The Essential Judas Priest

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The Essential Judas Priest
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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)Angel of Retribution2005
The Essential Judas Priest
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Judas Rising"Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn TiptonAngel of Retribution (2005)3:52
2."Breaking the Law"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel (1980)2:35
3."Hell Bent for Leather"TiptonKilling Machine (1978)2:40
4."Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez cover)Joan BaezSin After Sin (1977)3:26
5."Victim of Changes"Al Atkins, Halford, Downing, TiptonSad Wings of Destiny (1976)7:47
6."Love Bites"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith (1984)4:47
7."Heading Out to the Highway"Halford, Downing, TiptonPoint of Entry (1981)3:45
8."Ram It Down"Halford, Downing, TiptonRam It Down (1988)4:48
9."Beyond the Realms of Death"Halford, Les BinksStained Class (1978)6:51
10."You've Got Another Thing Comin'"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance (1982)5:09
11."Jawbreaker"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith3:25
12."A Touch of Evil"Halford, Downing, Tipton, Chris TsangaridesPainkiller (1990)5:54
13."Delivering the Goods"Halford, Downing, TiptonKilling Machine4:16
14."United"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel3:35
15."Turbo Lover"Halford, Downing, TiptonTurbo (1986)5:33
16."Painkiller"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller6:06
17."Metal Gods"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel4:04
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."The Hellion"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance0:41
2."Electric Eye"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance3:39
3."Living After Midnight"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel3:30
4."Freewheel Burning"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith4:42
5."Exciter"Halford, TiptonStained Class5:33
6."The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover)Peter GreenKilling Machine4:42
7."Blood Red Skies"Halford, Downing, TiptonRam It Down7:05
8."Night Crawler"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller5:44
9."Sinner"Halford, TiptonSin After Sin6:43
10."Hot Rockin'"Halford, Downing, TiptonPoint of Entry3:17
11."The Sentinel"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith5:04
12."Before the Dawn"Halford, Downing, TiptonKilling Machine3:23
13."Hell Patrol"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller3:37
14."The Ripper"TiptonSad Wings of Destiny2:50
15."Screaming for Vengeance"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance4:43
16."Out in the Cold"Halford, Downing, TiptonTurbo6:27
17."Revolution"Halford, Downing, TiptonAngel of Retribution4:42
Disc three (Limited Edition 3.0 only)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Dissident Aggressor"Halford, Downing, TiptonSin After Sin3:07
2."Better by You, Better than Me" (Spooky Tooth cover)Gary WrightStained Class3:24
3."Grinder"Halford, Downing, TiptonBritish Steel3:58
4."Desert Plains"Halford, Downing, TiptonPoint of Entry4:36
5."Riding on the Wind"Halford, Downing, TiptonScreaming for Vengeance3:07
6."Rock Hard Ride Free"Halford, Downing, TiptonDefenders of the Faith5:34
7."All Guns Blazing"Halford, Downing, TiptonPainkiller3:56


Other personnel

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