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  • Originally, ‘Turbo’ (1986) was to be released as a double record, featuring songs that are included on this record, released two years later. (For unreleased tunes from this period, listen to “Red, White & Blue” (from the ‘British Steel’ reissue) and “Prisoner of Your Eyes” (from the ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ reissue).) This would have made for a more traditional Judas Priest record overall, but as it was planned, the pop-oriented tunes on the former were panned by the rock press and the edgier tunes on this latter release were lost in the backlash.”Ram It Down”, “Heavy Metal”, and “Monsters of Rock” are just as heavy any of the sounds on ‘Painkiller’ (1990) in that regard. “Blood Red Skies” combines the traditional two-guitar attack and post-apacolyptic lyrical landscape with a synthesizer to good effect. Even the radio-song, “I’m a Rocker”, and the tongue-in-cheek rendition of “Johnny B. Goode”, are appreciated.The downside of ‘Ram It Down’ is the sound. By that time, it seems that Tom Allom, the long-time producer who began his tenure by spicing up the classic ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979), hit an all-time low with this swan song.BONUS TRACKS: As with the previous reissues, we have two live songs that has nothing to do with this particular record or the era it was recorded in, “Night Comes Down” (from the same 1984 show as “Jawbreaker” from the ‘Sin After Sin’ reissue, “Grinder” from the ‘British Steel’ reissue, and “Heavy Duty” from the ‘Defenders of the Faith’ reissue) and “Bloodstone” (from the same 1982 show as “Devil’s Child” from the ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ reissue, “Screaming for Vengeance” from the ‘Priest Live’ reissue, and “Riding on the Wind” from the ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ reissue).

    Posted on January 26, 2010