Released: 2006, Rhino
Finally seeing the light 10 years later, EDGE OF THE WORLD features three rock and metal legends. We have guitarist Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest), drummer Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Yngwie Malmsteen, whitesnake, etc.) and bassist John Entwistle (The Who). Sadly, since this album was recorded, both Cozy (in 1998) and John (in 2002) passed away thereby making this recording all the more important to be released. Tipton’s record company, Atlantic Records, turned down the album as they thought the line-up was too old school and wouldn’t sell well. They requested Tipton to work with younger players from the USA. Therefore, this gem was shelved and Glenn went on to record and release the BAPTISM OF FIRE solo album.
Seeing as this album is a product of 1996, and that it was compiled at a time Judas Priest was on a long hiatus (after Halford had left, before Ripper had joined) you would perhaps think that the material on here would be a little more Priest-like, and maybe, wishfully, something like PAINKILLER. Such is not the case. EDGE OF THE WORLD is more of a hrad rock album with a few moments of the metal style that we know from Tipton. The more metalic songs include such tracks as "Friendly Fire" which contains some "Painkiller-ish LEAD-guitar playing (not riffing or drumming though). There is also the title track "Edge of the World", and "Holy Man" that leans more towards the metal side. "Never Say Die" (not a Sabbath cover) has a main riff that sounds like a mixture of Helix's "Wild in the Streets" and Van Halen's "Little Guitars" it also has great drumming from Cozy. "Resolution" is a little darker and plodding, the opening riff is very Priest-like but short lived. Album closer, "Stronger Than The Drug", reminded me of a RAM IT DOWN era song with some of it's riffing. This one trails off at the end in repetition though. Some tracks on here are quite mellow, even on the hard rock scale. For example, both "Searching" (slight nods to "Stairway to Heaven") and Crime of Passion" are very mellow and for me never really take off.
While EDGE OF THE WORLD is a special album, and now a piece of history, it will likely remain more of a curiosity for die-hard fans of each member. The album offers a mixed bag that at times is great, but more often is run-of-the-mill hard rock that doesn’t come close to the material Tipton has penned with the almighty Priest. And for those who are wondering, Glenn is an ok singer, but probably not cut out for the "lead" singer role.