British Steel [30th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

British Steel [30th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

by Judas PriestJudas Priest

CD(Bonus Tracks / Bonus DVD)

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886976674427
catalogNumber: 766744
Rank: 5716


Disc 1

  1. Rapid Fire
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Breaking the Law
  4. Grinder
  5. United
  6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
  7. Living After Midnight
  8. The Rage
  9. Steeler
  10. Red White & Blue
  11. Grinder

Disc 2

  1. Rapid Fire
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Breaking the Law
  4. Grinder
  5. United
  6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
  7. Living After Midnight
  8. The Rage
  9. Steeler
  10. The Ripper
  11. Hell Patrol
  12. Victim Of Changes
  13. Freewheel Burning
  14. Diamonds & Rust
  15. You've Got Another Thing Coming

Disc 3

  1. Rapid Fire
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Breaking The Law
  4. Grinder
  5. United
  6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
  7. Living After Midnight
  8. The Rage
  9. Steeler
  10. The Ripper
  11. Prophecy
  12. Hell Patrol
  13. Victim Of Changes
  14. Freewheel Burning
  15. Diamonds & Rust
  16. You've Got Another Thing Coming
  17. The Making Of British Steel Interview

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
Mark Wilkinson   Artwork,Reworking
Jayne Andrews   Executive Producer,Management
Miguel Trujillo   Animation
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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