Defenders of the faith...
Judas Priest is an English band formed in 1969 and originally composed of Al Atkins, Brian Stapenhill, John Perry and John Partridge. A group that can boast of having sold no less than 50 million records to date !
The band's career officially started the same year when they signed with the Immediate label, a label that would unfortunately quickly disappear and cause the group's de facto premature separation.
A group that rose from its ashes a year later in 1972, but it would take two more years and 1974 to re-sign with a new label, namely Gull. New label which finally allows them to release a first album called "Rocka rolla".
Album which will unfortunately go unnoticed due to a rather poor sound and questionable musical choices on the part of the producer not really in accordance with the real wishes of the members of the group.
New album "Sad wings of destiny" two years later in 1976, album which will experience a much better fate in terms of production and sales but which will struggle to produce the first hit that the group is impatiently awaiting. An album whose cover represents an angel struggling in the middle of the flames and carrying the 3-branched cross of the devil. An imaginary shock that will become the symbol of the group ...
Another change of label the following year in 1977 with the signing at CBS, signing which will significantly change the situation. The album "Sin after sin" which was released the same year benefited from significantly more funding and allowed the group to gain notoriety, even if the album in turn failed to produce a hit worthy of the name. Just like "Stained class" which will be released in 1978.
Also in 1978, the album "Killing machine" was released, an album which was not really more successful than its predecessor on the sales side but which, for its part, produced the long-awaited first hits with "Take on the world" and "Evening star ”, two titles which will come out the following year in 1979. A year 1979 which also sees the group adopting the style “leathers and crampons” which will very quickly become their Factory brand.
The passage to the 80s will allow the group to rise in power in a spectacular way, in particular thanks to the release of the album "British steel" during the year 80. Album which will make a huge planetary success and consequently explode the notoriety of the group. Three top hits will be extracted, namely “Living after midnight”, “Breaking the law” and “United”.
New notorious success a year later in 1981 with the release of the album "Point of entry", less successful but still successful thanks in particular to the title "Heading out to the highway" which will be a real hit across the Atlantic.
The successes are now linked at an impressive speed and the year 1982 will also bring its share of top hits, the most famous of which will be "You'be got another thing comin'", track taken from the album "Screaming for revenge ”and which remains to this day their biggest success in the United States. A year 1982 which will remain the culmination of their career because the album “Defenders of the faith” which comes out two years later in 1984 will almost equal its predecessor but will struggle to produce a major hit worthy of the name. Only the single "Some heads are gonna roll" will succeed.
The album "Turbo", which was released two years later in 1986, was also a significant success thanks to a noticeable evolution in sound. But it won't do any better than the previous album on the single side.
All the albums that will be released subsequently will have pretty much the same fate, unfortunately, and the band will never again manage to produce a single capable of occupying the head of the Charts ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Rocka rolla 1974
The ripper 1976
Diamonds and rust 1977
Take on the world 1979
Evening star 1979
Living after midnight 1980
Breaking the law 1980
Don't go 1981
Heading out to the highway 1981
You’ve got another thing comin’ 1982
Electric eye 1982
Freewheel burning 1983
Some heads are gonna roll 1984
Turbo lover 1986
Locked in 1986
Parental guidance 1986
Johnny B. Goode 1988
A touch of evil 1991
Night crawler 1992
1974 ... beginnings which will go somewhat under the radar. But it is clear that for a first title, it is perfectly structured and it bodes well for the rest of the events ...
1976 ... we find them 2 years later and something happened, that's clear. The sound has evolved and not necessarily in lightness. In addition, it begins to beat up hard ...
1977 ... the group refines its sound year after year. At least the sound which will become his business in the years to come. And what is certain is that the core musical target of the group will never be the Dance category ...
1979 ... it took the group 5 years to position themselves on the musical scene and obtain their first major success. It is now done with this title !
1979 ... a BIG year 1979 which saw the group rise in power in a spectacular way. Here they obtain a second deserved success which rewards a fundamental work which is finally bearing fruit !
1980 ... the transition to the 80s is in force. But in their category, what is not in force ? It's the same as in the Heavy Metal category ...
1980 ... anyway, the dynamic of success is now well in place and the group continues to perform well. Admittedly, the success is limited for the moment to England but it is always better than nothing as they say !
1980 ... three titles in this year 1980 and three major successes. The group is making its place in the sun title after title with titles of certain quality and it is set to last a few more years !
1981 ... the group continues to unroll but is still chasing a first global success. They will have to be a little more patient on this one ...
1981 ... the first major hit classified across the Atlantic. Paradoxically, it will not be classified across the Channel. It is therefore a failure for the 1st global hit ...
1982 ... they will have waited almost 10 years after their debut to finally win the Grail with this title. They finally get their first global hit and certainly do not intend to stop there. HU-GE !
1982 ... what will be surprising now is that they will alternate success only across the Channel and success only across the Atlantic but rarely both at the same time. This time, it will be across the Atlantic. Go figure ...
1983 ... which side of the Atlantic do you think this one will be on ? England, of course. What is also certain is that the group has hardened its style of play and we are more and more close to leaving the road. Attention gentlemen ...
1984 ... the group slows down the pace a little and the success becomes global again. It just goes to show that overspeed does not pay off, on the contrary !
1986 ... after an empty year 1985, the group is back in force, and especially in form, in this year 1986. With a style that will only please Americans ...
1986 ... the group accelerates again. A game mode that penalizes them every time in terms of success but overspeed has been an integral part of their style from the start. Hunt the natural, it comes back at a gallop !
1986 ... whatever the case, 1986 will remain as a good Cru with a 3rd title of obvious quality but which, paradoxically, will not even be classified. This is called an industrial accident ...
1988 ... unlike most of their colleagues who play in the same category and who, for the most part, changed their style and sound at the end of their career, the group continues to unfold thoroughly. We will not do them again as they say !
1990 ... and the transition to the 90s is not going to change anything. There, we are almost close to the inaudible as the group pushes its sound delirium far. Attention, gentlemen, it smells of scorch all this ...
1991 ... and as luck would have it, as soon as the group slows down, he immediately returns to the front of the stage. The group signs here its last notorious hit, nearly 20 after its somewhat confidential debut ...
1992 ... who says overspeed, says poor performance, it's systematic. Certainly, this sound is the greatest happiness of fans of the 1st hour but frightens the rest of ordinary people. It is a choice as they say. But who will precipitate their fall in the years that will unfortunately follow ...
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