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Judas Priest: The Essential Judas Priest

Track List

>Victim of Changes
>Ripper, The
>Diamonds and Rust
>Beyond the Realms of Death
>Hell Bent for Leather
>Green Manalishi, The (With the Two Pronged Crown)
>Delivering the Goods
>Before the Dawn
>Breaking the Law
>Metal Gods
>Living After Midnight
>Heading Out to the Highway
>Hellion, The
>Electric Eye
>You've Got Another Thing Coming
>Screaming for Vengeance
>Love Bites
>Freewheel Burning
>Sentinel, The
>Turbo Lover
>Blood Red Skies
>Ram It Down
>Touch of Evil, A
>Night Crawler
>Hell Patrol
>Judas Rising
>Redeemer of Souls

Album Reviews:

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.57) - "[H]ere reside all the greatest tracks by one of the greatest living bands metal has ever seen."

Album Notes

Personnel: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Scott Travis (drums).

Liner Note Author: Geoff Barton.

Presenting 34 tracks on two discs, THE ESSENTIAL JUDAS PRIEST does an excellent job of living up to its title by featuring many of the revered British heavy-metal band's finest moments. Wisely bypassing the group's years with Tim "Ripper" Owens, the collection features only Priest's beloved Rob Halford-fronted incarnation, with songs ranging from the ensemble's late-1970s beginnings to its 2005 reunion.

Although the non-chronological order may put off some purists, the sequencing does highlight the group's consistency of vision, with tracks ranging from the ferocious "Judas Rising" to the fist-pumping "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" to the blistering "Painkiller," all the while showcasing Halford's banshee shriek and K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton's dual-guitar attack. As an overview of Halford-era Priest, this excellent compilation can't be beat.


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