Q - 12/01, p.1593 stars out of 5
- "...The loudest of all...the obligatory Japanese live album..."
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Les Binks (drums).
Principally recorded live at Koseinenkin Hall and Nakano Sunplaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan in 1979. Includes liner notes by Judas Priest.
Digitally remastered by Jon Astley.
Personnel: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Les Binks (drums).
Audio Mixer: Neil Kernon.
Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
Liner Note Author: Judas Priest.
Recording information: Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan (1979); Nakano Sunplaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan (1979).
Photographers: Robert Ellis ; Watalu Asanuma; Steve Joester; Fin Costello.
The first real transatlantic breakthrough for Judas Priest came with this most unforgiving of live albums. Playing on their early success in the Far East, Judas Priest recorded a handful of shows in Tokyo on the back of their Hell Bent For Leather album. Their magnanimous success there made for a brutal and excited showing of live favourites that translated as a riotous success with the Japanese. Their inspired cover versions of Joan Baez's "Diamonds And Rust" and Fleetwood Mac's "Green Manalishi," as well as such gruelling standards as "Exciter" and "Ripper" made for a convincing sweatpit of a show. One to raise your hands to.