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METALOGY

     "Captured but never caged! A nicely studied (not to say studded) anthology from the monstrous Midlands metallers."
- Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock magazine, May 2004

     "For three decades, they have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows. They have toured the world countless times and sold over 20 million albums. Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith."
- Bryan Reesman, METALOGY liner note, 2004

ALBUM:

  • Released May 11, 2004 by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings (US Cat. # C4K 87126) and
    May 17, 2004 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 5128933)

CD 1
1. Never Satisfied
2. Deceiver
3. Tyrant
4. Victim Of Changes (Live)
5. Diamonds & Rust (Live)**
6. Starbreaker (Live)**
7. Sinner
8. Let Us Prey
9. Dissident Aggressor
10. Exciter
11. Beyond The Realms Of Death
12. Better By You, Better Than Me
13. Invader
14. Stained Class
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)*

CD 2
1. Killing Machine
2. Evening Star
3. Take On The World
4. Delivering The Goods
5. Evil Fantasies
6. Hell Bent For Leather
7. Breaking The Law (Live)**
8. Living After Midnight
9. Rapid Fire
10. Metal Gods
11. Grinder (Live)*
12. The Rage
13. Heading Out To The Highway
14. Hot Rockin' (Live)**
15. Trouble Shooter
16. Solar Angels
17. Desert Plains
18. Hellion (Live)** / Electric Eye (Live)**
19. Screaming For Vengeance

CD 3
1. Riding On The Wind
2. Bloodstone
3. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
4. Devil's Child
5. Freewheel Burning
6. Jawbreaker
7. The Sentinel
8. Love Bites (Live)*
9. Eat Me Alive
10. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
11. Rock Hard Ride Free
12. Night Comes Down
13. Turbo Lover
14. Private Property
15. Parental Guidance
16. Out In The Cold
17. Heart Of A Lion (demo)*

CD 4
1. Ram It Down
2. Heavy Metal
3. Come And Get It
4. Blood Red Skies
5. Painkiller (6:06)
6. Between The Hammer & The Anvil
7. A Touch Of Evil
8. Metal Meltdown
9. Night Crawler
10. All Guns Blazing
11. Jugulator
12. Bloodstained
13. Machine Man
14. Feed On Me

*Previously Unreleased
**First Time On CD

Bonus DVD:
1. Hellion/Electric Eye
2. Riding On The Wind
3. Heading Out To The Highway
4. Metal Gods
5. Bloodstone
6. Breaking The Law
7. The Sinner
8. Desert Plains
9. The Ripper
10. Diamonds And Rust
11. Devil's Child
12. Screaming For Vengeance
13. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
14. Victim Of Changes
15. Living After Midnight
16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
17. Hell Bent For Leather

Collection compiled by Judas Priest, Jayne Andrews, Bruce Dickinson and John Jackson
Remastering and assembly by Jon Astley and Vic Anesini
DVD audio mixed to 5.1 surround sound by
Thom Cadley


The DVD is only included in the initial pressing of METALOGY.

ARTWORK:

Art Direction: Sean Evans, John Jackson and Judas Priest
Artwork: Judas Priest and David Axtell
Photographs:
Ross Halfin/Idols, George Bodnar/Idols, Mick Hutson/Idols, Art Maillet/Sony Music, Mark Weiss, Neil Zlozower, George Chin, Fin Costello/Redferns/Retna Ltd., Paul Cox/London Features, Simon Fowler/London Features, Ebet Roberts,  Courtesy Rob Halford, Randee St. Nicholas, William Hames
Liner Notes: Bryan Reesman

 

METALOGY comes packaged in a leather wrapped box with triple-row pyramid studs (54 studs per side) lining the edges of the lid. The inside lining of the lid is a picture of the band from their 1982 World Vengeance tour. The separate bottom section of the box has a plastic tray that keeps the discs snug inside. At the bottom of this plastic insert is a molded image of the old "devil's pitchfork" Priest cross. The discs are placed in cardboard sleeves, which has not gone over well with the fans due to the potential to scratch the discs when sliding them in and out of the cardboard sleeve...

A separate leaflet with an introduction and the tracklist for all the discs is placed along the bottom of the case and a well-done 64-page 7"x7" full-color paperback booklet featuring credits, a detailed biography, complete discography and numerous previously unpublished photos completes the package.

The artwork was designed by Judas Priest and put together by David Axtell. David worked previously with Priest artist Mark Wilkinson (who had done the graphics for RAM IT DOWN through DEMOLITION) as L-Space Design on the graphics for THE RE-MASTERS and LIVE IN LONDON.

For those who would like to keep their DVD disc in a standard DVD case, I have made cover art based off the METALOGY theme that you can download:

JUDAS PRIEST-LIVE DVD CASE LABEL

It is designed to print out on Memorex DVD case labels at 300 dpi with landscape orientation and A4 paper size settings.

 

THE DETAILS:

Celebrating 30 years of heavy metal majesty and grandeur since the release of their debut album in 1974, METALOGY opens the book on the most extensive study of Judas Priest ever undertaken. Coinciding with the band's hotly anticipated reunion on tour this summer, their first career-spanning box set is comprised of 4 CDs containing more than 5 hours of music - 65 tracks selected from their recordings on the Gull, Columbia, CBS/U.K., CMC International, and Atlantic labels from 1974 to 2001.

The box set's fifth bonus disc marks the DVD premiere of JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE, their first full-length long-form concert video of 1983, out-of-print for more than a decade. Assembled with the full participation of the band - lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - METALOGY will arrive in stores May 11th on Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony Music. The release precedes Halford's reunion with his bandmates for their first performances together in 12 years - beginning in America with two months of "U.S. Ozzfest 2004" dates from July 10th through September 4th.

Housed in leather and festooned in glorious metal spikes - Judas Priest trademarks - METALOGY is the monument this band so richly deserves. Featured are album tracks, nearly every single to reach the charts in the U.S. and their native U.K., plus non-album commercial and promotional single B-sides, 9 live performances, and a total of 4 previously unreleased tracks. Among the latter is a rare 1985 demo from the TURBO album sessions, "Heart Of a Lion," subsequently recorded and released by both Travis' band Racer X and Halford's self-titled solo band - but never heard before as done by the band.

Providing the documentation that makes METALOGY the quintessential Judas Priest study project are the liner notes by journalist and drummer Bryan Reesman. A newly commissioned 5,000 word essay, entitled "Judas Priest: Hell Bent Forever," examines every phase of the band's development, starting with their formation by Hill and Downing in the British midlands, circa 1971. Reesman also offers a year-by-year chronology covering 1973 to 2003, whose entries often contain supplemental details not included in the liner notes essay.

"Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression, they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples," writes Reesman, who is also known for his writing in MIX magazine, Keyboard, Goldmine, Guitar Player, and other publications.

The lion's share of the material (all but 7 of the tracks) on METALOGY derives from the archives of Columbia (and CBS/U.K.), for whom Judas Priest recorded and released 10 studio albums, two live albums, and nearly three dozen singles between 1977 and 1991. After paying homage to the band's first two LPs on the Gull label (1974's ROCKA ROLLA and 1976's SAD WINGS OF DESTINY), the program then moves into a later live version of "Victim Of Changes" (a tune from SAD WINGS). Live versions then follow of "Diamonds & Rust" (their jaw-dropping treatment of the Joan Baez paean to Bob Dylan) and "Starbreaker," both songs heard on Judas Priest's first Columbia LP, 1977's SIN AFTER SIN.

This sets the pattern for most of the contents of the first three CDs, as cuts from each subsequent album - single releases, key tracks, band and fan favorites - are complemented by a live version of at least one song from the album: STAINED CLASS (1978), HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (1979), BRITISH STEEL (1980, their first breakthrough platinum-selling album, with "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law"), POINT OF ENTRY (1981, with "Heading Out to the Highway" and "Hot Rockin'"), SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (1982, their platinum MTV-era triumph, with "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"), DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (1984, with "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"), and TURBO (1986, with "Turbo Lover" and "Locked In").

Disc four wraps up Judas Priest's Columbia years with a total of 10 cuts drawn from RAM IT DOWN (1988) and PAINKILLER (1990, featuring their final Columbia single, "A Touch Of Evil," released in '91). Halford departed in 1992 and a long hiatus for Judas Priest ensued. This CD picks up the action in '97, when they finally discovered a suitable replacement for Halford: Tim "Ripper" Owens, who'd fronted a Judas Priest tribute band called British Steel (and another metal outfit, Winter's Bane).

This edition of Judas Priest re-emerged with a new album that year on the metal-heavy CMC International label, JUGULATOR ("Jugulator," Bloodstained"). After a live double-CD of their tour the following year, '98 LIVE MELTDOWN, the Owens-fronted lineup released one more studio album together in 2001 on Atlantic Records. The two representative tracks from DEMOLITION ("Machine Man," "Feed On Me") are the final cuts on the CD portion of METALOGY.

The box set doesn't stop there, however. First released on VHS in 1983, JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE commemorated the 6-month North American tour that followed the summer '82 release of SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, their most successful album. The video concert was filmed December 12, 1982 at Mid South Coliseum in Memphis. The DVD includes brand new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes and serves to reaffirm the band's place at the pinnacle of the metal hierarchy.
-
Sony Music, 2004

With both Priest and Rob Halford on recent hiatus from touring and recording, it was realized that they were fast approaching 30-years since they released their first recording, ROCKA ROLLA. It was time to finally meet with Rob Halford for the first time in 12 years to discuss a new boxset to celebrate the legacy:

     "A few weeks ago, all of us plus Jayne Andrews were at my house for a cup of tea. Jayne brought up the boxset for the 30th anniversary of Judas Priest. We were talking about the tracklists and this and that..."
- Rob Halford, Rock Hard magazine, October 2003

     "One of the first things planned in moving forward is a retro box set and it should be very interesting because the idea is to take Priest right from the very early days through to possibly even the DEMOLITION album; I'm not sure whether they are going to do that, I'm not sure yet. But it's got some very interesting tracks on there - very unusual choice of tracks, because we wanted the guys who thought of the retro box set to put it together, instead of us suggesting the track list; we've left it to them and they've come up with their own ideas as to what should be on there. I think it's going to be great. It's past the blueprint stage, but there's still a few things that I'm not sure that are going to be on there, but I think it's going to be really interesting. There are some rarities on there - exactly what, I'm not sure, so we'll have to just wait a little bit and then I'm sure they'll tell everybody what the final plan is..."
- Glenn Tipton, Friday Night Rocks (Eddie Trunk), August 8, 2003

     "On the upcoming box set, there's a collection of live tracks that have never been released before, I mean songs that you know of, but again it's all about where they were done. I mean, 'Victim Of Changes' is different every single time it's played. Even if it's been played hundreds and hundreds of times, it's just there are inflections of difference on every performance. So, I think that we're looking to get some live and rare kinds of cuts from the live aspect. And it's the running order, it's the sequence of presentation and everything else, and I think there will be a DVD involved, so it is a particularly unique moment to present to people. It's not going to be like the remasters, you know; it's a whole different presentation. I think that'll be kind of a unique moment in celebrating the recording history of the band from ROCKA ROLLA to JUGULATOR and DEMOLITION and then putting in all the other bits and pieces that make it special."
- Rob Halford, BW&BK, August 19, 2003

     "The box set was a lot of fun to put together - a nice little thing for the mantlepiece."
- K.K. Downing, Guitar World, September 2004

     "The day we were presented with the prospect of doing the METALOGY box set was, in fact,  the very day we decided on the reunion. One had nothing to do with the other, but they came about simultaneously, so I think the synchronicity of all that speaks for itself."
- Rob Halford, Guitar World, September 2004

     "This is the first time that the band has had time to put together a box set in a career that has spanned thirty years now. I guess because we have never done it and that there is such a great observation of Priest, especially with the reunification, and there was a feeling from the label, fans as well, it would be great for Priest to have a retrospective box set. It is celebrating thirty years of the band being together and making metal. It is just letting people having the opportunity to run through kind of a chronological history of the bands recordings from ROCKA ROLLA to the last pieces of work that we did. It was a lot of fun picking out these songs of course. We have recorded close to 300 songs over the years, so it was a real task to hone in on the highlights and I think we have done that. For the longtime Priest fans and the newer ones that want to get into the band, here is a great opportunity to do that with the box set.
     "Well, I suppose it could even prime the fans to want to go back and buy the entire remastered catalogue - that would be a great thing to happen if they decided to do that. We did do the remastering series of the whole Sony catalogue and just a few weeks before the box set we did the ELECTRIC EYE DVD, which had a lot of stuff that before that has not been on a DVD before. It was great because most of that stuff had vanished you know?
     "For METALOGY, we all got together and we wanted to get everybody’s feelings and input so it would be a democratic process. Everything we do in Priest is brought about by agreeing and looking for the best ways to bring the band forward in new dimensions, which is what the box set was all about. "We have a great relationship with Sony and as you know we just resigned with them recently and they know about our history, they know that we are very precise, very tenacious with our history with Judas Priest. It is not put forward with anything less than 100% perfection; they let us get on with our job. It was a combined effort, they put their ideas forward as well."
- Rob Halford, Metal Exiles, July 25, 2004

Judas Priest has had one of the strongest legacies in heavy metal. According to Sony Music, Judas Priest have sold 20 million albums worldwide through their career, though Jayne Andrews puts the figure slightly higher:

     "Judas Priest has reigned supreme for 30 years as the most influential and commercially successful pure heavy metal band, and the masters are being honored with the career-spanning, four-CD, 65-track box set METALOGY scheduled for release on May 11, 2004, by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. The worldwide reverence for Judas Priest has resulted in sales of 20 million albums and countless sold-out concerts."
- Sony Music, 2004

     "I'm afraid we can't give out sales figures - all I can say is that Judas Priest have sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide."
-
Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, October 22, 2003

The collection of tracks was compiled by Judas Priest, Jayne Andrews, Bruce Dickinson and John Jackson. Bruce Dickinson is a producer for Sony/Legacy who has produced projects for Blue Öyster Cult, The Psychedelic Furs, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick, and has been a Compilation Producer for quite a few "Various Artist" compilations. Actor Christopher Walken even played the famed producer in a skit on Saturday Night Live!

Jon Astley was called once again for the remastering, only this time, he was assisted by noted Sony remaster producer Vic Anesini. The overall quality of the audio on METALOGY surpasses THE RE-MASTERS, with the DEFENDERS tracks coming from the correct channels and the SCREAMING tracks no longer suffering from previous noise reduction problems.

Three of the tracks ("Never Satisfied", "Deceiver" and "Tyrant") are from the band's first label, Gull Records, and these tracks had to be purchased from Gull Entertainments for use only in the METALOGY package:

     "For your information the Gull tracks will only be licensed. Unfortunately nothing will change - the band will not get anything for them but Sony will just license them for use in this boxset."
- Jayne Andrews, October 2003

Many of the live tracks are B-sides to singles and not-for-sale promos released by CBS and Columbia Records over the years, so most of these have never been officially put to CD by the band before. Others have never been released before apart from special industry promos and live broadcasts.

The live track sources are as follows:

  • Victim Of Changes (From UNLEASHED IN THE EAST): 1979, Tokyo, Japan
     

  • Diamonds And Rust (First time on CD; B-side to "You've Got Another Thing Comin' US single, Columbia 18 03168): July 1981, Palladium, New York Produced by Patrick M. Griffith and Kevin Kalunian for GK Productions
     

  • Starbreaker (First time on CD; B-side to "Take On The World" UK 12" single, CBS 12-6915): 1978, Cleveland, Ohio. While this was on the Sony/Epic CD PRIEST, LIVE & RARE, it was never officially put to CD by Priest until now
     

  • The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Previously unreleased): July 1981, Palladium, New York Produced by Patrick M. Griffith and Kevin Kalunian for GK Productions
     

  • Breaking The Law (First time on CD; B-side to "The Green Manalishi" UK 12" single and "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" US  single, Columbia 38 04371): May 1983, US Festival, San Bernardino, California. While this was on the Sony/Epic CD PRIEST, LIVE & RARE, it was never officially put to CD by Priest until now
     

  • Grinder (Previously unreleased): May 1986, Long Beach, California (This is incorrect, as the song was previously released on the BRITISH STEEL RE-MASTER and was from May 5, 1984, Long Beach, California; ABC Rock Network broadcast)
     

  • Hot Rockin' (First time on CD; "Hot Rockin' " US 12" promo only, Columbia AS 990): 1981, Chicago, Illinois
     

  • The Hellion/Electric Eye (First time on CD; US 12" promo only, Columbia 1603): September 1982, San Antonio, Texas (King Biscuit broadcast)
     

  • Love Bites (Previously unreleased): 1986, St. Louis, Missouri (King Biscuit broadcast)

Because Sony owns the rights to these rare recordings and desires to work with the band, an official release the band is proud to add to their catalog was able to be put together for the fans, old and new.

     "I am in the process of discussing this project with Sony, but you should also be aware that as they own the product they are perfectly within their rights to release whatever they want from the back catalogue. Naturally, they prefer to work with us on this sort of thing."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, August 28, 2003

     "METALOGY came about from Sony/Legacy - it was their baby, but they were good enough to ask for our involvement."
- Glenn Tipton, Guitar World, September 2004

But such a working relationship between band and label has not always been the case:

     "I'm afraid we have a problem with so many people who worked with the band in the past selling material that they either don't own or have no right to sell; for example, (early manager) Dave Corke selling white labels of various Priest tracks, etc. None of these people are our friends! If a band is signed to a record label when they record anything (including demos) then that label owns the material, not someone who works for an agency or even a manager!
     "I'm afraid the Gull situation is also a big bone of contention for us. They keep re-packaging and re-releasing those first two albums under different titles so fans think it is new product and we don't get a say in what they do or a penny!"
- Jayne Andrews, October 2003

The DVD is a vast improvement over the original VHS and the VHS reissues Sony put out in 1998. The picture is clear and sharp and the audio is pristine. You can even hear Dave Holland singing backing vocals on "Metal Gods" and "Breaking The Law"! A well-done 5.1 surround sound mix was also provided by Sony Studio engineer Thom Cadley.


Thom Cadley

     "JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE was the only complete show that we had from all of the performances that we had. We feel that there is a lot of history in that performance, we feel that it was a very special show, as Priest was breaking big then in the States. It was one of those special nights in Memphis and we decided to bring it forward again because it has been out of print. It was very difficult to
locate the master tapes and when we did find them we had to treat them very delicately as they were in a state of decay. I do not recall where they were at; we had our people in the London offices and N.Y. doing research, as these things get lost. We also had to do some magic tricks to the tape to make sure it was right before we ran it into the computer. We were happy to have it as part of the box set. We feel it was an important, vital part of the bands career."

- Rob Halford, Metal Exiles, July 25, 2004

One interesting development was the progression from fan demand to finished product when it came to the JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE DVD, after the JUDAS PRIEST...LIVE! how had been released as part of the ELECTRIC EYE DVD only a short time before:

     "At the moment Sony have no plans to re-release the JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE [Memphis '82] video on to DVD. We are very busy on putting together the one due for release in November, however at some later stage I'm sure we'll work with Sony to release it on DVD!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator, Judas Priest Noticeboard, October 1, 2003

     "As I have said before, there is more footage of Judas Priest that may be released at a later stage - we can't get everything out all in one go!! Enjoy ELECTRIC EYE when it's released and I'll work with Sony and getting more out later!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator, Judas Priest Noticeboard, October 3, 2003

     "I'm sure we'll release JUDAS PRIEST - LIVE at some stage in the near future - we just can't get everything out in one go!!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator, Judas Priest Noticeboard, October 17, 2003

Well, thankfully the show did get included on DVD for the first time as part of METALOGY, though it is only included in the initial batch as a limited-time bonus.

Known Errors:

  • Some of the boxes have manufacturing defects such as stud strips that are crooked and even some where the studs are not one solid piece but rather two pieces with a gap between them!

  • The credits for the live version of "Grinder" show it as a previously unreleased track, but that is incorrect, as it is the same version found on the BRITISH STEEL RE-MASTER. The credits also claim it was from Long Beach, May 1986... While they got "Long Beach" and "May" right, the year was actually 1984!!!

  • Dennis MacKay is credited as the producer for "Better By You, Better Than Me", when it was actually produced by James Guthrie!

  • On the DVD version of "Desert Plains", Glenn's first solo split is not the same lead as Glenn played on the original filming. The hand/finger movements, as well as the guitar tone, do not match the video.

CD SAMPLER:

  • Released by Sony Music Entertainment Columbia/Legacy (UK Cat. # CSK 58364 Promo only)

Heart Of A Lion (Demo)
Sinner
Exciter
The Green Manalishi (Live)
Breaking The Law (Live)
Heading Out To The Highway
Screaming For Vengeance
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Ram It Down
Painkiller
Blood Stained

Sony Music was giving away a limited number of these samplers with purchases of METALOGY placed through the Sony Music website.


© 2002-2003
Steel & Leather Productions, U.S.A.