Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by Judas Priest, released on July 17, 1982 by Columbia Records. After its release, it became its most successful commercial production in the world, with more than two million copies sold in the United States alone.
According to some critics is the album that capitalizes on the commercial success of the band, which began in British Steel. Therefore, it is considered one of the best heavy metal albums of the 80’s, often cited in several lists of best metal albums of all time, as in the magazine IGN, which placed it in position 15, of the 20 most influential albums of the metal. In 2017, was chosen the 12th best metal album of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine.
The song that give’s the title of the album is well known for Rob Halford’s powerful screams and now you are able to hear his amazing isolated vocal tracks on this tune.
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Between September and October 1981, the band went to Ibiza Studios in Spain, where they wrote and recorded many songs with the plan to release a new album in early 1982, which would be called Screaming.
However, although the recordings were ready, the band and producer Tom Allom were not satisfied and decided to resume the recording process after a second series of shows in Europe as part of the World Wide Blitz Tour.
In January of 1982, they returned to work with the songs recorded: some were mixed and others discarded. According to Glenn Tipton, in an interview for Guitar Player in 1983, they discarded four or five songs because they had written five best ones that could replace them.
In April of that year, all but one of the songs were mixed at Beejay Recording Studios in Orlando, Florida and at Bayshore Recording Studios in Coconut Grove, Miami.
In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Ian Hill in 2002, said that at the time of mixing the songs, they discovered by accident, a demo tape of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin ‘,” which in a few hours re-recorded at Beejay Recording studios and added to the list of songs at the last minute.
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