(2002) Metal Works '73-'93

Judas Priest

... read moreAlthough the double-disc Metal Works '73-'93 is an intoxicating listen, it isn't quite the definitive Judas Priest retrospective it could have been. Six of the band's 11 U.K. chart singles aren't here, and while "Johnny B. Goode" probably won't be missed, Hell Bent for Leather's "Take on the World...

02:26′:50″ 32 Songs

Disk 1

1
The Hellion
Judas Priest
0:37
2
Electric Eye
Judas Priest
3:43
3
Victim Of Changes
Judas Priest
7:11
4
Painkiller
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6:05
5
Eat Me Alive
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3:34
6
Devil's Child
Judas Priest
4:50
7
Dissident Aggressor
Judas Priest
3:06
8
Delivering The Goods
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4:16
9
Exciter
Judas Priest
5:32
10
Breaking The Law
Judas Priest
2:33
11
Hell Bent For Leather
Judas Priest
2:38
12
Blood Red Skies
Judas Priest
7:49
13
Metal Gods
Judas Priest
3:59
14
Before The Dawn
Judas Priest
3:22
15
Turbo Lover
Judas Priest
5:31
16
Ram It Down
Judas Priest
4:49
17
Metal Meltdown
Judas Priest
4:47

Disk 2

1
Screaming For Vengeance
Judas Priest
4:43
2
You've Got Another Thing Coming
Judas Priest
5:10
3
Beyond The Realms Of Death
Judas Priest
6:53
4
Solar Angels
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4:02
5
Bloodstone
Judas Priest
3:53
6
Desert Plains
Judas Priest
4:30
7
Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
Judas Priest
4:40
8
Heading Out To The Highway
Judas Priest
3:44
9
Living After Midnight
Judas Priest
3:30
10
A Touch Of Evil
Judas Priest
5:50
11
The Rage
Judas Priest
4:44
12
Night Comes Down
Judas Priest
3:58
13
Sinner
Judas Priest
6:43
14
Freewheel Burning
Judas Priest
4:23
15
Night Crawler
Judas Priest
5:45
Released 11 March 2002, ℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

Review

Although the double-disc Metal Works '73-'93 is an intoxicating listen, it isn't quite the definitive Judas Priest retrospective it could have been. Six of the band's 11 U.K. chart singles aren't here, and while "Johnny B. Goode" probably won't be missed, Hell Bent for Leather's "Take on the World" and "Evening Star," British Steel's "United," and Point of Entry's "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'" ought to have been included, especially since they were released during the band's influential prime. One could also argue for more material from the Stained Class era and less from the weaker mid- to late-'80s albums. Plus, the songs aren't arranged in chronological order, which makes it difficult to piece together the band's evolution and (sometimes trend-following) stylistic shifts. But quibbles aside, the collection makes a strong case for Judas Priest's versatility, drawing from nearly all of their albums' material, encompassing dark, driving riff rockers, melodic heavy metal, radio-ready commercial hard rock, the occasional ballad, and lyrics ranging from street-tough aggression and party anthems to sci-fi/fantasy themes and hints at Satanic posturing. The band's musicianship shines throughout; Priest's tightly controlled style was played with a sense of groove that allowed the music to breathe and kept it from sounding too tight-assed. In between the lesser-known tracks, which are often impressive, comes one metal classic after another: "Victim of Changes," "Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Screaming for Vengeance," and more. Even if it isn't quite a definitive portrait of the band, it is an enjoyable one; many necessary items are here, and it rocks hard from start to finish. ~ Steve Huey