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Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, ... Read more in Amazon's Judas Priest Store

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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Colour
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B003AYPMBU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  VHS Tape  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rapid Fire
2. Metal Gods
3. Breaking The Law
4. Grinder
5. United
6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
7. Living After Midnight
8. Rage, The
9. Steeler
10. Red White And Blue
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Metal Gods
2. Breaking The Law
3. Grinder
4. United
5. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
6. Living After Midnight
7. Rage, The
8. Steeler
9. Ripper, The
10. Hell Patrol
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Judas Priest is one of the true classic heavy metal bands and they are known worldwide for their spectacular stage shows. It was British Steel that took Judas Priest to the masses with huge anthems like “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”.
In 2009 Judas Priest performed British Steel in its entirety for the first time ever as part of their 30th Anniversary US tour. This ultimate live experience was captured in front of a vibrant American audience on the 17th August at The Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood and in full 5:1 surround and stereo sound, courtesy of original British Steel producer, Tom Allom. This show is included on DVD in both formats and also features other live tracks from their impressive catalogue.
The Standard format includes the original album plus the live DVD and exclusive 30 minute ‘Making of British Steel’ interview.

BBC Review

You don't have to look far to see that heavy metal is once again in rude health. It has regained poll position as the biggest-selling genre in the world, with only hip hop giving it a run for its money. Long hairs in denim and leather are all across the pages of fashion mags and broadsheets, and have even invaded such magazines as NME and The Wire. But this media-friendly tip of the iceberg that is represented by diamante studded Motörhead t-shirts and ironic appreciation of corpse paint in hipster magazines is a mile away from the un-co-opted likes of Judas Priest.

The mighty Priest are everything that makes heavy metal the last true youth tribe. To the uninitiated they represent the naffness of the genre: the leather, denim, studs and spandex uniform and the harsh, histrionic, almost operatic vocal delivery. To their legions of fans, however, they will always remain the most important of all heavy metal groups. They represent the bridging point between the heavy doom rock of Black Sabbath et al and the myriad forms of extreme metal that came after the late 80s. They basically laid the bedrock for thrash, death and black metal. Also aiding the genre's longevity is the uniform, which was popularised and codified by the group who combined the Hells Angels uniform with Viking and fetish elements.

But if Judas Priest are the gatekeepers of real metal, even they have an entry drug and that is British Steel, which here receives the lavish 30th anniversary treatment. The band was already 11 years old and onto their second (and most famous) vocalist, Rob Halford, by the time they released this revolutionary album. In very loose terms it represented a new found maturity and individualism in metal, as it severed the last remaining links to the blues that had informed earlier albums by fellow Black Country bands Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

The showy virtuosity of previous albums was replaced by the chugga-chug riffola of Rapid Fire. The twin guitar assault of Glen Tipton and KK Downing was promoted to the fore on tracks like Metal Gods–meaning this would be the first album which would break the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) into the mainstream. But mainly it was Priest's continued ability to pen stone cold classics like Breaking the Law, Grinder and Living After Midnight that saw them move into the 80s at the top of their game.

This is an essential heavy metal artefact, packaged here with a live disc and accompanying DVD, recorded in 2009. The bonus content gives an important album of the past some contemporary context, rendering it every bit as relevant as fare from today's younger pretenders. --John Doran

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David W. Morgan on 5 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have seen the video for "Breaking the Law" on amazon.com and heard previews of the CD on iTunes and I have to say, the Priest is most definately back.

The sound has been produced by Tom Allom (Priest's producer throughout the 80s)which means this recording has all the depth you would expect from a Priest album. The DVD itself looks stunning from the little I have seen. The audience are really lively which adds a real energetic vibe to the whole thing. The cameras get really up close and personal with the band members and every shot seems planned (unlike Rising in the East where you got random shots of Scott Travis' knee or a violent judder when the cameraman seems to have nodded off!!!!).

For anyone in doubt as to whether Rob can sing anymore, the proof is in the listening. He can still smash those highnotes which are much stronger than previous shows now he has quit smoking. Just listen out for the piercing scream at the end of Breaking the Law!

Rapid Fire IS included on both the live CD and the DVD, it has been shown in the track listing on other websites and we can only assume the track listing is an error on here. Is was speculated that the song wouldn't make it to the DVD because of poor lighting at the start of the show but the DVD was previewed in the US and Rapid Fire did indeed kick off the show.

Monday can't come quick enough, basically!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O-mindcrime on 24 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The longevity of Priest means that ranking their vast output in terms of quality can be virtually impossible. There is Unleashed in The East, which is one of the best live albums ever made. There is Sad Wings of Destiny, which is one of the most significant blue prints for the heavy metal genre and finally there is Killing Machine, which is one of the first real modern metal sounding and looking albums. And let us not forget Screaming For Vengeance and the underrated Point of Entry albums, both welcome diversions into the US market. Note I have forgotten to mention Ram It Down, as there are no arguments as to where this sits in the bands Top 20 - nowhere.

But to my mind though there is no argument as to the pinnacle of the Priest bloodline - standing astride the lot, untouchable and virtually perfect is the colossus that is British Steel. Everything was right for this record: The razor blade packaging referenced both the recent Miners' Strike and the bands roots in the black country - stark and brutal it exhuded a punky malevolance that is striking to this day. The songs were an eclectic mix of Top 40 party `pop' (Living After Midnight), Queen influenced anthems (United) and brutal thrashing power (Rapid Fire). The album rightly spawned a further hit single with the iconic Breaking The Law, and created The Metal track of all time - the almost biographical `Metal Gods'. Finally, the mysterious `The Rage' added a touch of depth to the overall flow of the album (to this day Rob has no idea what it was about) and Steeler ripped through the albums frenetic finale with breathtaking speed and power; leaving the listener drained,ear drums bleeding and with their jaw firmly welded to the floor in awe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. A. MACCOLL on 1 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
British Steel first released and bought on cassette when I was sixteen and as with many of the records I bought that year it stands the test of time. What appear now the weakest tracks are the two main singles "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" probably because of over familiarity. I bought the 2CD 1 DVD version and from the updated "with added blood" cover to final live version of "You've Got Another Thing Coming" there was little to fault. But here are a couple of quibbles the Live DVD loses the vocals on the 5.1 setting and there is virtually no reference in the booklet to the original recording in the booklet. When challenged to choose between British Steel and Led Zeppelin "In Through The Out Door" I went for British Steel.

And I have not changed my mind 30 years later.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 10 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
If ever there was a five star album that got repakaged into a six star album then this is it. 1980 was a landmark year for Heavy Metal. Strong debuts from Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head along with definitive sets from Dio-era Sabbath, Motorhead and AC/DC gave this album some healthy competition, but in terms of pure Heavy Metal then this is probably the best of the bunch. This album has it all, heavy riffing, fast songs, anthems and even a Heavy Metal/ Reggae crossover section in "The Rage" (which isn`t as horrible as it sounds). It`s the extras that make this reissue so special. It comes packaged with an absolutely amazing live CD, second only to "Unleashed in the East", and easily their best live DVD of the same show. The setlist is solid, packed with Priest classics including the entire "British Steel" album live and recently revived relics like "Freewheel Burning" and "Diamonds And Rust" (with it`s original arrangement). The whole band looks totally committed to the material and the scaled back stage show puts more emphasis on the music, which is delivered in spades. Even Rob Halford, who struggled with some of the older material recently (no disrespect, but he did set the bar pretty high back in the day and he is getting old), sounds fantastic. The "Making of" documentary is great also. The only thing glaringly missing are the videos for "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", which are both masterpieces, particularly the former. If you are wondering what all the fuss about Priest, or even just Heavy Metal, is, then I would find it hard to pick a better starting place.
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