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British Steel Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rapid Fire
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Breaking The Law
  4. Grinder
  5. United
  6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
  7. Living After Midnight
  8. The Rage
  9. Steeler
  10. Red, White & Blue
  11. Grinder

Product Description

Product Description

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

BBC Review

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

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Format: Audio CD
I have seen the video for "Breaking the Law" on and heard previews of the CD on iTunes and I have to say, the Priest is most definately back.

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!!!
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If ever there was a five star album that got repakaged into a six star album then this is it. 1980 was a landmark year for Heavy Metal. Strong debuts from Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head along with definitive sets from Dio-era Sabbath, Motorhead and AC/DC gave this album some healthy competition, but in terms of pure Heavy Metal then this is probably the best of the bunch. This album has it all, heavy riffing, fast songs, anthems and even a Heavy Metal/ Reggae crossover section in "The Rage" (which isn`t as horrible as it sounds). It`s the extras that make this reissue so special. It comes packaged with an absolutely amazing live CD, second only to "Unleashed in the East", and easily their best live DVD of the same show. The setlist is solid, packed with Priest classics including the entire "British Steel" album live and recently revived relics like "Freewheel Burning" and "Diamonds And Rust" (with it`s original arrangement). The whole band looks totally committed to the material and the scaled back stage show puts more emphasis on the music, which is delivered in spades. Even Rob Halford, who struggled with some of the older material recently (no disrespect, but he did set the bar pretty high back in the day and he is getting old), sounds fantastic. The "Making of" documentary is great also. The only thing glaringly missing are the videos for "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", which are both masterpieces, particularly the former. If you are wondering what all the fuss about Priest, or even just Heavy Metal, is, then I would find it hard to pick a better starting place.
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Yes, Judas Priest sell out but in rather excellent fashion.

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.
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By 1980, Judas Priest had been flying the heavy metal flag for almost a decade, but had not achieved any real mainstream success. This was the album which changed that forever. The track 'Metal Gods' could not have rung more true; that's precisely what JP became with this release.
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!
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