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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, great value, but packaging is a bit of a let down, June 23, 2012
This review is from: Judas Priest - The Complete Albums Collection (Audio CD)
The Good:

1. All the Halford era Judas Priest studio albums plus three live albums in one easy to store box set. AWESOME!
2. The discs themselves all have album cover art printed on them (some box sets skimp in this area.)
3. The price is very reasonable for how much great music is offered here.
4. Mini (and I mean mini) lp cardboard sleeves are cool, but read on.

The Bad:

1. The discs fit so tightly in their cardboard sleeves, it's a hassle to get them out, and they are likely to get scuffs and scratches just from rubbing against the cardboard. You have to either flex the cardboard sleeve quite hard or pull on the discs' top and bottom with your finger tips. Not good for music fans who want to keep their discs and packaging mint. The discs are especially tight fitting in the two double albums with gatefold sleeves. My copy of Preist, Live! was scratched the first time I wrestled it out of its sleeve. Frustrating!

That's really my only complaint about this otherwise cool box set. Sure, the box itself could be higher quality cardboard with two pieces that slide together, but for the price this box that folds together is just fine with me. I think the idea was to keep the price affordable for this set, so the packaging isn't nearly as deluxe as japanese-made box sets (The Beatles in Mono, Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection, etc.) Even though I like the "Ripper" sung albums, I think they made the right call not including them in this set (if they even had the choice). I'll be storing my CDs in separate cases to keep them protected and easier to access, but I'm happy to have a mostly complete Priest collection with one purchase.
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Initial post: Jan 19, 2013 1:50:50 PM PST
Also there wern't any lyric sheets!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2013 10:04:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2013 10:28:24 AM PDT
oldtree says:
Screw this box set then. You can get all of the classic JP albums on CD here on amazon in used, Very Good condition for very cheap (some for a couple of cents plus shipping). Get the 1990s and/or 80s Columbia records or Sony/Epic versions not the remasters. I don't know how these remasters sound but the 2001 Colombia ones castrate the dynamic range of sound, sacrificing sound quality for loudness making it sound flat. I have the 2001 remastered collection (to make the JP cross when you line up the spines) and I compared them with the older ones, what a difference in sound. The originals sound much warmer, you can hear the finer details and subtleties of the instruments. I bought the whole collection used for around the same price as this box set and they all have jewel cases and lyrics included with superior sound closer to the original vinyl masterings. Same can be said for the Iron Maiden CD collection when comparing originals/older, re/masterings VS 21st century loudness wars remasters as I own both versions of them also (Only to make the Eddie face when lining up spines to put next to the Priest Cross). LOL. The only quality 21st century re-masters that don't try to sound all loud by cutting off many bits from original masterings that I have heard are the Sabbath and Dio deluxe editions which sound way better than the crappy older WB releases.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 7:04:13 PM PST
I can get the CDs out with no problem.

Posted on May 21, 2014 9:29:54 PM PDT
A. Rizzie says:
Cheap solution: look on ebay for "mini lp cd inner sleeves"

They're made in Japan for box sets exactly like this. They fit just about perfectly in all my sets and allow the cd to slide in and out very, very easily. They are a cheap solution at $15 plus shipping for 100 of them. I order mine from SoundSourceCDs; great quality and quick shipping. Just fyi!

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 2:03:18 PM PDT
B. Anderson says:
I do not have any problem getting the discs out. They simply roll half way out. Then I squeeze a bit top and bottom and they roll the rest of the way out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2016 5:45:24 PM PST
DeathSSpell says:
the other complete box-set is way, way more costly and only has the 12 full albums in jewel case. no live albums. plus the remastered albums are ones to own. period! the cd's come with bonus unreleased songs and live songs.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 5:48:50 PM PST
DeathSSpell says:
the other complete box-set is way, way more costly and only has the 12 full albums in jewel case. no live albums. plus the remastered albums are ones to own. period! the cd's come with bonus unreleased songs and live songs. this doesn't have lyrics but fans don't need lyrics ripper vocalist musically was nu-metal bull crap! also if the cd's scratched you must not know how to take them outta the sleeves i own many, many box-set collections that come with no lyrics and in sleeves and still have them in great condition and listen to them a lot!
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