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Judas Priest - Live In London review


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Band: Judas Priest
Album: Live In London
Release date: 2003

Disc I
01. Metal Gods
02. Heading Out To The Highway [bonus]
03. Grinder
04. A Touch Of Evil
05. Blood Stained
06. Victim Of Changes
07. The Sentinel [bonus]
08. One On One
09. Running Wild
10. The Ripper
11. Diamonds And Rust [Joan Baez cover]
12. Feed On Me
13. Green Manalishi [bonus][Fleetwood Mac cover]

Disc II
01. Beyond The Realms Of Death [bonus]
02. Burn In Hell
03. Hell Is Home
04. Breaking The Law
05. Desert Plains
06. You've Got Another Thing Coming [bonus]
07. Turbo Lover
08. Painkiller
09. The Hellion/Electric Eye [bonus]
10. United
11. Living After Midnight
12. Hell Bent For Leather

The debate as to whether Judas Priest is still relevant these days is a fearlessly fought one amongst fans. Sure, vocalist Rob Halford was very much an integral part of the band, but Judas Priest have also made some interesting music following the recruitment of Tim ?Ripper? Owens as their new front man. Both 1997's Jugulator and 2001's Demolition may be flawed efforts in the eyes of the truly devoted, but they do have their moments. After all, the bands core members still remain essentially the same. Following the release of Demolition, Judas Priest took to the road with an extensive tour that included some countries never visited before. The decision to capture the band live in concert was decided early on in the tour, and preparations were made to film the set at London's Brixton Academy on the 19th of December 2001 for a double C.D. and D.V.D. release.

All the classics are represented on the double album [?Metal Gods?, ?Living After Midnight?, ?Beyond The Realms Of Death?, ?Heading Out To The Highway? and the list goes on], and are intermingled with newer numbers from the last couple of albums [?Blood Stained?, ?One On One?, ?Hell Is Home? etc].
But as every bit as good as this album is, it does have some obvious flaws. The first is the obvious difference between the double C.D. and D.V.D. version of Live In London. The C.D. contains an additional six tracks over the D.V.D., leading hardcore fans to buy both versions. Another sore point is the fact that the set list is almost identical to that which was offered on 1998's 98 Live Meltdown! If the math is done, there are only eight tracks that differ between both releases! The sound on Live In London mat be flawless, but doesn's quite capture the edginess that made 98 Live Meltdown so special.

The bottom line is that while Live In London is hardly essential, it still proves that Judas Priest is capable of delivering the goods. This is strictly for the devoted or the curious.

Written by Justin | 18.09.2003


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