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The extra tracks on this remaster (as with many of the other Priest remasters) do not bear any contextual connection to 'Hell Bent for Leather'. The live version of "Riding on the Wind" from the 1983 US Festival is a great tune, but sounds a bit out of place when mixed away from "Electric Eye". The studio cut, "Fight for Your Life", is a true outtake from 1982 to 1983 that eventually became the much better song "Rock Hard Ride Free" on 'Defenders of the Faith' (1984).
Judas Preist, Hell Bent for Leather 1978
JP's fifth album was a departure from their previous efforts like "stained class" "sin after sin" and "sad wings of destiny". they dropped the epic, sometimes melow/depressing songwritting and shortened/hardened them up and started to really sport the studded leather look on stage. this is personally my favorite preist album, it's powerful and one of the finest metal albums ever but it doesnt reek of the commercial sickness that all of the albums after it do. i cant name favorites on this because i love the whole thing, it's probably the most *unique* album they ever made, stands on it's own really. almost every kind of style is on here, the title track, "running wild" "killing machine" "evil fantasies" and "delivering the goods" are all strait up metal while songs like "evening star" "take on the world" and "green manalishi" are pop and then you have the beautiful melodic "before the dawn". gotta love that album cover as well.
What happened on this album was that PRIEST did away with the extended metal anthems that had appeared on their first few albums, and released an album of shorter tunes, that turned the volume up even louder.
Not only did this make the music more accesible to a radio crowd, but it also gave the metal fans something to throw into the punk rock arena, back in 1979. PRIEST nailed the scene right on the head with this album.. and would continue to do so in 1980 with the follow up BRITISH STEEL.
Some fans have a problem with these shorter songs, I don't understand... I mean, I am a huge fan of early PRIEST, and I love the thought provoking lyrics of older songs like Dreamer Deciever, or Beyond The Realms Of Death... but HELL BENT FOR LEATHER brought us back to mindless, rock indulgence, that was simple.. but not so simple. There are plenty of nuggets in here, with dual guitar licks and shreds that will melt your head, those HALFORD screeches... and dare I say, not so much whiny sap. Just about every track is ripping, and dangerous... no sorrowful ballads ANYWHERE.. (not that I don't enjoy a good track where HALFORD cries about who knows what.. but thats for a different day).. this album is about staying out all night, drinking booze, and screwing chicks.... well maybe its not ACTUALLY about screwing chicks, but thats the beauty of rock and roll... it can be about whatever you want it to be about. YESSSSS! KEEP ROCKIN! F*** MTV! OWWWWWEEEEEE! YEAH!
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Classic Priest ! The 5th release on they're way to the top as one of the all time great metal bands.Published 17 days ago by ralph p.
Pretty darned good album, I would say. Put it up today against any crap I hear on "HOT 101.9" The Zebra! LOL!!!Published 4 months ago by Mister, I Like Music..
In my opinion the best Judas Priest album that's not Unleashed in the East. LolPublished 6 months ago by Joseph J. Parson
HELLBENT FOR LEATHER was a transition album for JUDAS PRIEST. Released between the incredible STAINED CLASS and the more furious, though also more "radio-friendly", BRITISH... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein