In 1977 came "Sin After Sin". This recording is a landmark in heavy metal, from the double pedal drumming of session musician Simon Philips on the stunning track "Dissident Aggressor", to the proto-speed metal guitars of Downing and Tipton in "Call For The Priest/Raw Deal", just a massive album that showed Priest was becoming a major player and pushing the boundaries of Heavy Metal further than ever before.
After this album came out Priest went on tour in the U.S opening for REO Speedwagon and Foreigner, talk about a contrast in styles...lol.
Dissident Aggressor, considered the Heaviest song ever recorded back in the 70's.
Question for the Judas Priest experts here:
The song Diamonds And Rust appears on later versions of the debut Rocka Rolla album. Does anyone know if that version was recorded in the Rocka Rolla sessions and is it a different version than what's on Sin After Sin?
There is a different version of Dimaonds And Rust on the early compilation Priest album Hero Hero which was basically a two in one of the first two albums along with Diamonds and Rust which is an early version. That version also appeared on Best Of Judas Priest back in the day.
Not sure if it was recorded during the Rocka Rolla session but one might think so as this bonus track on new issues of Rocka Rolla is from the compilation HERO HERO!
Great Thread Lord Grendel.. Your list of LP's as Rocka Rolla on the top is my favorite LP.. I've seen them in concert a number of times and was never disappointed..
They are a amazing band for sure.. I try to own pretty much anything they came out with.. I have to say I was a bit let down with the "Angels of Retribution" CD.. it just hasn't grown on me so far..
But they have some KILLER songs.. To me they can really put out some great Ballads.. Deep and meaningful..
Here's one I never get tired of..
And loads of their ********* stuff is just amazing and charged up to the top!!
Great Band.. Timeless and top of the list!!