British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest are set to release a collection of all of their Halford era albums on the 24th of January. This collection will feature both the studio and live albums featuring the line-up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing and Ian Hill.
This box set will include the following releases:
Sad Wings Of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Unleashed In The East
Point Of Entry
Screaming For Vengeance
Defenders Of The Faith
Ram It Down
Angel Of Retribution
Touch Of Evil – Live!
Additionally, this will mark the first release of 1974’s “Rocka Rolla” and 1976’s “Sad Wings of Destiny” as band-authorized remasters. Each album will be packaged to mimic mini-LP sleeves and the collection will include a 40 page booklet complete with album credits, photos, and liner notes.
‘Rocka Rolla,’ released in 1974 was the first studio effort for Judas Priest, however it wouldn’t be until ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ in 1976 that Judas Priest’s distinct sound was evident, including songs like ‘Victim of Changes’ and ‘The Ripper,’ which have grown to be fan favorites as well as staples of Judas Priest’s live set. These two albums were released while the band was still signed to the independent UK label Gull Records, and they would later go on to sign with Columbia Records, where they would remain until 1990’s ‘Painkiller.’
Not included in this collection are the two studio albums (1997’s ‘Jugulator’ and 2001’s ‘Demolition’) and two live albums (1998’s ’98 Live Meltdown’ and 2003’s ‘Live in London’) recorded with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, who replaced Rob Halford on vocals from 1996 to 2003. During his absence from Judas Priest, Halford performed in the bands Fight and 2wo, as well as his own solo band called Halford. He would return to Judas Priest in July 2003 along the same time as the release of the box set ‘Metalogy.’ The next year, Judas Priest headlined a European tour as well as co-headlining the 2004 installment of Ozzfest in North America.
For more information on the career-spanning box set from Judas Priest and to place your order, visit www.popmarket.com
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