Judas Priest- Stained Class
I'm ashamed to admit that I only own two Judas Priest records. This one and Screaming For Vengeance. I've gone to the stores repeatedly looking for more Priest records, but the only used ones I ever find are Ram It Down and Turbo. The completist in me always tells me to buy these records, but the realist in me reminds me that both those records kinda suck. Really record stores, mark these records down to a $1 each.
But I really am a Priest fan. I'll take Iron Maiden over them any day of the week, but Judas Priest have always been high on my list of metal goodness. I was pretty disappointed when I read that K.K. Downing left the band. That's what prevented me from going to see them the last time they came through Texas. K.K. was always my favorite. To me it's the same as when Rob Halford left the band back in the 90's and they got Tim "Ripper" Owens to sing for them. C'mon, nobody wants to see or hear that shit!
Stained Class is a great record that I never owned as a kid. Not sure why that is. I know most of these songs somehow though. Must have been played a lot at some dude's house I used to hang out at. My favorite tune on the record is "Better By You Better Than Me" followed by "Exciter". But one song that surprised me by it's awesomeness is "Beyond The Realms of Death". Highly recommend you buy this record if you don't already own it.