The Best of Judas Priest

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The Best of Judas Priest
Judas Priest - 1978 - The Best Of Judas Priest.jpg
Greatest hits album by Judas Priest
Released 1978
Recorded 1974–1975
Genre Heavy metal
Length 34:57
Label Gull
Producer Jeffery Calvert, Geraint Hughes & Judas Priest
Judas Priest chronology
Sin After Sin
(1977)Sin After Sin1977
The Best of Judas Priest
(1977)
Stained Class
(1978)Stained Class1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Best of Judas Priest is a collection of a few select songs from Judas Priest's first two albums, and was released under Gull, the band's former record label. It was the first of many reissues of the band's earlier material produced in an effort to "capitalize on Judas Priest's popularity" and was released without any consent from the band.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP Release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dying to Meet You" Rob Halford, K.K. Downing 6:11
2. "Never Satisfied" Al Atkins, Downing 4:46
3. "Rocka Rolla" Halford, Downing, Glenn Tipton 3:02
4. "Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover) Joan Baez 3:15

All songs originally from Rocka Rolla (1974), except Diamonds & Rust, which was an outtake from the Sad Wings of Destiny sessions and was included to generate more interest on the compilation.

Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Victim of Changes" Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton 7:43
2. "Island of Domination" Halford, Downing, Tipton 4:15
3. "The Ripper" Tipton 2:46
4. "Deceiver" Halford, Downing, Tipton 2:44

All songs originally released on Sad Wings of Destiny (1976).

1987 CD Release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Dying to Meet You" Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 6:11
2. "Never Satisfied" Atkins, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:46
3. "Rocka Rolla" Halford, Downing, Tipton Rocka Rolla (1974) 3:02
4. "Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover) Baez Demo track recorded for Sad Wings of Destiny (1976), later found on many Rocka Rolla reissues 3:13
5. "Victim of Changes" Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 7:43
6. "Island of Domination" Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 4:15
7. "The Ripper" Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:46
8. "Deceiver" Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:44
9. "Epitaph" Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 3:08
10. "One for the Road" Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:34

2001 CD Release[edit]

This release contains, according to Judas Priest's website, a "mindless interview" from former drummer John Hinch, who was let go from the band because he was "musically inadequate". They have described it as "not only misleading but full of rubbish and false information".[4] In a 1998 interview with Goldmine Magazine, Tipton commented on the reason the company bothered to release the album:

"We believe that they're abusing the kids with...The Best Of Judas Priest and the re-packaging. It's not fair for us to condone them, because it's ripping the kids off. On the "Insight Series" CD, they include bullshit interviews with our first drummer John Hinch, who couldn't even play the drums, believe you me. But it's tracked to look like new songs. We don't get royalties off it, but the kids think we do."[5][better source needed]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Dying to Meet You" Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 6:11
2. "Never Satisfied" Atkins, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:46
3. "Rocka Rolla" Halford, Downing, Tipton Rocka Rolla (1974) 3:02
4. "Diamonds and Rust" (original version of a Joan Baez cover) Baez Demo track recorded for Sad Wings of Destiny (1976), later found on many Rocka Rolla reissues 4:13
5. "Victim of Changes" Atkins, Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 7:43
6. "Island of Domination" Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 4:15
7. "The Ripper" Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:46
8. "Deceiver" Halford, Downing, Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 2:44
9. "Epitaph" Tipton Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) 3:08
10. "One for the Road" Halford, Downing Rocka Rolla (1974) 4:34
11. "Halford Finds Priest"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 5:31
12. "Priest Finds Audience"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 3:31
13. "Dual Guitars"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 1:07
14. "Songwriting"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 3:00
15. "What's in a Name"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 0:40
16. "Gull Records"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 2:01
17. "Whiskey Woman/Victim of Changes"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 1:09
18. "Rob Halford"   Interview with John Hinch (1995) 1:02

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Judas Priest Discography". Judas Priest Official Website. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Best of Judas Priest". The Judas Priest Info Pages. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "JudasPriest.com". Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2018. If for instance anyone out there has bought their "JUDAS PRIEST - THE BEST OF" - Insight Series, then they would find that 50% of the album consists of a mindless interview with John Hinch an ex-drummer with Priest who we had to let go because he was musically inadequate. 
  5. ^ "JUDAS PRIEST INFO PAGES - THE BEST OF JUDAS PRIEST". thexquorum.com. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.