It's been many years but I think I first got turned onto Judas Priest in 1978 or 1979. I know I was in junior high school. At any rate "Sin After Sin" was one of the first albums I heard by them though "Hell Bent For Leather" seems more likely.
I thought they were one of the best bands I'd ever heard in my short life at the time. They fucking rocked and they had the metal look that young knuckleheads like me related to. I saw them live 6 or 7 times, the first time at the Palladium in New York City in 1980 or 81 with Iron Maiden as the opening act and it was one of the highlights of my music going experiences but it wouldn't be long before I stopped following them altogether.
They'd been around for quite a while by the time I discovered them with a collection of albums that were, and still are, indispensable to me. I guess it was around 1983 that "Screaming For Vengeance" came out and while it's a decent record and I liked it at the time, the band had found it's formula and I didn't buy another album after that.
They went on to conquer the world of metal and still play as far as I know. I last saw them in 1990 and they put on a good show with a lot of tunes from the old days. But this album in particular takes me back to a time and a place. Long before the internet when me and my misfit friends would spends hours hanging out listening to records, doing some recreational drugs and discussing the merits of one band, or one album over another.
As far as I'm concerned their earlier albums still hold up to this day and I play them pretty frequently. Still have the occasional discussion with an old friend or two about whether Les Binks or Simon Phillips would have been the better drummer to stay with the band. Classic band, classic metal during the height of disco and a lot of classic memories...