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  • Released in 1979 (it would go Platinum ten years later), Unleashed in the East isn’t just the best live album available from Judas Priest, it’s one of the best live albums ever recorded. Purists can nitpick all they want on whether this is considered a “live” album or not, but you’ll rarely find anything that sounds better than this. Classic Priest songs like “Exciter”, “Sinner”, “The Ripper”, “Green Manalishi”, “Diamonds and Rust”, “Victim of Changes”, “Tyrant”, and “Hell Bent for Leather” are re-produced live with faster tempos, edgier riffs, and grinding solos that are pure old metal bliss. Rob Halford’s voice booms, and the guitar combo of Downing and Tipton can be heard in their prime here. All in all, any Judas Priest fan most likely owns this disc, but if you don’t, consider Unleashed in the East an absolute must own.

    Posted on December 22, 2009