Best 70s Judas Priest album



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Posted by Valentin B, 23.12.2006 - 00:12
i came up with this question after listening a lot to 70s priest and i discovered that all(except for rocka rolla, which i haven't listened to) are quite brilliant! i didn't include unleashed in the east obviously cuz it's a live album.
a short 2 cents on each of the albums:
-rocka rolla: haven't listened to it.
-sad wings: now here's a lil bit of real metal. kind of depressive album, lyricswise, but the music will get you over, since tyrant, genocide, the ripper, victim of changes are headbanging delights and then there's dreamer deceiver/deceiver which is a really good moody song. 9/10
-sin after sin: slightly heavier than sad wings, with the thrashy intro to diamonds and rust, and what i believe to be the first thrash metal song, dissident agressor. sinner also deserves mentioning, and the two good ballads: here come the tears and last rose of summer. 9/10
-stained class: heavier still but less consistent, we get a sample of what would become iron maiden in the title track, and the album intro of exciter is a moment of pure thrashiness, and we have beyond the realms of death, saints in hell as stand-outs. 8/10
-killing machine(hell bent for leather): not heavier than stained class but still a good metal release. not too consistent, with rock forever, hell bent, killing machine, running wild and evil fantasies as the good songs. 8/10.
so for me it's a tie between sad wings and sin after sin, and i choose sad wings, because of the "ahead of it's day" factor.
and you?

Poll

Which is the best of the 70s priest releases?

sad wings of destiny
58
stained class
26
killing machine(hell bent for leather)
16
sin after sin
9
can't decide
5
rocka rolla
4

Total votes: 118
10.07.2009 - 08:35
gwarscumdog
Hell bent for leather. I have their first live concert they put out on tape and they performed that better than any other song on here.
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09.11.2009 - 01:37
SatyriconChick
Hellbent For Leather for me. There are just so many songs I love on that one.
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09.11.2009 - 03:13
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
The album is called KILLING MACHINE and is ONLY called Hell Bent For Leather in the US because of some stupid laws at the time.
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12.11.2009 - 00:33
Angelic Storm
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"Sad Wings Of Destiny", with "Stained Class" right on it's heels!
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11.12.2009 - 17:45
SatyriconChick
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.11.2009 at 03:13

The album is called KILLING MACHINE and is ONLY called Hell Bent For Leather in the US because of some stupid laws at the time.


And hence why I called it Hellbent For Leather - take a look at my country of origin. That's what it says on the cover of my version of the CD. I can't help that, nor can I help the stupid laws of my country.
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11.12.2009 - 17:59
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by SatyriconChick on 11.12.2009 at 17:45


And hence why I called it Hellbent For Leather - take a look at my country of origin. That's what it says on the cover of my version of the CD. I can't help that, nor can I help the stupid laws of my country.


I didn't notice your country of origin. My mistake.
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04.04.2010 - 09:27
JohnWayneGacy666
JUDAS PRIEST THE METAL LEGENDS Sad wings of destiny is a incredible album stained class, and killing machine are also really good having said that judas priest rarely makes a bad album because they are metal legends
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31.10.2010 - 18:27
varunchandar
STAINED CLASS - i actually think this is the album that made all the difference in the world of metal and priest were so well ahead of their time when they released this first speed metal album ever ... in this album unlike their previous albums ... all the songs are bludgeoningly heavy and all these songs truly defined what metal was going to become after its release

SAD WINGS OF DESTINY comes a close second because of the number of classics

but overall i would have to say that the most productive era of priest was during the 70s where they showcased excellent musicianship and influenced NWOBHM and Thrash metal
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01.11.2010 - 12:25
Hellish Star
Sad wings...
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02.11.2010 - 12:59
Ellrohir
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I like "Sad Wings Of Destiny" as well
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02.08.2011 - 06:03
king_matt
Written by Angelic Storm on 12.11.2009 at 00:33

"Sad Wings Of Destiny", with "Stained Class" right on it's heels!

Same with me
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08.03.2012 - 22:54
Codera the Great
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Sad Wings of Destiny for sure, you can't go wrong with classics like Tyrant, Genocide, and Victim of Changes, and the Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver duo together make my favorite JP song period.
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06.12.2012 - 05:24
Dentura
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Yes, I would also vote for Sad Wings of Destiny. Great album, and Dreamer Deceiver is an enchanting ballad (my all-time favorite Priest song).
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06.12.2012 - 10:14
JohnDoe
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Sad Wings of Destiny got my vote. My favourite JP album I guess.
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17.02.2017 - 13:22
nikarg
Old Nick
Sad Wings Of Destiny was a big step up after Rocka Rolla, but Stained Class doesn't have a single filler.
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04.03.2017 - 12:50
Metren
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Sad Wings Of Destiny isn't just Priest's best 70s album, it is their best album overall and by quite some distance.
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24.07.2017 - 23:41
dmiller458
Sad Wings sounds like the touchstone for 3/4 of the progressive and power metal that's come down the pike.
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14.08.2017 - 03:55
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Metren on 04.03.2017 at 12:50

Sad Wings Of Destiny isn't just Priest's best 70s album, it is their best album overall and by quite some distance.


I was about to wright the same exact thing.
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20.09.2017 - 03:55
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Masterchief
Hard to judge one, I say all are good but best are Stained Class and Hell Bent For Leather
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06.11.2017 - 03:30
Übermensch242
'Sin After Sin'! It's one of my top, all time favourite releases by the band.
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06.11.2017 - 16:49
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by nikarg on 17.02.2017 at 13:22

but Stained Class doesn't have a single filler.

Neither does Sad Wings?
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06.11.2017 - 17:52
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by VIG on 06.11.2017 at 16:49

Neither does Sad Wings?

"Prelude", "Genocide" and "Epitaph" are not exactly fillers, but definitely not as good as the rest. Side B of Sad Wings (yes, side B because we're talking about 1976 ) is much weaker than side A, which is simply phenomenal. It is saved though by the killer closing track, "Island Of Domination" and overall it is an excellent album that most bands would kill to have in their discography (but Priest have at least 6-7 of those anyway according to this fanboy).

My 70's Judas Priest favourite album order is:
1) Stained Class
2) Sin After Sin / Killing Machine (it's a tie, can't choose which one I prefer more)
3) Sad Wings Of Destiny
4) Rocka Rolla (criminally underrated)
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07.11.2017 - 20:07
Azarath
But what is side A and what is side B of Sad Wings of Destiny?

1. Sad Wings of Destiny
2. Sin After Sin
3. Stained Class
4. Killing Machine
5. Rocka Rolla
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08.11.2017 - 16:17
tominator
I would list them pretty much the same as Azarath except Stained Class over Sin After Sin for me.
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09.11.2017 - 22:19
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Azarath on 07.11.2017 at 20:07

But what is side A and what is side B of Sad Wings of Destiny?

1. Sad Wings of Destiny
2. Sin After Sin
3. Stained Class
4. Killing Machine
5. Rocka Rolla

Nice, mine's the same
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10.11.2017 - 00:03
Azarath
Written by VIG on 09.11.2017 at 22:19

Nice, mine's the same

Cheers, Frank.
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10.11.2017 - 00:05
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Azarath on 10.11.2017 at 00:03

Cheers, Frank.

Wake up, Donnie...
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11.11.2017 - 23:47
Azarath
Written by VIG on 10.11.2017 at 00:05

Wake up, Donnie...

Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?

No, seriously. You usually change your avatar twice a day, and you're still Frank?
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12.11.2017 - 02:07
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Azarath on 11.11.2017 at 23:47

No, seriously. You usually change your avatar twice a day, and you're still Frank?

Not that much. I have found one that I really like, actually.

EDIT: Well now I changed it to Super Mario Galaxy because that game just turned 10 years old and I love it. I do change my profile pic a lot, and I will continue to do so.
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