Judas Priest
Priest...Live!


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by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
July 28th, 2009 | 20 replies | 5,971 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may sound more live than its predecessor, but Priest's second live effort is evidently haunted by too many issues that make a live album dull.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Priest’s second live album, Priest…Live! was released in 1987, its songs recorded on the 1986 Fuel for Life Tour in support of their then-recent Turbo album. It success was minimal, especially compared to their popular first live release, Unleashed in the East, even though now no studio overdubbing had taken place after the initial recordings. The material is a summation of their favourites from the 80’s (except for the songs from Ram It Down, which was released a year later), containing not one track from the 70’s.

Priest…Live!’s Judas Priest was:
- Robert John Arthur Halford ~ Vocals
- Kenneth Downing Jr. ~ Lead Guitar
- Glenn Raymond Tipton ~ Lead Guitar
- Ian Frank Hill ~ Bass Guitar
- David Holland ~ Drums

Priest…Live!: The Good & The Bad

The Good:
- The idea behind it: Where Unleashed was a near-perfect summation of only 70’s material (obviously), Live! features exclusively material from Priest’s second decade, although releasing it in 1989, after Ram It Down, would have been an even better plan. After all, in a broad sense, all 80’s studio efforts where a hybrid of hard rock and heavy metal (plus 1979’s Killing Machine), a sound, along with its image, the band were now completely into. The band covers all albums in equal sense, and makes the right choice cuts, still covering the right tracks from the rather weak Point of Entry and Turbo.
- The band: Despite having obviously aged since their last decade, Priest’s performance is still very adequate, and nobody really has a problem hitting all the notes.
- The Turbo songs: The songs from their latest offering do particularly well live, and are an improvement from their studio originals. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Turbo was very much a glam metal/arena rock album.

The Bad:
- The production: Though not exactly unclear, the production is a bit of a letdown. Similar to their previous album, the vocals sound too distant at times, and the instruments are not mixed accordingly, as is often an issue with live albums.
- The lack of intensity: A combination of both age and image, the band’s playing seems a little too relaxed at times. Unable to surprise the listener with wicked extended guitar solos, powerful screaming and that sort of features, the band does little to improve their studio versions. Sounding very much like the studio versions is something a live album should avoid at all costs, as it adds no extra value to the songs.
- The length: Seeing as it also has quite some average songs on it, this live album could have well been shortened to a single disc. Another option could have been to show some 70’s material after all, which is, as most will know (or agree with, whatever your opinion is), Priest’s far superior decade.
- The overall value it really has: Priest…Live! is just another collection of live performances, instead of a whole performance, something that has often proved to work better on a live album. If these performances were now particularly interesting, it would have been very forgivable. The album makes up for a relatively nice listen, but afterwards one will wonder what is really good about this record.

Priest…Live! is in no way the excitement its title implies. The band can still play great, the record sums up their second decade nicely, but with the letdown production, a 2-disc length, and lack of intensity and innovation, the listener will come to the conclusion that Judas Priest have unfortunately presented us with a rather lacklustre live album.

Recommended tracks:

The Sentinel
Breaking The Law
Electric Eye



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Nagrarok
July 28th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wanted this posted way earlier, but Sputnik was somehow down.

And again, different format since it's a live release.

ConorMichaelJoseph
July 28th 2009



1870 Comments


Another great Priest review Nag, pos'd. I should probably still hear this though, I'm a huge Priest fan.

Nagrarok
July 28th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not really worth your time. And I noticed you were obviously a big fan by your comments and ratings ;).

ConorMichaelJoseph
July 28th 2009



1870 Comments


I have yet to actually see them live myself, however. They're highest on my priority list though. I was bummed when I missed them on Defenders of The Faith Tour with Megadeth and Testament. Oh well, next year.

KYZAR
July 28th 2009



513 Comments


yea this turns me off from seeing them live

Douchebag
July 28th 2009



3624 Comments


I saw them live last year, it was a brilliant fun gig! This album isn't really worth it, I have the DVD of this and boy do they look funny (in a really bad way).

shindip
July 29th 2009



3536 Comments


Im lovin these JP reviews. It makes me interested in more of their stuff.

Nagrarok
July 29th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea this turns me off from seeing them live

I saw them live last year, it was a brilliant fun gig!


The material they created in the 80's had a large influence on how they played. They may have gotten older, but I hear more energy in the band on Touch of Evil than on this.

Douchebag
July 29th 2009



3624 Comments


VERY True!
I'm gonna sound cliche's saying this, but the band sound much more 'Metal' nowardays even though they are older. Most songs are played half a step down and the whole 'feel' is much much heavier than the 70's and 80's days.

Watching the DVD Electric Eye (The Priest... Live! footage) compared to the more recent Rising In The East DVD will show where i'm coming from.

lostforwords
July 29th 2009



439 Comments


One more nice review, with a cool different format, pos.
I couldn't agree more with you.

Nagrarok
July 29th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to hear that. I'll be posting Ram It Down today, if I don't suddenly get tons of other business to take care of.

Douchebag
July 29th 2009



3624 Comments


Ram It Down should get at least a 3.5 even if it's just for that insaine solo in the title track.

Nagrarok
July 29th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm afraid I'm going to have to dissapoint you. It's going to be 2.5 at most.

Douchebag
July 29th 2009



3624 Comments


haha naww. It's really not that bad...

Nagrarok
July 29th 2009



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, not as bad as Turbo, but that's not a very difficult thing to achieve.

Douchebag
July 29th 2009



3624 Comments


Yeah it's definitley one of the weaker ones no doubt.

TheNotrap
July 27th 2011



7821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Classic live!
The die hard fans (like me) usually prefer Unleashed in the East but I always loved this record.

Out in the Cold or Breaking the Law are definitely memorable moments.
An absolute classic.

TheNotrap
July 27th 2011



7821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

By the way..this record definitely don't deserve a 2/0 rating.

RunOfTheMill
January 13th 2012



1249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent live album, I like the feel of it, feels like being at a Priest show, only your eyes are
closed, and the tracks off Turbo sound a lot better here than on the actual album.

However, definitely some weaker moments on this; the opening of "Love Bites" ruined the entire
thing, "Metal Gods" seemed to have a total lack of effort, some other tracks had some parts that
sounded so forced... Still a fin listen, and I was impressed by the performance on "Freewheel
Burning", "Heading Out to the Highway" and "Electric Eye".

Would have been more badass if this was recorded during the Mercenaries of Metal tour in 1988, as
what I've heard from that sounds so much more amazing, explosive and powerful.


Fuck that shit this is great.

mark7477
February 27th 2014



389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only poor thing here is most of the turbo stuff considering this is from the turbo tour LOL.On the other hand these are pretty good live versions of classic priest tunes the same way I feel about unleashed in the east perhaps this has more material and a different time era as well.



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