Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Judas Priest: New compilation due next month

Here’s an interesting spin on a compilation album: have the songs chosen by an artist’s peers.

Metal gods Judas Priest have done just that.

Rolling Stone reports some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world picked their favorite Priest tracks for the band's forthcoming compilation album, “The Chosen Few,” due October 11.

Songs were chosen by artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, among others.

Each artist also explains the reasons behind their choices, including Ozzy’s selection of “The Ripper,” where Osbourne finds himself bewildered by a high-pitched note sung by Rob Halford at the beginning of the track: “F**kin hell! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear,” writes Ozzy.

"This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers," says Halford. "So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."

Priest kick off the North American portion of their Epitaph tour October 12 in San Antonio, Texas.

Judas Priest
“The Chosen Few”
Release date: October 11, 2011

01 - Diamonds And Rust (1977) - chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
02 - Dissident Aggressor (1977) - chosen by Steve Vai
03 - Exciter (1978) - chosen by Accept
04 - Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) - chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
05 - Delivering The Goods (1979) - chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
06 - The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) - chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
07 - The Ripper (1979) - chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
08 - Victim Of Changes (1979) - chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
09 - Breaking The Law (1980) - chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10 - Rapid Fire (1980) - chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11 - Grinder (1980) - chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12 - Living After Midnight (1980) - chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13 - Screaming For Vengeance (1982) - chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)
14 - You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) - chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15 - The Sentinel (1984) - chosen by Chris Jericho
16 - Turbo Lover (1986) - chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17 - Painkiller (1990) - chosen by Joe Satriani

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Judas Priest – The Ripper
Mid-South Coliseum – Memphis, TN – December 12, 1982

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