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Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith (2015) [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 3CD, Japan]

Heavy Metal, Japan Editions | Author: Ps1x | 21-03-2015, 23:03
Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith (2015) [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 3CD, Japan]

Artist: Judas Priest
Title Of Album: Defenders Of The Faith [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 3CD, Japan]
Year Of Release: 2015
Label (Catalog#): Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Japan (SICP-4388~90)
Country: UK
Genre: Heavy Metal
Quality: FLAC (*image+.cue,log,covers)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:42:41
Full Size: 1,2 Gb

Japanese edition of this "Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition". The first CD is the original album remastered by Tom Allon who had previously produced the first edition of the record. The pack includes two CDs recorded live in "Long Beach Arena", California, during the "Defenders Of The Faith" tour.

The last quality album from Judas Priest's commercial period, Defenders of the Faith doesn't quite reach the heights of British Steel or Screaming for Vengeance, in part because it lacks a standout single on the level of those two records' best material. That said, even if there's a low percentage of signature songs here, there's a remarkably high percentage of hidden gems waiting to be unearthed, making Defenders possibly the most underrated record in Priest's catalog. Musically, it follows the basic blueprint of Screaming for Vengeance, alternating intricate speed rockers with fist-pumping midtempo grooves and balancing moderate musical sophistication with commercial accessibility. It's a craftsmanlike record from a band that had been in the game for a full decade already, but was still vital and exciting, and decidedly not on autopilot (yet). The record opens high-energy with the terrific "Freewheel Burning" and "Jawbreaker" before moving into lost anthem "Rock Hard Ride Free," the more complex "The Sentinel," the cold, oddly mechanized single "Love Bites," and the slightly darker "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll." Coincidentally (both were released the same year), there's a bit of Spinal Tap creeping into the band's approach on side two -- not just in calling a song "Heavy Duty," but also in the ridiculous rough-sex ode "Eat Me Alive," which comes off like an S&M-themed "Sex Farm" (albeit without the tasteful subtlety). It wound up getting the band in trouble with Tipper Gore's PMRC, though one wonders if it would have helped or hindered their cause that the song's sexual aggression was, in hindsight, not directed at women. At any rate, Defenders of the Faith charted only one spot lower than its predecessor, and was certified platinum. Hereafter, Priest would have significant difficulties adapting to the fast-changing landscape of heavy metal in the latter half of the '80s.



Vocals : Rob Halford
Guitars : Glenn Tipton
Guitars : K. K. Downing
Bass : Ian Hill
Drums : Dave Holland

All songs written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K. K. Downing
except "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll," written by Bob Halligan, Jr. and "Turn On Your Light," written by Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford
Produced by Tom Allom Engineered by Mark Dodson
Assistant Engineers: Christian Eser, Bruce Hensal, David Roeder, Ben King, Buddy Thornton
Recorded in Europe
Mixed at DB Recording Studios, Miami, Florida and Bayshore Studios, Miami, Florida
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York

CD1 - Defenders Of The Faith (Remastered):

01. Freewheel Burning [4:24]
02. Jawbreaker [3:27]
03. Rock Hard Ride Free [5:33]
04. The Sentinel [5:05]
05. Love Bites [4:48]
06. Eat Me Alive [3:35]
07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll [4:07]
08. Night Comes Down [3:59]
09. Heavy Duty [2:26]
10. Defenders Of The Faith [1:30]

CD2 - Live Long Beach Arena 1984 Part 1:

01. Love Bites [5:16]
02. Jawbreaker [3:57]
03. Grinder [4:30]
04. Metal Gods [4:20]
05. Breaking The Law [2:58]
06. Sinner [8:11]
07. Desert Plains [5:04]
08. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll [4:30]
09. The Sentinel [6:07]
10. Rock Hard Ride Free [6:05]

CD3 - Live Long Beach Arena 1984 Part 2:

01. Night Comes Down [4:29]
02. The Hellion [0:39]
03. Electric Eye [3:33]
04. Heavy Duty [2:33]
05. Defenderos Of The Faith [2:38]
06. Freewheel Burning [4:40]
07. Victim Of Changes [9:43]
08. The Green Manalishi [5:46]
09. Living After Midnight [4:51]
10. Hell Bent For Leather [5:55]
11. You've Got Another Thing Coming [8:52]

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  • #1: BleedGreen (14 March 2015 04:19)

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    I like! Thank you very much!!
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    PS1x, many thanks for this fantastic anniversary lossless.
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    Thank you for this great download. Excellent cover scans.
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    Always great to have some Priest!! Thank you.

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