Released Feb 3, 2017
When it comes to definitive heavy metal bands of all time there is no question that Judas Priest is certainly one of the greatest. Formed in 1969 these metal pioneers have released 16 studio albums and many of them have gone down in history as classic heavy metal recordings such as BRITSH STEEL, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE & 1986’s TURBO. In a time where hair was getting bigger and spandex music was the clothing of choice, Priest showed that the face of even though music was quickly changing and they would continue to reign supreme. They were, in fact, ready to take over the airwaves, MTV and found their way onto millions of young people’s boom boxes, turntables, and stereos across the world.
The year 2017 marks the 30th year anniversary of the release of Priest’s most commercially successful albums TURBO. This CD really confused a lot of metal fans around the world because suddenly the mighty Priest started using guitar synths and their music still remained heavy but had a softer edge to it. From the opening track “Turbo Lover” to “Private Property” to the chart-topping “Parental Guidance” and the quasi-heavy “Reckless” Rob Halford and gang created a great metal album that to this day still leaves Priest fans scratching their heads.
This reviewer personally sees that thirty years later TURBO is just as much of a Priest album as any previous or those to follow. To commemorate the anniversary of TURBO Columbia/Legacy Records have released a Special 30th Anniversary Edition double CD titled TURBO 30. This edition contains the original remastered album plus two bonus live discs featuring 20songs that were recorded at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City in 1986.
TURBO 30 is a great release that should be a part of every metal head’s CD collection. With a reworked cover and bonus music galore this Special Edition looks, feels and sounds fantastic.
Reviewed by Jeff 1340