Reissue Report: Judas Priest – British Steel (2010 Legacy edition) details, artwork and release dates announced.


Columbia/Legacy a division of Sony Music Entertainment, have announced the release of Legacy Edition of JUDAS PRIEST’s seminal album, British Steel, on May 10th in the UK and May 11th in North America.

British Steel: Legacy Edition features the 2001 remaster of the original 36-minute, nine-song album (plus two bonus tracks). Also included is a DVD which combines a live 16-song concert filmed in August 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, Florida (the album sequence plus seven more cuts), with a 30-minute Making Of British Steel interview that includes all four original band members.

British Steel was the sixth studio album by Judas Priest. Released on April 14th, 1980 and produced by Tom Allom, British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park in England – a mansion owned at the time by former BEATLE Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

British Steel has long been considered one of metals all-time classics. It was with this release that Priest truly broke through to the masses, with a pair of tracks that have become fixtures on rock radio – the enduring anthems ‘Breaking The Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’. But like all classic albums, there is not a single weak track detected on British Steel, as evidenced by such standouts as the perennial concert highlight, ‘Metal Gods’, as well as ‘Rapid Fire’, ‘Grinder’, ‘United’ and ‘The Rage’, amongst others.

In 2009 Judas Priest performed the British Steel album in its entirety for the first time ever as part of their 30th anniversary USA tour. A filmed recording of the show on the August 17th, 2009 at The Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida – will be included in both the limited edition deluxe and deluxe releases. The show was captured in front of a vibrant American audience and in full 5.1 surround and stereo sound. Known for their high-energy and spectacular stage shows the band played the entire British Steel album in sequence as well as a number of other well-know tracks from their catalog.

The live concert was mixed in stereo and 5.1 by the original British Steel producer Tom Allom.

British Steel: Legacy Edition tracklisting:

Disc 1 – Remastered album
‘Rapid Fire’
‘Metal Gods’
‘Breaking The Law’
‘You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise’
‘Living After Midnight’
‘The Rage’
Bonus tracks:
‘Red, White & Blue’
‘Grinder’ (Live)

Disc 2 – DVD The British Steel 2009 Tour (Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009)
‘Rapid Fire’
‘Metal Gods’
‘Breaking The Law’
‘You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise’
‘Living After Midnight’
‘The Rage’
‘The Ripper’
‘Hell Patrol’
‘Victim Of Changes’
‘Freewheel Burning’
‘Diamonds And Rust’
‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’

5 comments on “Reissue Report: Judas Priest – British Steel (2010 Legacy edition) details, artwork and release dates announced.

  1. Why change the cover art of “British Steel” if it isn’t broke? The original cover art of “British Steel” truly is a classic, along with every song on this iconic Judas Priest album. The fake blood doesn’t truly fit this British Steel album, IMO, us fans from way back don’t need to be “lured” by the shock and awe. Sure, “Grinder” is on this album, still, it is only one song that could be paralleled with the blood. Judas Priest has always been coveted for their unreal great Heavy Metal cover art that “fits” their music.

    I’m a huge Death Metal fan and the bloody razor blade would fit more adequately with an Obituary or Suffocation album cover. Better still, this “new” cover artwork of “British Steel” fits Thrash Legends – Slayer without a question mark. I always and forever shall revere Judas Priest… it’s the songs on “British Steel” that matter the most.

    It’s like reissuing the Ratt album – “Invasion of Your Privacy”… and the girl on the cover is wearing corpse paint. It just doesn’t fit the total package of songs at all.

  2. The original album cover of “British Steel” was supposed to have the blood, but it had to be taken off, due to censoring issues. Come on, man, lighten up! The original cover had a hand grasping a razor blade, don’t you think there would be blood? This is a celebration of that album, and I think the new cover is great. Judas Priest can hang with any of the the Thrash Legends with ease. Slayer has opened up for them on many occasions, and when “Painkiller” came out, it made almost all of the thrash bands step back and give praise to the mighty priest. Again, I think the new album cover is great, and yes, the Priest is back!

  3. I’m two month late.

    Let me say this, for anyone who might drop by here months later :)

    I was the hardest-core Judas Priest fan until British Steel, maybe two albums further. Then they disappeared into oblivion for me.

    But I never stopped loving their music and their attitude.

    This 30th Anniversary edition is the absolute shit. Forget the awful-sounding remaster of the original album. The live DVD (and the live CD) are where it’s at.

    No matter what, I always take “Steeler” as the stepping stone of what Judas Priest was like. All I can and will say is this:

    On this live DVD/CD …

    a) The Band (and Rob Halford) have never looked better;
    b) The band (and Rob Halford) have aged very well and deliver …
    cI a KICK-ASS version of not only “Steeler”. B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T.

    This is as close as you’ll ever get to Judas Priest heaven. And I’m the critical fellow!

    & Borrow.


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