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Judas Priest Prep Singles Box

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Judas Priest may be heading toward the finish line, at least as live performances go, with their current Epitaph World Tour (though sadly without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who elected to retire a bit early), but they still have plenty of irons in the fire – including a neat catalogue set for hardcore collectors.

The band announced the impending release of Single Cuts: The Complete U.K. Singles Collection, a 20-disc set replicating every one of the band’s British singles, right down to the picture sleeves.

Of particular interest to collectors is the inclusion of a large amount of live B-sides, many of which have never been available on CD (some made it onto Legacy’s Setlist entry for the band). While many of the band’s singles had album cuts on the flip sides, about 13 of the tracks on the box are live and as aggressive as ever. (There’s also another interesting B-side in “The Judas Priest Audio File,” a sort of mega-mix of Priest’s best songs at the time of release.)

The collection certainly isn’t complete; some U.S. singles had other live cuts and even a few dance mixes by the end of the ’80s, many of which have yet to surface on CD. And some of the discs in the box follow the 12″ single track lists, while others just stick to the basic 45 lineup. But it’s still a pretty awesome set for the dedicated fan – and fans have seen sets with far less for a higher price tag than the $99 being charged for this set in the States.

Single Cuts can be ordered through Priest’s official website. The full track breakdown is after the jump (note that some tracks were not described as live on the official site, although they were as such on the singles – we shall correct any errors we find out about). (A special thanks to super reader George for staying on top of this one!)

Judas Priest, Single Cuts: The Complete U.K. Singles Collection (Columbia/Legacy 88697 93961-2, 2011)

Disc 1 (originally released as CBS single 5222 (U.K.), 1977)

  1. Diamonds and Rust
  2. Dissident Aggressor

Disc 2 (originally released as CBS single 6077 (U.K.), 1978)

  1. Better by You, Better Than Me
  2. Invader

Disc 3 (originally released as CBS single 7312 (U.K.), 1978)

  1. Evening Star
  2. Starbreaker

Disc 4 (originally released as CBS single 6794 (U.K.), 1978)

  1. Before the Dawn
  2. Rock Forever

Disc 5 (originally released as CBS single 12-6915 (U.K.), 1978)

  1. Take on the World
  2. Starbreaker (Live @ the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland – 5/9/1978)
  3. White Heat Red Hot (Live @ the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland – 5/9/1978)

Disc 6 (originally released as CBS single 12-7312 (U.K.), 1979)

  1. Evening Star
  2. Beyond the Realms of Death (Live @ the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland – 5/9/1978)
  3. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)

Disc 7 (originally released as CBS single 12-8379 (U.K.), 1980)

  1. Living After Midnight
  2. Delivering the Goods (Live in Tokyo)
  3. Evil Fantasies (Live in Tokyo)

Disc 8 (originally released as CBS single 8644 (U.K.), 1980)

  1. Breaking the Law
  2. Metal Gods

Disc 9 (originally released as CBS single 8897 (U.K.), 1980)

  1. United
  2. Grinder

Disc 10 (originally released as CBS single 9520 (U.K.), 1981)

  1. Don’t Go
  2. Solar Angels

Disc 11 (originally released as CBS single A-1153 (U.K.), 1981)

  1. Hot Rockin’
  2. Breaking the Law (Live – February 1981)
  3. Steeler
  4. You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise

Disc 12 (originally released as CBS single A-2611 (U.K.), 1982)

  1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  2. Exciter (Live)

Disc 13 (originally released as CBS single A-2822 (U.K.), 1982)

  1. (Take These) Chains
  2. The Judas Priest Audio File

Disc 14 (originally released as CBS single TA-4054 (U.K.), 1983)

  1. Freewheel Burning
  2. Breaking the Law (Live)
  3. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Disc 15 (originally released as CBS single TA-4098 (U.K.), 1984)

  1. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  2. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)
  3. Jawbreaker

Disc 16 (originally released as CBS single A-7048 (U.K.), 1986)

  1. Turbo Lover
  2. Hot for Love

Disc 17 (originally released as CBS single TA-7144, 1986)

  1. Locked In
  2. Reckless
  3. Desert Plains (Live)
  4. Freewheel Burning (Live)

Disc 18 (originally released as CBS single 656273-6 (U.K.), 1990)

  1. Painkiller
  2. United
  3. Better by You, Better Than Me

Disc 19 (originally released as CBS single 656589 (U.K.), 1991)

  1. A Touch of Evil
  2. Between the Hammer and the Anvil
  3. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Live)

Disc 20 (originally released as CBS single 659057-2 (U.K.), 1993)

  1. Night Crawler
  2. Breaking the Law (Live)
  3. Living After Midnight (Live)

All tracks on Disc 1 and Disc 3, Track 1 originally released on Sin After Sin (CBS, 1977)
All tracks on Disc 2 and Disc 18, Track 3 originally released on Stained Class (CBS, 1978)
Disc 3, Track 1, all tracks on Disc 4, Disc 5, Track 1 and Disc 6, Track 1 originally released on Killing Machine (CBS, 1978)/Hell Bent for Leather (Columbia (U.S.), 1978)
Disc 6, Track 3 from Hell Bent for Leather (Columbia (U.S.), 1978)
Disc 7, Track 1, all tracks on Discs 8-9 and Disc 11, Tracks 3-4 from British Steel (CBS, 1980)
Disc 7, Track 3 also available on Unleashed in the East (CBS, 1979)
All tracks on Disc 10 and Disc 11, Track 1 originally released on Point of Entry (CBS, 1981)
Disc 12, Track 1, Disc 13, Track 1 and Disc 14, Track 2 originally released on Screaming for Vengeance (CBS, 1982)
Disc 14, Track 1 and Disc 15, Tracks 1 and 3 originally released on Defenders of the Faith (CBS, 1984)
All tracks on Disc 16 and Disc 17, Tracks 1-2 originally released on Turbo (CBS, 1986)
Disc 18, Track 1, Disc 19, Tracks 1-2 and Disc 20, Track 1 originally released on Painkiller (CBS, 1990)

Written by Mike Duquette

June 8, 2011 at 14:06

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  1. Thanks Mike and you are welcome. But you are right that the set isn’t complete. I was checking my Judas Priest, Priest Live & Rare CD and there are a couple of singles that are missed. One is the Green Manalishi Live Version with Breaking The Law and You’ve Got Another Thing Comin.’ Another one is the Parental Guidance single which featured a live version of Private Property and Turbo Love (Hi Octane Mix.) Yet another pre-order and with all the classic hard rock reissues that have come out and that are on the way, I think I am going to go broke this year!


    June 8, 2011 at 17:17

  2. […] The guys over at The Second Disc have revealed an upcoming Judas Priest compilation of UK singles called Single Cuts: The Complete UK Singles Collection being released via Columbia Records and Legacy.  Hit the link to our friends at The Second Disc for the complete rundown. […]

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