The Essential Judas Priest

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The Essential Judas Priest
Greatest hits album by Judas Priest
Released 11 April 2006
26 August 2008 (3.0 Limited Edition)
Recorded 1976–2005
Genre Heavy metal
Length 154:22
Label Columbia / Sony Music
Judas Priest chronology
Angel of Retribution
(2005)
The Essential Judas Priest
(2006)
Nostradamus
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Essential Judas Priest is a 2006 2-disc compilation album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It contains 34 songs from throughout their career right up to their then-most recent album Angel of Retribution, but excludes the Tim "Ripper" Owens era. It was re-released in 2008 as a limited-edition 3-disc package.[2] It was re-released again in 2010 as a Blu-spec CD. This version has a slightly different track list on Disc 1; "Nostradamus" from the 2008 album of that name replaces "Victim of Changes".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Judas Rising"   Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton Angel of Retribution (2005) 3:52
2. "Breaking the Law"   Halford, Downing, Tipton British Steel (1980) 2:35
3. "Hell Bent for Leather"   Tipton Killing Machine (1978) 2:40
4. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez cover) Joan Baez Sin After Sin (1977) 3:26
5. "Victim of Changes"   Al Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 7:47
6. "Love Bites"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Defenders of the Faith (1984) 4:47
7. "Heading Out to the Highway"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Point of Entry (1981) 3:45
8. "Ram It Down"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Ram It Down (1988) 4:48
9. "Beyond the Realms of Death"   Halford, Les Binks Stained Class (1978) 6:51
10. "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Screaming for Vengeance (1982) 5:09
11. "Jawbreaker"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Defenders of the Faith (1984) 3:25
12. "A Touch of Evil"   Halford, Downing, Tipton, Chris Tsangarides Painkiller (1990) 5:54
13. "Delivering the Goods"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Killing Machine (1978) 4:16
14. "United"   Halford, Downing, Tipton British Steel (1980) 3:35
15. "Turbo Lover"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Turbo (1986) 5:33
16. "Painkiller"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Painkiller (1990) 6:06
17. "Metal Gods"   Halford, Downing, Tipton British Steel (1980) 4:04
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "The Hellion"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Screaming for Vengeance (1982) 0:41
2. "Electric Eye"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Screaming for Vengeance (1982) 3:39
3. "Living After Midnight"   Halford, Downing, Tipton British Steel (1980) 3:30
4. "Freewheel Burning"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Defenders of the Faith (1984) 4:42
5. "Exciter"   Halford, Tipton Stained Class (1978) 5:33
6. "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover) Peter Green Killing Machine (1978) 4:42
7. "Blood Red Skies"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Ram It Down (1988) 7:05
8. "Night Crawler"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Painkiller (1990) 5:44
9. "Sinner"   Halford, Tipton Sin After Sin (1977) 6:43
10. "Hot Rockin'"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Point of Entry (1981) 3:17
11. "The Sentinel"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Defenders of the Faith (1984) 5:04
12. "Before the Dawn"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Killing Machine (1978) 3:23
13. "Hell Patrol"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Painkiller (1990) 3:37
14. "The Ripper"   Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:50
15. "Screaming for Vengeance"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Screaming for Vengeance (1982) 4:43
16. "Out in the Cold"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Turbo (1986) 6:27
17. "Revolution"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Angel of Retribution (2005) 4:42
Disc three (Limited Edition 3.0 only)
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Dissident Aggressor"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Sin After Sin (1977) 3:07
2. "Better By You, Better Than Me" (Spooky Tooth cover) Gary Wright Stained Class (1978) 3:24
3. "Grinder"   Halford, Downing, Tipton British Steel (1980) 3:58
4. "Desert Plains"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Point of Entry (1981) 4:36
5. "Riding on the Wind"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Screaming for Vengeance (1982) 3:07
6. "Rock Hard Ride Free"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Defenders of the Faith (1984) 5:34
7. "All Guns Blazing"   Halford, Downing, Tipton Painkiller (1990) 3:56

Personnel[edit]

Other personnel

  • Dave Holland: Drums (2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17 Disc1; 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16 Disc2).
  • Les Binks: Drums (3, 9, 13 Disc1; 5, 6, 12 Disc2).
  • Simon Phillips: Drums (4 Disc1; 9 Disc2).
  • Alan Moore: Drums (5 Disc1; 14 Disc2).
  • Don Airey (session musician): Keyboards (12 Disc1)

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