JUDAS PRIEST – Turbo 30 [Remastered Japanese 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

JUDAS PRIEST - Turbo 30 [Remastered 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) full

As requested here’s JUDAS PRIEST 1986 album ”Turbo”, in its Japanese boxed-digipak 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, fully remastered and featuring a previously unreleased 1986 live recording at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City into 2 extra discs.

There was a tremendous controversy among Judas Priest fans when “Turbo” appeared in 1986.
The album was hung upon Priest as an indictment by “pure” headbangers in the same way “Load” would be upon Metallica a decade later.
“Turbo” was met by mainstream listeners with an ingratiating thumbs-up, as was Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Def Leppard’s “Hysteria”, other albums by hard rock giants who took softer, more commercial stances in the same timeframe and found their way to riches.
This was a period in heavy metal history where even Iron Maiden was thrown under the microscope by the faithful for tweaking its music with guitar synthesizers on “Somewhere in Time” and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”.

I always liked “Turbo”; the hits “Turbo Lover” and “Locked In”, the anthems “Rock You All Around The World”, “Parental Guidance” and “Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days” and the AOR-ish “Out In The Cold” with its John Carpenter-like synth atmospheres and some kind of horror / hard sci-fi film score feel.
Additionally, you have “Hot For Love” and “Reckless” in the classic Judas style providing balance.
This remaster sounds and feels vibrant, helped by the original tapes digitally recorded.

Discs 2 & 3 feature a 20-song live show from Judas Priest captured during the ’86 “Fuel for Life” tour, recorded at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.
This 20-song set offers a few more than what’s delivered on 1987’s hot-selling “Priest…Live!”, which was recorded at the Omni in Atlanta and Reunion Arena in Dallas.
Here you get “Desert Plains”, “Victim Of Changes” and “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)”. You even get “Locked In”, which was surprisingly omitted from “Priest…Live!” even on the 2001 remaster.

Back when appeared, “Turbo” divided waters. For those who weren’t there in 1986, listening the album now – with this pristine remastering job – it’s easily seen a a product of its time: lots of guitar synths, keyboards, triggered drums… and some darn catchy tunes.
Yeah, this is a different Judas Priest, not heavy metal, just middle-Eighties commercial stuff.
And I like it.



Disc 1: Turbo remastered
01. Turbo Lover (Remastered)
02. Locked In (Remastered)
03. Private Property (Remastered)
04. Parental Guidance (Remastered)
05. Rock You All Around the World (Remastered)
06. Out in the Cold (Remastered)
07. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days (Remastered)
08. Hot for Love (Remastered)
09. Reckless (Remastered)

Disc 2: Live at the Kemper Arena, Kansas City
01. Out In The Cold
02. Locked In
03. Heading Out To The Highway
04. Metal Gods
05. Breaking The Law
06. Love Bites
07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
08. The Sentinel
09. Private Property
10. Desert Plains
11. Rock You All Around the World

Disc 3: Live at the Kemper Arena, Kansas City
01. The Hellion
02. Electric Eye
03. Turbo Lover
04. Freewheel Burning
05. Victim of Changes
06. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
07. Living After Midnight
08. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
09. Hell Bent for Leather

Rob Halford – vocals
K. K. Downing – guitar
Glenn Tipton – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Dave Holland – drums



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