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Rocka Rolla Original recording reissued


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B00003TFN5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Good song, but not THAT good.
Juan Kerr
A must for every Priest fan, and anybody else who could appreciate good music.
Eden C.
JUDAS PRIEST got their career off to a very good start with ROCKA ROLLA.
R. Recchia

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pinto on August 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Here is the deal with Rocka Rolla; it was mastered wrong. The recording is low, there is a lot of hiss and it sounds like your listening to the album as if your best friend taped it by holding his boombox up to the speakers of his grandmothers recordplayer. Roger Bain, the producer of Rocka Rolla, remixed and remasterd this album and it subsiquently appeared as HERO HERO. Gull records repackaged it with a bunch of Sad Wings Tracks and one oddball track (Diamonds and Rust)not the Sin after Sin version but possibly a Sad Wings out-take. The result is ROCkA ROLLA the way its supposed to sound: HEAVY! Yes folks you heard it right, Hero Hero lets it be known that the guys in the band were not on lithium when recording this album. The difference is night and day. Every ROCKA ROLLA song on HERO HERO is not only 1000 times better but also actually listenable! If your a long time Priest fan and you didnt know this, your in for a BIG treat. Buy Hero Hero and listen to the REAL ROCKA ROLLA!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on June 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rocka Rolla was Judas Priest's debut LP released in 1974. It features the mainstays of the band Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, and, of course, the legendary Rob Halford on vocals (he is credited as "Bob" Halford on the packaging for this release). It was John Hinch's turn on the musical drummer stools for this one. For fans of 1980s Priest, Rock Rolla is a mixed bag of classic rockers, soft ballads, catchy radio tracks, experimental riffs, long epic anthems, and short songs that run together. The overall sound demonstrates a definite Black Sabbath influence with darkness and depth. Rocka Rolla rocks, but it rocks in the classic 1970s hard rock sense, not in the adrenaline-pumping aggression of 1980s Priest masterpieces like Defenders of the Faith.

The debut begins with "One for the Road," a quintessential Black Sabbath style opener. It has a plodding beat but does pick up the tempo. "Rocka Rolla" is the most recognizable track on this album. A television performance for this song can be found on the DVD Electric Eye. "Rocka Rolla" is "hella killa" from the cool opening guitar riff to the addictive chorus. The next three tracks run together to give the impression of a long, epic piece. "Winter" (1:41) offers a quiet background intro that builds up into a dark, very Black Sabbath sounding track. At the drum solo it switches to "Deep Freeze" (1:20) so that, unless you are watching the CD track counter, you may not even realize the song has changed. It then moves into "Winter Retreat" (3:27) that begins with distorted, experimental guitar sounds with strange, dark sound effects (very Black Sabbath-like) then becomes a very pleasant song for the last minute. It is a laid-back relaxing number that is all too brief.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grant B. Humphries III on May 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to review the 12 Judas Priest CDs from 1974-1990 except the two live CDs first. I am a huge Priest fan. I first got into Judas Priest 20 years ago and have stayed loyal to them ever since. This may limit my objectivity since these reviews will really be comparing the different CDs to one another not to other bands. There is no bad Judas Priest CD, only less consistent ones. Judas Priest is a band that have repeatedly experimented stylistically. Some of these experiments were more successful than others. There are CDs that are much heavier than others. I will try and bring all these factors into my reviews as well as attempting to summarize the general consensus among hardcore Priest fans about each individual release.

Judas Priest are possibly the most important act in metal history and they are certainly metal's most unwavering proponents. They helped invent heavy metal music, helped refine and perfect it, helped popularize it and have remained "defenders of the faith" during metal's darkest hours, while other "metal" acts ran for the hills. They are a legendary band whose role in popular music can not be overstated. If a metal band was not heavily influenced by Judas Priest directly, then they were heavily influenced by another band that was. Their reach is inescapable.

Judas Priest are led by Rob Halford, one of metal's most recognizable icons and possibly the greatest vocalist the genre has ever known. Halford's unearthly delivery and range are as responsible as anything else for Judas Priest's signature sound.

Judas Priest were not the first band to employ the services of two lead guitarists but they were certainly the first to fully implement them. Glenn Tipton and K.K.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Jorgensen on April 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first Judas Priest album somewhat unfortunely only hints at what was almost certainly a great early 70's live Hard Rock Band. Its not hard to imagine these songs at a high volumn in a small Engalnd Club just ripping the place apart. However, for those less imageinative and dedicated then myself the recording may come across as muddy and definetely not as "priest Like" as what people who are familiar with their other albums would expect. The ironic part is that "Classic Rock" floks who wrote Priest off as another mindless Metal Screaming Band in the 80's may be surprised at how Blues Based the first album really is. Here is a song by song:
One For The Road - Awesome Opeing track..."Where would we be without music" Heavy without being too metallic. This song is trully cool.
Rocka Rolla - The title track which to me sounds written for clubs. For those who love to cry "sell-outs" you must remember that bands only get signed by having an audience. If your playing to casual pub goers and want to get work, you need songs that have a danceable/listenable riff. Therefore, the song was probably decent live, but sounds a little cheesy in parts on disk.
Winter - Awesome Black Sabbathish early metal track. This tune isdefinely heavy and hints at a later direction the band would explore. Another song that must have ripped the rook off live.
Deep Freeze - What the hell is this? Its not really a song as much it is noise, which I guess was KK's early attempt at a "Psychedellic" solo. Suppossed to bridge the song before and after it, but really sounds like nothing and should have been left of or re-recorded. I almost certainly believe the band would love to have this one back.
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