British Steel [30th Anniversary Edition 2-CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, underground metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream in Priest's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica's, thrash; and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole. Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of stadium headliners, it was the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, underground metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream in Priest's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica's, thrash; and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole. Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of stadium headliners, it was the first salvo fired in heavy metal's ultimate takeover of the hard rock landscape during the 1980s. Packed with strong melodic hooks, British Steel is a deliberate commercial move, forsaking the complexity of the band's early work in favor of a robust, AC/DC-flavored groove. It's a convincing transformation, as Priest prove equally adept at opening up their arrangements to let the rhythms breathe something Iron Maiden, for all their virtues, never did master. The album is built around the classic singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," both big hits in the U.K., which openly posit Priest as a party band for the first time. But British Steel is hardly a complete break from the band's past. There are still uptempo slices of metallic mayhem bookending the album in "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler," plus effective moodier pieces in "Metal Gods" ostensibly about gods literally made of metal, though you know full well the band wanted a nickname and the crawling menace of "The Rage," which features arguably the best Rob Halford vocal on the album. Not everything on British Steel quite holds up today -- the British hit "United" is a simplistic not just simplified football-chant anthem in the unfortunate tradition of "Take on the World," while "You Don't Have to Be OId to Be Wise" wallows in the sort of "eff your parents, man!" sentiments that are currently used to market kids' breakfast cereals. These bits of blatant pandering can leave more than a whiff of unease about the band's commercial calculations, and foreshadow the temporary creative slip on the follow-up, Point of Entry. Still, on the whole, British Steel is too important an album to have its historical stature diluted by minor inconsistencies. Rather, it sealed Judas Priest's status as genre icons, and kick-started heavy metal's glory days of the 1980s. It went Top Five in the U.K. and became their first Top 40 album in the U.S., going platinum in the process and paving the way for countless imitators and innovators alike. [A 30th Anniversary Edition featured two CDs and a DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976674427
  • Catalog Number: 766744
  • Sales rank: 11,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rapid Fire (4:08)
  2. 2 Metal Gods (4:00)
  3. 3 Breaking the Law (2:35)
  4. 4 Grinder (3:58)
  5. 5 United (3:35)
  6. 6 You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise (5:04)
  7. 7 Living After Midnight (3:31)
  8. 8 The Rage (4:44)
  9. 9 Steeler (4:30)
  10. 10 Red White & Blue (3:43)
  11. 11 Grinder (4:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rapid Fire (4:18)
  2. 2 Metal Gods (4:34)
  3. 3 Breaking the Law (2:43)
  4. 4 Grinder (4:06)
  5. 5 United (3:45)
  6. 6 You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise (5:24)
  7. 7 Living After Midnight (4:53)
  8. 8 The Rage (5:04)
  9. 9 Steeler (5:23)
  10. 10 The Ripper (3:09)
  11. 11 Hell Patrol (3:57)
  12. 12 Victim Of Changes (9:29)
  13. 13 Freewheel Burning (5:49)
  14. 14 Diamonds & Rust (4:07)
  15. 15 You've Got Another Thing Coming (8:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rapid Fire
  2. 2 Metal Gods
  3. 3 Breaking The Law
  4. 4 Grinder
  5. 5 United
  6. 6 You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
  7. 7 Living After Midnight
  8. 8 The Rage
  9. 9 Steeler
  10. 10 The Ripper
  11. 11 Prophecy
  12. 12 Hell Patrol
  13. 13 Victim Of Changes
  14. 14 Freewheel Burning
  15. 15 Diamonds & Rust
  16. 16 You've Got Another Thing Coming
  17. 17 The Making Of British Steel Interview
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judas Priest Primary Artist
K.K. Downing Guitar
Rob Halford Vocals
Ian Hill Bass Guitar
Glenn Tipton Guitar
Scott Travis Drums
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Composer
Judas Priest Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Bill Curbishley Management
K.K. Downing Composer
Rob Halford Composer
Glenn Tipton Composer
Roslav Szaybo Artwork
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Mark Wilkinson Artwork, Reworking
Jayne Andrews Executive Producer, Management
Miguel Trujillo Animation
Al Atkins Composer
Ian Evans Merchandising
Evan Haiman Producer
Hank Lena Director
Matt Hamilton Lighting Technician
John Chadwick Monitor Engineer
Tom Allom Producer, Audio Production
Paul "Bomber" Jackson Drum Technician, Stage Manager
Martin Herbert Bass Technician
John Carlo Vernile Producer
Greg "Weasel" Morgan Guitar Techician
Dave Shack Liner Notes
Andy Corns Guitar Techician
Tom Bider Lighting Technician
Mike Merle Lighting Technician
Jim Silvia Tour Manager
Jason Fuggitt Lighting Technician
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