Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Essential Judas Priest”
Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: 4/11/2006
Style: Heavy Metal
The market has really seen a flood of Judas Priest product on the shelves since the reunion of Rob Halford to the bands lineup. We have seen a career spanning boxed set, three DVD’s and a new studio album so was it any surprise when we find a more affordable “Essential” or Anthology being released? If you have been following the band for any number of years and own most of the above as well as their individual remastered back catalog then there is no need for you to purchase this CD. However, if you just want a solid selection of Priest greats for the car, summer house or the office then this is a must have. The two CD collection spans the entire Judas Priest catalog but interesting enough totally bypasses any music recorded by Tim “Ripper” Owens. Perhaps it was due to their being on a different record label or perhaps the band wants you to forget about this music and only focus on the classic lineup. There are a number of good tracks left off the release such as “Desert Plains”, “Solar Angels” and “Evening Star” but I am a long time Judas Priest fan and to me there are more rocking tracks than there are lacking ones. For the most part the selected numbers are “essentials” and cream of the crop as far as the band is concerned.
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