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Metal Works '73-'93
     

Metal Works '73-'93

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by Judas Priest
 

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Although the double-disc Metal Works '73-'93 is an intoxicating listen, it isn't quite the definitive Judas Priest retrospective it could have been. Six of the band's 11 U.K. chart singles aren't here, and while "Johnny B. Goode" probably won't be missed, Hell Bent for Leather's "Take on the World" and "Evening Star,"

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Although the double-disc Metal Works '73-'93 is an intoxicating listen, it isn't quite the definitive Judas Priest retrospective it could have been. Six of the band's 11 U.K. chart singles aren't here, and while "Johnny B. Goode" probably won't be missed, Hell Bent for Leather's "Take on the World" and "Evening Star," British Steel's "United," and Point of Entry's "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'" ought to have been included, especially since they were released during the band's influential prime. One could also argue for more material from the Stained Class era and less from the weaker mid- to late-'80s albums. Plus, the songs aren't arranged in chronological order, which makes it difficult to piece together the band's evolution and (sometimes trend-following) stylistic shifts. But quibbles aside, the collection makes a strong case for Judas Priest's versatility, drawing from nearly all of their albums' material, encompassing dark, driving riff rockers, melodic heavy metal, radio-ready commercial hard rock, the occasional ballad, and lyrics ranging from street-tough aggression and party anthems to sci-fi/fantasy themes and hints at Satanic posturing. The band's musicianship shines throughout; Priest's tightly controlled style was played with a sense of groove that allowed the music to breathe and kept it from sounding too tight-assed. In between the lesser-known tracks, which are often impressive, comes one metal classic after another: "Victim of Changes," "Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Screaming for Vengeance," and more. Even if it isn't quite a definitive portrait of the band, it is an enjoyable one; many necessary items are here, and it rocks hard from start to finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1993
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645393223
catalogNumber:
53932

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judas Priest   Primary Artist
Simon Phillips   Drums
Binks   Drums
K.K. Downing   Guitar
Rob Halford   Vocals
Ian Hill   Bass
Glenn Tipton   Guitar
Scott Travis   Drums
Dave Holland   Drums

Technical Credits

Judas Priest   Art Direction
Roger Glover   Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer
Tim Burrell   Engineer
K.K. Downing   Composer
James Guthrie   Producer
Rob Halford   Composer
Dennis MacKay   Producer
Glenn Tipton   Composer
Chris Tsangarides   Producer
Mark Wilkinson   Artwork
Neil Jeffries   Liner Notes
Main Artery   Artwork

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Metal Works '73-'93 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This double-disc is not to be seen as a greatest hits-compilation. In fact, the band themselves have chosen the songs for this album. Every song included has a brief comment in the booklet, so there are a few nice details to read about the tracks. The songs have been carefully selected, and this compilation will do the band full justice. I´m glad to find songs like the ballad "Before the Dawn" and the underrated "Solar Angels" included, even though I think fast-paced "Steeler" should have been on the album. Anyway, this is the place to start if you want a comprehensive overview on this band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Judas Priest Complition Rocks!!