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98 Live Meltdown Import

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00000BKJ9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,571,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hellion
  2. Electric Eye
  3. Metal Gods
  4. Grinder
  5. Rapid Fire
  6. Blood Stained
  7. Sentinel
  8. Touch of Evil
  9. Burn in Hell
  10. Ripper
  11. Bullet Train
  12. Beyond the Realms of Death
  13. Death Row

Disc: 2

  1. Metal Meltdown
  2. Night Crawler
  3. Abductors
  4. Victim of Changes
  5. Diamonds and Rust
  6. Breaking the Law
  7. Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
  8. Painkiller
  9. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
  10. Hell Bent for Leather
  11. Living After Midnight

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The only redeeming feature of this double album is the fantastic version of Diamonds and Rust, apart from that it is painfully obvious Priest needed Halford back-why have a Halford imitator when you can have the real thing?Ripper's voice comes across as a half assed tribute act which is essentially what it is-the musical playing is spot on but lacks the killer vocal talent needed to bring out the best in it.Especially as the album takes the tracks from different dates I expected a better calibre of song to be put on the album-if these are the best cuts I don't want to think what the cuts that didn't make the album are like.
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This album is so fast and heavy it reminds you who really are the kings of the Metal world, and the album flows with continuous momentum throughout. Ripper Owens voice is excellent. When you hear his vocals in the track 'Rapid Fire' you will realise why he was snapped up so quickly. A brilliant album with a revamped Priest feeling. If your a Priest fan, young or old, this album will not disappoint you, its awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great live cd 31 July 2016
By Todd new - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great live cd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priest can only truly be captured live 2 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't care what anyone says, what any of the 'purists' think, Ripper Owens has much better vocal range than Rob Halford ever had. Does this make him a better singer ? Thats always gonna be down to the person listenin', but you can't deny that his voice is much more powerful.
I've heard many a live album, but the audience participation on this is truly what makes it stand out. Priest get the audience to chant out key words and verses to their songs, it's better than on any other live album I've heard, and believe me; I've heard them all !
Priest made the wise move of recordin this CD not on one night, but over one tour, so you get the proper set list. And what a set list too. Ditching the filler off the Jugulator album, Priest play the best of that album and integrate it with some of their other greats like Living After Midnight. A great version of Diamonds & Rust is also included (listen to Rippers vocal range on that, even Axl Rose couldn't match this guy...).
This CD then is better than Jugulator. You also get great stuff of Painkiller here too, unavailable on the previous live albums.
But bluntly, like the other British metal bands - Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead; Priest sound much better live than they do in the studio. They create an energy unheard of by many American metal bands. And this isn't two minute long stuff either. The fact that Ripper and the band keep the energy goin so far into the set list is something I find uncanny. Few bands can do that.
Minor niggles ? Some of the mastering sucks on one or two songs, you don't hear the guitar solo's as well as you ought to, but Ripper never let's down vocally so you can't really complain. What Priest have done here is highten standards for audience participation on a live disk, and generally raise the standards for live metal in many areas and I think thats a very overlooked thing. This CD is easily the best Priest CD I have in my collection. I'd say if you were just browsin amazon though with an intrigue in the priest, then you're better off goin with this then any studio 'greatist hits' style compilation album as it's pretty much flawless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album by a band being its own cover band, ever. 9 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a weird thing. Rock bands often hit a crossroads, a point at which one or several key members quit, get fired, or die. Then what? Does the band hang it up in response to the loss? Does the band carry on without the lost members and without replacing them? Or does the band try to replace them, risking ruining the past? Most bands that replace key members -- that usually means guitarists and vocalists -- become pathetic parodies of themselves. Depends whether the band is about people or songs. There could be replacement lead guitarists in the Stones and Wyman could quit but with Jagger-Richards-Watts it IS the Stones. KISS can have rotating members but Gene and Paul need to be there. Deep Purple has carried on without Blackmore and Gillan both at times. So what defines Judas Priest? Halford created a vocal style, but the music was/is the sum of its parts and as noted the key to Priest is the twin guitar assault of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton. Deciding to restart with Ripper Owens was either ballsy or lame depending on your viewpoint. Ripper -- bizarrely, surrealistically -- was the crooner in a Priest COVER BAND of all things. This reminds me of when I visited the Pentagon and in the MacArthur hall were the pants worn by Gregory Peck in the movie. Strange. But...Ripper rips and the boys are obviously glad to be back. When Ripper raps, it makes one cringe (he's wailing about heavy metal fury blah blah blah with heavy processed echo to frantic crowds of believers in small halls) but the music itself shreds with a fury. Screaming for vengeance indeed, Priest -- as a performing vehicle -- is back, and sounding tremendous. Let's see if they can do as well with some new music as they can being their own cover band (Jugulator was a dissapointment).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than attending a concert. 17 Jan. 2002
By Yih Dzelonh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being an avid Priest fan, I recently listened to 98 Live Meltdown one year ago and loved it so I decided to purchase it. The album is superbly recorded and mixed so it sounds just as good -if not better- as being at a Priest concert. Ripper Owens, Halford's replacement, is better than Halford in certain aspects, worse in others. He's easier to understand and maybe even louder than Halford, but his screaming and growling sounds a lot more commercialized and cheesier than Halford. Because of this, Ripper's vocals are more suited to Heavy Metal a la Vince McMahon WWF show intro, rather than music meant to be taken seriously. Overall, he's an average replacement.
Betwixt the two CDs there are 24 tracks which make this an excellent value. "The Sentinel" is probably my favorite track on this CD. The song is very fast, has a very catchy melody, and simply rocks. The lead guitar solo in the middle of the song is great. Other high-tempo great hits are "Nightcrawler" and the popular "You've Got Another Thing Coming."
One of the few complaints that I have about this album is that it seems Judas Priest didn't put forth much effort into playing these live songs with the gusto and effort that they did in the original songs from the studio albums. Certain songs, (esp., "Painkiller" and "Living After Midnight") don't sound nearly as good as their studio counterparts. The instrumentation (esp., guitars) isn't nearly as hard or clear and the sound isn't as full.
Judas Priest is probably my favorite hard rock/heavy metal band of all time and this is one of their best releases ever; it's certainly their best LIVE album.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Live album by Priest ,One of the best in history 10 Nov. 2001
By ALA QADI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Best Live Album By Priest , And Onr Of the Best In History
Even though I'm writig this review late (After the release of Demoltion) . But that
will change me mind about this Master piece , Judas Priest's most Powerful live ever and teh
best thing they ever released since Painkiller, and teh best thing released with Ripper.
This album showes talented Ripper is and shows how Priest are great, how much their
classics sound with there new giutar style.
From the begining to teh end of 24 tracks it rocks hard. I have listened to this CD more
than 1000 times think and I'm still not bored of it.
Lets Review the Tracks one by one
The Hilleon: Magistec sound opens the concert with great audiance participance

Electric Eye: Evil Eye sound even faster and better than the Stodio recording and Ripper
starts singing (Here you start noting how talnted Ripper is and you start releazing that he
is a suitable replacemnt to Halford);
Metal Gods :The magic start , This is the best version of Metal Gods ever , the sound of
Glenn and KK guitars rocks hard in the middle of huge audiance particpation ( turn it load
and you will swear that you were there, then Ripper starts deilvers mulilayerd voclas , rock
the stage when he screams lines like "Marching in the Streets " , " Hiding under Ground"
and toward teh end of teh song he start screaming with the audiance. He is better than
Halford in this one.
Grinder: The magic continues, the best ever recording of Grinder, the best part is when
Ripper sceams 'Grinder , looking for meat Grinder, wantd you to eat" . Judas Priest's
performance is much better than the original recording in 1980 of British Steel.
Rapid Fire: A master piece, this long that was far away from ther lights when it was
released , rarly played on live showes, the song was remixed with Ripper as a B side of the
Single Bullet Train, but this recordeing is far better than the Brith steel original
recording or the remix, you will swear when you hear it there two or three guys sining not
Ripper alone, heavy , hard and rocking to the ultimate , Better tahn tahn Halford again.
Blood Stained : the first cut from Jugulator, it is a good one , and the live recording is
good , and the audiance particpate as will.
The Setinel: fast and furiious , but the recordings (live and stdio) with Halford are
A Touch Of Evil :Another chance to see how good Glenn and KK guitars r great , and Ripper
performs a very good job here but not better than Halford.
Burn in Hell: great but it is appreaviated ,why???????
The Ripper: Ripper shows that he is teh Ripper here.
Bullet Train : the recording of this one is better than the one on jugulator.
Byond the Relams Of Death : Here acually Ripper can't perforom as good as Halford, probaly
this teh weakest song on the album.
Death Row :This has always been my favroute of Jugulator, but it is also appreaviated, no
Metal Melt Down : What a surprise , I think no one thought that this track will so
excellant. The song is extraordinary here, and Ripper shows his magical voice again, yes
every thing melts down with this song.
Night Crowler; Great as melt down , but the guitars dos not realy sound like the original
Night Crawler on Pain killer , but it is great.
Abductors : the best recrding of the Jugulator stuff on this album ( The song is great also,
one of teh reasons that does not make Jugulator OK)
Victim Of Changes : great of the beging to the end , and teh best is when Ripper screams for
about 30 consecutive seconds (What a throut).
Diamonds and Rust: A great new version with accoustic guitars making it sound like a new
song, I like it , and here you how Ripper can sing so softly , you will be shocked by the
music and singing on this one , but I like teh live recording of it with Halford on
Unleashed in the east. But this one is extremely marvillous , try to thin of it as a new
Breaking the Low :Great and Rocking , I like it.
The Green Manalishi : Again Ripper is better than Halford on this one , and the guitars are
great more like the remix of the song. The sudiance particapation is extraordinary.
Painkiller : I was a bit disappointed by this one , because all the previous ones were great
But some notes must be pionted out the recording of this song.
First the sound of the drums at the beginig is as striong as the stdio , in fact it is not
strong at all , why??????And to say the truth Ripper dose not sing the song as it is , he
tries but he fails, still OK.
YOu Got Another Thing Coming : YOu cant go to a priest concert without listing to this one .
Hell Bent For Leather : The best best ever live redording of Hell Bent for Leather , Yes
Ripper is much better tahn halford here, and the guitars are so strong on fast. I just
repeat this dong for 10 consecutive times when I'm listing to teh album.
Living After Midinght :Great audiance particpation and great drums , marvillous gutitars and
vocals , the best thing to the closing song for the album.
Yes it is great. I recommend that you dhould directly go and buy this one
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