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(Billboard)   Judas Priest on track for their first top ten album   (billboard.com) divider line 48
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2014-07-12 11:49:11 AM  
Huh, how the hell did British Steel not reach top 10?  I would have bet that it had.

/which is why casinos are big
//and my house is not so big
 
2014-07-12 01:40:00 PM  
Of course, no one buys albums anymore, so this sort of like being the biggest heroin dealer in The Vatican.
 
2014-07-12 02:09:42 PM  
My library just got a Judas Priest box set, something like 21 cds. I didn't know they had that many albums. John Mellencamp and some others got the same treatment - a 20-or-so box set. Somebody must be approaching these 2nd tier has-beens and telling them it's their last chance to make a little $ off their catalog.
 
2014-07-12 02:13:12 PM  
Doogie Hawser's dad approves.
 
2014-07-12 02:19:02 PM  
I gave it a listen the other day, pretty solid album.
 
2014-07-12 02:21:46 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Of course, no one buys albums anymore, so this sort of like being the biggest heroin dealer in The Vatican.


The Vatican? Kinky
 
2014-07-12 02:25:18 PM  
I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.
 
2014-07-12 02:26:13 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.



I am aware I said fact twice.
 
2014-07-12 02:35:12 PM  
It's got to be better than the new Tesla release. I bought that yesterday and put it in the car. Holy sh*t, it's awful. Like "Spinal Tap" without the sense of parody.

Granted, they've never been brilliant. But I always thought of them as a really good bar band. I've got tix to see them next month, and I hope to God they just play their old stuff.

/threadjack complete
//just had to vent to someone
 
2014-07-12 02:35:23 PM  
I listened to some of the album the other day.. it seemed.. okay.. but it didn't inspire me to purchase it yet.
 
2014-07-12 02:53:03 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.


I am aware I said fact twice.


It's cool, you like facts.
 
2014-07-12 03:09:56 PM  
Believe it or not, despite having charted 17 albums on the Billboard 200 since 1978, the group has yet to tally a top 10.

Yeah, that's really difficult to believe. It might have something to do with the fact that Punk Rock happened around the same time they began putting out albums and they haven't been relevant.
 
2014-07-12 03:11:38 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.


1 Sad Wings of Destiny
2 Sin After Sin
3 Stained Class

Everything after pales in comparison
 
2014-07-12 03:14:59 PM  
 I am a major Priest fan, the only album they need to erase was Turbo.
 
2014-07-12 03:30:43 PM  
THIS


The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.

 
2014-07-12 04:18:10 PM  

mjones73: I gave it a listen the other day, pretty solid album.


I have to agree.

And to Straight Outta - plenty of people still buy albums. And CDs.
 
2014-07-12 04:54:22 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Of course, no one buys albums anymore, so this sort of like being the biggest heroin dealer in The Vatican.


Never underestimate the power of skag and the Roman Catholic Church:

ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-07-12 05:05:43 PM  
I love priest. Sometimes I'm working and suddenly I feel fuvking awesome. And its because metal gods or turbo lover just hit my Pandora channel.
 
2014-07-12 05:15:31 PM  
oh Hell yes!!


Sad Wings of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Stained Class

.....everything else is downhill after those three.

period
 
2014-07-12 05:32:42 PM  

craigdamage: oh Hell yes!!


Sad Wings of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Stained Class

.....everything else is downhill after those three.

period


Uh...Screaming For Vengeance is pretty awesome.
 
2014-07-12 05:54:26 PM  
 
2014-07-12 05:59:26 PM  
Would vote for "Screaming for Vengeance" as their best.
 
2014-07-12 06:27:30 PM  

craigdamage: oh Hell yes!!


Sad Wings of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Stained Class

.....everything else is downhill after those three.

period


QFT. Thread over.
 
2014-07-12 07:29:35 PM  
The first few albums are good, but don't hold up. Painkiller holds up better than twelve masked men in a bank with Uzis.
 
2014-07-12 08:09:00 PM  

markfara: It's got to be better than the new Tesla release. I bought that yesterday and put it in the car. Holy sh*t, it's awful. Like "Spinal Tap" without the sense of parody.

Granted, they've never been brilliant. But I always thought of them as a really good bar band. I've got tix to see them next month, and I hope to God they just play their old stuff.

/threadjack complete
//just had to vent to someone


This makes me sad. Tesla always HAS been brilliant and their "comeback" (post-2000) stuff until now has been very good. They're still incredible live, although Jeff Keith sounds a little like Eric Cartman now.
 
2014-07-12 08:10:03 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Of course, no one buys albums anymore, so this sort of like being the biggest heroin dealer in The Vatican.


Sad but true, however, they used to debut with this total even back in the day for the most part so this is still something to be proud of for them.

Love the album too, Nostradamus was a mess, this one has more of a Screaming feel for me.
 
2014-07-12 08:24:54 PM  
Misconduc: I am a major Priest fan, the only album they need to erase was Turbo.

(In best scruffy the janitor voice) Second.
 
2014-07-12 08:59:15 PM  

bearded clamorer: The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.

1 Sad Wings of Destiny
2 Sin After Sin
3 Stained Class

Everything after pales in comparison


Sad Wings of Destiny is my personal favorite, but come on, British Steel is freaking tough!

/Stained Class is my second favorite
 
2014-07-12 09:04:35 PM  

Lokasenna: The first few albums are good, but don't hold up. Painkiller holds up better than twelve masked men in a bank with Uzis.


Exactly.  Painkiller still sounds fresh today.   The drumming is top notch.  Technically way better than anything preceding it and Halford took his vocals to the next level.   Nothing gets me motivated more than cranking that album up.   All Guns Blazing, yo!
 
2014-07-12 09:39:10 PM  

Stupid Guitar:
Sad Wings of Destiny is my personal favorite, but come on, British Steel is freaking tough!

/Stained Class is my second favorite



'Raw Deal' off of 'Sin After Sin'.

/Under-appreciated masterpiece.
//The subject matter was way ahead of its time, as well.
 
2014-07-12 09:42:28 PM  
Sin After Sin has the best drumming of any Priest record. Simon Phillips on drums. He is the template by which they select their drummers. If you can't play "Dissident Aggressor" you can't play in the band.

Screaming for Vengeance????

Sorry. No dice.

All Priest records after Stained Class have a couple or maybe a few great songs on them but all the rest is boring filler. There is no single dull moment on Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin or Stained Class.

Take all the best moments from British Steel, Point of Entry and Screaming For Vengeance and you have a record half as good as Sad Wings of Destiny.

go away now
 
2014-07-12 10:32:00 PM  
Take all the best moments from British Steel, Point of Entry and Screaming For Vengeance

Are there any "best moments" from Point of Entry? shiat album and uninspired tour as well. I almost left early in Oakland it was so boring.
 
2014-07-12 10:35:21 PM  
Judas Priest Fun Facts:

Rocka Rolla sucked.

Sad Wings of Destiny is average at best.

Sin After Sin starts strong and ends strong. Overall, it's pretty good.

Stained Class is slightly below the quality of Sin After Sin, but it's still pretty good.

Hell Bent for Leather is where they started to shine. Great album. (My favorite album)

British Steel is another great album, on par with Hell Bent for Leather. (I really like the beginning bass line in "The Rage")

Point of Entry is a good album, not great like the last two.

Screaming for Vengeance is arguably their best album.

Defenders of the Faith is another great one, despite the song "Love Bites." The solo in "The Sentinel" makes up for it.

Turbo *sigh* sucked more than most internet moms.

Ram it Down is a whole lotta meh.

Painkiller is their last great album.

The albums without Halford aren't even worth discussing.

Angel of Retribution is average and forgettable.

Nostradamus was a cool concept which didn't live up to its potential.

I haven't listed to their new one yet, so no fun fact.
 
2014-07-13 12:28:25 AM  

lindalouwho: mjones73: I gave it a listen the other day, pretty solid album.

I have to agree.

And to Straight Outta - plenty of people still buy albums. And CDs.


To just about anyone under the age of 40 'album' is an overall term for a full length recording.  It's no longer synonymous with a vinyl record.
 
2014-07-13 08:49:31 AM  

red5ish: Believe it or not, despite having charted 17 albums on the Billboard 200 since 1978, the group has yet to tally a top 10.

Yeah, that's really difficult to believe. It might have something to do with the fact that Punk Rock happened around the same time they began putting out albums and they haven't been relevant.


You don't know what the word "relevant" means.
 
2014-07-13 08:51:44 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.



 I used to only know Priest from classic rock radio and had no idea that album existed until I was in my mid 20s. It was a revelation hearing the title song from the band I associated with Livin After Midnight.
 
2014-07-13 09:08:24 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.


Agreed, with Stained Class a close second.
 
2014-07-13 09:12:14 AM  
British Steel is their best album, just because "Metal Gods"
Screaming for Vengeance
Painkiller
then Defenders

rank the rest as you will

/the early shiat is over-rated and doesnt hold up.
 
2014-07-13 10:11:58 AM  
Two things enabled this to be their highest-charting album:

1 - Soundscan in early 90s changed the charts completely...before it, your album would crawl up the charts for weeks before peaking, and only the huge sellers made the top ten and lodged there. Now, the first week is the peak, as you would expect. Priest's biggest albums were all pre-SoundScan, and were never wide-spread sellers that would be captured on music-store sales surveys that pre-dated SoundScan. Their albums that went platinum would do so by languishing lower in the charts for 6 months.

2 - Napster/mp3s/iTunes made album sales nearly meaningless, so that now the top seller is only 50K where 500K was considered a big weekly tally in the late 90s.

Combine these two, a known act like Priest can sell 30K, a total which might not have dented the top 50 a few decades ago, and make the top ten in 2014 even if it doesn't come close to their biggest sellers over the lifespan of the album.
 
kab
2014-07-13 10:31:58 AM  

AkaDad: Judas Priest Fun Facts:

Sad Wings of Destiny is average at best.


c2.staticflickr.com
 
2014-07-13 12:01:37 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: The Googles Do Nothing: I am a big Priest fan.  I would propose for discussion the fact that PAINKILLER is in fact their best work.


I am aware I said fact twice.


The Googles Do Nothing: Lokasenna: The first few albums are good, but don't hold up. Painkiller holds up better than twelve masked men in a bank with Uzis.

Exactly.  Painkiller still sounds fresh today.   The drumming is top notch.  Technically way better than anything preceding it and Halford took his vocals to the next level.   Nothing gets me motivated more than cranking that album up.   All Guns Blazing, yo!



You guys need to listen to the new album.  Ritchie Faulkner has infused the same kind of new energy in it as the addition of Scott Travis did in Painkiller.  It is an awesome album and holds its own alongside the classics.  The song styles span every Judas Priest era, which makes for an album that never gets boring and flows nicely from one great song to another.  Not one wasted track.  Hopefully it will have staying power as word gets out how good it is.
 
2014-07-13 05:32:49 PM  
Just listened to Painkiller.


Way over compressed and processed. Hard and brittle sound texture. Lame and uninspired to me.

Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin and Stained Class have such a warm and organic lushness to the recorded sound of the instruments. Non-musicians and folks who have never recorded or worked in a studio will be clueless of this.

Sticking to my guns on this one.

Listen to the first four Black Sabbath records. Then, listen to any late 80s "MTV-metal" era band. If you can't tell the difference..............just never mind.
 
2014-07-13 05:40:01 PM  

craigdamage: Just listened to Painkiller.


Way over compressed and processed. Hard and brittle sound texture. Lame and uninspired to me.

Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin and Stained Class have such a warm and organic lushness to the recorded sound of the instruments. Non-musicians and folks who have never recorded or worked in a studio will be clueless of this.

Sticking to my guns on this one.

Listen to the first four Black Sabbath records. Then, listen to any late 80s "MTV-metal" era band. If you can't tell the difference..............just never mind.


Are you suggesting I am not a musician and have never recorded in a studio?   You'd be wrong.

I agree that mid to late 70s hard rock has a great organic sound to it and that seems to have vanished by the mid 80s.   However, the intensity of Painkiller is what makes it so great even if the sound production is not as "natural".  Halford sounds UNNATURAL on that album which helps make it such a break in addition to Travis.
 
2014-07-13 05:48:07 PM  
Painkiller is quite intense. Indeed it is way savage. Should have got someone like Albini to record it though.

Albini would have close mic'd everything and then yelled "GO!"

The intensity of the compositions would have been better benefited by a raw and visceral live sounding mix.
 
2014-07-13 05:52:01 PM  
......or Rick Rubin.

Rubin is an asshole but he does this amazing thing where he makes an artist re-invent themselves by way of re connecting with the zen-like core of what made them great in the first place.
 
2014-07-13 05:54:56 PM  

kab: AkaDad: Judas Priest Fun Facts:

Sad Wings of Destiny is average at best.

[c2.staticflickr.com image 250x272]


That's cool. Some people can't handle facts. :)
 
2014-07-13 06:37:17 PM  
Funny, I like Priest, but my two favorite Priest songs are covers.
Diamonds and Rust, and Green Manalishi
 
kab
2014-07-13 10:43:24 PM  

AkaDad: kab: AkaDad: Judas Priest Fun Facts:

Sad Wings of Destiny is average at best.

[c2.staticflickr.com image 250x272]

That's cool. Some people can't handle facts. :)


warosu.org

As far as Painkiller goes - solid album certainly, and light years ahead of tripe like Turbo, but basically boils down to the band trying to channel Racer X via their old drummer.

/not a fact
 
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