Metal Works '73–'93

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Metal Works
Judas Priest-Metal Works.jpg
Greatest hits album by Judas Priest
Released 18 May 1993
Recorded 1977–1990
Genre Heavy metal
Label Columbia
Producer Judas Priest
Roger Glover
Tom Allom
Chris Tsangarides
Judas Priest chronology
Metal Works
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Metal Works is a compilation album by Judas Priest, released in 1993. A remastered edition was released in 2001, with the same track listing. All material was previously available. All albums to that date are represented with the exception of their debut, Rocka Rolla, although a live version of "Victim of Changes" (from Unleashed in the East, with what appears to be an American sounding audience dubbed on at the end, instead of the familiar Japanese one from the album version) is used rather than the studio version on Sad Wings of Destiny. This is because the band no longer owns the rights to their first two albums.

The band selected the tracks themselves, and made comments in the sleeve-notes.

As an album it showcases versatility of their musical career. This album also brought Rob Halford back into the fold for a short while following his departure from the band due to internal tensions.

The album cover by Mark Wilkinson (who had done the band's cover art from Ram It Down to Nostradamus) combines elements from the band's previous releases. In the foreground are the Hellion from Screaming for Vengeance and the Painkiller from its eponymous 1990 album. Under the Hellion's body is a razor blade, a reference to the album British Steel. The lower left shows the female hand holding a gear shift knob from Turbo and a mannequin wearing sunglasses and a studded leather headband representing Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather. The lower right corner features the door and columns from Sin After Sin, the metallic head from Stained Class enveloped in smoke, and the Metallian from Defenders of the Faith. At the end of the trail of flames in front of the Metallian is the shaft of light from Point of Entry. Additionally, one of the chimneys on the factory in the lower right corner is the band's familiar trident logo. The only studio album represented on this compilation, but not in the cover art, is Ram It Down.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."The Hellion"Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)0:41
2."Electric Eye"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)3:39
3."Victim of Changes" (live)Al Atkins, Halford, Downing, TiptonUnleashed in the East (1979)7:12
4."Painkiller"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller (1990)6:06
5."Eat Me Alive"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith (1984)3:34
6."Devil's Child"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)4:48
7."Dissident Aggressor"Halford, Downing, TiptonSin After Sin (1977)3:07
8."Delivering the Goods"Halford, Downing, TiptonKilling Machine (1978)4:16
9."Exciter"Halford, TiptonStained Class (1978)5:04
10."Breaking the Law"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel (1980)2:35
11."Hell Bent for Leather"TiptonKilling Machine (1978)2:41
12."Blood Red Skies"Halford, Downing, TiptonRam It Down (1988)7:50
13."Metal Gods"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel (1980)4:08
14."Before the Dawn"Halford, Downing, TiptonKilling Machine (1978)3:23
15."Turbo Lover"Halford, Downing, TiptonTurbo (1986)5:33
16."Ram It Down"Halford, Downing, TiptonRam It Down (1988)4:48
17."Metal Meltdown"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller (1990)4:14
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Screaming for Vengeance"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)4:43
2."You've Got Another Thing Comin'"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)5:09
3."Beyond the Realms of Death"Halford, Les BinksStained Class (1978)6:53
4."Solar Angels"Halford, Downing, TiptonPoint of Entry (1981)4:04
5."Bloodstone"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)3:51
6."Desert Plains"Halford, Downing, TiptonPoint of Entry (1981)4:30
7."Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days"Halford, Downing, TiptonTurbo (1986)4:39
8."Heading Out to the Highway" (live)Halford, Downing, TiptonPriest...Live! (1987)4:40
9."Living After Midnight"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel (1980)3:26
10."A Touch of Evil"Halford, Downing, Tipton, Chris TsangaridesPainkiller (1990)5:45
11."The Rage"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel (1980)4:44
12."Night Comes Down"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith (1984)3:58
13."Sinner"Halford, TiptonSin After Sin (1977)6:43
14."Freewheel Burning"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith (1984)4:22
15."Night Crawler"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller (1990)5:45