Judas Priest announce 50th anniversary box set

Forty-two CD numbered limited edition box includes every official live and studio album

Judas Priest will release 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music, a 42 CD numbered limited edition box set featuring each one of the band’s official live and studio albums along with 13 discs of previously unreleased live cuts, on October 15th via Sony Legacy Recordings.

“Judas Priest’s curated box set representing 50 heavy metal years is the ultimate treasure trove defining the band’s unwavering commitment to keeping and defending the heavy metal faith,” singer Rob Halford shares.

“Amazing – 50 years of metal crammed into a small box!” notes bassist Ian Hill.

“If there’s one box set you should have in your heavy metal collection, it should be this one — it’s immortal — proclaiming and truly representing metal for over 50 years — flying the flag and proudly leading the way inspiring many bands throughout the years — this 42-CD selection says it all — it’s a big part of metal history and as such will live forever,” adds guitarist Glenn Tipton.

The set contains three previously unreleased original 24 track live recordings with five additional unreleased live stereo recordings from the archives along with a compilation of unreleased live recordings entitled Beyond Live & Rare. The eight unreleased live sets include Live in Atlanta ’82, Live at the Mudd Club ’79, Live in Houston ’86, Live in New Haven ’88, Los Angeles ’90, London ’81, Denver ’80 and Irvine ’91. All live tracks have been restored and edited by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8 and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios in London.

All previously released CDs are remastered from the original audio by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The box set was designed by long-time Judas Priest collaborator Mark Wilkinson and includes Ross Halfin signed photos by each of the band members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis. The CDs are housed in mini LP Japanese-style wallets and also includes a numbered British Steel blunt metal razor blade; memorabilia book featuring rare photos, posters, adverts and passes; replica British Steel tour program and two replica posters from British Steel 1980 German tour and Defenders of the Faith 1984 European tour.

A CD and 2 LP set edition called Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music will also be available.

CD | 2 LP

CD 1 – Rocka Rolla
CD 2 – Sad Wings of Destiny
CD 3 – Sin After Sin (1977)
CD 4 – Stained Glass (1978)
CD 5 – Killing Machine – (1978)
CD 6 – Unleashed In the East (Live in Japan 1979)
CD 7 – British Steel
CD 8 – Point Of Entry
CD 9 – Screaming for Vengeance
CD 10 – Defenders of the Faith
CD 11 – Turbo
CD 12/13 – Priest… Live!
CD 14 – Ram It Down
CD 15 – Painkiller
CD 16 – Jugulator
CD 17/18 – ’98 Live Meltdown
CD 19 – Demolition
CD 20/21 – Live in London
CD 22 – Angel of Retribution
CD 23/24 – Nostradamus (Act 1) & Nostradamus (Act 2)
CD 25 – A Touch Of Evil Live
CD 26/27 – Redeemer of Souls
CD 29 – Firepower
CD 30/31 – Live In Atlanta ’82 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 33/34 – Live In Houston ’86 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 35/36 – Live In New Haven ’88 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 37 – Los Angeles ’90 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 38 – London ’81(Previously Unreleased)
CD 39 – Denver ’80 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 40 – Irvine ’91 (Previously Unreleased)
CD 41/42 – Beyond Live & Rare (Previously Unreleased)

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