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5.0 out of 5 stars Boxset from the Masters of Metal!, 17 May 2004
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This could be the definitive Heavy Metal boxset. If you are unfamiliar with Judas Priest (unlikely if you are reading this) then this boxset is the perfect starting point. Quite simply, Priest are the band who created much of what has now passed into HM cliche. Leather, motorbikes, screaming vocals, dualling lead guitars, revolving door drummers, amongst others were all created by Judas Priest.
If you bought their "Flightcase" box set two years ago, then there isn`t much in this set that you won`t already have, as the band expanded all of their studio albums with whatever unheard live and studio tracks that were in the vault. The only rare material here is a few live tracks (taken from long out-of-print 45s) and one unreleased demo ("Heart of a lion", which has been recorded by lead singer Rob Halford`s band Halford). However, the DVD included will be of most interest. It was previously available as "Judas Priest live" on video and is a phenomenal concert recorded in Memphis on their 1982 "Screaming for vengeance" tour. It is a better visual document of a classic Priest concert than the "Priest...live" gig that is part of the "Electric eye" DVD. It has also been remixed into 5:1 for truely awesome sound.
The only gripe with a near perfect tracklist is perhaps not enough tracks from 1976`s classic "Sad wings of destiny" appear, as it is one of their finest albums and a benchmark for all of Heavy Metal. Otherwise all others are present and correct, the first Priest compilation to draw from their Gull, CBS and SPV back catologue, from debut "Rocka rolla" right up to the "Ripper" Owens fronted "Demolition". Unfortunately there is still a cracking live version of "Evil fantasies" (studio version appears here) from the "Living after midnight" 12 inch which has again slipped through the net, having not appeared on the last set of remasters. Maybe next time, lads?
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