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5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of the Metal Gods
I bought this album in 1979 or so but it was damaged beyond repair many years ago so haven't heard it for about 20 years. I have numerous versions of Tyrant, Victims, Ripper so was looking forward to revisiting the lesser know songs such as Dream Deceiver and Island Of Domination. They are obviously dated, given they are almost 40 years old but still stand up well as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE ?
I am a big fan of Repertoire and their approach to music. As far as sound is concerned they can take music to parts that some labels fail to reach. The mastering on the Wishbone Ash 4cd compilation Distilation for eg' which came out in 97 is superb and highlights just how bad Universals 2002 remaster of Argus really is.
Anyway, if you haven't heard this album...
Published on 19 Nov 2012 by Mark Jones


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3.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE ?, 19 Nov 2012
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I am a big fan of Repertoire and their approach to music. As far as sound is concerned they can take music to parts that some labels fail to reach. The mastering on the Wishbone Ash 4cd compilation Distilation for eg' which came out in 97 is superb and highlights just how bad Universals 2002 remaster of Argus really is.
Anyway, if you haven't heard this album before, on first listening to this cd it might sound fairly impressive, but it simply does not sound like the original vinyl which i have been listening too for the best part of thirty five years. It is not much different to Snappers early 2000 release which was released in conjunction with Rocka Rolla and both together as a double cd entitled Genocide. This is mastered a bit louder. It might sound brighter but thats because it seems to have been mastered without any noise limitation on the tape. It basically feels like playing a cassette without the dolby on, thereby losing the warmth of the original recording and making it feel like a cold icy blast.Repertoire also released Sad Wings and Rocka Rola back in the ninties but i have not heard those editions.
The best cd of this album and Rocka Rolla that i have heard[which with this edition has a slight editing error with the title Deep Freeze coming in before the track Winter has finished] is the 1991 castle compilation 'The Collection' which if you turn your amp up to match the loudness of this edition you will find has no loud audible tape hiss and a sound that matches the warmth of the original vinyl,making it feel like you are in front of a log fire with a nice glass of red wine,which is how it should sound.
The Collection is available for less than two quid but omits Caviar And Meths from Rocka Rolla, but even though its over twenty years old it is still the only one i have heard that comes close to the original vinyl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It certainly has its moments, 2 Sep 2014
Sad wings of destiny, is the second album by Judas Priest and obviously one of their earliest efforts. Judas Priest were much more into straight up rock and roll at this point, for those who are more familiar to the Judas Priest of the late 70’s-80’s equipped with leather, flying V’s, Harley Davidsons...just generally living up to being “metal gods” I guess. I know there are some who would call this album metal. They’re usually the kind who call Deep Purple metal or the Edgar Broughton band. But hey each to their own.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying every song on here is a mandatory classic (oh the horror), but there are certainly a few gleaming gems I revisit frequently. Well to make it easy the first three tracks are superb. “Victim of changes” has grinding hard rock riffs, an amazing climax and banshee like vocals from Rob Halford in its final moments. “The ripper” has that awesome riff and gets the listener fired up. “Dreamer deceiver” is beautiful and almost psychedelic in places, and for me is one of the absolute greatest Judas Priest songs...not “Breaking the law” or whatever else everyone else bangs on about. “Prelude” is meant to be theatrical, atmospheric and a bit vaudeville. It kind of reminds me of Elton John’s “Funeral for a friend”, of all things! “tyrant” has simple but effective lyrics in the verse and “Island of domination” has more smoking riffs which stand the test of time. “Epitaph” is short and somber, but listen to Rob’s vocal range and versatility, he’s more than just a rebel without a cause you know what I mean?

To wrap it up I would say it’s worth a purchase, even if it’s not the most essential rock album to emerge from the 70’s. If you’re one of those purists who only bang the drum for heavy metal, you might want to avoid this, seriously you won’t find speed metal in the vain of “The sentinel” lurking around here, so don’t waste your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of the Metal Gods, 2 Aug 2014
I bought this album in 1979 or so but it was damaged beyond repair many years ago so haven't heard it for about 20 years. I have numerous versions of Tyrant, Victims, Ripper so was looking forward to revisiting the lesser know songs such as Dream Deceiver and Island Of Domination. They are obviously dated, given they are almost 40 years old but still stand up well as pioneering music in the early hard rock genre. Well worth investigating if your are looking for some early Priest material but don't expect it to sound like "Redeemer Of Souls", their latest masterpiece.
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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!
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