JUDAS PRIEST: Unleashed in the east (LIVE in Japan) LP. Check audio

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Judas Priest ‎– Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan)
Label: CBS ‎– 83852
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 17 Sep 1979
Genre: Heavy Metal

A1 Exciter 5:37 Written-By – Tipton*, Halford*
A2 Running Wild 2:55 Written-By – Tipton*
A3 Sinner 7:22 Written-By – Tipton*, Halford*
A4 Ripper 2:38 Written-By – Tipton*
A5 The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) 3:22 Written-By – Peter A. Green*  (Fleetwood Mac cover)
B1 Diamonds And Rust 3:36 Written-By – Joan Baez (Joan Baez cover)
B2 Victim Of Changes 7:08 Written-By – Atkins*, Tipton*, Downing*, Halford*
B3 Genocide 7:24 Written-By – Tipton*, Downing*, Halford*
B4 Tyrant 4:45 Written-By – Tipton*, Halford*

Bass – Ian Hill
Drums – Les Binks
Engineer – Neil Kernon
Engineer [Recording] – Yoshihiro Suzuki
Lead Guitar – Glenn Tipton, K. K. Downing
Lead Vocals – Rob Halford
Producer – Judas Priest, Tom Allom

Recorded live at:
Koseinenkin Hall, Toyko, Japan February 10, 1979
Nakano Sunplaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan February 15, 1979.
Mixed at Startling Studios, Ascot England.

© 1979 CBS Inc.
℗ 1979 CBS Records
This was the first of their albums to have Tom Allom as their producer. He would produce all subsequent albums up to, and including, 1988 Ram It Down. It was also their first album to reach the US Top 100, something that all of their subsequent studio albums would equal.

Rob Halford: Vocals
K.K. Downing: Guitars
Glenn Tipton: Guitars
Ian Hill: Bass Guitar
Les Binks: Drums

From the Japanese audience’s eager singalong on the very first song on this album (“Fall to your knees and repent if you please!”), it’s clear that this early incarnation of legendary metal group Judas Priest knew how to work a crowd. The band appears onstage at Kaseinenkin Hall on the cover in full black leather and studs regalia, surrounded by bright lights and billowing smoke. Upon release, the album established Priest as one of the metal’s live heavyweights and also comes in handy as an unofficial “best of” 1970s Judas Priest–containing most of their early hit songs.

A lot of these songs aren’t played live anymore, which is a shame because Priest’s early work was much more fiery and raw than their 80s output. The live versions crackle with gentle reverb, and the guitar solos especially are given new life in this sweaty, packed early live setting.

“Stand up for Exciter!” vocalist Rob halford orders the Japanese in the namesake opener. The echo from the guitar intro to “Diamonds and Rust” fills the theater. “Sinner,” “Delivering the Goods,” and “The Green Manalishi” carry the night with simple but authoritative riffing.

But the most well-known highlight here is Halford’s stunning vocal prowess on “Victim of Changes,” turning an already excellent song into a true epic. About halfway through the track, the band settles into a subtle breakdown, with only drummer Les Binks hammering away at a midtempo–the calm before the storm, as it were. Halford leads the finale starting in a low baritone before building all the way up to an inhuman shriek several octaves up: “Victim of Changes!!!” The audience at the time can be pictured looking at one another in astonishment and asking, “Did he really just do that?” The inclusion of “Hell Bent For Leather” is a fitting encore, a terrific wail of a song that stands as one of the band’s most classic moments, live or otherwise.

“Unleashed In the East” hearkens back to an earlier time, when Judas Priest was poised for true lift off into “legend” status…back before they were filling arenas and stadiums, Priest was a hungry, passionate band. This album takes you back to those early days.

It could be the best live metal album ever released.

Judas Priest: Facts Unleashed!

Rightly regarded as one of the iconic live metal albums, Unleashed In The East actually introduced the world to Priest’s full on S&M image. But what more should you know about the album? Here’s your guide:

* The album was recorded on February 10 and 15 1979, at Kosei Nenkin Hall and Nakano Sun Plaza in Tokyo

* This was the first Priest album to make the UK Top 10 – peaking at number 10 – and the US Top 100, making it to number 70.

Unleashed… was the debut Priest live album, and the biggest seller of their five live releases so far.

* Despite being recorded around the Killing Machine album, only two songs from the original Unleashed In The East came from that album: Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) and Running Wild.

* Priest did six live shows on their 1979 Japanese tour. This world tour began in London, on October 23. 1978. It ended in Nice on December 15, 1979.

* The band’s set at the two shows recorded for this album were actually 17 songs long.

* The first song the band played on the opening date of this lengthy global tour was White HeatRed Hot. The last song played on the final date was Starbreaker.

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