British Steel

~ Release group by Judas Priest

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
British Steel 12" Vinyl 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) ASF 2512 [none]
British Steel Vinyl 9
British Steel 12" Vinyl 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBS 84160
British Steel Vinyl 9 Discos CBS (imprint used by Discos CBS, S.A. branches in various Spanish-speaking markets, see notes) S 84160 [none]
British Steel CD 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 84160 5099708416027
British Steel CD 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 36443 07464364432
British Steel CD 9 EPIC/SONY (brand used by Epic/Sony Inc. between Aug 1978-Mar 1988) 25•8P-5038 4988010219659
British Steel CD 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CBSCD 32412, CDCBS 32412 5099703241228
British Steel CD 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) COL 32412 5099703241228
British Steel CD 9 Epic ESCA 7667 4988010766726
British Steel CD 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS84160 5099708416027
British Steel CD 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 982725 2 5018665272521
British Steel (Remastered) CD 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 502131 2, 5021312000 5099750213124
British Steel CD 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) CK 85752 696998575226
British Steel CD 11 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) MHCP 669 4571191051714
British Steel (30th anniversary edition) 2×CD + DVD 11 + 15 + 17 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697667402 886976674021
British Steel (30th anniversary edition) CD + DVD-Video 11 + 18 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 88697667442 886976674427
British Steel (Remastered) CD 11 Metal God Entertainment SICP-3396 4547366063462
British Steel Cassette 9 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 40-32412 [none]
British Steel CD 9 EPIC/SONY (brand used by Epic/Sony Inc. between Aug 1978-Mar 1988) ESCA 7667
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British Steel (unknown) 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)

Relationships

included in: British Steel / Killing Machine
Original Album Classics
Ram It Down / British Steel / Screaming for Vengeance
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190568 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/26170 [info]
Wikidata: Q750274 [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Judas-priest/British-steel [info]
other databases: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Judas_Priest/British_Steel/437 [info]
http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/album-groupe-Judas_Priest-nom_album-British_Steel-l-de.html [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/judas_priest/british_steel/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/3644/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2z25 [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bmvh [info]

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You don't have to look far to see that heavy metal is once again in rude health. It has regained poll position as the biggest-selling genre in the world, with only hip hop giving it a run for its money. Long hairs in denim and leather are all across the pages of fashion mags and broadsheets, and have even invaded such magazines as NME and The Wire. But this media-friendly tip of the iceberg that is represented by diamante studded Motorhead t-shirts and ironic appreciation of corpse paint in hipster magazines is a mile away from the un-co-opted likes of Judas Priest.

The mighty Priest are everything that makes heavy metal the last true youth tribe. To the uninitiated they represent the naffness of the genre: the leather, denim, studs and spandex uniform and the harsh, histrionic, almost operatic vocal delivery. To their legions of fans, however, they will always remain the most important of all heavy metal groups. They represent the bridging point between the heavy doom rock of Black Sabbath et al and the myriad forms of extreme metal that came after the late 80s. They basically laid the bedrock for thrash, death and black metal. Also aiding the genre's longevity is the uniform, which was popularised and codified by the group who combined the Hells Angels uniform with Viking and fetish elements.

But if Judas Priest are the gatekeepers of real metal, even they have an entry drug and that is British Steel, which here receives the lavish 30th anniversary treatment. The band was already 11 years old and onto their second (and most famous) vocalist, Rob Halford, by the time they released this revolutionary album. In very loose terms it represented a new found maturity and individualism in metal, as it severed the last remaining links to the blues that had informed earlier albums by fellow Black Country bands Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

The showy virtuosity of previous albums was replaced by the chugga-chug riffola of Rapid Fire. The twin guitar assault of Glen Tipton and KK Downing was promoted to the fore on tracks like Metal Gods - meaning this would be the first album which would break the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) into the mainstream. But mainly it was Priest's continued ability to pen stone cold classics like Breaking the Law, Grinder and Living After Midnight that saw them move into the 80s at the top of their game.

This is an essential heavy metal artefact, packaged here with a live disc and accompanying DVD, recorded in 2009. The bonus content gives an important album of the past some contemporary context, rendering it every bit as relevant as fare from today's younger pretenders.