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THE RE-MASTERS

     "We’ve got a lot of tracks on the shelf that weren’t used because if we thought they were reminiscent of anyone else, or if we didn’t think they blended in with an album, or if we didn’t think they were up to par, we didn’t release them. Any doubt at all from any member and we just didn’t release them. There’s quite a few sitting on the shelf collecting dust.
     "I don’t think we'll ever release any of that stuff, because usually if it doesn’t make it the first time, you go off it. You know what I’m saying? We may use bits of it in the future, or we may already have used bits of it, but it’s unlikely. At the end of the day, you have to say they’re not appropriate, or substandard. To put them all on the same album, it would be a mismatch. We take a lot of trouble over what we release, and the compatibility of it all, so it’s very unlikely that we’ll release any of it."
- Glenn Tipton, October 3, 1997
 

     "We have fairly strict quality control on what we put out, and I don't think we really need to delve deep into the archives to pull out stuff that we didn't have a mind to release at the time and think that it's good enough to release now, you know. It probably would be if we put our mind and whatever talent together to make it sound respectable in this day and age. I dare say we could do a damn good job, but personally, I think we're all much more up and excited about what new material we can keep coming up with..."
- K.K. Downing, Goldmine Magazine, June 5, 1998

     "I have always told them to find some old songs and release them. They have never done that. Priest have always put all their songs on the albums. You might find some bonus songs in Japan, or here and there, but Judas Priest have never released albums with different tracks on them...You have to re-master your old catalogue and get it out there, so why not re-master and add some other tracks also?"
- Ripper Owens,
Metaleagle, 2001

     "I do listen back to those early albums, funnily enough! From a production standpoint, they're obviously a bit dated, but I don't think that there's any material that we've ever done that couldn't be redone and modernized. The quality of some of our oldest songs can best be judged by the fact that we still include a few of them in the set - they sound great, if you ask me, and the fans seem to love them."
- Ian Hill, Turbo Fax, 1986

Ripper's words may have fallen on deaf ears in the late '90s, but in the  new millennium, the suggestion reached the planning stage when Sony Music wanted to remaster the back catalogs of their most successful bands:

     "We are very pleased to tell you that we have finalized our discussions with Sony Records and are now in the process of remastering the Judas Priest back catalog - twelve albums - from SIN AFTER SIN right through PAINKILLER. We plan to release them in three phases of four CDs each - all on the Columbia label.
     "The plan is to give away a special free collector's box when you buy the four CD’s released in phase 2 - all twelve remastered CD’s will fit into this box which will also contain a booklet with notes from the band and some photos that have never been seen before! Each album will contain bonus tracks - including nine previously unheard studio tracks and in addition, some live tracks - but all of them never before released! This is a must for every true Priest fan – a legacy of the band’s musical history which can be collected and kept in this box designed by the band!"
- Judas Priest, January 29, 2001

RELEASES:


Click on an album cover for details of each RE-MASTER

  • Phase 1 (BRITISH STEEL - DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH) released May 7, 2001 in the UK and May 29, 2001 in the US

  • Phase 2 (SIN AFTER SIN - UNLEASHED IN THE EAST) released October 22, 2001 in the UK and November 6, 2001 in the US

  • Phase 3 (TURBO - PAINKILLER) released February 21, 2002 in the UK and March 19, 2002 in the US

Supervision: Judas Priest
Remastered by Jon Astley at Close To The Edge, Twickenham, England
Remastering Co-ordinated by Jayne Andrews


Jon Astley

With Priest keeping things in check, Jon Astley was called upon to supervise the digital remastering process, working with the original multi-track analog source tapes. Astley was a student of the great classic rock producer and engineer Glyn Johns during the heyday of the '70s, even co-producing the Who's WHO ARE YOU with Johns. Jon also had a short-lived singing career with Atlantic Records, releasing the albums Everyone Loves The Pilot in 1987 and The Compleat Angler in 1988. But he is best known for his restoration and remaster work on back catalogs and lost tracks of legendary rock greats such as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, ABBA and most notably the Who.

In the rare case that a mix tape is so old that the effects are not clear anymore, Jon often likes to use old plate echo units and such to recreate the sounds as they were in those early days to keep things as faithful as possible in his restoration/remaster work. Astley then processes the tracks through his computer audio editing software consisting of a SADiE 96:24 audio editor system with CEDAR Audio DC-1 De-Clicker, CR-1 De-Crackler, De-Noise, De-Hiss, De-Thump, and ReTouch plug-ins to remove clicks, scratches, crackle and hiss from the old recordings. In fact, Astley was awarded the CEDAR award, 'CD Remastering From A Modern Recording - Post 1949' for his restoration of THE LED ZEPPELIN BBC SESSIONS on Atlantic Recordings.


Jon Astley (right) receiving his
CEDAR Award from Sales Director, Clive Osborn

ARTWORK:

Box Concept: Judas Priest
Design & Artwork: L-Space Design
Photographs: Mike Abrams, Fin Costello, Robert Ellis, Simon Fowler, Joe Giron, Ross Halfin, Steve Joester, Todd Kaplan, Bob Leafe, Tony Mottram, Paul Natkin, Ray Palmer, Neal Preston, Randee St. Nicholls, Neil Zlozower, Judas Priest Archives

 

Artist Mark Wilkinson, who has been doing the artwork for Judas Priest albums ever since the 1988 RAM IT DOWN sleeve, teamed up with David Axtell, who worked with Wilkinson on a album cover for Fish called RAINGODS. Together, Mark and David formed L-Space Design, under which the sleeves for THE RE-MASTERS CDs were carefully restored and from the originals:

     "My company, L-Space Design, updated Priest's original 12 sleeves for a catalog re-master campaign. Consequently, I feel that the reproduction of all the colors has been improved. Like the sound engineers returning to the master reels, we went back to the original illustrations and they're now much more faithful."
- Mark Wilkinson, The Masque

     "Various members of the essential Judas Priest lineup on Columbia have overseen this historic campaign. With their input, the CD booklets of each expanded edition not only reprise the original LP artwork and include lyrics (where available), but also present vintage photographs from the band’s personal collection, and newly-written liner notes, written by the band, that put each album in perspective."
- Legacy Recordings, February 27, 2002

THE DETAILS:

The Re-Masters are digital remasters of the 12 albums Judas Priest recorded and released during their CBS/Columbia Records years (1977-1990). They bring out qualities long missing from the original releases while retaining all the classic magic and charm. Each disc has also been expanded to include unreleased studio and live bonus tracks along with additional photos, lyrics, and liner notes from the band. In all, there are 26 unreleased bonus tracks: 9 studio and 17 live.

The remaining members of the band were fully involved in the development and overseeing of the RE-MASTERS campaign, and while Rob Halford was not present nor consulted on the bonus material, he was invited to participate in the promotional aspects:

     "I’m excited that they’re bringing out some of these special moments that were never released. I think it’s just going to add some interesting aspects to this boxset that I’m as excited about as anybody else.
     "I was not consulted for material to add to THE RE-MASTERS, so I'll be just as surprised as any fan! And I’ll certainly be more than happy to talk about it with the media."
- Rob Halford, May 15, 2001

The bonus studio tracks were especially intriguing to devoted Priest fans, who were already aware of many of the titles from past interviews the band had given throughout their career. Fans had longed to hear such unreleased gems, even if many of the tracks were only from a couple of album/demo sessions:

     "The bonus studio tracks weren't necessarily recorded during the era of the CD they appear on, but we tried to get it as close as we could. Obviously, some of the songs were from the same session, and some sessions may have had three or four previously unreleased tracks, so we spread them out between the albums. So, I wouldn't categorically say they were all from the exact session, but many of them were. And some, it was very difficult to remember exactly what session they were from."
- K.K. Downing, Shockwaves, 2002


Phase 1 and 2 ad; Phase 3 ad

The Judas Priest RE-MASTERS campaign began May 7, 2001 and wrapped up on March 19, 2002 and followed a three-phase release plan, consisting of four discs per phase. The first phase actually contained the discs from the middle of the collection (BRITISH STEEL - DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH):

     "No hidden reasons why we released THE RE-MASTERS in three phases - we always intended to do it that way. We felt if we released all twelve in one go, it would be too much for everyone, so we staggered the release - the reason we released the 'second' series of albums first was because we had a special of the making of BRITISH STEEL on English TV and we wanted the album out to coincide with that. Nothing devious - just good marketing!"
-
Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2003


June 18, 2001 Classic Albums Series 3 Ltd. 
(UK Cat. # EREDV163)
November 6, 2001 Classic Albums Series 3 Ltd. 
(US Cat. # EE19002)

     "BRITISH STEEL is perhaps my favorite of the lot. The coolest thing about the MAKING OF BRITISH STEEL is that K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton meet up with longtime producer Tom Allom at the studio where the album was recorded, an English country house owned by the two ex-Beatles, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. The band discuss recording in the 'white room', where Lennon filmed the video classic 'Imagine', as well as other rather unique recording techniques they used like micing the entire living room to get that 'big' sound, smashing milk bottles on John Lennon's porch (on 'Breaking The Law') and slamming loads of silverware on the kitchen table in order to get that 'metallic' sound in 'Metal Gods'. K.K. and Glenn also share with the viewer the way they worked out the guitar solos and rhythms on songs like 'The Rage', 'Metal Gods' and 'Grinder'. The classic original promo videos for both 'Breaking The Law' and 'Living After Midnight' are also included on the video/DVD. Other really cool, interesting artifacts featured in this documentary include interviews with the Metal God - Rob Halford - himself, as he discusses the lyrical content of BRITISH STEEL, and even Scott Travis is interviewed as he talks about his time with Judas Priest (even though he joined the band long after the BRITISH STEEL album). What really shines through on this video is the true enthusiasm that is shown, especially between K.K. Downing and producer Tom Allom. K.K., Glenn, Ian and Tom really go into depth about the recording process of BRITISH STEEL, discussing how they came up with the riffs and how they got that incredible, ultra-heavy, guitar tone. Seeing how I am a longtime Priest fan, this documentary was truly informative and it kept me entertained throughout the entire video. A must have for any and every metal fan!"
- Bob Nalbandian, Shockwaves, 2002

SIN AFTER SIN:

  • UK/European CD Released October 22, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502127 2)

  • North American CD Released November 6, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 86183)

BONUS TRACK SOURCES:

"Race With The Devil" is a studio cover of the Top Ten hit by the English band Gun. K.K. told Rock Hard magazine that it was recorded during demo sessions for the STAINED CLASS album. Other sources reveal that those early sessions were held at Savage Studios in Birmingham, England.

     "This was the band jamming at one of their early recording sessions but has never been released to the general public."
- SIN AFTER SIN
RE-MASTER liner note, 2001

"Jawbreaker" is from a live ABC Rock Network broadcast at Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, California on May 5, 1984

The track listing differs from previous releases, which had track 5 as "Let Us Prey" and track 6 as "Call For The Priest/Raw Deal". The band says this is not how they originally intended it to be and only now is it finally corrected on THE RE-MASTERS, which correctly place track 5 as "Let Us Prey/Call For The Priest" and track 6 as "Raw Deal".

Known Errors:

  • About 1:46 into "Starbreaker", the volume drops on the second riff. This appears to occur on the original LP, but not on the CDs that followed.

STAINED CLASS:

  • UK/European CD released October 22, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502128)

  • North American CD released November 6, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 85434)

 BONUS TRACK SOURCES:

"Fire Burns Below" is from an unfinished December 1987 RAM IT DOWN sessions demo at PUK Studios, Denmark

     "We have left it pretty much as is because of its historical value. All that has been added are some classical acoustic guitars and lead which Glenn and K.K. recorded at a later date."
- STAINED CLASS
RE-MASTER liner note, 2001

"Better By You, Better Than Me" is from a live KNAC broadcast at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, California on September 13, 1990

KILLING MACHINE (UK) / HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (US):

  • UK/European CD released October 22, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502129)

  • North American CD released November 6, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 86181)

BONUS TRACK SOURCES:

"Fight For Your Life" is an early demo, recorded during the 1984 DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH sessions at Ibiza Sound Studios, Spain

     "This track never made it to any album as it stands, but part of it was used for 'Rock Hard, Ride Free'."
- KILLING MACHINE RE-MASTER liner note, 2001

     "It was like a prototype, but we later changed it, mainly the lyrics and chorus. But we felt that it was kind of valid in a way to include it, because a lot of fans didn't just wanted to hear stuff that hadn't been released. And that track in particular obviously later turned out to be 'Rock Hard, Ride Free', and we thought it might be of interest to the fans...or maybe not. But there is a lot of different instrumentation on that track. And the lyrics, 'Fight for your life, Fight for your money...' - you can see why we changed it! But we didn't care. We dug out all the last stuff we can find with Rob on it, so now everybody has everything that is available on Priest."
- K.K. Downing, Shockwaves, 2002

"Riding On The Wind" is from a live MTV broadcast at US Festival, Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, California on  May 29, 1983

UNLEASHED IN THE EAST:

  • UK/European CD released October 22, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502130)

  • North American CD released November 6, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 86182)

BONUS TRACK SOURCES:

The four live bonus tracks are from the Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan show on February 10, 1979. They were originally released on a special bonus EP in Japan as a part of the album PRIEST IN THE EAST



BRITISH STEEL:

  • UK/European CD released May 7, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502131)

  • North American CD released May 29, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 855752)

"Red, White & Blue" is from the July 1985 Turbo sessions at Compass Point Studios, Nassau
"Grinder" is from a live ABC Rock Network broadcast at Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, California on May 5, 1984

The original vinyl pressing of BRITISH STEEL opened side A with "Rapid Fire" and side B with "You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise", but with the success of two of their singles, CBS changed to a more familiar running order. Now with THE RE-MASTERS, Judas Priest have restored the track order to what they had originally intended:

     "The album was originally pressed with the order as we had it originally then CBS changed it when we had success with 'Breaking The Law' and 'Living After Midnight' and next thing, we saw pressings with a different order without our knowledge or approval."
- Jayne Andrews,
Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

Known Errors:

  • There's a very slight glitch at around 40 seconds into the song "Steeler". This one is almost undetectable, but does exist.

  • The back cover says that the live "Grinder" is from the 1980 UK tour (US versions say 1980 US tour), but it is actually from the 1984 DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH US tour.

     "We are aware of the mess up of the dates of the live tracks - we didn't think the dates were important, just the tracks themselves."
- Jayne Andrews,
Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

  • Pedro Brognara reports that his UK copy of the British Steel Re-Master has a printing error on the front cover, where the printing colors didn't align properly, leaving little white areas not filled in with color (see areas circled in red). Not all copies have this error, but be aware it does exist.

POINT OF ENTRY:

  • UK/European CD released May 7, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502132)

  • North American CD released May 29, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 85436)

"Thunder Road" is from the December 1987 Ram It Down sessions at PUK Studios, Jutland, Denmark.
"Desert Plains" is a live recording remastered from the May 23, 1986 King Biscuit broadcast from the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.

     "The re-releases are filled with photos and it’s a great package. I had to pick out the photos ‘cause they didn’t know from when they were from. I was such a huge Priest fan growing up. They said, 'Hey, Tim, where is that from?' 'That’s from POINT OF ENTRY.' They didn’t know! They were going to add some songs that they didn’t even know they had already released. They said, 'We are going to put as a bonus, this song.' And I told them, 'Hey, this is from the POINT OF ENTRY album.' They thought it was some song that was left on the shelf. What happened was, I was singing it and they asked me, 'How do you know that song?' 'It’s from the POINT OF ENTRY album.' 'It was?!' "
- Ripper Owens, Metaleagle 2001

Known Errors:

  • The song "On The Run" has a glitch at about 2:03 into the song.

     "We are aware of the glitch in 'On The Run' and told Sony not to let it out like that but they had already shipped a bunch out - needless to say we are not happy about it at all".
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2001

  "A very few defective copies did get out, much to our chagrin. The problem was quickly corrected, and new CDs have been manufactured with the correct master. For a replacement CD, please call our Quality Management department at (800) 255-7514."
- Sony Music, 2001

  • In the booklet, the last line of lyrics to the last verse for "Heading Out To The Highway" are missing.

  • The back cover says that the live "Desert Plains" is from the POINT OF ENTRY tour in 1981, but it is actually from the 1986 Fuel For Life tour. Again, as Jayne says, the dates aren't as important as having the actual songs...

SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE:

  • UK/European CD released May 7, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502133)

  • North American CD released May 29, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 85435)

     "I only found out today that it's the 20th Anniversary of SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE. Have you heard THE
RE-MASTERS yet? There's twelve albums altogether that were re-mastered. SCREAMING in particular sounds really good. Obviously, the better the albums were produced originally, the better THE RE-MASTERS sound."
- K.K. Downing, Shockwaves, 2002

"Prisoner Of Your Eyes" is from the August 1985 Turbo sessions at Compass Point Studios, Nassau

     "This is one of two versions of this particular song - the second version having a different chorus. The majority of this track is still as it was put down at the time but with lead breaks from Glen and K.K. added at a later date. It's very emotional and epitomizes the light and shade style of Judas Priest which is the trademark of the band."
-
Screaming For Vengeance RE-MASTER liner note, 2001

"Devil's Child" is from JUDAS PRIEST LIVE, recorded at Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, December 12, 1982

Known Errors:

  • There is an over-application of noise reduction that causes the quiet intros and fade-outs to be muffled, choppy, and to cut out prematurely.

  • A photo of Glenn from two years later on the DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH tour appears in the booklet:

     "Glenn wanted that photo used - and as there was no room in the DEFENDERS booklet, he wanted it in the SCREAMING one."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2001

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH:

  • THE RE-MASTERS UK/European CD released May 7, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502134)

  • THE RE-MASTERS North American CD released May 29, 2001 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 85438)

"Turn On Your Light" is from the August 1985 Turbo sessions at Compass Point Studios, Nassau

     "This track was recorded by Glenn and Rob one night, in one take, and captures the sentiments and emotions of the song beautifully. Glenn added the middle and end lead at a later date."
- Defenders Of The Faith Re-Master liner note, 2001

"Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith" is from a live ABC Rock Network broadcast at Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, California on May 5, 1984

Known Errors:

  • The audio channels on DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH are swapped, putting K.K. in the right speaker and Glenn in the left. This is the opposite of the original. In the METAL WORKS liner notes, K.K. confirms that Priest albums have always been done with Glenn in the right speaker and K.K. in the left speaker. This is one error that Sony and Priest see differently -
    Personally, I think the label is trying to cover for their mistake in order to avoid having to fix the problem and lose money on replacing the bad CDs:

     "We're concerned Priest fans here, too... You're right, the channels are reversed. This was a creative decision of the band themselves, who were totally involved in the remastering of their CDs."
- Sony Music/Legacy Recordings, 2002

     "I spoke to Glenn about the audio channels being swapped around the wrong way and he is not happy about it at all - unfortunately when the labels get hold of it they often try different things without our knowledge!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

  • In the booklet, a couple of the words are ran together: "decidedto" instead of "decided to" and "albumin" instead of "album in":

     "I'll check those errors in the DEFENDERS booklet, because when I checked everything, they were not there. I know Sony's art people played around with a couple of things, so I'll check this out as well."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

  • On the US version, Bob Halligan Jr. is not credited for writing "Some heads Are Gonna Roll", though he does get credit in the UK version.

TURBO:

  • THE RE-MASTERS UK/European CD released February 21, 2002 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502135)

  • THE RE-MASTERS North American CD released March 19, 2002 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 85437)

"All Fired Up" is from the August 1985 Turbo sessions at Compass Point Studios, Nassau
"Locked In" is from a live King Biscuit broadcast at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri on May 23, 1986

     "You may recognize part of this track which we used elsewhere but the song as a whole is unheard and a brand new old track!"
- TURBO Re-Masters liner note, 2001

     "All it means is that the band used an idea from 'All Fired Up' and wrote a different track around it which was released but had never released the song as it was originally until we used it on The Re-Masters!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for JUDAS PRIEST, via email, September 3, 2003

As to what part of the song was used elsewhere is unknown, but it the drum track does seem to closely resemble the drum track on "Ram It Down"... 

PRIEST...LIVE!:

  • UK/European CD released February 21, 2002 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (Cat. # 502136)

  • North American CD March 19, 2002 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (Cat. # CK 86378)

"Screaming For Vengeance" is from JUDAS PRIEST LIVE, recorded at Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, December 12, 1982
"Rock Hard, Ride Free" is from a live ABC Rock Network broadcast at Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, California on May 5, 1984
"Hell Bent For Leather"
is from a live King Biscuit broadcast at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri on May 23, 1986

Known Errors:

  • The back cover says the live bonus tracks were from the 1986 Fuel For Life tour, yet only "Hell Bent For Leather" is actually from that tour, while "Screaming For Vengeance" is from the 1982 World Vengeance tour and "Rock Hard, Ride Free" is from the 1984 Defenders of the Faith tour. Once again as Jayne says, the dates aren't as important as having the actual songs.

  • The booklet is missing the lead breaks credits for "Love Bites".

RAM IT DOWN:

  • THE RE-MASTERS UK/European CD released February 21, 2002 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502137)

  • THE RE-MASTERS North American CD released March 19, 2002 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 86381)

"Night Comes Down" is from a live ABC Rock Network broadcast at Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, California
on May 5, 1984

"Bloodstone" is from JUDAS PRIEST LIVE, recorded at Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, December 12, 1982

PAINKILLER:

  • THE RE-MASTERS UK/European CD released February 21, 2002 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502139)

  • THE RE-MASTERS North American CD March 19, 2002 by Sony Music/Legacy Records (US Cat. # CK 86382)

"Living Bad Dreams" is from the early 1990 PAINKILLER sessions at Miraval Studios, France

     "In fact, we were gonna put a ballad on the PAINKILLER album, but there really wasn't any space for it, so the nearest thing we got was 'Touch Of Evil', which really isn't a real ballad as people expect, you know... It wasn't like 'Beyond The Realms Of Death' or 'Before The Dawn', that kind of stuff... Or 'Night Comes Down'. It was a really intense back-beat of a solid heavy metal riff. But yeah...I mean, we may use it on the next record possibly. It's a really good song, a really good ballad. But we wanted to make this record very strong, very powerful, with no space for slow, kind of cigarette-lighters and mirror balls, you know... We didn't wanna do that."
- Rob Halford, Radio MCB, February 2, 1991

"Leather Rebel" is from a live KNAC broadcast at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, California on September 13, 1990

Known Errors:

  • The song "A Touch Of Evil" removes the reverb tail at about 1:35, cutting-off to a hard silence before going into the next verse. While it gives the section a sharper contrast, it is not as originally released

COLLECTOR'S BOX:

  • Released October 22, 2001 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # 502140) and
    March 19, 2002 by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings (US Cat. # CBS0086390 - limited to 1,000 copies of the UK version)

When all 12 CDs are lined up in the box, their side-splines form a flaming image of the Judas Priest cross symbol and spell out the name JUDAS PRIEST along the bottom.

UK vs. US RE-MASTERS set:

  • The US versions have flat plain silver logos and titles while the UK versions have embossed chrome foil logos and titles that look many times better.

  • The US version side-spline letters that spell JUDAS PRIEST do not align at equal consistent heights.

  • The US SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE and DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH CDs both have the same portion of the Priest cross image, causing a repeat that does not look right when all the CDs are in the box together. This problem does not appear with the UK versions.

  • The US version COLLECTOR'S BOX uses a re-badged UK box with a yellow sticker on the outer shrink wrap that says, "Special UK collector's box set containing four US albums". This is due to a limited run of boxes made in the UK only. Therefore, the box lists the album KILLING MACHINE instead of HELL BENT FOR LEATHER on the contents.

     "We are extremely concerned about the problems we are hearing about the US RE-MASTERS artwork -  ALL artwork logos were meant to be foil embossed, the COLLECTOR'S BOX was meant to be released worldwide and the artwork on the spines of the CD's once you had them all showed the flaming cross emblem with the words 'JUDAS PRIEST' printed below. I am investigating to find out what is going on because this is definitely not what we wanted.
     "You can imagine how we feel when we spent so much time on putting together a great package to find out that once it left our hands not very much care was taken. All we can do is apologize and hope it doesn't spoil THE RE-MASTERS for you. Still, I suppose it's par for the course, as we always had these sort of problems with labels!

     "All I can suggest is that you all write to Sony/Legacy and complain to them, as I don't have any control of the product they ship out. We get the samples/proofs in for approval, which we always make sure are correct, but then if they make some errors in the factory, I don't know about them until some of you let us know - so contact the label 
www.legacyrecordings.com and complain to them - hopefully they'll do something about it for us all."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

When Phase 3 released to the US, it seemed the COLLECTOR'S BOX was not made readily available as was promised by SONY/Legacy. Only 1,000 were made available to the States and they were re-badged UK boxes at that!
 

     "Sony/Legacy US didn't see the potential and only ordered 1000 boxes for the whole of the States, which needless to say, went in a flash. We keep telling them they should order more. I don't know what the problem is - we have chased this up on numerous occasions. We'll get on their case again and see what we can do; otherwise, all I can suggest is that you complain directly to the label and hopefully they'll take note!"
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2002

     "Unfortunately the US only took a few of the boxes - we tried to get them to take more due to the demand, but it was Sony/Legacy's decision to keep the numbers down, not ours!! All of the albums are still out there in the stores; if your particular store doesn't have the one in that you want, just order it - they are all very much available."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, 2003

ADDITIONAL RE-MASTERS:

The Following are additions to THE RE-MASTERS series, but are not a part of the COLLECTOR'S BOX:

METAL WORKS '73-'93:

  • UK/European CD released February 21, 2002 by Sony Music/Columbia Records (Cat. # 502138)

This 2-disc set has only been made a RE-MASTER in the UK and has a catalog number that places it between RAM IT DOWN and PAINKILLER. There are no added tracks on this compilation and it is not part of the COLLECTOR'S BOX.

LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR'S SAMPLER CD:

  • Released by Sony Music/Columbia Records (UK Cat. # SAMPCD11067 - limited to 3,000 copies)

This CD sampler was made in the UK and given away for free with the first 3,000 purchases of any of THE RE-MASTERS CDs, for promotional use only. Its packaged to look like the rest of the RE-MASTERS series, with a silver border (but the logos and title are in plain white instead of chrome) and has the flaming Judas Priest symbol (from the side splines of the 12 CDs put together in the COLLECTOR'S BOX) on the front. It is an Enhanced CD, combining both audio and video tracks:

Audio section
1. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Screaming For Vengeance version
2. Metal Gods - British Steel version w/out intro
3. Green Manalishi (live) - Unleashed In The East version
4. Diamonds And Rust - Sin After Sin version
5. Parental Guidance - Turbo version
6. Between The Hammer And The Anvil - Painkiller version
7. Beyond The Realms Of Death (live) - Live & Rare version
8. Private Property (live) - Live & Rare version

Enhanced section
9. Turbo Lover (live) - video clip from Priest...Live!
10. Another Thing Comin' (live) - video clip from Priest...Live!


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