yes, that's a good thing). I don't think Priest reached that level of epic since. The passion in Rob Halford's voice, K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton's mighty celestial guitar work, Les Bink's complementing drumming, the bass' Everything works. A deep, dark song but a beautiful one at that. I cannot, I repeat, cannot stress how amazing this song is. The opener 'Exciter' is as heavy and fast as it gets an opener in 1978 and Rob's voice soars epic heights towards the end, pure Metal done right by the Metal Gods.Read more ›
For me, it's obviously "Stained Class". With such classics such as "Exciter", "Heroes End" and "Saints in Hell", this album is a masterpiece like "Paranoid" from Black Sabbath. With such energy and good riffing, "Stained Class" deserves 5 stars!
The other extra track, "Fire Down Below", is an outtake from the 'Ram It Down' sessions (1987) that is actually one of the better studio songs added on this remasters series. The quality of this and the live cover tune means that THIS reissue is worthy of 4 stars.
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I was a big fan of this vinyl album back when I first heard it.
Sold metal rock, with a good beat. Read more
One of the best metal albums ever recorded, Stained Class is a fantastic album from start to finish. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2009 by D. A. GOSS