Judas Priest - Turbo 30

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The somewhat maligned Turbo is now the fourth album from British metal legends Judas Priest to receive a 30th anniversary revamp, following British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance, and Defenders of The Faith. They've all been remastered, and of course now all sound at least as good, if not better, than they always have (mixing and mastering has never been a problem for Judas Priest, but nevertheless this version sounds much warmer than the 2001 remaster and will sound fantastic on the vinyl edition), but the real relevance of the releases is in the bonus material, and it's here that the treatment of each has been rather inconsistent. British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance both kept their studio bonus tracks from the 2001 remasters and had some extra live material added. Defenders of The Faith had its studio bonus track removed, but had its live bonus track expanded into the full concert over two CDs, and Turbo has now received the same, which means it loses out significantly. At the time of recording, 1985, Priest recorded enough material for a double album, but the record label only wanted to release the most commercial sounding of the songs. Nine were chosen for Turbo, and 11 were scrapped. Five of those have since been released as bonus tracks on remastered albums (including ones completely unrelated to those songs), and the Metalogy box set. Two remain unreleased in any form, and four were re-recorded for the Ram It Down album. The opportunity to re-instate Turbo to the double album it should always have been (to be titled Twin Turbos), then further enhance the package with the double live album that has now been included, so making this the perfect anniversary release, was there, but that hasn't been done. The live show, recorded at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City in 1986, is easily the best quality archival live material they've released to date, its inclusion here is very welcome, and the remaster job is outstanding, but the absence of what could have been lets this down somewhat.

Written by Andy Lye
More: 2017, Albums, Heavy Metal, Quickplay Reviews, Re-release,

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