The Ripper (song)

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"The Ripper"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Sad Wings of Destiny
B-side "Island of Domination"
Released 10 March 1976
Recorded March - July 1975
Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre Heavy metal
Length 2:52
Writer(s) Glenn Tipton
Producer(s) Jeffery Calvert
Max West
Judas Priest
Judas Priest singles chronology
"Rocka Rolla"
"The Ripper"
"Diamonds & Rust"
Sad Wings of Destiny track listing
"Victim of Changes"
"The Ripper"
"Dreamer Deceiver"

"The Ripper" is a single by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, first released in March 1976. It was also featured on their 1976 studio album Sad Wings of Destiny

It tells the story of "Jack The Ripper" from the rippers point of view. It has become a fan favorite and is one of the band's signature songs. Glenn Tipton penned the song shortly after joining the band, but producer Rodger Bain rejected including it on their first album Rocka Rolla. The original version that Tipton wrote was much longer than the one eventually included on Sad Wings Of Destiny at nearly eight minutes as well as played at a slower tempo. It can be heard on some early bootlegs from 1975-76.

Cover Versions[edit]

Tim "Ripper" Owens[edit]

Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens took his nickname from this song when singing in a Judas Priest tribute band, he later sang for the band between (1996-2003)