Judas Priest fanatics rejoice! Today (January 24th) Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release the 17-CD box set, ‘The Complete Albums Collection,’ which contains every studio and live album that featured the classic line up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and Ian Hill.
Included will be brand new remasters of Priest’s first two albums, 1974’s ‘Rocka Rolla’ and 1976’s ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (which haven’t been released before as authorized remasters by the band), in addition to each individual album being packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing each album’s original cover art. The 2009 live compilation, ‘A Touch of Evil…Live’ is included, but no other compilations are part of the package. Also in the box set will be a 40-page booklet with photos, album credits, and liner notes by rock journalist/Priest fan Greg Prato. ‘The Complete Albums Collection’ will be available for purchase exclusively on www.popmarket.com.
Albums Included In ‘The Complete Albums Collection’: Rocka Rolla (1974), Sad Wings of Destiny (1976), Sin After Sin (1977),m Stained Class (1978), Killing Machine (1978), Unleashed in the East (1979), British Steel (1980), Point of Entry (1981), Screaming for Vengeance (1982), Defenders of the Faith (1984), Turbo (1986), Priest…Live! (1987), Ram It Down (1988), Painkiller (1990), Angel of Retribution (2005), Nostradamus (2008), A Touch of Evil…Live (2009). Go to www.judaspriest.com for more info.
Ex-Judas Priest guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing wants to build a multi-million hotel, spa and restaurant on his Shropshire, England estate.
Downing told the Shrophire Star that dozens of jobs would be created as a result of the development. The proposals for the 320-acre Astbury Hall estate include a 63-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a top-class restaurant.
Downing said, “I am speaking to various corporations about investment and I’m optimistic we can start pushing through with the plans for development this year. The next step is putting together all the costing of everything, which includes the golf, practice areas and purpose built clubhouse — as well as the hotel, leisure and spa facilities. I’m 60 years old now so I really want to get things completed — that’s always been the endgame.”
Downing left Judas Priest in April of 2011 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.