Judas Priest – British Steel

Judas PriestBritish Steel is the sixth album by the British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980.

British Steel saw the band reprise the commercial sound they had established on Killing Machine. This time, they abandoned some of the dark lyrical themes which had been prominent on their previous releases, but some of it still remains. British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of former Beatle Ringo Starr, a recording studio located on Tittenhurst’s grounds, after a false start at Startling Studios in December 1979. Digital sampling was not yet widely available at the time of recording, so the band used analog recording of smashing milk bottles to be included in „Breaking the Law„, as well as various sounds in „Metal Gods” produced by billiard cues and trays of cutlery.[6] It was released in the UK at a discount price of £3.99, with the advertisements in the music press bearing the legend „British Steal”. Songs „Breaking the Law”, „United„, and „Living After Midnight” were released as singles.[6]

British Steel is the first Judas Priest album to feature drummer Dave Holland. It is also their first album on which all the songs were written by only current members of the band: Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny featured songwriting from the band’s original lead vocalist Al Atkins, Sin After Sin includes a cover of Joan Baez‘s „Diamonds & Rust„, Stained Classhas a cover of Spooky Tooth‘s „Better By You, Better Than Me„, and the US version of Killing Machine (titled Hell Bent for Leather) features a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s „The Green Manalishi„.

The album was remastered in 2001 with two bonus tracks added. Bonus studio track „Red, White, and Blue” was written in the sessions for the Twin Turbos album (which would become Turbo) and recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau in July 1985.[6] The second bonus track, a live performance of „Grinder”, was recorded on 5 May 1984, in Los Angeles during the Defenders of the Faith tour.

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