Hero, Hero

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Hero, Hero
Compilation album by Judas Priest
Released 1981
Recorded 1974–1977
Genre Heavy metal
Label Gull
Producer Jeffery Calvert, Geraint Hughes & Judas Priest
Judas Priest chronology
British Steel
(1980)
Hero, Hero
(1981)
Point of Entry
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 2/5 stars

Hero, Hero is a compilation album of early Judas Priest recordings, released in between British Steel (1980) and Point of Entry (1981) by Gull Records. It consists of all ten tracks from the Rocka Rolla album, six tracks from the Sad Wings of Destiny album, and an alternate version of "Diamonds And Rust". The tracks from Rocka Rolla and "Diamonds And Rust" were remixed by Rodger Bain in 1981. The tracks from Sad Wings of Destiny were not remixed.

Hero, Hero was released under the Gull Records - the band's former record label - in an effort to "capitalize on Judas Priest's popularity." Judas Priest's management firmly states that people should not buy these compilations, because even though it would seem like a new album on the surface, it's just a re-issue of material already recorded. Despite this, the remixed songs on the album appeal to collectors.

The CD releases of the album have produced a few alternate versions. Some European CDs sequenced the tracks differently so that the tracks from sides 3 and 4 of the LP come before the tracks from sides 1 and 2. The US CDs released by Transluxe and Koch Records used the mixes from the original Rocka Rolla album rather than the remixed tracks from the original Hero, Hero LP.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Prelude"   Glenn Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:02
2. "Tyrant"   Rob Halford, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 4:28
3. "Rocka Rolla"   Halford, K.K. Downing, Tipton Rocka Rolla (1974) 3:05
4. "One for the Road"   Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Victim of Changes"   Al Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 7:47
2. "Dying to Meet You"   Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 6:16
3. "Never Satisfied"   Atkins, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:50
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Dreamer Deceiver"   Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 5:51
2. "Deceiver"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:40
3. "Winter"   Atkins, Downing, Ian Hill Rocka Rolla (1974) 1:31
4. "Deep Freeze"   Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 1:20
5. "Winter Retreat"   Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 3:27
6. "Cheater"   Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 2:57
Side 4
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Diamonds & Rust"   Joan Baez Sin After Sin (1977) 3:26
2. "Run of the Mill"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Rocka Rolla (1974) 8:33
3. "Genocide"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 5:51
4. "Caviar and Meths"   Atkins, Downing, Hill Rocka Rolla (1974) 2:00

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