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Judas Priest - 1978 Stained Class



ARTIST: Judas Priest
ALBUM: Stained Class
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: JC 35296
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2001, Legacy, CK 85434

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rob Halford - vocals * K.K Downing - guitars * Glenn Tipton - guitars * Ian Hill - bass * Les Binks - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Exciter * 02 White Heat Red Hot * 03 Better By You Better Than Me * 04 Stained Class * 05 Invader * 06 Saints In Hell * 07 Savage * 08 Beyond The Realms Of Death * 09 Heroes End

WEBLINKS: www.judaspriest.com


Background
Judas Priest's coming of age truly began with 'Stained Class' despite three timeless previous releases. This album set the blueprint for the next decade or so and handled in a manner Priest never managed again themselves, as the cliches and metal themes weren't quite as obvious, more an introduction. Ask many Priest fans and they will declare this the essential Priest album and it surely rates as one the best metal albums of the seventies. Listening to the intensity and heaviness of 'Stained Class' almost thirty years later you can only laugh at the assumption punk had attitude and was cutting edge. This was a marked improvement over 'Sin After Sin' with Priest further refining their metallic approach, although still noticeably the same band heard on 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', only updated. Sadly Priest would replace this with a commercial edge for 'Killing Machine', and it's hard to say if things were ever the same again.


The Songs
'Exciter' stands as one of Priest's finest character driven themes, fast paced with chainsaw riffing from Downing and Tipton. Halford sounds as if his head is ready to explode with his screams and this remains as fresh as it surely did in 1978. If you're asking yourself how it could get any more metal then don't, because it doesn't. 'Better By You, Better Than Me' was the Spooky Tooth cover that caused Priest much grief in the late eighties due to a pair of young fans shooting themselves to the track allegedly, and it removed some of the impact of this cover. The band gallops forth with menace during the title track, definitely a mean, scathing attack on a musical level. 'Saints In Hell' could have been taken from 'Sad Wings..' melodically, and listening to this closely it is astonishing just how much of a frightening proposition Priest had the capability of being. Drummer Les Binks helped pen the revered epic ballad 'Beyond The Realms Of Death', a track which makes a mockery of Zeppelin or anything they conjured in the late 70's. Halford gives one of his greatest vocal performances, and all nine tracks qualify as some of the key moments for all of heavy metal's long history. 'Savage' is aptly titled and the word itself sums up the overall tone of every note contained within 'Stained Class'.


In Summary
If this heralded a new beginning then it also signaled the end of an old one. When 'Killing Machine' was recorded later the same year suddenly Priest had changed direction, cue the likes of 'Take On The World' and 'Rock Forever' which began the era of Priest's American foray. Somehow Priest had lost their original sense of spite and menace and never regained it, despite becoming legends. It's hard to shake the notion 'Stained Class' was the last of real Priest, although it may be simply because it was the first Priest album I was exposed to that gives it that charm. However you choose to view it 'Stained Class' will stand forever as an example of when metal was still fresh and innovative, something Priest helped create. They never bettered it, It would have been a mountainous task anyway as the word 'classic' was invented for an album this great.


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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 19:41:04
Never really understood the appeal of priest, I have always thought they were mediocre songwriters at best, but hey there is no accounting for taste and that's what makes this sort of website so interesting!
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 11 2008 21:31:22
Great album! I especially enjoy Halford's vocals on 'Evil Fantasies.'
#3 | george_the_jack on June 21 2008 00:51:14
Sabace which band for you are not a mediocrity? I think I'm gonna lose my hair reading such comments.Anyway,taste and opinions do usually differ.This is finally THE POINT as you said...Whatever.
#4 | gdazegod on June 21 2008 02:24:27
John (Sabace) is a big KISS fan! Don't take it so seriously GTJ.. this is all about having fun, no doubt we will picking the eyes out of some of your comments, so it goes both ways.. stress
#5 | gdazegod on September 02 2010 03:07:50
It seems Priest are the band with the most reviews on this site. Now that is surprising.. Even more than Journey.. lol!
#6 | Eric on September 02 2010 13:08:27
...and unbelievably no 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' review!
#7 | gdazegod on September 02 2010 13:31:31
Alun, you reading this? lol!
#8 | dangerzone on October 13 2013 17:01:57
Noted three years later and remedied!
 
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