on 1 August 2014
This is a great value, budget priced DVD re-release that's crammed full of Priest for a single disc affair. It contains 13 promo videos, a live concert and some footage of TV performances from the BBC. The disc I've received is region free (0) and NTSC.
The promo videos span their career from the British Steel era through to Painkiller. They're quite of their time, in both style and production quality and are frequently hilarious. Seeing the band rob a bank with the sheer power of Metal in 'Breaking the Law' is particularly amusing.
The Live concert is taken from a Dallas gig on the 1986 'Fuel for Life' tour and mostly follows the format of the 'Priest... LIve!' CD release. There's a few tracks that differ but it seems like a full gig (or most of it) running to about 90 minutes long. For something taken in 1986, the picture and sound quality is remarkably good and it's great seeing Priest at probably the height of their abilities sweating their socks off. Rob can certainly hit all those notes and the band seem on good form. You don't see much of Ian Hill or Dave Holland though. It's amusing seeing a bunch of blokes in their mid 30's singing stuff like 'Private Property' and 'Parental Guidance' as if they were teenagers. 'The Sentinel' is awesome though, so all is forgiven.
The BBC footage consists of 2 tracks from 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' and 4 from what I think are 'Top of the Pops' performances. The first 2 (Rocka Rolla and Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver) are an excellent showcase of Priest before they developed their Metal sound so fully with the band being all hippy style - platforms, bell bottoms and flouncy blouses. It's a great but small insight into their early days. It doesn't harm that they're both awesome tracks.
In all, a really good package at an affordable price. Great stuff.