British Steel: Legacy Edition by Judas Priest

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Judas PriestBritish Steel” is an important part of Judas Priest’s career, because it marked an obvious change in their sound, and even image. Don’t get me wrong, though, their ’70s output was awesome, with such classics as “Stained Class”, “Sin After Sin” and “Hellbent For Leather”. But “British Steel” was the album where Priest put a new spin on their sound. As opposed to the bluesier, more psychedelic/acid-rock sound of their ’70s classics, “British Steel” was a pure metal release, and you can hear this album’s influence in such bands as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. The remastered album also contains “Red White and Blue”, a power ballad that I personally love, though I think it’s ironic that Judas Priest, a British band, would write a song about American pride. Oh well, no harm done. There’s also a live version of “Grinder”. “British Steel” is an undisputable metal classic that marked an important spot in Judas Priest’s history. Some may not like this album as much as others, but all the same, this is one of the best albums in metal. Tom Allom and Judas Priest are reunited again (having worked together not so long ago on the audio for the DVD ‘Rising In The East’) for the live recordings that comprised 2009’s A Touch of Evil. Allom is responsible for the stereo and 5.1 SurroundSound mixes of the live recording from the Seminole Hard Rock Arena concert that appears in this Legacy Edition. The DVD will include bonus content as well, “The Making Of British Steel,” a 30-minute interview featuring the four original band members.A lot of metal purists who were either original fans of the group or who came to Priest from later generations of metal call this album a sell out. I have to agree to a certain extent. But I make two points in their defense. 1. At least they didn’t eliminate the heavy ones altogether like they would with ‘Point Of Entry’ and, ‘Turbo’. “Steeler” and “Rapid Fire ” are still as heavy as anything released up to that time. 2. Selling out was nothing new for them by this time. ‘Diamonds and Rust’ and ‘Better By You’ were flagrant attempts to have a hit single. And don’t forget Evening Star. “Living After Midnight”and “Breaking The Law” did become big songs and did lead to the rise of hair metal posers, but remember, these songs were original at the time and not copying the formula that many lesser groups did soon after. All in all, this album is a classic and should be owned by anyone who has any interest in heavy metal at all. ALL HAIL THE PRIEST!

Essential

British Steel: Legacy Edition by Judas Priest

Disc One: CD – BRITISH STEEL (remastered in 2001) 1. Breaking the Law • 2. Rapid Fire • 3. Metal Gods • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. Living After Midnight • 7. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • Bonus tracks: 10. Red, White & Blue (studio track) • 11. Grinder (live version).

Disc Two: DVD – THE BRITISH STEEL 2009 TOUR

(Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009) 1. Breaking the Law • 2. Rapid Fire • 3. Metal Gods • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. Living After Midnight • 7. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • 10. The Ripper • 11. Prophecy • 12. Hell Patrol • 13. Victim Of Changes • 14. Freewheel Burning • 15. Diamonds And Rust • 16. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.