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Stained Class

Artist
TypeStudio Full-length
Released
GenresHard Rock, Heavy Metal
LabelsColumbia Records, Sony Music
Length43:53
Ranked#9 for 1978 , #1,189 all-time
Reviews :  2
Comments :  0
Total votes :  2
Rating :  85 / 100
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Stained Class Information

Track listing (Songs)

Title Length Rating Votes
1. Exciter 5:34 95 1
2. White Heat, Red Hot 4:21 75 1
3. Better By You, Better Than Me (Spooky Tooth cover) 3:25 85 1
4. Stained Class 5:20 90 1
5. Invader 4:16 85 1
6. Saints In Hell 5:31 80 1
7. Savage 3:27 80 1
8. Beyond The Realms Of Death 6:55 100 1
9. Heroes End 5:04 75 1

Line-up (Members)

Production staff / artist

  • Dennis McKay : Producer Except #3
  • James Guthrie : Producer #3
  • Paul Northfield : Engineer
  • Ken Thomas : Engineer
  • Neil Ross : Engineer
  • Roslav Szaybo : Design
  • Ronald Kass : Photography
Additional notes
2001 Remastered version bonus track :
10. Fire Burns Below
11. Better By You, Better Than Me (live)

Recorded : Chipping Norton Studios, Cotswold, London, England, October/November, 1977
Mixed and Engineered : Trident Studios

Single :
Better By You, Better Than Me/Invader (January 1978, CBS)

Certification : RIAA Gold November 10, 1989
Chart position : UK #27, Billboard Album #173

Stained Class Reviews

Reviewer :    (85/100)
Date : 
1977’s Sin after Sin saw Judas Priest almost fully developing their core sound, their true heavy metal style that would serve as a cornerstone whereupon all of their next releases would be built. Guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton were using their talents more than ever to create innovative, stunning guitar work, vocalist Rob Halford was growing more and more confident, bassist Ian Hill did not go unheard, and finally a drummer competent in the heavy metal scene would join. This drummer however, Simon Philips, was only a session musician who left after the recording of Sin after Sin. Soon afterwards, Les Binks was chosen as a tour drummer, but the band was so impressed with his performance they asked him to stay. Binks was an accomplished and technically skilled drummer who contributed just as well, if not better than Simon Philips, to Judas Priest’s heavy metal sound. The production of the album, at that point, was the clearest and cleanest so far. Coinciding with these changes went the introduction of what would become the classic Judas Priest logo. A logical change, because of the logo’s metallic look that would work better with Priest releases from then on, in contrast with especially Sad Wings of Destiny, with which the gothic-styled look suited perfectly. Priest’s fourth record was released in 1978 and called Stained Class, and has remained the only album in the band’s history that contains song writing contributions by all band members. It is often hailed as a classic in their catalogue and as an influence on the speed metal genre.
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Reviewer :    (85/100)
Date : 
1969년 영국 버밍엄에서 결성된 Judas Priest의 네 번째 정규앨범으로 Heavy Metal 밴드로서의 위상을 본격적으로 점하기 시작했다. 전작 "Sin After Sin"에 비해 가사의 심오함과 사운드의 난해함이 더해졌는데, Butterfly Ball 출신의 테크니션 Les Binks를 드러머로 맞이하여 앨범을 완성하였다. Thrash Metal 사운드의 탄생에 영향을 미친 바 있는 "Exciter"와 최고의 메탈 발라드 넘버 "Beyond The Realms Of Death" 등을 담고 있다. Judas Priest의 초기 역작으로 James Guthrie와 Judas Priest가 공동으로 프로듀싱하였다.

Killing track : Beyond the Realms of Death
Best track : Exciter , Stained Class
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Judas Priest Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
(1974) Studio 75 4 1
(1976) Studio 88.3 3 2
(1977) Studio 78.8 4 2
(1978) Studio 85 2 2
(1978) Studio 87.5 2 2
(1979) Live 93.3 3 2
(1980) Studio 85 4 1
(1981) Studio 82.5 2 1
(1982) Studio 95 5 2
(1983) EP - 0 0
(1984) EP - 0 0
(1984) Studio 91.7 3 1
(1986) Studio 72 5 1
(1987) EP - 0 0
(1987) Live 90 2 1
(1988) Studio 88.3 3 1
(1990) Studio 95 7 1
(1997) Studio 73.3 3 1
(1998) EP - 0 0
(1998) Live 85 1 1
(2001) Studio 75 1 1
(2003) Live - 0 0
(2005) Studio 83.8 4 1
(2008) Studio 62.5 2 1
(2009) Live 70 1 0
(2014) Studio 90 1 0
(2016) Live 85 1 0
(2018) Studio 95 1 0