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Sad Wings of Destiny 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: B00003TFN7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has to be one of the most influential Metal records in history. After a lackluster debut with "Rocka Rolla", the band changed drummers and redefined their sound from bluesy quasi-psychedelia to molten gothic heavy metal. I don't think Priest has ever created such a formidible document of powerful songwriting and instrumental skullcrushing since this landmark 1976 work. They sure haven't made a more serious record since, with lead track "Victim of Changes", arguably their greatest song. This album has so much emotion and range from "Epitaph" and "Dreamer Deceiver" (the greatest metal ballad ever) to "Tyrant", "Genocide" and "The Ripper" Downing and Tipton became a true team on "Sad Wings" and fully established their twin lead guitar attack. Rob Halford providing possibly his greatest performance and one of the most profound in the history of metal. The lack of commercial success that the band received for this LP is shocking yet maybe the world wasn't ready for music this intense in its sonic fury. I bought this originally on record when I was 15 and didn't really like it compared to "Screaming for Vengeance" and "Defenders" but man have my tastes and appreciation changed in the last 17 years. Now I think this is the greatest of all Priest albums. For all the critics who have laughed off much of '80's era Priest and all the so called fans who prefer the more commercial sounding post-"British Steel" material, then I say give "Sad Wings" a listen find out why people like Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine rave about this album!
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This is one of the most influential metal albums ever made. No rock collection is complete without this. "Sad Wings" was the next step in metal after the initial wave of Sabbath, Purple, and Uriah Heep.Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Metallica, Fates Warning and virtually all of later progressive metal would be inconceivable had this record never been made. Great writing, playing,changes in tempo, texture, and mood throughout all the brilliant compositions. The opener "Victim Of Changes" is THE Essential metal song. Halford's vocal range is astounding throughout. His style re-invents the metal vocalist here. The two guitar onslaught of Tipton and Downing is staggering and blazes the trail for Hammett and Hetfield, Denner and Sherman, and virtually any heavy band to come that would feature two axe slingers. This record commercially was criminally ignored in it's time, but like all great underground works, those who bought it were influenced and formed bands. Today's younger set may be a little mystified by the stone age production, but any young musician wanting to attempt the heavy stuff should begin here.
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I'm going to review the 12 Judas Priest CDs from 1974-1990 except the two live CDs. 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 exponents. 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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After a very unsuccessful first album mainly due to its bland 70s rock sound and its crappy production (hell, even the band themselves don't really like it!) the METAL GODS go into the studio two years later and make one of their finest and perhaps most influential albums, Sad Wings of Destiny.

This is the album where Priest found their true sound and amazingly it was on only their second album! While many bands run out of the good material that made their first album a smash success and run into the dreaded 'sophomore slump' on their next album (like Van Halen), Priest were making metal history on their second!

So why is this album so damn good you ask? Well let me take a moment to explain in a classic albeit slightly boring track by track review! However, I will be doing it by the TRUE track order which Koch records screwed up on the remaster (they switched the A and B sides of the original vinyl).

Prelude- 9/10 Ok so this is the real opener folks, just a very soothing piano intro that blends into the next song...

Tyrant- 10/10 One of my faves on the album. Killer vocals that really portray the brutality of ruthless conquerors.

Genocide- 9/10 Another killer song with great lyrics kind of relating to the previous song's. Oh did I mention this Priest's best album lyrically? Yeah it definitely is. The deeply sung part in the song is just pure metal!

Epitaph- 9/10 Ok what's up with people not liking this one? I personally think it owns. Rob once agains shows the talents of vocals in a softer emotional sense. You might be thinking "a piano again???" but DO NOT skip this one!!! Listen to the lyrics too.

Island of Domination- 9/10 Another great one (surprise eh?) with more great shrieking from Halford...
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Judas Priest Koch Remasters - Are they really that bad?
a few years too late but in case someone stumbles on this one

the Koch remasters have the bass and treble boosted enough to hide the midrange magic this album has

anyone looking to buy the first 2 priest albums on CD is better off spending a little more to get the Repertiore versions

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