Metalogy [Bonus DVD]

Metalogy [Bonus DVD]

by Judas Priest

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These metal flame-keepers celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2004, making it a perfect time for this career-spanning retrospective, which packs 65 tracks of -- to quote one of the Priest's longtime catchphrases -- "pure British steel." Metalogy unearths some gems from the band's lesser-known early albums, notably the gritty, bluesy "Never Satisfied" (from 1974See more details below


These metal flame-keepers celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2004, making it a perfect time for this career-spanning retrospective, which packs 65 tracks of -- to quote one of the Priest's longtime catchphrases -- "pure British steel." Metalogy unearths some gems from the band's lesser-known early albums, notably the gritty, bluesy "Never Satisfied" (from 1974's Rocka Rolla) and the grinding "Tyrant" (culled from 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny). Naturally, the collection is peppered with Priest favorites such as "Hell Bent for Leather" and "Living After Midnight," but dyed-in-the-wool fans will be more interested in the set's passel of previously unreleased tunes. Most of the rarities are concert recordings, and they present a wide-ranging view of what makes the band tick. A take on Fleetwood Mac's "Green Manalishi (With the Three-Pronged Crown)," captured in New York circa 1981, homes in on the intricate interplay between guitarists K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, while "Grinder," from a 1986 California show, hits with unbridled aggression. Metalogy is rounded out by a 17-song DVD taken from a concert on the 1982 Screaming for Vengeance tour, widely considered to be the band's peak trek. With Rob Halford back in the fold for another go-round, Metalogy offers not only a sharp look back but also a potent sign of what's yet to come in the realm of Judas Priest.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Few bands captured the kinetic energy of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal as effortlessly as Judas Priest. In an era that saw the decreasing popularity of bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, the Birmingham quintet saw opportunity. Their volatile mix of searing metal, progressive rock, new wave, and blue-collared bar band brutality drew fans from every genre. While their influence on the hair metal renaissance of the mid- to late '80s is undeniable, it's this early work that helped mold seminal groups like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Mötley Crüe. Sony/Legacy's career-spanning, four-CD box set Metalogy -- nestled in a dog collar-studded case -- is the first collection to chronicle the entire history of the band, from its 1974 debut to the Tim "Ripper" Owens-led Demolition. Discs one and two of the 65-track onslaught focus on the group's electrifying metamorphosis from chiffon-wearing, Gull Records recording artists to the leather-and-gun metal force of nature that redefined heavy metal during the late '70s/early '80s. The differences between the forgettable Rocka Rolla and the prog rock epic Sad Wings of Destiny are jarring, showcasing a band that couldn't decide whether or not it wanted to emulate Nazareth or Queen. Thankfully, it's the latter that prevailed, and what followed was a Bowie-esque transformation that united both rockers and mods with a hidden fetish for the glam rock sensibilities of the era, and it wasn't long before the fantasy-rock musings of songs like "Tyrant" evolved into motorcycle/sex rave-ups like "Breaking the Law" and "Livin' After Midnight." 1980's British Steel and its predecessor, the often overlooked Hell Bent for Leather, were milestone recordings for the group as well as the genre. Hell Bent was the more diverse of the two, yielding Zeppelin-esque fury on "Evil Fantasies" and a healthy dose of Roxy Music on the almost danceable "Killing Machine," but it was British Steel that broke the band in America, a success that was doubled by 1982's Screaming for Vengeance. Producer Tom Allom knew the group's strengths and focused his attention on the blistering twin-guitar assault of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, as well as harnessing Rob Halford's netherworld shriek, wrapping it in a laser precision coat of flange and delay. It's that delay-heavy vocal sound mixed with Halford's peerless scream that can be heard emitting from the throats of successive artists such as Perry Farrell and the late Jeff Buckley. The '80s were good to Priest, providing them with the fame and fortune they so richly deserved, but it wasn't long before their fans began to question their motives. Metalogy earns points for including two discs of material from these later records, and there is a great deal of bounty to be had; however, the downward spiral that saw Halford and longtime drummer Dave Holland leaving the group at the dawn of the '90s hurt both their fans and their music. While "Freewheel Burning," "Parental Guidance" -- still a surprisingly sweet teenage anthem -- and "Ram It Down" rank among their finest works, tired filler like "Come and Get It" and "Jugulator" -- the latter features Halford's replacement, former Priest cover-band frontman Owens -- have no place on this collection despite their fulfillment of a linear time line. Also, the inclusion of "rare" live tracks of monumental recordings like "The Hellion/Electric Eye" and "Breaking the Law" should have found themselves on an all-live disc five, leaving room for the original recordings. These gripes aside, Metalogy is a fully realized body of work, and the remastering alone is worth the occasional indulgence. Priest were always more science fiction than hellbound, and this remarkable retrospective does a lot to dispel the P.M.R.C. accusations of "deviltry" and suicide-enabling that they suffered in the '80s. The accompanying booklet tells a different story, one that concerns five young men from an industrial town in England, who, like Black Sabbath before them, wrote and played in a style that reflected what they saw when they looked out their windows: smoke, rain, and an endless sea of metal.

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Disc 1

  1. Never Satisfied
  2. Deceiver
  3. Tyrant
  4. Victim of Changes
  5. Diamonds and Rust
  6. Starbreaker
  7. Sinner
  8. Let Us Pray/Call for the Priest
  9. Dissident Aggressor
  10. Exciter
  11. Beyond the Realms of Death
  12. Better by You, Better Than Me
  13. Invader
  14. Stained Class
  15. Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)

Disc 2

  1. Killing Machine
  2. Evening Star
  3. Take on the World
  4. Delivering the Goods
  5. Evil Fantasies
  6. Hell Bent for Leather
  7. Breaking the Law
  8. Living After Midnight
  9. Rapid Fire
  10. Metal Gods
  11. Grinder
  12. The Rage
  13. Heading Out to the Highway
  14. Hot Rockin'
  15. Troubleshooter
  16. Solar Angels
  17. Desert Plains
  18. The Hellion/Electric Eye
  19. Screaming for Vengeance

Disc 3

  1. Riding on the Wind
  2. Bloodstone
  3. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
  4. Devil's Child
  5. Freewheel Burning
  6. Jawbreaker
  7. The Sentinel
  8. Love Bites
  9. Eat Me Alive
  10. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  11. Rock Hard Ride Free
  12. Night Comes Down
  13. Turbo Lover
  14. Private Property
  15. Parental Guidance
  16. Out in the Cold
  17. Heart of a Lion

Disc 4

  1. Ram It Down
  2. Heavy Metal
  3. Come and Get It
  4. Blood Red Skies
  5. Painkiller
  6. Between the Hammer & The Anvil
  7. A Touch of Evil
  8. Metal Meltdown
  9. Night Crawler
  10. All Guns Blazing
  11. Jugulator
  12. Blood Stained
  13. Machine Man
  14. Feed on Me

Disc 5

  1. The Hellion/Electric Eye
  2. Riding on the Wind
  3. Heading Out to the Highway
  4. Metal Gods
  5. Bloodstone
  6. Breaking the Law
  7. Sinner
  8. Desert Plains
  9. The Ripper
  10. Diamonds and Rust
  11. Devil's Child
  12. Screaming for Vengeance
  13. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
  14. Victim of Changes
  15. Living After Midnight
  16. Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
  17. Hell Bent for Leather

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judas Priest   Primary Artist
K.K. Downing   Guitar,Group Member
Rob Halford   Vocals,Group Member
Ian Hill   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Glenn Tipton   Guitar,Group Member
Scott Travis   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Joan Baez   Composer
Judas Priest   Producer,Artwork,Art Direction
Jon Astley   Remastering
Bob Halligan   Composer
Roger Glover   Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer
Rodger Bain   Producer
Binks   Composer
K.K. Downing   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Green   Composer
James Guthrie   Producer
Rob Halford   Composer,Liner Notes
Ian Hill   Composer,Liner Notes
Dennis MacKay   Producer
Glenn Tipton   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Chris Tsangarides   Composer,Producer
Jeffrey Calvert   Producer
Max West   Producer
Vic Anesini   Remastering
Sean Lynch   Producer
Sean Evans   Art Direction
Atkins   Composer
Kenneth Downing   Composer
Bryan Reesman   Liner Notes
Dave Axtell   Artwork
G. Randall Wright   Composer
Patrick M. Griffith   Producer
John Jackson   Art Direction

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