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Turbo EP, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000630DK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Turbo was the album that caused a lot of long-time Judas Priest fans to scream for vengeance (or, at least, to not buy the album). With all the hair taking over the moneymaking side of metal in the mid-1980s, Priest decided to try to cash in with a more commercial and synthesizer-driven sound. Turbo does not sound like Poison, but it is more radio friendly than the often harsh and brutal Defenders of the Faith. Most fans did not like Turbo because it did not sound enough like Judas Priest. I remember reading a letter in a rock magazine where a fan admitted to crying when he first heard the album. Well, it's not that bad. In fact, some of the tracks here are pretty good and one is incredible.

"Turbo Lover" is a very cool track. The synthesizers make it sound like a futuristic motorcycle cruising down the highway and the guitar solo is awesome. "Locked In" is very commercial but darn catchy which was accompanied by Priest's most creative music video. "Reckless" is another catchy track that does not become a syrupy commercial song like some of the tracks here. "Hot For Love" is also pretty good but the chorus seems disjointed. The guitar break demonstrates how bands like Iron Maiden were influenced by these metal statesmen. The best track, by far, though, is "Out in the Cold." It is an amazing, powerful ballad and one of my all-time favorite Priest songs. It is worth the price of the album alone!

In my opinion, Turbo's main flaw is that it didn't go further in its experimentation.
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This was my fifth official Priest album. I got hooked on them with "Defenders", had to run out and get "Screaming" immediately after that, dubbed a friend's copies of "British Steel" and "Hell Bent" (keep your shorts on Sony, I have since purchased the CD's...twice) and then waited two years with baited breath to get my hands on this classic. Like many, I was initially revolted by what was coming through my speakers. Priest singing songs about love and partying, with glossy synth-heavy production and electronic drum sounds? Even the token teen rebellion song ("Parental Guidance") is kind of lighthearted and not really an "angry" song at all. It was a little hard to take at first. But it soon came to be my third favorite Priest album, right behind the 1-2 punch of "Screaming" and "Defenders". Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this album came out right when I was graduating from high school and it served as a really kickin' soundtrack for my final summer before college (it IS a great driving record, make no mistake).
The first four songs on this album are total classics in my mind. "Turbo Lover" remains one the best songs they've ever done, I don't care what anyone says. I put it on one of my jogging tapes several years ago, right at the point where I normally start to lose steam, and let me tell you, that song really kicks in the adrenaline for me. "Locked In" is also a great song, I love those electronically altered wails on the guitar in the beginning. "Private Property" has a cool bubbling synth in the beginning that transitions into a mid-tempo brooding rocker. "Parental Guidance", despite my earlier comments, is a fun singalong song mocking parents and the PMRC for being so [bad] about rock n' roll and its supposed influence on kids.
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Turbo has to be one of the most unjustly maligned metal albums of all time. Listening to everyone complain, you'd think the band suddenly became Bon Jovi overnight. No, Turbo is not the same kind of metal album that British Steel was, but when you look at it objectively, it's not that far removed either.

The fact is; Turbo flat-out rocks! Yes, they added synthesizers, but I'd argue that they definitely didn't abuse them. Yes, there are a couple of goofier songs obviously meant to be "hits", but can you honestly tell me a song like "Parental Guidance" is that much different than "Breaking the Law"? This is an album with plenty of songs I would call "essential" Priest tracks, including "Turbo Lover", "Locked In", "Out in the Cold", hell, pretty much the whole second half of the album! Turbo doesn't have any more filler tracks than any other Priest album from that era.

Call it a sellout attempt if you will, but I find it amusing that Painkiller, the band's transparent attempt to "un-sellout" by giving people exactly what they wanted, is so highly regarded while their attempt to try something a bit different is so hated. Truth be told, I find myself playing Turbo a hell of a lot more often than any other Judas Priest album released after 1985.

Bottom Line: If you ignore the conventional wisdom about Turbo and listen to it on its own merits, I think you'll find it to be a perfectly worthy entry in the Judas Priest saga.

NOTE: The 2001 reissue of Turbo features much-needed digitally remastered sound as well as a pair of bonus tracks, a studio track called "All Fired Up", which is well worth checking out, and a live version of "Locked In."
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