The British version of this release is titled KILLING MACHINE.
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Les Binks (drums).
Principally recorded at Utopia, Basing Street and CBS Studios, London, England in 1978. Includes liner notes by Judas Priest.
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley.
Personnel: Glenn Tipton (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Les Binks (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
Recording information: Basing Street (1978); CBS Studios, London, England (1978); Utopia (1978).
Photographers: Robert Ellis ; Bob Elsdale; Terry Lott; Fin Costello.
Judas Priest's 1979 release, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (titled KILLING MACHINE in Europe), continued the band's late '70s winning streak, which included such metal classics as SAD WINGS OF DESTINY, SIN AFTER SIN, and STAINED CLASS. Such deliciously heavy tracks as "Delivering the Goods," the title track, the U.K. hit single "Take On the World," and a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)," showed that nobody could touch singer Rob Halford and company when it came to power metal. Landing a spot as the opening act on Kiss' U.S. tour the same year, Priest were gearing up for a major worldwide breakthrough--eventually becoming one of the '80s top heavy metal acts.