Judas Priest Killing Machine Numbered Limited Edition LP
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Numbered, Limited Edition! Pressed at RTI!
Smoking-Hot 1978 Set Released as Hell Bent For Leather in the United States
Produced by Pink Floyd The Wall Engineer James Guthrie: Uncompromising Album
and Exacting Performances Remain Hard Rock and Metal Bedrocks
Marries Streetwise Aggression to Commercial Accessibility, Overflows With
Confidence, Boldness, and Diversity
Includes Metal Standards "Hell Bent for Leather," "Evening Star," and
"Delivering the Goods"
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Released the same year as the equally pivotal Stained Class, Killing Machine
cemented Judas Priest's standing and reputation as the world's foremost metal
band of the late 1970s. Further diversifying its music and sporting increased
confidence, boldness, and full-bodied songwriting, the album managed a
then-unprecedented task of appealing to mainstream tastes via its impeccably
solid production, creative prowess, and staggering melodies. Known in the United
States as Hell Bent for Leather, Killing Machine remains a titanic release no
matter the name.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI,
this Silver Series numbered limited edition LP broadens the scope of the
original production, helmed by none other than Pink Floyd The Wall producer
James Guthrie. Besting those on all previous editions, the low-end thrust,
high-frequency dynamics, and all-important midrange now come alive with
unsurpassed detail and accuracy. Soundstaging and imaging positively explode
before your eyes and ears, and instrumental separation allows insight into
band's tight-fisted interplay.
Recognizing the era's potential and pushing to expand metal's horizons, Priest
created music that at the time hadn't any peer. With proto-metal luminaries
Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin experiencing career low points, and
campy hard rockers following a softer path, the English quintet married
street-bruising intensity to commercial accessibility without compromising any
aggression, volatility, rawness, or ruggedness. Part of the success owes to
Guthrie's expert hand. A majority, however, lies with the group's unrelenting
ambition and variety—not to mention masterful performances.
Exemplified in the breakthrough "Hell Bent for Leather," as tough-as-nails
resilient as any metal song and delivered by vocalist Rob Halford with a
pronounced ruffian attitude as guitars blaze behind him, Killing Machine sparks
with high-powered muscle and concise, exact rhythmic structures. Halford comes
into his own throughout, sending his falsetto into another universe on the
wide-open highway-driving anthem "Evening Star," evoking deep loss on the ballad
"Before the Dawn," and attacking "Delivering the Goods" as if he's a mercenary.
There's not a wasted note or moment of doubt on the album.
To author and metal expert Martin Popoff, music doesn't get any better. "To
my mind, Killing Machine was the apex, the hallowed halls of heavy metal which
Priest summarily occupied alone at this particular juncture in time," writes
Popoff in his The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. "The songs on this
record sweat the corners and creases of all of metal's characteristics, Priest
firing on and off all speeds, from quick and note-dense to positively glacial."
About Silver Series: From Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver
Label Vinyl Series features an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is
mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl is pressed at RTI on
audiophile-grade standard vinyl and are numbered limited-editions. Future
releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label
continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical
horizons with the Silver Label!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
1. Delivering the Goods
2. Rock Forever
3. Evening Star
4. Hell Bent For Leather
5. Take On the World
6. Burnin' Up
7. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
8. Killing Machine
9. Running Wild
10. Before The Dawn
11. Evil Fantasies
||Killing Machine has never sounded better
|MoFi did an excellent job on this remaster, it has more depth and dynamics than my CD version of the album. It was like listening it to the first time all over again. A must listen for any Priest fan. As you would expect from any MoFi Vinyl, it is flat and quiet. Highly recommended.|
|- TheSturt, MN|