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Stained Class [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Judas Priest Audio CD
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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 (6 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005R62K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,611,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exciter
2. White Heat, Red Hot
3. Better By You, Better Than Me
4. Stained Class
5. Invader
6. Saints In Hell
7. Savage
8. Beyond The Relms Of Death
9. Heroes End
10. Fire Burns Below
11. Better By Your, Better Than Me (Live)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judas at its best 3 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of my fave Priest albums, along with the other 'S' albums (Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin) of the 70's Judas Priest era, these 3 albums rank among the best metal outputs of the time, and still hold up today!
Stained Class is probibly my favourate because it contains one of the best ballads ever, Beyond the Realms of Death, which is simply a beautiful song! the solo is my all-time favourate guitar solo ever! Other highlights include the bludgeoning Exiter (a pre-cursor to speed metal anyone?), Better By You, Better Than Me, Saints in Hell and the overlooked Heroes End (that middle riff, oh so heavy!). As for the remaster and the bonus tracks, the sound is noticibly cleaner and crisper from the original and a bit louder (the original CD was too quiet). The bonus tracks are a nice addition, I do like Fire Burns Below, its a nice slow burner that Priest are oh so good at (along with rip snorters like Exiter), the live version of Better by you... is OK, but not really necessary. Overall I'm happy that I re-bought it in the remastered version as its well worth it for the extra track, liner notes and cleaner production.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MONEY EVER SPENT.!!! 31 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of priest's best albums,the lyrics are powerful,the riffs and solo's will blow you away.With 2 extra bonus tracks it's a bargain."Exciter" starts fast and the album stays with the pace all the way,"better by you,better than me"is one priest song that will always be one of my favorites" and "beyond the realms of death" builds upto a guitar solo that will have you drawing the curtains so the neighbours can't see you playing air guitar.ORDER IT NOW,YOU CAN'T FAIL WITH THIS ONE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so brutal 21 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought & listened to this album in 1978 I considered it to be a brilliant & brutal bludgeoning assualt. At that time it undoubtedly included some of the fastest power metal ever recorded. With the added bonus of Rob Halford's ridiculously brilliant high pitched vocals this really was an enjoyable album.
Buying it again 27 years later I've found it to be equally enjoyable but not quite the over the top fast metal it was considered to be when first released. There is more light & shade to found than I'd remembered. However the overall production of the album & effects make for a fantastically sinister sound -in retrospect probably enhanced by the knowledge of the failed US court case of the early 1990s regarding two attempted suicides by teenagers (1 successful) which blamed subliminal "do it, do it" messages in Priest's cover og Better by Me, Better Than You".
If you only buy 2 Judas Priest albums buys this & Painkiller.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stained Class - A class above 26 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Have to agree almost completely with the above review...Better by you better than me was the first song by Priest I ever heard, and as for favourite JP songs of all time, 4 of them are on this album (Saints in Hell, Beyond the realms, Savage & Better by you...).
I'd never heard such a tight rhythym guitar unit before as Tipton and Downing either...and Rob Halfords vocals amazed me as a youngster in the 70's.
Excellent remaster, good notes in the sleeve and a couple of additional tracks too.
Look out your denim jacket, turn the hi-fi up to '11' and remember British heavy metal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Stained Class [VINYL] 25 May 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Awesome record. Classic. Clear vinyl 2 LP set. Sound quality spot on. But really very very cheap and low quality inner sleeves. Another issues is as follows. The edges of the LP cover were bend during shipping. I don't understand. Amazon claims its a frustration free packaging. Sure its easy to open and looks nice but how does it gets bent. I'm disappointed due to this. Otherwise everything else looks great. If the record would have reached me in great shape I would have given five stars definitely. Now I'm afraid to order from Amazon. This has happened to me many times. But anyways great great album. Highly recommended. But I request Amazon to improve its packaging. Thank you.
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Format:Audio CD
By the end of the 1977 "Stained Class" was looming, abetted by the best drummer Priest ever had (Les Binks, ex-Glam Pop group Fancy, who had a hit with a cover of `Wild Thing') and it was arguably the best album the band ever made, rivalled only by "Sad Wings of Destiny". After playing these albums for 35 years, I still can't decide which is the best.

1978 opened with "Stained" and closed with "Killing Machine" which spawned three singles, including the hits that broke Priest commercially in Britain (`Take on the World' and `Evening Star' - the best single, killer ballad `Before the Dawn' not charting, which is just criminal, as it's a superb song and should have been number 1 worldwide, being both commercially spot on and artistically impeccable). But despite its status as the hitmaker, "Killing Machine" heralded the end of Priest as the thinking man's metal band. "Stained Class", however, manages to be both thoughtful and ass-kicking in the extreme, pleasing anyone who likes rock music to be both fierce and intelligent.

At this point, the production sound Priest had always needed was finally nailed : fizzing, spitting electronic suzz, a little sheeny clean, a little scuzzy noisy, consummately perfect sonically. This, at last, was THE definitive sound of heavy metal -twin lead guitars, earthshattering vox, thudding bass/drums, electronic effects present, but enhancing the tonal qualities of the music, melding with the overdriven amps. This, more than anything else, is what makes `Stained Class' the album that fans who can't cope with early Priest (the fools!) agree with the rest of us that the band had no flaws by this point.

And then there's the songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Bought this and was very disappointed, Turned out to be a CD rather than a vessel for liquid. I should have put my glasses on before shopping at Amazon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bertent
5.0 out of 5 stars wild bitch rocking at its very best. It makes you want to drive fast !...
High electric voltage roll,scream for more baby. Vintage rock. Bee..doosh !! Makes you wanna rush out & buy a flying v guitar (whammy bar )....and a big amp.
Published 7 months ago by wildthing
5.0 out of 5 stars the best priest album
Great album from the rip roaring opening of Exciter (showing where thrash began) right up to beyond the reals of deaths black melencholy metal. I love this album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mr g banks
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by Mrs. T. A. Burston
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class !!!
The album which defined the heavy metal future of Judas Priest, featuring the headbanging frenzy of Exciter and the timeless ballad Beyond the Realms of Death, two live show... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by mouldy
4.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest - Stained Class
Judas Priest's fourth full length studio album Stained Class was released all the way back in 1978 and was the band's first album to feature Les Binks on drums. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd most important album in metal.
It Black Sabbath was tghe spark, Stained Class was the accelerant. Priest take metal away from the blues, increase the tempo, polish the sound and perfect the twin guitar attack. Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Judas Album
Perhaps the top 5 Judas songs are found somewhere else, but never has the band sounded more consistent, varied and tighter throughout as in this record. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Matteo Dei
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE CLASS!!!
This is a marvellous album. Priest were really hitting their stride by this time and it shows. Stained Class is a slick, polished pearl of a record with the band sounding... Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by A. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridge from the 70s to the 80s
Stained Class has always confounded me. With the exception of Ram It Down, Priest didn't really put a major foot wrong in their long tenure at CBS, pre Halfords departure in the... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by O-mindcrime
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