Great Metal Albums of 1987: Judas Priest- Priest…Live

Damn my Swiss cheese memory! A few years back, I posted my top 15 live albums and for some reason, “Live…Priest” wasn’t on said list. This is particularly shameful as I have seen the mighty Judas Priest live three times and I know how good they are in concert. This live album totally catches the essence of this legendary band.

“Live…Priest” was recorded live in Atlanta, Georgia the previous year when Judas Priest were touring for their “Turbo” album. However, many songs from their previous albums are represented too and only three songs from “Turbo.” For those who had disliked that album, this wasn’t a bad thing. Of course, they play “Turbo Lover” but they also play the more metalized “Parental Guidance” and they knock that one out of the park. The third track is “Private Property” and again, it sounds a hell of a lot better when played live that it did on the album. It helped that the crowd was singing the chorus along to Rob. Then again, you can count on Priest to nail any song live.

Needless to say, all of the best known Judas Priest songs of the time appear on the live album but they do sound so much better. “Breaking the Law,” one they always play live comes in as the fourth track and it’s well placed after “Metal Gods.” Another boring point in the life of 80smetalman is when I saw them live in 1986, I don’t remember them playing “Love Bites.” They more than make up for it here! And of course, they play my second favourite JP song of all time, “Some Heads are Gonna Roll.” By the time this song comes around, I am wanting to break out the cigarette lighter and hold it high.

Now I could go on with the remainder of the songs on the album but they are all classics which any Judas Priest fan, casual or hardcore, will know anyway. Let’s talk about the band’s performance instead. The album sounds like Judas Priest were on fire that night and they had the Atlanta crowd eating out of their hands. Robert Halford’s vocals sound fresh all through the album and he shows what a great frontman he has always been. Of course, Glenn and KK weald their axes with precision and there are some great guitar solo trade-offs between the pair. So many, I can’t choose a favourite. Dave Holland provides some brilliant drumming as well but in regards to Judas Priest, I don’t think Ian Hill gets the accolades he so richly deserves. When I saw them, he stood at the back and I was glad when I saw them again in 2009, he was allowed to join the others at the front. On this live album, I can hear his bass plugging along, providing that crucial rhythm the band depends on.

Track Listing:

  1. Out in the Cold
  2. Heading Out on the Highway
  3. Metal Gods
  4. Breaking the Law
  5. Love Bites
  6. Some Heads are Gonna Roll
  7. The Sentinel
  8. Private Property
  9. Rock You All Around the World
  10. Electric Eye
  11. Turbo Lover
  12. Freewheel Burning
  13. Parental Guidance
  14. Livin’ After Midnight
  15. You Got Another Thing Comin’
Judas Priest

Rob Halford- vocals

Glenn Tipton- guitar

KK Downing- guitar

Ian Hill- bass

Dave Holland- drums

Honestly, did you expect anything less from a live Judas Priest album? I can’t believe how much I ignored this album for so many years. I’m rectifying that now.

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35 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1987: Judas Priest- Priest…Live”

  1. Dave Holland…and Jonathan Valen!

    Yep they had a second backstage drummer.

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  2. I love this album. It wasn’t my first exposure to Priest but I picked it up just after I got into them and got acquainted with them quickly through this set. This captured their 80’s “golden” era really well.

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  3. It’s been a while since I listened to ‘Turbo’ and I haven’t purchased the album yet. But “Private Property” was my favorite track on there and it really does sound better live! More energetic.

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  4. Informative ,thanks ❤️

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  5. Saturday Night and the Priest is BAAAAAAACCCCCK! Great album. Packaging could have been way better but regardless the quality of the material is awesome on here…

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  6. Priest live albums are great and I like this one, but I think I like Unleashed in the East the best.

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  7. Yeah, this is a good one. Picked it up on vinyl a few years ago. Good times!

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  8. This album is pretty cool

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  9. Great one ❣👌

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  10. This was a massive LP for me and all my metal friends at school – my copy must have been about a 7th generation tape. I loved this period of Priest, the version of Turbo Lover here gets me every time.

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  11. There was a good concert film of the album too I remember seeing on VHS once.

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