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Sad Wings of Destiny [Original recording reissued]

Judas PriestAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captor of humanity... July 30, 2001
By Mark H.
Format:Audio CD
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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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Metal Starts Here March 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny July 17, 2006
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I was first turned on to this album around '83 - '84. I have a brother ten years older than me and he had Sad Wings on vinyl. When I first started getting into metal/hard rock it was Iron Maiden, Saxon, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Rush, 80's Priest. I was listening to Maiden/Killers one day in my room when he burst in, took the record off and started to put Sad Wings on. I was pissed at first and jumped up to stop him. He pushed me back down and said, "just listen". So I did. I must have listened to Sad Wings 20 to 30 times in a row that evening. I turned all my long haired, metal head buddies on to it the next day. It is probably, if not the best, then one of the best metal albums ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The sad wings of destiny classic second judas priest cd. Worth the money. Vince.
Published 20 days ago by Vince J Deitrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd
Published 1 month ago by phillip gray
5.0 out of 5 stars rockin cd
Great cd from vinyl days one of my favs before they got to commercial
Published 1 month ago by Auntess
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I finally decided to get a copy on CD to go with my old LP. I definitly think this is one of their best.
Published 4 months ago by David S. Drown
5.0 out of 5 stars Priest's sophomore album is still their most sophisticated.
When I think of Judas Priest, I almost see two different bands (not counting the Ripper Owens era, which would count as a third): '70s Priest' and '80s Priest'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Blues In Drag
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatyest metal albums of all time bar none.
This is such a great album, the best example of early metal ever, bar none. While early Sabbath was good it still retain a lot of the blues influences where as this Judas Priest... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Heisler
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it, make no mistake where metal began.
You want one of the all time metal classics? Then pick up this album, snap on your best headphones, kick back & let the composition of twin lead guitars & Halfords voice take you... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas H.
5.0 out of 5 stars This recording has it all!!
A question that somebody asked me recently... "When did heavy metal start?" That is a great question. Read more
Published 9 months ago by boyonbass2112
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album cover and music
This album came out originally under Janus records before Judas Priest ever got national fame. In San Antonio we knew about a lot of early groups like Legs Diamond, Riot, Rush,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Priest album?
An absolutely stunning, totally uncompromising work of art. Their most Queen like; especially towards the end, but much, much nastier. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Mehaffey
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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

quick... Read More
Feb 9, 2011 by J. Vincent |  See all 7 posts
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