The Essential Judas Priest is a two disc set that adequately covers the Metal Gods’ career from their earliest roots through 2005. Songs from their 2nd earliest effort, “Sad Wings Of Destiny” to their reunited “Angel Of Retribution” album are included. Their lackluster debut “Rocka Rolla” has been thankfully overlooked.
Covering the band’s more than three decade career is a hard feat with only a two disc set and I’m sure many people would want different songs included and some omitted. Overall, they have culled together a collection that a Priest neophyte to a long time fan will enjoy.
All songs are taken from their phenomenal remastered catalog and include such staples as “Breaking The Law,” “Delivering The Goods,” and their two famous covers: Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi” and Joan Baez’s “Diamonds And Rust.”
While I have no ill will towards Tim “Ripper” Owens and his years in Priest, thankfully they have stuck with the traditional Priest lineup.
The Essential Judas Priest is just that – an essential addition to any metal head’s collection!