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“Priest Live” (remaster) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Priest Live”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 3/19/2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

“Priest Live” was recorded during the bands tour for their album “Turbo”; the lackluster fan response to this release on its own made fans quickly choose sides when it came to a live album based on this tour. “Turbo” was a lot more commercial than many fans were ready for and the style-look of the group members was very “flashy” or “glam”, which caused a stir among the believers in their Heavy Metal gods. “Turbo” followed “Defenders Of The Faith” which was a monster of a record and much along the style of “Screaming For Vengeance”, so when the group suddenly delivers keyboard-laden guitar synth sounds you can see where the confusion begins. It would have been smarter to release some live release from the “Defenders” tour but they had just released “Live In Concert”, a VHS recording of the “Screaming For Vengeance” tour. During this time in history, live concert videos were few and far between, as bands did not release every single tour on video like we see done today (Iron Maiden, Dream Theater etcetera). I saw this tour and had a problem with the song selection that they did for it, but of course, it was geared towards the new album. Outside of “Out In The Cold” and “Locked In”, I felt the album was sub-par and was aiming in the wrong direction. It was a view that songs like “Private Property” and “Parental Guidance” made stronger every time they would be played on the radio. For a live recording this does sound good and Priest still makes sure to get heavy on the no nonsense numbers such as “Freewheel Burning”, The Sentinel” and “Screaming For Vengeance” but the lackluster tracks from a Metal fans standpoint truly take more away from this release than they bring to it. This is an album that is more for the completeist who wants no gaps or perhaps those that found “Turbo” to be their very favorite of the Judas Priest back catalog.
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