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Judas Priest
British Steel Deluxe Edition
May 2010
Released: 2010, Columbia / Legacy
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of BRITISH STEEL, the commercial breakthrough album for "The Metal Gods" Judas Priest. To commemorate this special occasion, the band has released a deluxe three-disc boxset comprised of the original BRITISH STEEL album that features the enhanced 2001 remastering treatment, as well as a live CD recorded during a stop in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena as part of last summer's tour where the band performed the entire BRITISH STEEL album and a select number of career spanning hits. A companion DVD from the same show is also included that boasts the addition of "Prophecy" from the band's 2008 NOSTRADAMUS double-album.

The live content is amazing to say the least. The BRITISH STEEL album is performed in its original track-listing, kicking things off with a blazing version of "Rapid Fire". The live footage is a stunning visual document of just how kickass the mighty Priest were on their last outing and should immediately take you back in time to last summer, if you were lucky enough to catch them live on tour.

Seeing the band perform on a massive stage with all of the massive lighting rigs and smoke and lasers in 5.1 Surround Sound will be sending many Priest enthusiasts into orbit. Also worth noting is that while the band's classic live album UNLEASHED IN THE EAST admittedly owed a bit to further in-studio touch-ups, this would seem to not be the case with the BRITISH STEEL DVD as evidenced by the close-ups on the masterful guitar solos from Glenn and K.K. respectively. Rob Halford is also in fine form, hitting all of the high notes he's known for and sounding as vibrant and powerful as ever.

This deluxe edition boxset of BRITISH STEEL makes a fine companion to Eagle Rock's Classic Albums BRITISH STEEL DVD, not to mention the original studio album itself, and offers plenty of bang for your hard earned bucks. The only thing that might have made this package a little cooler, in my opinion, would've been to include some vintage live footage, studio outtakes or live recordings from the original BRITISH STEEL tour. That aside, this would be a worthy addition to any fan of Judas Priest or could serve as an over the top introduction to those who may not be familiar as of yet with the all mighty "Metal Gods".
Track Listing

Disc One: CD - BRITISH STEEL (remastered in 2001)
1. Breaking the Law
2. Rapid Fire
3. Metal Gods
4. Grinder
5. United
6. Living After Midnight
7. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise
8. The Rage
9. Steeler
Bonus tracks:
10. Red, White & Blue (studio track)
11. Grinder (live version)

Disc Two: DVD - THE BRITISH STEEL 2009 TOUR (Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009)
1. Breaking the Law
2. Rapid Fire
3. Metal Gods
4. Grinder
5. United
6. Living After Midnight
7. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise
8. The Rage
9. Steeler
10. The Ripper
11. Prophecy
12. Hell Patrol
13. Victim Of Changes
14. Freewheel Burning
15. Diamonds And Rust
16. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming


Rob Halford - Vocals
Glenn Tipton - Guitar
K.K. Downing - Guitar
Ian Hill - Bass
Dave Holland - Drums

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