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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000025CQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Exciter
  2. White Heat, Red Hot
  3. Better by You, Better Than Me
  4. Stained Class
  5. Invader
  6. Saints in Hell
  7. Savage
  8. Beyond the Realms of Death
  9. Heroes End

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Format: Audio CD
One of my fave Priest albums, along with the other 'S' albums (Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin) of the 70's Judas Priest era, these 3 albums rank among the best metal outputs of the time, and still hold up today!
Stained Class is probibly my favourate because it contains one of the best ballads ever, Beyond the Realms of Death, which is simply a beautiful song! the solo is my all-time favourate guitar solo ever! Other highlights include the bludgeoning Exiter (a pre-cursor to speed metal anyone?), Better By You, Better Than Me, Saints in Hell and the overlooked Heroes End (that middle riff, oh so heavy!). As for the remaster and the bonus tracks, the sound is noticibly cleaner and crisper from the original and a bit louder (the original CD was too quiet). The bonus tracks are a nice addition, I do like Fire Burns Below, its a nice slow burner that Priest are oh so good at (along with rip snorters like Exiter), the live version of Better by you... is OK, but not really necessary. Overall I'm happy that I re-bought it in the remastered version as its well worth it for the extra track, liner notes and cleaner production.
5/5
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One of priest's best albums,the lyrics are powerful,the riffs and solo's will blow you away.With 2 extra bonus tracks it's a bargain."Exciter" starts fast and the album stays with the pace all the way,"better by you,better than me"is one priest song that will always be one of my favorites" and "beyond the realms of death" builds upto a guitar solo that will have you drawing the curtains so the neighbours can't see you playing air guitar.ORDER IT NOW,YOU CAN'T FAIL WITH THIS ONE.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I first bought & listened to this album in 1978 I considered it to be a brilliant & brutal bludgeoning assualt. At that time it undoubtedly included some of the fastest power metal ever recorded. With the added bonus of Rob Halford's ridiculously brilliant high pitched vocals this really was an enjoyable album.
Buying it again 27 years later I've found it to be equally enjoyable but not quite the over the top fast metal it was considered to be when first released. There is more light & shade to found than I'd remembered. However the overall production of the album & effects make for a fantastically sinister sound -in retrospect probably enhanced by the knowledge of the failed US court case of the early 1990s regarding two attempted suicides by teenagers (1 successful) which blamed subliminal "do it, do it" messages in Priest's cover og Better by Me, Better Than You".
If you only buy 2 Judas Priest albums buys this & Painkiller.
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Have to agree almost completely with the above review...Better by you better than me was the first song by Priest I ever heard, and as for favourite JP songs of all time, 4 of them are on this album (Saints in Hell, Beyond the realms, Savage & Better by you...).
I'd never heard such a tight rhythym guitar unit before as Tipton and Downing either...and Rob Halfords vocals amazed me as a youngster in the 70's.
Excellent remaster, good notes in the sleeve and a couple of additional tracks too.
Look out your denim jacket, turn the hi-fi up to '11' and remember British heavy metal.
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Classic old and new-ish Priest albums - 1978 and 1990 respectively. Both are sort of transition albums in terms of style, but are completely different from each other:

Stained Class is the last of the almost proggy early albums that Priest did. It has some tracks that are, IMHO anyway, reflective of the really old material in terms of style such as "Better by you, Better than me", "Beyond the realms of Death"; and others that start to show the more 'metal' style that Priest would adopt with the next few albums after Stained Class. A good example might be "Better by you, better than me". The distinctive Rob Halford voice is however unmistakable.

Ram it Down however is a much heavier and more technical metal album. I would place it as the last of the 80's/early 90's albums that were what a lot of people would call 'classic' Priest - Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith, Turbo and this one. It has a lot of classic twin guitar work and hallmark Halford screams. There is a slight foretaste of the more in your face, almost thrash, to come in the Painkiller album in "Hard as Iron" and - oddly - the cover of "Johnny B. Goode".

Both CDs come with some extra tracks to the original release - some live stuff and B-sides.

Be warned however - this CD set is sold with the Amazon AutoRip, which is generally good, but on this occasion the ENTIRE Ram It Down album was NOT provided as MP3s, and none of the bonus tracks on Stained Class were provided either.

However it is cheap as chips and you can of course rip them your self for personal use, so the lack of some of the AutoRip MP3s only detracts slightly from the overall value of this offering.

All in all, a good re-release of these two classic Priest albums.
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By the end of the 1977 "Stained Class" was looming, abetted by the best drummer Priest ever had (Les Binks, ex-Glam Pop group Fancy, who had a hit with a cover of `Wild Thing') and it was arguably the best album the band ever made, rivalled only by "Sad Wings of Destiny". After playing these albums for 35 years, I still can't decide which is the best.

1978 opened with "Stained" and closed with "Killing Machine" which spawned three singles, including the hits that broke Priest commercially in Britain (`Take on the World' and `Evening Star' - the best single, killer ballad `Before the Dawn' not charting, which is just criminal, as it's a superb song and should have been number 1 worldwide, being both commercially spot on and artistically impeccable). But despite its status as the hitmaker, "Killing Machine" heralded the end of Priest as the thinking man's metal band. "Stained Class", however, manages to be both thoughtful and ass-kicking in the extreme, pleasing anyone who likes rock music to be both fierce and intelligent.

At this point, the production sound Priest had always needed was finally nailed : fizzing, spitting electronic suzz, a little sheeny clean, a little scuzzy noisy, consummately perfect sonically. This, at last, was THE definitive sound of heavy metal -twin lead guitars, earthshattering vox, thudding bass/drums, electronic effects present, but enhancing the tonal qualities of the music, melding with the overdriven amps. This, more than anything else, is what makes `Stained Class' the album that fans who can't cope with early Priest (the fools!) agree with the rest of us that the band had no flaws by this point.

And then there's the songs.
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