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Review: Judas Priest - Electric Eye
Judas Priest
Electric Eye

Label: Columbia Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 168 min.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 13, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Electric Eye

Rated 4.56/5 (91.11%) (18 Votes)

Halford's back and what better way to mark the event than to release this DVD. For those who have seen the Priest...Live! VHS released in 1987, the live show presented here is the same, only on DVD and digitally mastered. Makes it easier to skip the Turbo songs. :) Speaking of skipping, there's a little glitch whereas if you skip to Sentinel, the song's already started - that's a bitch, but not the end of the world. Anyway, I don't know how many times I've watched this show on VHS, and it's great to see it re-released on a more durable media (in theory.) The show is made up of 19 songs, most of them time-tested Priest classics along with several songs from the current Priest album of the time, Turbo. That album was a bit on the pop side and only a couple of the songs have withstood the test of time - they don't suck but they pale in comparison with the other material presented here. One thing I've always loved about this show is that it is very professionally filmed; you almost feel like you are in the audience right next to the stage. Only toward the end do things appear to have been hurried up, with the last couple of songs being accompanied by outtakes from previous moments of the show, and the unfortunate ending with Metal Gods which is just running over the ending credits, rather than with the band playing. That's always annoyed me. But in the end this is one great show that makes it worth purchasing this DVD alone.

The band's discography is presented. This has become a standard with DVDs. I found it a bit lacking though, since it only shows the cover art and track listing for each album: No year of released and other relevant information. They do however include an audio track of the first song for each album, which is much less annoying than the usual 30-second music clip being repeated over and over that we usually see on DVDs.

Videos! All of them! It's hilarious to see their early videos and how... What... Cheesy, gay, retarded? they were. :) The video for You've Got Another Thing Comin' is the real one, not the one taken off the Priest...Live! show that's more regularly shown on music channels - good.

There are BBC TV performances from 1975, 1979 and 1980. Wow.. What a trip back in time. This looks so dated today, but back then it was a revolution. Funny thing, I find that Rob Halford circa 1975 bears a ressemblance to actor David Spade. :) Anyway, those performances are pretty tame, but it's interesting to see how bands were introduced to the British masses back in the days.

Not much more to say about this one: This is an essential for any metalhead.

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