Includes a bonus DVD of a live performance recorded at the Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, on December 12, 1982.
Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass guitar); Scott Travis (drums).
Additional personnel: Dave Holland , Alan Moore, Les Binks, Simon Phillips , Tim "Ripper" Owens, John Hinch.
Liner Note Author: Bryan Reesman.
Judas Priest's METALOGY, an impressive four-CD behemoth of a box set that also includes a bonus DVD, proved a fitting tribute to a band celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. Kudos to the creative team whose use of studded trim and faux leather texture in the packaging is fitting for a group whose visual legacy is inextricably linked to their own S&M/biker apparel. As impressive as the outside of this package is, the music contained within is more important, especially when you consider that this Birmingham outfit laid down many of heavy metal's stylistic touchstones.
K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton's twin lead-guitar attack became Priest's hallmark dating back to early, blues-rock based songs "Never Satisfied" and "Deceiver" right up through the huge hits "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming." Along with all this, there are furiously energetic live versions of "Hot Rockin'," "Breaking the Law," and "Love Bites." Couple this already undeniable batch of songs with Priest's ability to effortlessly cover disparate artists like Joan Baez, Fleetwood Mac, and Spooky Tooth, and you have a band that's easily earned its legacy.