Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CD Review: New 3CD Set Celebrates 30 Years Of "Turbo" From Judas Priest

The year was 1986 and hard rock music was beginning to make it's way to the mainstream, as bands like Motley Crue, Poison and Van Halen were heating up the singles charts. Also, the synthesizer was being introduced into heavy metal music as bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were looking to streamline their sounds. After the hard-edged album, "Defenders Of Faith," Judas Priest polished their sound with the release of the their tenth studio album "Turbo." It would reach #17 on the Billboard album chart, sell over a million copies and would become one of their biggest selling albums.
On February 3rd, Sony Music will be releasing a 3CD deluxe edition of the album. It will feature a newly remastered version of the "Turbo" album. The sound of guitar synthesizers shine through on songs like "Turbo Lover" and "Private Property" as Judas Priest searched for mainstream commercial success. The addictive chorus of "Parental Guidance" became the battle cry for fans to fight against the government for censoring heavy metal music. They would introduce a more electronic sound with "Out In The Cold," before showcasing their musical muscle with "Hot For Love."
Judas Priest fans will want to pick up this new deluxe edition of "Turbo" because of the previously unreleased "Live In Kansas City" live recording from the band's "Fuel For Life" tour. Discs two and three feature the complete show. Five the of 20 songs from the show are from the "Turbo" album, while others include such Judas Priest classics as "Breaking The Law," "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming." The sound of the show is great, professionally recorded and the songs have that harder, heavy metal edge when fatured in this live setting. A much-welcomed addition to the "Turbo" album. To find out more about the new deluxe edition of Judas Priest's "Turbo," please visit

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