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The Essential Judas Priest 3.0
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Rocka Rolla: As usual not represented. The band do not care for this album and I can't say I blame them, as I really don't care for it either. This isn't the album you are looking for. Move along.
Sad Wings of Destiny: Very good album, not my favorite. The two best songs from the record are here, Victim of Changes and The Ripper. Tad surprised at the omission of Dreamer Deceiver and Deceiver, but I guess with only 34 possible slots, some good songs are going to get left off.
Sin After Sin: Again, good album but not a personal fave. Diamonds and Rust and Sinner are among the best known from here. Dissident Aggressor is a notable exclusion, but again it's a numbers thing.Read more ›
CD 1 opens up with Judas Rising off of their latest (although sadly, not their best work) album "Angel of Retribution", and CD 2 ends with another cut from the album, Revolution, with 30 years of awesome music sandwiched in between (although I wonder why it's not in chronological order?).
As I said before, chances are if you're a Judas Priest fan, you probably own most of their CDs already or even the other greatest hits, but if you're just hearing them for the first time, this is an awesome place to start, but check out all of their albums because there's so much music they've done that cant all be included on here that is definitely some of their best.
2 Disc Compilations: Metal Works 73-93 or The Essential Judas Priest? This will come down to personal preference i prefer Metal Works for it compiles most of the best from judas priests prime, essentials includes more singles and has the green manilishi one of my favorites but the chioce is your which has more songs you want.
1 Disc Compilation: Their is only one. Best of: Living After Midnight however their is 2 versions of it. The 16 track version is an attempt to put the best of judas priest on one disc and is a great listen the 18 track version is an attempt to fit as many singles as possible on one disc. The 16 track has live versions (some of judas priests best songs were only great when live) and the 18 track eliminates the live tracks for a few singles that i personally thought were mostly weak tracks but the choice is yours if you must have a 1 cd compilation.
Box Set: Only other compilation i would consider is the 5 disc box set metalogy which has 4 cds of songs and 1 concert dvd but the other 3 compilations i mentioned are better for casual fans.
Conclusion the 2 disc sets really give you alot of great songs and get a good overview of the band but if you dont have time to listen to 2 disc packed full of priest the 1 disc compilation is very good listen to. Could only reccomend the box set for someone who doesnt want buy all priests albums and still wants to hear alot of their music or fanatics who want the few rare songs.
Judas Priest weren't just called the Metal Gods for nothing. For decades, the core of Judas Priest which are guitarists KK Downing and Glenn Tipton, bass player Ian Hill and lead singer Rob Halford and the cast of drummers have successfully defended the faith of metal!
The Essential Judas Priest contains forty-one (count them 41) tracks overall. Released by Columbia Records, the set covers the band's Rob Halford years from 1976-1990 and reunion in 2005. It covers tracks from twelve of the band's fifteen studio albums released over the years.
The band's 1974 debut Rocka Rolla was not covered though some would have wanted its title cut here.
The band's sophomore effort 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny is represented by the classics and finally properly remastered versions of the studio recording of "Victim Of Changes" and "The Ripper". Whilst the album, like its predecessor was on Ovation Records (a long out of print label here in the US), didn't sell well upon release it did find the band's sound that it would adopt for the rest of its career.
The band's third album (their first for CBS/Sony affiliate Columbia) 1977's Sin After Sin (which saw the addition of powehouse drummer Simon Phillips (who would work with Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford on his Smallcreep's Day album and with Pete Townshend and The Who and later Toto in his career)) is represented by "Diamonds And Rust", "Sinner" and "Diisident Aggressor" (which was left off of the 2-CD edition for time constraints but is on disc 3).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if you like judas but you are not into them alot (like me), this is for you. besides this album,get painkiller,jugulator and demolition !Published 8 months ago by Jorge Marin
Very happy with this comp. Highly recommended to fans or especially newcomers wanting to see what the band's all about.Published 9 months ago by O. Albretsen
Too bad this compilation doesn't have the song JOHNNY B. GOOD. Best of CDs should be about the hits and maybe some songs found only in movies or imports and no live songs included.Published 11 months ago by Badger