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Judas Priest
Defenders Of The Faith 30th Anniversary Edition
April 2015
Released: 2015, Columbia/Legacy Recordings
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Columbia/Legacy Recordings have just re-issued "Defenders Of The Faith" the classic 1984 album from British Heavy Metal Legends Judas Priest as a deluxe 3-CD "30th Anniversary Edition" boxed set, housed in a slipcase double digipack.

Disc one is a digitally remastered version of the monumental "Defenders Of The Faith" album. You get all of the Defenders era Judas Priest classics such as "Freewheel Burning" "Jawbreaker" "The Sentinel" "Love Bites" "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" and so on. I could almost cite every track on the album as going on to become a future Priest classic. Following up the blistering frenetic energy of "Screaming For Vengeance" two years earlier, when Priest unleashed "Defenders Of The Faith" they were at a peak in their career when they could just do no wrong.

The accompanying full-color 20 panel booklet is chock full of "Defenders" era photos of the (then young) Metal Gods from Birmingham, England, artwork, standard liner notes and album credits. Also on tap of course is the 2nd and 3rd disc, comprised of an entire concert that was professionally recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California in May of 1984 yet strangely unreleased until now.

Let's be honest with ourselves, if you're a dyed in the wool fan of British heavy metal, hell... heavy metal in general, you should already own this and worship this album. Now that we've established that you're a true "Defender Of The Faith" I should add that this special 30th anniversary edition boxed set should be a special part of your accumulated Priest collection. The bonus live material captures the mighty Priest at arguably the peak of their recorded eighties output and the remastered tracks sound crisp, clean and brilliant and thankfully not squashed and overcompressed to oblivion like so many other remastered works.

I would recommend this release to all fans of true screaming heavy metal as well as rabid, longtime Judas Priest fanatics that cannot get enough of the holiest of holy guitar tandems that once was Tipton/Downing. Own it. Live it. Love it.
Track Listing

Disc One
1. Freewheel Burning
2. Jawbreaker
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders Of The Faith

Disc Two
1. Love Bites
2. Jawbreaker
3. Grinder
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking The Law
6. Sinner
7. Desert Plains
8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9. The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free

Disc Three

1. Night Comes Down
2. The Hellion
3. Electric Eye
4. Heavy Duty
5. Defenders Of The Faith
6. Freewheel Burning
7. Victim Of Changes
8. The Green Manalishi
9. Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You've Got Another Thing Coming


Rob Halford - Vocals
Glen Tipton - Guitar
KK Downing - Guitar
Ian Hill - Bass
Dave Holland - Drums

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