Screaming for Vengeance [Special 30th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

Screaming for Vengeance [Special 30th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

by Judas PriestJudas Priest

CD(Bonus Tracks / Bonus DVD)

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Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky Point of Entry with Screaming for Vengeance, arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic hard rock, Vengeance found the band refocusing on heavy metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were catchy and accessible, yet harder-hitting, and without the awkwardly apparent calculation that informed the weakest moments of the album's two predecessors. Ultimately, Screaming for Vengeance hangs together better than even the undeniable landmark British Steel, both thematically and musically. There's less of a party-down feel here -- the remaining traces of boogie have been ironed out, and the lyrics return to the darkness and menace that gave the band its mystique. Sure, if you stop to read the lyrics, all the references to demons and devils and monsters can look a little gratuitous, but the music here is so strong that there simply aren't any seams showing. Even the occasional filler is more metallic this time around -- in place of trite teenage rebellion, listeners get the S&M-themed "Pain and Pleasure." In fact, "Pain and Pleasure" and "Fever" are the only two songs here that have never shown up on a band retrospective, which ought to tell you that Priest's songwriting here is perhaps the best it's ever been. The midtempo grooves that enlivened British Steel are here in full force on the band's signature tune, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" (their only American chart single), as well as "Bloodstone," "Devil's Child," and unfairly forgotten single "(Take These) Chains," all uniformly great. But there's a nearly equal emphasis on uptempo headbanging, thanks to the classic "The Hellion/Electric Eye," the terrific album track "Riding on the Wind," and the stupendously high-velocity title cut, which marks the closest they ever came to thrash metal (at least in the '80s). Despite a one-album misstep in between, Screaming for Vengeance managed to capitalize on the commercial breakthrough of British Steel, becoming the first Priest album to be certified double platinum, and reaching the Top 20 in America and the U.K. alike. Along with British Steel, it ranks as one of the best and most important mainstream metal albums of the '80s. For the 30th Anniversary Edition, the album was remastered with seven bonus tracks; four were previously issued, but three were live tracks from a 1982 concert. A DVD of a 1983 show was also included.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887254446620
catalogNumber: 544466
Rank: 22482


Disc 1

  1. The Hellion
  2. Electric Eye
  3. Riding on the Wind
  4. Bloodstone
  5. (Take These) Chains
  6. Pain and Pleasure
  7. Screaming for Vengeance
  8. You've Got Another Thing Coming
  9. Fever
  10. Devil's Child
  11. Electric Eye
  12. Riding on the Wind
  13. You've Got Another Thing Coming
  14. Screaming for Vengeance
  15. Devil's Child
  16. Prisoner of Your Eyes

Disc 2

  1. Electric Eye
  2. Riding on the Wind
  3. Heading Out to the Highway
  4. Metal Gods
  5. Breaking the Law
  6. Diamonds and Rust
  7. Victim of Changes
  8. Living After Midnight
  9. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
  10. Screaming for Vengeance
  11. You've Got Another Thing Coming
  12. Hell Bent for Leather

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judas Priest   Primary Artist
K.K. Downing   Guitar
Rob Halford   Vocals
Ian Hill   Bass Guitar
Glenn Tipton   Guitar
Dave Holland   Drums

Technical Credits

Joan Baez   Composer
Judas Priest   Liner Notes
Louis Austin   Engineer
K.K. Downing   Composer
Peter Green   Composer
Rob Halford   Composer
Glenn Tipton   Composer
Jayne Andrews   Remastering Coordination
Atkins   Composer
Eddie Trunk   Liner Notes
Doug Johnson   Artwork
Mark Wilkinson   Artwork
Tom Allom   Producer

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