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Judas Priest To Release Special Compilation Album, "The Chosen Few"

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British heavy metal titans Judas Priest has announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album on October 11th through Legacy/Sony, entitled, "The Chosen Few." What seperates this record apart from other compilation albums is that all the songs were chosen by some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead frontman, Lemmy and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield amongst others.

"This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Diamonds And Rust (1977) - chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2. Dissident Aggressor (1977) - chosen by Steve Vai
3. Exciter (1978) - chosen by Accept
4. Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) - chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5. Delivering The Goods (1979) - chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) - chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
7. The Ripper (1979) - chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8. Victim Of Changes (1979) - chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9. Breaking The Law (1980) - chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10. Rapid Fire (1980) - chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah)
11. Grinder (1980) - chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12. Living After Midnight (1980) - chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) - chosen by Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver)
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) - chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15. The Sentinel (1984) - chosen by Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
16. Turbo Lover (1986) - chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17. Painkiller (1990) - chosen by Joe Satriani

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1. AaronTheYoung writes:

Interesting way to market this compilation. I wonder how they coordinated this with all the different musicians.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 8:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. WOLF7 writes:

There are some interesting choices, especially #16. and #17.

Interesting to see a laidback guy like Joe Satriani chose "Painkiller".

"Turbo Lover"?? Oh ok, it was chosen by Jonathan Davis. Surely it would have been Fred Durst's choice as well.

Hmm... and No one chose a single track from any of their post 1990 "Painkiller" albums... some 'tribute' ;)

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R10 writes:

Is kind of funny Davis picked Turbo Lover. Always pass over that record myself,even though i saw them on that tour. They have alot of greatest hits packages,ill pass on this comp. Their influence on metal is obviously undeniable though.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. spiral_architect writes:

I'D RATHER HAVE A NEW JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM........WITH KK DOWNING ON GUITAR........

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ZMA writes:

Leave it up to the legend Joe Satriani to choose my favorite Priest song Painkiller. It's understandable why he chose that song. Just listen to the guy play. Amazing stuff.

Wolf, yea I noticed that too. Me personally would've definitely chosen Demonizer off Angel Of Retribution. That was a come back album that the metal gods deserved.

R10, I need to go back and listen to that album again, because I've always liked Turbo Lover. Just them trying to keep up with the times. They've always done that. They always tried to step their game up. If they hadn't maybe a masterpiece like Painkiller wouldn't have happened.

I also agree 100% with spiral_architect, new Priest with KK. I just hope we get a full explanation about why he left sometime in the future.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 3:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

"Turbo Lover (1986) - chosen by Jonathan Davis", oh man, I just can't stop laughing!

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. R10 writes:

Z: I think what killed Turbo for me was the shoddy drum machine. Maiden included guitar synths that year also,with Somewhere in Time. Much more effectively then Priest imo. Turbo and Nostradamus are really the only albums by Priest i rarely listen to.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. WOLF7 writes:

ZMA, yeah mate, Satriani's awesome! I love his albums. And "Painkiller" is one of my fav Priest songs as well.

R10, I thought it was great Priest updated their sound. Not many bands have the balls to do that.
The Maiden guys seem to hate the "Somewhere in Time", "Seventh son" period, I disagree, lots of good stuff on those albums.

Speaking of updating your sound, does anyone here like "Ram It Down"?

I thought it had a few cool tracks on it.

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 8:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ZMA writes:

I can see what you mean R10. I barely ever listen to those 2 albums. I don't really listen to Sin After Sin either, I've actually been meaning to put that in and give the full album a spin.
I do agree with Wolf though. They've always tried to stay relevant in a non-sellout sort of way, because they'd take their sound and whats was popular at the time and put their own spin on it which is what Turbo was, and Painkiller if you think about it.

Wolf, I love Ram It Down. That album rips face. I think people underestimate that album way to much.
NP: Judas Priest - Ram It Down

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. R10 writes:

If anything,Halford carried Turbo and Ram it Down. I think the weak link,drummer Holland came to a head about this time. I dont think he. contributed much on the recordings of these two albums. I think they used a drum machine . Yea Z,Painkiller was there heaviest,probably in response to all the thrash bands. I believe they took out Dio and Slayer on that tour. My favorite Priest era has always been the four albums they released from 80-84. I tried to like Nostradamus,i really did. Just got my ticket for thier Nov.20 show in Lowell MA. Im pretty excited to see them again,maybe for the final time. NP: Freewheel Burning/ The mighty Priest!

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ZMA writes:

I still need tickets to their show in Jersey. Like desperately. I can't miss their last tour.

I've said it a dozen times, if Nostradamus cut all the stupid filler intros it'd be a great album, and 1 disc probably haha. I don't really have a select era I liked from them. Just an assortment of favorite albums from all different times in their career. Angel Of Retribution, Painkiller, British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance, and Ram It Down are among my favorites. But as I've said, I love it all. Even Jugulator and Demolition.
I've just had a sudden craving.....
NP: Halford - The Mower

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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