Heavy Metal from the UK got a massive boost with the arrival of Judas Priest. In 1974. they released Rocka Rolla, then followed it up with Sad Wings of Destiny in 1976 (where I came in as a fan). Their breakthrough album, Sin after Sin, arrived in 1977 after a signing in the US with long-standing label, Columbia Records. They have reached Platinum status in the US, and in other parts of the world that enjoy the sound of Judas Priest. Overall, the band has recorded a whopping 18 studio albums, and released an essential live album – Unleashed In The East. They’ve undergone personnel changes but they still relentlessly crank out high energy Rock and Roll.

On October 15, Columbia will celebrate 50 years of Judas Priest with a career-spanning Limited Edition 42CD Box set that will include every album released by the band including the first two non-Columbia Records albums (Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings of Destiny).  29 of the CDs feature Columbia Records-issued studio and live sets. There are five previously unreleased archive live sets that join a varied collection of previously available live performances. These live sets have been newly mastered for this box. There are several CDs with previously unreleased outtakes, demos, and live performances archival tracks. The 42CD Box is called 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music.

The 42CD Box will add in 5 photos, each signed by current band members, a numbered British Steel (blunted) metal razor blade, a replica British Steel tour program, a memorabilia book with photos/ads/passes/posters, a replica tour poster for the 1980 British Steel German tour, and a replica tour poster from the 1984 Euro tour for Defenders Of The Faith. The CDs are housed in mini-LP cardboard sleeves.

A collector’s single CD named Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music will feature a selected batch of tracks as will a 2LP package. The 2LP set will feature 180g-weight red-color vinyl in a double gatefold jacket.

A live track from the album, “Hellion/Electric Eye” from the Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX –June 21, 1986 – The Summit can be heard below.

50 Heavy Metal Years Of MusicJudas Priest

CD1Rocka Rolla
CD2Sad Wings of Destiny
CD3Sin After Sin
CD4Stained Class
CD5Killing Machine
CD6Unleashed In the East (Live in Japan 1979)
CD7British Steel
CD8Point Of Entry
CD9Screaming for Vengeance
CD10Defenders of the Faith
CD11Turbo
CD12/CD13Priest… Live!
CD14Ram It Down
CD15Painkiller
CD16Jugulator
CD17/CD18’98 Live Meltdown
CD19Demolition
CD20/CD21Live in London
CD22Angel of Retribution
CD23Nostradamus (Act 1)
CD24Nostradamus (Act 2)
CD25A Touch Of Evil Live
CD26/CD27Redeemer of Souls
CD29Firepower

CD30/CD31Live In Atlanta ’82 (Previously Unreleased) [Omni – December 11, 1982 – Vengeance Tour with Uriah Heep)
CD30
01 The Hellion / Electric Eye
02 Riding on the Wind
03 Heading Out to the Highway
04 Metal Gods
05 Bloodstone
06 Breaking the Law
07 Sinner
08 Desert Plains
09 The Ripper
10 Diamonds and Rust
CD31
01 Devils Child
02 Screaming for Vengeance
03 You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
04 Victim of Changes
05 Living After Midnight
06 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
07 Hell Bent For Leather

CD32Live At The Mudd Club ’79 (April 7, 1979 – NYC)
01 Hell Bent For Leather
02 Delivering The Goods
03 Running Wild
04Beyond The Realms Of Death
05 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
06 Victim Of Changes
07 Rock Forever
08 Starbreaker

CD33/CD34Live In Houston ’86 (June 21, 1986 at The Summit)
CD33
01 Out In The Cold
02 Locked In
03 Heading Out To The Highway
04 Metal Gods
05 Breaking The Law
06 Love Bites
07 Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
08 The Sentinel
09 Private Property
10 Desert Plains
11 Rock You All Around The World
CD34
01 The Hellion/ Electric Eye
02 Turbo Lover
03 Freewheel Burning
04 Victim Of Changes
05 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
06 Living After Midnight
07 You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
08 Hell Bent For Leather

CD35/CD36Live In New Haven ’88 (The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum – August 7, 1988)
CD35
01 The Hellion/ Electric Eye
02 Metal Gods
03 Sinner
04 Breaking The Law
05 Come And Get It
06 I’m a Rocker
07 The Sentinel
08 The Ripper
09 Beyond The Realms Of Death
10 Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
CD36
01 Turbo Lover
02 Ram It Down
03 Heavy Metal
04 Victim Of Changes
05 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
06 Living After Midnight
07 You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
08 Hell Bent For Leather

CD37Los Angeles ’90 (Previously Unreleased) [LA Sports Memorial Arena – November 8, 1990]
01 Riding on the Wind
02 Grinder
03 Heading Out to the Highway
04 Between the Hammer & the Anvil
05 Bloodstone
06 Better by You, Better Than Me
07 Leather Rebel
08 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
09 Hell Bent for Leather
10 You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

CD38 London ’81(Previously Unreleased) [Eventim Apollo – November 21, 1981]
01 Solar Angels Intro / Heading Out to the Highway
02 Metal Gods
03 Hell Bent for Leather
04 Breaking the Law
05 Sinner
06 Beyond the Realms of Death
07 Grinder
08 Desert Plains
09 You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
10 Victim of Changes
11 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)

CD39Denver ’80 (Previously Unreleased) [Rainbow Music Hall – June 25, 1980]
01 Hell Bent for Leather
02 The Ripper
03 Running Wild
04 Living After Midnight
05 Sinner
06 Beyond the Realms of Death
07 You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
08 Grinder
09 Victim of Changes
10 Steeler
11 Genocide
12 Tyrant
13 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)

CD40Irvine ’91 (Previously Unreleased) [Irvine Meadows – June 12, 1991]
01 Hell Bent for Leather
02 Heading Out to the Highway
03 The Hellion / Electric Eye
04 Diamonds and Rust
05 All Guns Blazing
06 Metal Gods
07 Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
08 The Ripper
09 Night Crawler
10 Turbo Lover
11 A Touch of Evil
12 Painkiller
13 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
14 Breaking the Law
15 Living After Midnight
16 You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

CD41/CD42Beyond Live & Rare (Previously unreleased stereo recordings from the archives)
CD41
01 Epitaph (Studio Demo) Demo from 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny
02 Solar Angels (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium
03 Sinner (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium
04 Desert Plains (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium
05 You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium
06 Genocide (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
07 Victim Of Changes (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
08 Ripper (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09 Screaming For Vengeance (Live) November 24, 1982 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center
10 The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum
11 Victim of Changes (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum
CD42
01 Tyrant (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum
02 Diamonds and Rust (Live) February 14, 1981 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Jaap Edenhal
03 White Heat Red Hot (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall
04 Better By You Better Than Me (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall
05 Starbreaker (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall
06 Rock Forever (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan
07 Evil Fantasies (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan
08 Troubleshooter (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle
09 Grinder (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle
10 The Sentinel (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
11 Freewheel Burning (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
12 All Guns Blazing (Live) August 17, 1991 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Forum de Montreal
13 Painkiller (Live) March 26, 1991 – Sheffield, England – Sheffield City Hall
14 Mother Sun (Live) October 11, 1975 – Slough, England – Slough College

CD (Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music)
01 You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
02 Fever
03 Eat Me Alive
04 All Guns Blazing
05 Never The Heroes
06 Dissident Aggressor (Live)
07 Out in the Cold (Live)
08 Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live)
09 Victim Of Changes (Live)  (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre) – previously unreleased
10 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live)  (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon)
11 Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni)
Previously Unreleased Live
12 Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live)  (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
13 Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club)
14 The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit)
15 Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

2LP Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music (double gatefold, 180g-weight red vinyl 2LP
LP1
Side A
01 Let Us Prey / Call for the Priest
02 You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
03 Fever
04 Eat Me Alive
Side B
01 All Guns Blazing
02 Never The Heroes
03 Dissident Aggressor (Live)
04 Out in the Cold (Live)
05 Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live)

LP2 (Previously Unreleased Live Performance Tracks)
Side C
01 Victim Of Changes (Live)  (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre)
02 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live)  (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon)
03 Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni)
04 Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live)  (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
Side D
01 Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club)
02 The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit)
03 Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

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