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5.0 out of 5 stars
remastered at last, 11 Oct. 2012
One of the most important gothic heavy metal releases of all time. Mastery of contrast between light and dark, melodic and cacaphonic, subtle and bludgeoning. Rocks harder than just about any other record released in 1976. Blew minds when it first came out, and revered by the likes of Metallica/etc. etc. Nuff said, been said before. I'm here to talk about the Repertoire Records re-issue of this classic album. It sounds like it is supposed to!!!
Up until recently, the only compact disc version of this album was on the Koch Records label. If you've ever owned the original vinyl (on the Gull label), then later got a Koch copy on cd, then you know that the Koch cd muffles the mastery of this record, and makes it sound like you are listening to it with marshmallows in your ears. Unconscionable! And Gull, while giving Koch license to release this album on cd, has thus far refused to relinquish the rights to the band, which is apparently why Judas Priest has, in recent years, somewhat disassociated itself from Sad Wings Of Destiny. That is like a father shutting the door against his number one son and telling him he's no more than some red-headed stepchild. Highly remiss!
Repertoire is a label dedicated to the preservation and transfer of classic 1960's and 1970's records to modern format. Without knowing about them, I recently bought a Pat Travers anthology ("Rock Solid: The Essential Collection") on cd and was impressed by the packaging, and hella impressed by the sound. And Repertoire has restored Sad Wings Of Destiny to it's deserved glory with a most desperately needed re-mastering. I wish there was some more direct way to guide potential buyers through Amazon to the Repertoire cd version; if you are reading this, you yourself have likely suffered through a time of owning the very sub-par Koch issue. Ring the church bells, bang open the saloon doors, shout from the rooftops, let the world know that once again, Sad Wings Of Destiny soar and scream!