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Columbia/Legacy Scheduled To Release "The Essential Judas Priest"

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Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set 'The Essential Judas Priest' on April 4, 2006. Judas Priest rocketed out of the tough steel town of Birmingham, England, more than three decades ago, and the 34 songs collected here form nothing less than the very backbone of heavy metal.

The core of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill worked with several drummers in the earlier years, with longtime current member Scott Travis rounding out the definitive lineup due to his incredible power and versatility.

All the songs on 'The Essential Judas Priest' are the complete original studio album versions featuring the Halford/Tipton/Downing/Hill axis -- from the 1976 landmark 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' through the astonishing 2005 reunion platter 'Angel Of Retribution'.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1
1. 'Judas Rising' ('Angel Of Retribution' - 2005)
2. 'Breaking The Law' ('British Steel' - 1980)
3. 'Hell Bent For Leather' ('Hell Bent For Leather' - 1979)
4. 'Diamonds And Rust' ('Sin After Sin' - 1977)
5. 'Victim Of Changes' ('Sad Wings Of Destiny' - 1976)
6. 'Love Bites' ('Defenders Of The Faith' - 1984)
7. 'Heading Out To The Highway' ('Point Of Entry' - 1981)
8. 'Ram It Down' ('Ram It Down' - 1988)
9. 'Beyond The Realms Of Death' ('Stained Class' - 1978)
10. 'You've Got Another Thing Comin'' ('Screaming For Vengeance' - 1982)
11. 'Jawbreaker' ('Defenders Of The Faith' - 1984)
12. 'A Touch Of Evil' ('Painkiller' - 1990)
13. 'Delivering The Goods' ('Hell Bent For Leather' - 1979)
14. 'United' ('British Steel' - 1980)
15. 'Turbo Lover' ('Turbo' - 1986)
16. 'Painkiller' ('Painkiller' - 1990)
17. 'Metal Gods' ('British Steel' - 1980)

Disc 2
1. 'The Hellion' ('Screaming For Vengeance' - 1982)
2. 'Electric Eye' ('Screaming For Vengeance' - 1982)
3. 'Living After Midnight' ('British Steel' - 1980)
4. 'Freewheel Burning' ('Defenders Of The Faith' - 1984)
5. 'Exciter' ('Stained Class' - 1978)
6. 'The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)' ('Hell Bent For Leather - 1979)
7. 'Blood Red Skies' ('Ram It Down' - 1988)
8. 'Night Crawler' ('Painkiller' - 1990)
9. 'Sinner' ('Sin After Sin' - 1977)
10. 'Hot Rockin'' ('Point Of Entry' - 1981)
11. 'The Sentinel' ('Defenders Of The Faith' - 1984)
12. 'Before The Dawn' ('Hell Bent For Leather' - 1979)
13. 'Hell Patrol' ('Painkiller' - 1990)
14. 'The Ripper' ('Sad Wings Of Destiny' - 1976)
15. 'Screaming For Vengeance' ('Screaming For Vengeance' - 1982)
16. 'Out In The Cold' ('Turbo' - 1986)
17. 'Revolution' ('Angel Of Retribution' - 2005)

'The Essential Judas Priest' liner notes were written by respected veteran rock journalist Geoff Barton.

Sony Music's Legacy Recordings division has issued the best-selling, critically acclaimed 'Essential' series of compilations from many of the greatest popular-music recording artists in history.

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1. Leathco writes:

They put in songs like Turbo Lover, Revolution, Out In The Cold, and United but leave out stuff like Demonizer? And not one track from Jubulator or Demolition? Iron Maiden included Blaze era tracks in their essentials collection, why can't Priest include Ripper tracks in theirs?

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2. sevenchurches writes:

judas priest kicks ass

# Feb 12, 2006 @ 9:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. War Ensemble writes:

judas priest would be a good band if they had a different singer that didnt sound like a shieking girl on steriods...sorry i do like tem but they arent as good as they said they were

I DO THANK THEM FOR THE GENRE(S) THEY CREATED!

# Feb 12, 2006 @ 9:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Slaytanic writes:

JUDAS PRIEST ARE GODS!!! f*** WHAT EVER YOU THINK. ROB IS THE BEST FRONT MAN EVER. f*** d***INSON AND OZZY, HALFORD IS GOD (even though he's a fag)! PRAISE THE REAL METAL GODS!

# Feb 12, 2006 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. JT writes:

Should have had at least one Ripper track on there...I agree. Maybe "Cathedral Spires" or "Blood Stained." Despite the poor record sales on the 2 Ripper records, there were some decent songs on them (more so on Jugulator than Demolition) and I am sad to see that the band has almost erased that chapter from its history (they still have "The Ripper Years" on their site). Ripper is a really good guy, and he is involved in music for all the right reasons. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to see that Rob is back and doing well...but Ripper deserves aome credit in the band's history. As far as replacement vocalists go, he is by far one of the best. Anyway, other than that the discs look fine.

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6. BLACKDOG writes:

f***IT IT"S PRIEST !!! ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT IT'S KILLER !!! \m/.

# Feb 12, 2006 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. jwwolf writes:

good except for no ripper and angel of retribution was a f***ing pathetic attempt at an album and should not be included at all

# Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. bitches writes:

yeah wow great. let's all get excited about some old farts who still dress up in leather like it's cool. Rob must be the most hardcore c*ck sucker around. yeah, it's really metal to take it in the a$$ at night. surprised he hasnt gotten AIDS yet. the only 80's metal worth listenin to is Ozzy, Anthrax, Slayer and old school Metallica and Pantera

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. JT writes:

Pantera...in its most popular form didn't arrive until the '90s...just so you know. As for the rest of your homophobic comments...they aren't worth anyone's time.

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 7:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. bitches writes:

ahhhh.....did i offend your little queer ass? and yes i know about Pantera in the 80's and yes they were around back then, just not in the mainstream, so you can shove that sh*t right back up your ass. if your gonna try and insult someone, then do it right b*tch

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 9:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. JT writes:

You say that you liked Pantera's old school music...from the 80's. To label them an 80's metal band is hardly accurate. While the band was formed in 1983, they didn't take on Anselmo until 1988 and that same year they released their only album ("Power Metal") of the 80's with the traditional line-up (Vinnie, Dime, Rex, and Phil). I think that if you want to you can technically fit them in the 80's...but I think it's a stretch. If you want to count the 2 independent releases that they put out without Phil, then I'd agree with you...but Pantera is Vinnie, Dime, Rex, and Phil in my opinion...and that line-up had one independent release in 1988 and then the bulk of their work came out in the 1990's. That would be my opinion...you are free to disagree with it.

Again, with your other remarks, I think you are being quite childish...and if that makes me "queer" in your opinion, I guess I'll just have to deal with that. I am willing to have debates on here...but I won't respond to mindless rants.

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. slayerdisciple writes:

no metal meltdown?

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 11:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. JT writes:

Good call...I looked through that list a few times and other than the Ripper tracks I couldn't think of much that was "essential" that wasn't there..."Metal Meltdown" is absolutely a Priest essential. "Metal Meltdown" was good enough to make it onto Metal Works...but not good enough for this one? Also, as I look at that disc I think that "Devil's Child" and "Dissident Aggressor" are fairly essential.

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. bitches writes:

oh well excuse me mr. f*ckin perfectionist. i dont give a good god damn about that crap, they formed in the 80's, and thats all i was trying to say.

# Feb 15, 2006 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bitches writes:

and since we're laying out the "facts" here, you forgot to mention that Pantera originally started as a KISS cover band in 1982.

# Feb 15, 2006 @ 11:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. JT writes:

I was in no way trying to be a "perfectionist." I was simply stating my opinion, and the facts on which I based that opinion (since you said that if I was going to insult someone I should do it right). Now, I wasn't insulting you initially...but you were right in that I didn't back up my point. So that's what I did.

And by the way, I stated that depending on what you are taking into consideration (albums, line-up, etc.) I could agree that you could classify them as an 80's band...I just don't happen to agree with that point of view. That's all...end of story.

# Feb 15, 2006 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. you're totally gay writes:

Someone's a little homophobic - got a little gay tendencies there yourself, huh, touchie?

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Jack writes:

Pretty spot-on track listing. The two albums with Ripper are wank (though I do think Ripper is a really good singer - his album with Iced Earth is the best thing they've done).

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