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Bill Collins
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Just listening to this new album, loving it, a mix of
classic and modern Priest.Sad that guitarist Glen Tipton
is retiring from touring due to Parkinson`s Disease, but
he puts in a blinding performance here. Walsall`s `Metal
God` Rob Halford is as ever on fine lung bursting form!
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This may surprise you, Bill, but I am not a fan (well, I have no preference). I never gravitated towards them or Guns N' Roses.
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Ah, who needs ya Robbie.....just kiddin'.

I wore out a couple of their cassettes in the early eighties cruisin' around in the car. (British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance)

Haven't really listened to their stuff the last couple of decades though.
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Yes, who needs me? Indeed. ;-)

"No preference" is an interesting term. Some (no-one here) misunderstands it as dislike. It's not. I dislike Simon Cowell's pop shows. I dislike Tom Jones' music. 

I don't dislike Judas Priest or Guns N' Roses. I just have no emotional attachment to their music. But I do understand and appreciate their talent.
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I think I can identify with the "no preference" tag when it comes to Guns N' Roses. I understood their sound was unique when I first heard them (the times were a changin') . A good hard feel. Yet I still never got the urge to go see them or buy an album.
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I understand no preference,especially concerning Guns n
Roses! Try checking out The Sentinel, Nightcrawler or
Metal Gods...very Marvel comics! Their 70`s albums are
well worth a look, Sad Wings Of Destiny, Sin After Sin,
Stained Class and Killing Machine are brilliant!
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It's a toss up between Judas Priest and Iron Maiden for my favorite British Metal band. Though it's no contest for which vocalist I prefer: Rob Halford. And I refuse to acknowledge the Blaze Bayley era of Maiden, just like I refuse to acknowledge the Tim `Ripper' Owens eras of Priest and Iced Earth.

One of my favorite Priest songs that surprises everyone when I mention it is Bloodstone. 

I didn't even know that The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) was a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song until a few years after I heard the JP version. I still haven't heard the Fleetwood Mac version.




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Brian, the Fleetwood Mac version is awful in my opinion!
They do a brilliant cover of Joan Baez`s Diamonds and
Rust too!
I am of the exact same opinion regarding the
Blaze/Ripper eras of both bands, i love Maiden, i saw
them first on the Metal for Muthas tour in early 1980,
supported by Praying Mantis...their Time Tells No Lies
album is well worth checking out!
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My brother just sent me this...
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 Brian Floyd wrote:
It's a toss up between Judas Priest and Iron Maiden for my favorite British Metal band.

Iron Maiden. ;-)
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It's a hard choice, Priest are local heroes and I've been
a fan since around 1978, I love Maiden too, both the
DiAnno and Bruce eras! I call it a draw.
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That simply isn't acceptable to me, Bill. ;-)
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Speaking of the DiAnno era of Iron Maiden, is there a decent version of the song Iron Maiden sung by Dickinson instead out there? Even a live version would work. I've found a live version, but there's too much crowd noise for my tastes. (
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There are numerous Iron Maiden live albums, most have
the song Iron Maiden, i can`t really recommend one as
they all have crowd noise.
I know Steve Harris has always been unhappy with the
production on the debut album, and they re-recorded
Prowler and Charlotte The Harlot with Bruce on vocals as
b-sides in 1988.I wish they`s re-record the rest of the
album too!
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I liked Firepower, I also liked Iron Maiden The Book of Souls. I'm just sad that we'll not get another Motorhead album after Bad Magic...
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Judas Priest!

British Steel is one of the greatest albums ever.

Screaming for Vengeance
Defenders of the Faith
Turbo

All great albums
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Craig,check out the albums from Sad Wings Of Destiny up
to Killing Machine, all 70`s classics!
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   I saw Judas Priest on the Turbo tour and on the Epitaph tour. Both amazing shows.
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Did Rob wear his Black Country flag jacket Matthew? I`ve
seen Priest numerous times, first at Donington Monsters
of Rock in 1980, and on all the UK tours since!
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 Not sure about the jacket, but here is a couple of photos from the Epitaph show.
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   Black Label Society opened.
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Great pictures, i saw them on the Epitaph and Redeemer
of Souls tours in their/our hometown, he wore the Black
Country jacket at one point on the Souls tour, i just
wondered if he wore it everywhere!That show was less
than a fortnight after the Paris Bataclan terror attack,
and Priest came on to Black Sabbath`s War Pigs, hitting
the stage on `Poisoning their brainwashed minds`, very
moving.
I do have pics from the Priest costume exhibition at
Walsall leather museum from a few years ago if anyone is
interested!

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I think FIREPOWER is an incredible album and I play it as often as I can. My favorite tracks are, without a doubt: Lightning Strike, Necromancer, Guardians/Rising From Ruins, Spectre, and Traitor's Gate. 

I'm just sad that we'll not get another Motorhead album after Bad Magic...

Same. But at least they went out strong. What an incredible catalog they've left us. 

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Ronald, i can`t choose a favourite track, they are all
so strong! The cover artist of Firepower, Claudio
Bergamin designs Star Wars themed guitar pics for
Ritchie Faulkner, which just makes him cooler!
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To be fair, I love ALL the songs! But...if I'm pressed for time and can't give the entire album a spin, I'll pick those out. I think Traitor's Gate is just plain kick-ass metal brilliance. 

That bit about Claudio is SO COOL!  
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