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Judas Priest: 'Turbo 30'
Released 3rd February 2017 (Sony Music)

30th January 2017

jonathan churchill
Words: Jonathan Churchill

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Judas Priest's tenth studio album, 'Turbo', has received a thirty-year anniversary boost with a 3-CD box set, featuring the original nine track album re-mastered and an unreleased live concert recording from the 'Fuel For Life' tour in Kansas City. There's also dynamic new cover art, featuring the original classic imagery on a black background, a black vinyl release as an alternative to the CDs, a woven patch and a t-shirt, all of which would be heaven to the cast of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot'.

So how does Turbo sound thirty years later? Well, it's held up surprisingly well. Sounding more like a bizarre ZZ Top/Duran Duran hybrid than the Metal Gods of 'Unleashed In The East' or 'British Steel', it's a sun-drenched, Margarita flavoured cocktail of mood-lifting sing-along anthems and teen rebellion.

At first listen, a seemingly shallow party record, but in fact, unlike many of the big-selling Sunset Strip's hairspray-drenched offerings from that era, Turbo has hidden depths. Like a reverse mullet, this is party at the front, business at the back. It's a Metal fist hidden inside a satin glove.

From the sinister, classy overtones of 'Out In The Cold' to the twin guitar attack of 'Hot For Love' and the powerful vocals of 'Locked In', this album has not only stood the test of time, but thirty years later, sounds just great. The nine short tracks fizz with creative intensity, huge choruses, weird synth guitars and the trademark twin solos of Glenn and KK, both on world-class form here.

'Reckless', apparently considered for the 'Top Gun' movie, is an effortless melodic rock epic with a phenomenal air guitar-worthy solo. 'Turbo Lover', 'Rock You All Around The World', 'Wild Nights...' and Private Property' are just dumb fun, pure and simple. The only track that really sounds out of place in 2017 is 'Parental Guidance', with its embarrassing teen-friendly lyrics, but it would have made more sense back in 1986 with Tipper Gore on the warpath.

'Turbo 30' is a world away from the dark fantasy of 'Painkiller' or 'Stained Class', but it demonstrates that Metal can come in all shapes and sizes – although I think we're all agreed that one 'pop' album from Judas Priest was more than enough. Thank goodness the band re-ignited their legend with 'Painkiller' ensuring this, their tenth studio album remains a curious but hugely entertaining mainstay of their back catalogue.

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Full Tracklisting:
Disc One: Turbo Remastered
Turbo Lover
Locked In
Private Property
Parental Guidance
Rock You All Around The World
Out In The Cold
Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
Hot For Love

Disc Two: Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City
Out In the Cold
Locked In
Heading Out To The Highway
Metal Gods
Breaking The Law
Love Bites
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
The Sentinel
Private Property
Desert Plains
Rock You All Around The World

Disc Three: Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City
The Hellion
Electric Eye
Turbo Lover
Freewheel Burning
Victim Of Changes
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
Living After Midnight
You've Got Another Thing Coming
Hell Bent For Leather


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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