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Judas Priest’s “Turbo” @ Thirty Years

Turn that guitar synthesizer up to “11” my friends because on this very day in music history, the great Judas Priest released their 10th studio album with “Turbo”. Now I know some of you younger fans might be wondering what the “synthesizer” reference is all about and well, the simple answer is when this album was first unveiled to the public many were surprised that there was a sleek synthesizer sound to the guitars. Some loved it and some hated it. Oh who am I kidding, when Priest followed up their monster “Defenders Of The Faith” with this one a lot of people were left scratching their heads. I am included in this number because it just felt so odd for them to have employed this after such a crushing release. When it was first released the fans were under the assumption that this was to be a double album but when the single LP release came out the larger discussion stopped about that. Remember these are the days before the means of Googling everything and unless you knew someone in the inner sanctum of the record industry you were not getting the full scoop about what was coming out or not. By 1986 I was very into The Priest and had been a diehard acolyte to their Metal ways since my full listening of “Unleashed In The East” a few years prior to “Turbo” coming out. Historically speaking I had actually only gotten into the band about seven years before. 1986 was a hot and heavy year for the MTV channel and many bands were focusing on their images and sound in order to better cater it to the network and Judas Priest would not be a band to let the chance to reach many more fans go by them. The black leather and chains had been replaced by more colorful stage garb and there might have been a little more hairspray in the dressing room than there had been in the past.
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“The Complete Albums Collection” by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “The Complete Albums Collection”
Label: Columbia/Epic/Legacy Records
Release Date: 1/24/2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

If you are truly a card carrying Heavy Metal fan then you most likely not only hold the name of the band Judas Priest in high regard but you also probably have at least four to five of their albums in your collection if not more. On the other hand should you call yourself a Metal fan and you DO NOT own any Judas Priest albums I will need to see your paperwork and am afraid that I will have to prohibit you from citing this genre as being among your interests. The boxed set “Complete Albums Collection” by Judas Priest is one of those items meant for the absolute diehard and features remastered editions of the bands works. Oh wait a second. Technically that is not true as none of the albums featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens are offered up here and instead we get what is called the legendary lineup of Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill. Over the years the band had a number of drummers before locking the talented Scott Travis into place with 1991’s “Painkiller”. As this release is a massive one and features seventeen of their albums I decided to offer up a quick viewpoint about each CD and say what it meant to me as a fan of the band for the time I had been into them. One of the most immediate exciting points about this release was the inclusion of the group’s first two releases of “Rocka-Rolla” and “Sad Wings Of Destiny” which had never before been available as sanctioned albums by the band and their label of many decades.

Rocka-Rolla (1974): While it’s great to have “Rocka-Rolla” in remastered form at long last, I will admit that if this was my own first go at Priest that I might not have been originally sold on them. Of course it was released in 1974 and has more of a Heavy Rock vibe with some essence of trippy Psychedelics. Yes there were some stand out tunes but the bands best material was ahead of them.

Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976): Now this was more like it and I think was many fans first foray into the bands magnificence. I was still nowhere near my first meeting with the Priest but I would be here soon enough. Classics on this album like “Victim Of Changes”, “Tyrant” and “Genocide” are still very important songs to the bands set list. With “Sad Wings” Judas Priest had arrived.
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