The Best of Judas Priest

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The Best of Judas Priest
Judas Priest - 1978 - The Best Of Judas Priest.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released1978
Recorded1974–1975
Genre Heavy metal
Length34:57
Label Gull
ProducerJeffery Calvert, Geraint Hughes & Judas Priest
Judas Priest chronology
Sin After Sin
(1977)
The Best of Judas Priest
(1978)
Stained Class
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [1]

The Best of Judas Priest is a compilation album featuring select songs from English heavy metal band Judas Priest's first two albums, Rocka Rolla (1974) and Sad Wings of Destiny (1976).

Overview

After forming in 1969, Judas Priest signed with Gull Records in 1974. When the band jumped to CBS Records in early 1977, they had to break their contract with Gull to do so. In the legal fallout that ensued, the band forfeited their rights to all material recorded with Gull.

The album is not a typical "greatest hits" type of collection as the title would imply. It was the first of a handful of releases featuring material Judas Priest had recorded during their time with Gull, and was produced by the label in an effort to capitalize on the band's growing popularity. As the band had forfeited their legal claim to the music, the album was released without their consent. [2] [3]

Track listing

Original LP release

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dying to Meet You" Rob Halford, K.K. Downing6:11
2."Never Satisfied" Al Atkins, Downing4:46
3." Rocka Rolla"Halford, Downing, Glenn Tipton3:02
4." Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover) Joan Baez3:15

All songs originally from Rocka Rolla (1974), except Diamonds & Rust, which was an outtake from the Sad Wings of Destiny sessions and was included to generate more interest on the compilation.

Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1." Victim of Changes §"Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton7:43
2."Island of Domination"Halford, Downing, Tipton4:15
3." The Ripper §"Tipton2:46
4."Deceiver"Halford, Downing, Tipton2:44

All songs originally released on Sad Wings of Destiny (1976). § - at least on certain releases both on vinyl and CD the track is featured in a different mix from its original 1976 version. An example can be found on the 1989 CD release on Possum Records from Australia. [4]

1987 CD release

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Dying to Meet You"Halford, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)6:11
2."Never Satisfied"Atkins, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)4:46
3."Rocka Rolla"Halford, Downing, TiptonRocka Rolla (1974)3:02
4."Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover)BaezDemo track recorded for Sad Wings of Destiny (1976), later found on many Rocka Rolla reissues3:13
5."Victim of Changes"Atkins, Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)7:43
6."Island of Domination"Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)4:15
7."The Ripper"TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)2:46
8."Deceiver"Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)2:44
9."Epitaph"TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)3:08
10."One for the Road"Halford, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)4:34

2001 CD release

This release contains, according to Judas Priest's website, a "mindless interview" from former drummer John Hinch, who was let go from the band because he was "musically inadequate". They have described it as "not only misleading but full of rubbish and false information". [5] In a 1998 interview with Goldmine Magazine, Tipton commented on the reason the company bothered to release the album:

"We believe that they're abusing the kids with...The Best Of Judas Priest and the re-packaging. It's not fair for us to condone them, because it's ripping the kids off. On the "Insight Series" CD, they include bullshit interviews with our first drummer John Hinch, who couldn't even play the drums, believe you me. But it's tracked to look like new songs. We don't get royalties off it, but the kids think we do." [6][ better source needed]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Dying to Meet You"Halford, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)6:11
2."Never Satisfied"Atkins, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)4:46
3."Rocka Rolla"Halford, Downing, TiptonRocka Rolla (1974)3:02
4."Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover)BaezDemo track recorded for Sad Wings of Destiny (1976), later found on many Rocka Rolla reissues4:13
5."Victim of Changes"Atkins, Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)7:43
6."Island of Domination"Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)4:15
7."The Ripper"TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)2:46
8."Deceiver"Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)2:44
9."Epitaph"TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)3:08
10."One for the Road"Halford, DowningRocka Rolla (1974)4:34
11."Halford Finds Priest" Interview with John Hinch (1995)5:31
12."Priest Finds Audience" Interview with John Hinch (1995)3:31
13."Dual Guitars" Interview with John Hinch (1995)1:07
14."Songwriting" Interview with John Hinch (1995)3:00
15."What's in a Name" Interview with John Hinch (1995)0:40
16."Gull Records" Interview with John Hinch (1995)2:01
17."Whiskey Woman/Victim of Changes" Interview with John Hinch (1995)1:09
18."Rob Halford" Interview with John Hinch (1995)1:02

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Judas Priest Discography". Judas Priest Official Website. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ "The Best of Judas Priest". The Judas Priest Info Pages. Retrieved 11 April 2011.[ permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Judas Priest – the Best of (1989, CD)". Discogs.
  5. ^ "JudasPriest.com". Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2018. If for instance anyone out there has bought their "JUDAS PRIEST - THE BEST OF" - Insight Series, then they would find that 50% of the album consists of a mindless interview with John Hinch an ex-drummer with Priest who we had to let go because he was musically inadequate.
  6. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST INFO PAGES - THE BEST OF JUDAS PRIEST". thexquorum.com. 20 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2014.