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(Louder Sound)   Judas Priest's 1986 keyboard infused album, Turbo. Worst idea ever or best 80's metal record ever?   (loudersound.com) divider line
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2020-08-15 12:01:44 PM  
26 votes:
Turbo Lover rocks. No complaints.
 
2020-08-15 11:02:12 AM  
11 votes:
I liked it.  Yeah, it was no "British Steel", but the songs were good and memorable--and tended to mirror everything else put out around that time.  The eighties were a weird time when it came to music. Slick and overproduced was considered a good thing.

/"Out in the Cold" was teh awesome.
 
2020-08-15 10:56:07 AM  
9 votes:
It was a bit weird but I've never heard a hardcore Priest fan get up in arms about it.
 
2020-08-15 2:27:23 PM  
7 votes:

drewogatory: Snapper Carr: It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time

This. I was a huge Priest fan until British Steel and my interest dropped off quickly after that. The Point of Entry tour was terrible and I def. took a loing JP break after. Still don't really listen to 80s+ Priest.


Your loss

Judas Priest- The Sentinel with lyrics
Youtube dLMuv5dc-rQ
 
2020-08-15 1:03:14 PM  
7 votes:
iron maiden incorprated synths around that time as well.  it was the 80s.

standards were pretty arbitrary around then for me and my 15 year old compatriots regarding what was 'gay' vs 'awesome'.  duran duran was fruity (makeup and odd fashion choices), priest and maiden were awesome, despite similar choices.  then we found out about rob halford and freddy mercury.  and found out about what duran duran were turning down.

odd times.
 
2020-08-15 12:48:35 PM  
6 votes:
turbo lover will forever be associated in my brain with racing the deep forest track on gran turismo 3
 
2020-08-15 8:40:18 PM  
5 votes:

phedex: Why the hell not stay with what you're good at?


Because nothing is more pathetic than a 45 year old man hollering about the same shiat that he thought was cool and edgey when he was 16.

It show no growth, intelligence or maturity, and all it succeeds in doing is shiatting on his former legacy.

/See: Reznor, Trent.
 
2020-08-15 7:32:43 PM  
5 votes:

ClavellBCMI: Some people just can't apparently deal with their favorite metal bands growing up and deciding that they can't stay a thrash band while the band members are in their 30's and/or 40's (or, now, their 50's and 60's).


Why the hell not stay with what you're good at? Slayer did it.  The Ramones did it.  Their fans turned up every night of their careers.

Not saying that straying from the style drastically hurt the legends of bands like priest or megadeth or metallica, but theres clear "skip these albums" sections in their discographies.
 
2020-08-15 6:45:04 PM  
5 votes:

starlost: trans by neil young and every single person who followed young and saw the cassette said wtf. the old i can't describe what porn is or a great painting but i know when i see it can be used on trans. it was a steaming pile of shiate.


Trans is an unrecognized masterpiece and one of Neil Young's greatest and most personal albums.

Sorry if it wasn't Crazy Horse enough for you. He was trying something different -- an earnest, heartfelt message to his autistic son, who only seemed to respond positively to the quirky sounds of synthesizers and vocoders.

Listen to it again and understand what he's trying to do. Who he's trying to reach.
 
2020-08-15 4:07:42 PM  
5 votes:

bloobeary: Turbo Lover rocks. No complaints.


When I was in 8th grade, this high school rocker chick was hanging out with us in the back of the bus. She was explaining to us younger rocker dudes that "some music is good for sex. But Judas Priest is for farking!!" I fell in love with her that day, but alas, guys her age had cars and jobs and money and I wasn't there yet. But I did buy a Turbo Lover shirt and wore it for her on the bus.
 
2020-08-15 2:45:07 PM  
5 votes:

Pop and Miracle Whip: A metal crowd pleaser.

Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden


This album got flak too when it came out, but it's in my top 3 Maiden albums. Wasted Years and Stranger in a Strange land are worth the price of admission alone.
 
2020-08-15 1:59:40 PM  
5 votes:

PainInTheASP: Snapper Carr: It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son were two of their three best albums.

/Powerslave rounds out the list.
/*runs away*


Over Piece of Mind?
# of the Beast?
Power Slave?
Killers?

/Gettoutofheeere....
 
2020-08-15 12:57:42 PM  
5 votes:
It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time
 
2020-08-16 1:22:58 AM  
4 votes:

ClavellBCMI: Some people just can't apparently deal with their favorite metal bands growing up and deciding that they can't stay a thrash band while the band members are in their 30's and/or 40's (or, now, their 50's and 60's).


Not to get all genre-label on you, but Priest were never a thrash band. Turbo really came across as a change in sound to cash in on the glam metal bandwagon.

Also,

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-08-15 2:05:07 PM  
4 votes:
Iron Maiden- Killers
Youtube XlGIFNS3Idc


/Primal 'Maiden
 
2020-08-15 1:47:55 PM  
4 votes:

Snapper Carr: It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time


Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son were two of their three best albums.

/Powerslave rounds out the list.
/*runs away*
 
2020-08-15 1:19:04 PM  
4 votes:
As 80's metal albums go, it's no Crest of a Knave, but it was pretty good.
 
2020-08-16 11:32:57 AM  
3 votes:
The sounds on Turbo were not created with keyboards, they were created with guitar synths.

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2020-08-15 7:43:46 PM  
3 votes:

Pop and Miracle Whip: White Zombie


Jesus, I hate The Deftones, despite them all being cool guys from around the Sac scene. If your metal band has a turntable or a rapper, you're doing it wrong. Did Body Count have a DJ? No. Even Ice T knows turntables have no place in metal.
 
2020-08-15 2:38:56 PM  
3 votes:

EdgeRunner: Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Turbo came out in '86, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. They've been compared to Black Sabbath, but I think Priest has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.


Sabrina, don't just stare at it.  Eat it
 
2020-08-15 1:16:37 PM  
3 votes:
Liked Turbo and Painkiller. Ram it Down never resonated with me.
 
2020-08-15 10:10:57 PM  
2 votes:

Mr.Poops: Pop and Miracle Whip: A metal crowd pleaser.

Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden

This album got flak too when it came out, but it's in my top 3 Maiden albums. Wasted Years and Stranger in a Strange land are worth the price of admission alone.

Sea of Madness

for the farking WIN.
 
2020-08-15 5:41:26 PM  
2 votes:
Screaming for vengeance is my favorite priest album.

Since people are talking maiden too, somewhere in time is my favorite maiden album, but honestly I celebrate the whole catalog except for the 90's output.
 
2020-08-15 3:44:20 PM  
2 votes:

mangobunny: I didn't care about the keyboards, it was the guitar sound on that album that I didn't like. Compared to Defenders of the Faith the guitars sounded really thin. Same with Painkiller, I know to a lot of people that is "the" Priest song but the guitar sound doesn't work for me.


Their 70s guitar tone was very unique.  I think it sounds tight and mean with the treble rolled off and the natural tube overdrive.   By Painkiller the guitar tone sounded like every other metal band out there.  However the band had progressed well beyond the 70s musically and that album is so damn heavy it makes up for the generic tone.
 
2020-08-15 2:31:51 PM  
2 votes:
Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Turbo came out in '86, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. They've been compared to Black Sabbath, but I think Priest has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
 
2020-08-15 2:23:01 PM  
2 votes:
Turbo Lover rocks.

I sang that song in karoake once.
 
2020-08-15 2:15:53 PM  
2 votes:

Leader O'Cola: there are literally more than 100 80s metal albums that are better.


Hell, there are 100 better 80's power metal records.
 
2020-08-15 1:58:39 PM  
2 votes:

yabun: As 80's metal albums go, it's no Crest of a Knave, but it was pretty good.


Tull fan sees what you did there...
 
2020-08-15 1:11:20 PM  
2 votes:
Metallica "Fade to Black" played on Seaboard RISE
Youtube BXUMrXaYEik
 
2020-08-15 12:14:29 PM  
2 votes:
It fit in well with the times.  Sure you can look back 35ish years & nitpick but it rocked then & rocks now.

/not the best 80s album though
 
2020-08-16 9:12:01 AM  
1 vote:
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2020-08-16 3:43:06 AM  
1 vote:
turbo was the first time out of 12 now that ive seen priest, and i was on the wall, 15 yrs old, best buddy, getting crushed, when the lights went out, like all out, all i could smell was massive cologne, i was thinking, holy shiat that dude is in front of me, hit the lights for out in the cold, and rob was like 6 feet directly in front of me, worth every minute.
vengeance was my all time favorite album, then defenders, steel, too, but i only knew a few tunes. they jammed for 2 hours, and the crowd was packed and nuts the whole time. what an education in metal.

i wouldnt say turbo was a mistake, id say it was reaching into the popular culture at the time, and seeing what happens,
truth is alot of us who'd never seen a priest show, became fans for life.

if you havent checked them out latley, id suggest :  battle cry, down in flames, evil never dies, rising from ruins
 
2020-08-15 11:30:51 PM  
1 vote:
Late 70s early 80s metal was my thing as a teen.
I loved the raw energy of metal at the time.
Then I ventured off into prog, jazz, and jam.
Tonight I've been inspired to check out my old favorites from back then, Priest, Maiden, Sabbath.
They sound quite polished and well produced now, listening to them on a nice sound system. Back in the day, we listened to them on a crap stereo turned up too loud. I think I'll add some of this stuff back into my playlist.
 
2020-08-15 9:47:51 PM  
1 vote:

Ishkur: starlost: trans by neil young and every single person who followed young and saw the cassette said wtf. the old i can't describe what porn is or a great painting but i know when i see it can be used on trans. it was a steaming pile of shiate.

Trans is an unrecognized masterpiece and one of Neil Young's greatest and most personal albums.

Sorry if it wasn't Crazy Horse enough for you. He was trying something different -- an earnest, heartfelt message to his autistic son, who only seemed to respond positively to the quirky sounds of synthesizers and vocoders.

Listen to it again and understand what he's trying to do. Who he's trying to reach.


I have an autistic son who responds to fart jokes.  In his eyes I am a comedic genius.
 
rka
2020-08-15 8:47:18 PM  
1 vote:

phedex: Why the hell not stay with what you're good at?


Maybe it's boring as fark to have to continually perform stuff that you wrote as an angst-filled 18-22yr old when you're a middle aged man who flew in a private jet to get to the show?
 
2020-08-15 8:42:49 PM  
1 vote:

phedex: ClavellBCMI: Some people just can't apparently deal with their favorite metal bands growing up and deciding that they can't stay a thrash band while the band members are in their 30's and/or 40's (or, now, their 50's and 60's).

Why the hell not stay with what you're good at? Slayer did it.


How soon we forget the Slayer of a Down album.

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2020-08-15 8:27:45 PM  
1 vote:

drewogatory: Pop and Miracle Whip: White Zombie

Jesus, I hate The Deftones, despite them all being cool guys from around the Sac scene. If your metal band has a turntable or a rapper, you're doing it wrong. Did Body Count have a DJ? No. Even Ice T knows turntables have no place in metal.


say what you want, but slipknot circa '00 was a breath of fresh air, like nothing else we had heard before.  Those were some awesome live shows when they toured on that first (first widely distributed) album.
 
2020-08-15 7:07:31 PM  
1 vote:

ClavellBCMI: Some people just can't apparently deal with their favorite metal bands growing up and deciding that they can't stay a thrash band while the band members are in their 30's and/or 40's (or, now, their 50's and 60's).


Or they could afford a lot more cocaine, resulting in crappy records?
 
2020-08-15 6:54:05 PM  
1 vote:
Some people just can't apparently deal with their favorite metal bands growing up and deciding that they can't stay a thrash band while the band members are in their 30's and/or 40's (or, now, their 50's and 60's).
 
2020-08-15 5:18:01 PM  
1 vote:
i spent good "money" on rca and columbia house music subscriptions around that time. the buy 6 albums for one cent and mail back the monthly cards or buy 3 albums contracts. i bought trans by neil young and every single person who followed young and saw the cassette said wtf. the old i can't describe what porn is or a great painting but i know when i see it can be used on trans. it was a steaming pile of shiate.
 
2020-08-15 3:27:52 PM  
1 vote:

EdgeRunner: Ishkur: EdgeRunner: Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Turbo came out in '86, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. They've been compared to Black Sabbath, but I think Priest has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

Now do Huey Lewis and The News.

You like Huey Lewis and the News?


i.imgur.comView Full Size

/Huey Lewis then murdered a guy w/ an axe
 
2020-08-15 2:47:36 PM  
1 vote:

LewDux: Ishkur: Turbo Lover rocks.

I sang that song in karoake once.

[Fark user image 500x642]


E2-E4 doesn't have any lyrics.

/fun fact: I played it in its entirety in a mix set.
//The mix is 15 hours long.
/// http://ishkur.com/mixes/Ishkur_-_The_L​ongplay.mp3
 
2020-08-15 2:46:43 PM  
1 vote:

PainInTheASP: Snapper Carr: It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son were two of their three best albums.

/Powerslave rounds out the list.
/*runs away*


I love that Maiden song with the galloping bassline.
 
2020-08-15 2:26:33 PM  
1 vote:
Among my circle of friends people liked some of their songs but no one was a Judas Priest fan, at least not in the way that people were Iron Maiden fans or Rush fans. And Defenders of the Faith marked the 'meh' point where it seemed like their time was done. By the time Turbo Lover comes out most people had moved on, so there was no backlash that I saw. If someone had called Judas Priest sellouts when that album came out everyone else probably would have responded with "Wait, you still listen to Judas Priest?".
 
2020-08-15 2:14:41 PM  
1 vote:

Snapper Carr: It was inevitable.  They'd been descending into pop metal since British Steel.

Maiden did a much better job of integrating keyboards into their sound on Somewhere in Time


This. I was a huge Priest fan until British Steel and my interest dropped off quickly after that. The Point of Entry tour was terrible and I def. took a loing JP break after. Still don't really listen to 80s+ Priest.
 
2020-08-15 2:12:45 PM  
1 vote:
there are literally more than 100 80s metal albums that are better.
 
2020-08-15 2:02:33 PM  
1 vote:

PainInTheASP: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


Some time in late 80s or early 90s some local magazine printed article about Seventh.. or Iron Maiden in general. Article had photo of guy squating with two album sleeves and 5 topless girls behind him, if one doesn't count painted on letters "i", "r", "o", "n", "m", "a", "i", "d", "e", and "n'
 
2020-08-15 1:35:39 PM  
1 vote:
A metal crowd pleaser.

Along with:

Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
Love At First Sting - Scorpions
The Black Album - Metallica
 
2020-08-15 1:06:02 PM  
1 vote:
An ode to honourable gay love, in retrospect.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2020-08-15 12:10:11 PM  
1 vote:
I was happy with it.
 
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