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Review: Judas Priest - Classic Albums: Judas Priest: British Steel
Judas Priest
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Classic Albums: Judas Priest: British Steel

Label: Eagle Vision Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 110 min.

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 28, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Classic Albums: Judas Priest: British Steel

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)
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This documentary was shown on VH-1 and MuchMoreMusic not long ago. The DVD edition is extended with bonus videos and interviews, as well as a listing of the band's discography - nothing to get excited about in this last case, it is simply a textual list of albums by year released.

The bulk of the documentary consists of interview snippets mainly with Glen Tipton, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford and Ian Hill, as well as the producer of the British Steel album. Little excerpts of videos and live footage are shown here and there, but don't get too excited when a song starts: It always gets interrupted by the interviews (the bonus material fixes that, however.) Lots of band footage old (very early Priest - back when Halford had long hair) to very recent (we can see Ripper Owens for a few seconds.) The interviews of course are about the making of the album - lots of riffs comments by the two axe men and comments about the lyrics by Halford. Discussion about how the success of the album change the status of the band, etc... It's also interesting to see that Ian Hill can actually talk. ;)

The bonus material is a welcome addition, with a live performance of "Grinder" at Rock in Rio in 1991, videos of "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law", as well as more interviews - including one with drummer Scott Travis and one where Halford describes how the accident in Toronto happened in 1991.

If you're looking for a live Priest DVD, this is NOT it. If you're looking for an interesting documentary, you may learn a thing or two with this. I would have wished for more live footage and uninterrupted band performances, however. And damn those British are hard to understand! :) Recommended.


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