- Audio CD (7 May 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B00005CBTF
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | VHS Tape | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Other Sellers on Amazon
British Steel Original recording remastered
|Price:||£5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
titolo-british steel (remastered)artista-judas priest etichetta-columbian. dischi1data-27 aprile 2001supporto-cd audiogenere-hard rock e metal----1. breaking the law listen listen2. rapid fire listen listen3. metal gods listen listen4. grinder listen listen5. united listen listen6. living after midnight listen listen7. don't have to be old to be wise listen listen8. the rage listen listen
With most of their rough edges shorn away (along with Rob Halford’s locks), Judas Priest donned their now trademark leather gear and studs to embark on world-wide campaign to conquer the world. Unleashed In The East was a live souvenir that primed an expectant market when it reached the UK’s top ten. Tom Allom, who had produced the live album, and who had cut his teeth engineering Black Sabbath’s first three records, was brought back to help Priest take things to the next level.
Written and recorded in just a few weeks, together they came up a flat-out commercial album that nipped, tucked and tweaked the formula in order to make it palatable for the expanding audience. The degree to which the album took off probably came as a shock to everyone concerned. “Breakin’ The Law” and “Living After Midnight” epitomised the new breed of radio friendly metal, breaking the band at home and significantly in the American market; their cross-over status confirmed after the former was adopted by MTV’s Beavis and Butthead and the latter achieved the ultimate global accolade of becoming a punch line for a character from The Simpsons.
Though “Steeler”, an effective torrent of sharp-edge rock, is an undoubted highpoint, and “Grinder” and “Metal Gods” maintain the de rigueur horror / sci-fi elements expected of the genre, there’s a sense that the writing has become more broad-brush than ever before. Evidence for this can be found on the lowest common denominator approach on the “us against the world” camaraderie of “United.”
This designed-for-the-terraces singalong is Priest’s attempt at Queen’s “We Are The Champions” but without the Mercurial wit. Worse still, the remastered version of the album contains the risible flag-waving, “Red, White & Blue” that flaps uncomfortably between a knowing, tongue-in-cheek pastiche and inadvertent self-parody. Though the album is hailed as a classic, and established the band as a dominant force, it’s also where some of their original mettle was blunted and diluted. --Sid Smith
Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window
Top Customer Reviews
The sound has been produced by Tom Allom (Priest's producer throughout the 80s)which means this recording has all the depth you would expect from a Priest album. The DVD itself looks stunning from the little I have seen. The audience are really lively which adds a real energetic vibe to the whole thing. The cameras get really up close and personal with the band members and every shot seems planned (unlike Rising in the East where you got random shots of Scott Travis' knee or a violent judder when the cameraman seems to have nodded off!!!!).
For anyone in doubt as to whether Rob can sing anymore, the proof is in the listening. He can still smash those highnotes which are much stronger than previous shows now he has quit smoking. Just listen out for the piercing scream at the end of Breaking the Law!
Rapid Fire IS included on both the live CD and the DVD, it has been shown in the track listing on other websites and we can only assume the track listing is an error on here. Is was speculated that the song wouldn't make it to the DVD because of poor lighting at the start of the show but the DVD was previewed in the US and Rapid Fire did indeed kick off the show.
Monday can't come quick enough, basically!!!
It was my first Priest album, it was your first Priest album and hell it was probably your mums first Priest album. `British Steel' is one of those albums that magically turns up in the post on your fourteenth birthday and says "here you go son, HEAVY FLIPPING METAL!". `British Steel' is one of those albums that every metalhead owns and there's a reason for that; it's a monumental achievement in heavy metal precision and memorable songs.
Now, some people have decided that this is a bit of a let down considering the bands far more experimental and less commercial 70's output and yes I'll take `Sad Wings...' over this any day but a change of direction was inevitable for Priest and even though you may have quibbles with the direction you can't really argue with the songs. What Priest did was on `British Steel' was strip down their sound to its very bare bones trimming away every excess to make the most straight forward `meat and potatoes' heavy metal album ever...well except for one cod reggae bit. To modern ears `British Steel' could sound clichéd, but lest we forget Priest invented the flipping clichés.
There are undoubtedly some stone cold metal classics here, not even the albums detractors could doubt that...well maybe they could but their just being pedantic anyway they hear the words commercial and hit single and go into shock.
`Rapid Fire' is essential pioneering speed metal this and Saxon's `Heavy Metal Thunder' set the standard for every thrash band that followed. It really is an exercise in twin guitar precision with Glen and Ken riffing so deceptively simply that you can't believe they hadn't already written this riff.Read more ›
It was the peak of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). Saxon, Diamond Head, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis and co. were making valuable and creative contributions to the genre. Judas Priest, however, eclipsed them all with 'British Steel'. Priest were in a league of their own.
Unashamedly metal, the album boasted three huge hit singles in 'Breaking the Law', 'Living After Midnight' and 'United'. The other tracks are heavier without sacrificing any of Priest's trademark twin-guitar melodies.
Importantly, this was the piece of work which finally made a serious impact on America. After too long in stateside obscurity, Judas Priest were finally able to headline stadium shows in the US, where - deservedly - they became a household name.
This album, along with Black Sabbath's debut, Rainbow's 'Rising', Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction's 'Tattooed Beat Messiah' and Type O Negative's 'Bloody Kisses', defines heavy metal.
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the first albums I bought on vinyl and bought this for a couple of pounds second had as I have a scratched track. Great way to add t collection.Published 8 months ago by Chris Jones
Spot on! First listened to this in my late teens when it first came out. Revisiting Judas Priest and really, really like what I've re-discovered. No 'filler' tracks to be found. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Customer
Great CD+DVD package - the 2010 tour DVD has the priest in cracking form. Wish they'd play 'Rapid Fire' live more often :-)Published 10 months ago by Brozilla1962
A really great piece of early British metal,the best Judas Priest by a milePublished 12 months ago by relayer