Album - Turbo
Artist – Judas Priest
Key Players – Dave Holland – drums.
Ian Hill – bass. Glenn Tipton – guitar. K.K. Dowling – guitar.
Rob Halford – vocals.
Produced By – Tom Allom
Release Date – April 14, 1986
– Formed in Birmingham
England in 1969 Judas Priest would go on to become one of the biggest
names in the genre of “heavy metal”. This is the tenth studio
album from the band. This record was the first record where the band
tested the waters with guitar synthesizers. The band had intended
for this release to be a double album but they decided to go with a
single. This album would sell well, but fans and the band had a
love/hate relationship with it as fans felt it started to dip in to
“glam rock” a bit too much. Still, it makes “most essential”
metal lists to this day....and around this time "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"
was filmed. (seriously...take your time and watch
this if you've never seen...even if you have...) “Graham, like
gram of dope”
FDF Comments (aka the songs) – Just
nine songs and a tad over 40 minutes the album opens with
Halford starts off
quiet as Holland hammers out the drum line, the guitars are kept in
check for a bit, but it all comes together as the chorus just erupts.
No before Halford brings the slow and steady vocal crescendo. On
the chorus you really get the feel of the guitar synthesizers that
were so polarizing to fans, but the bass work of Hill is a bit more
prominent. "Locked In"
opens with the dual guitars and then
one changes to the synthesizer. It has a driving beat and Halford
remains strong with his soaring operatic vocals. This is the first
track that has more of a backing vocal section as well with it
filling out the tune along side Holland's big fills. Downing and
Tipton trade metal guitar licks and all is right in the world.
“Private Property” fuller band on vocals, but still simple guitar
work at start and we get the guitar solo. "Parental Guidance"
80's sort of slock intro with the two
guitars, pause, drums come in etc. Its still a pretty fun tune,
didn't age the best, but solid idea of the band at the time. “Rock
You All Around The World” has the dual guitars with big crash
downs before driving beat, before lyrics a quick guitar fill.
Halford is really solid, but the constant repetition of the title is a
little off putting. “Out In The Cold” slow keyboard into, with
the drums feeling labored before the band comes in, one of the longer
guitar solos on the album, still far more keyboards that fans might
have wanted. “Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days”
- big guitar intro, stadium drums. “Hot for Love” sorta the same
old. Choppy keyboard fill later, long guitar solo. “Reckless”
what we've come to expect. Nothing really new and doesn't help or
hinder the record as a closer.
Where are they now? - Barring a hiatus
from 93-96 the band has been active since 1969. Downing “retired”
from the band in 2001. Holland left the band by the end of the 80's.
Hill, Tipton and Halford are still with the the band and a new record
is due in 2013.
FDF Overall Take - I am even less than
a casual fan of the band. I like what I like it seems and even that
casual a fan one could see how long time fans may have found this
record a bit off putting. Where it rocks, this record is up there
with the heaviest of music at the time, but some of the change ups
are sort of odd. If you can get this for cheap it is not terrible,
but if you are curious about the Priest, a best of collection will
suit you fine.
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