British heavy metal legends Judas Priest announced the release of a special compilation album entitled The Chosen Few. The songs were chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world, who picked their favorite Judas Priest songs for the band's forthcoming compilation album. The Chosen Few will be out October 11th via Legacy/Sony.

The artists who took part in the 17-track strong The Chosen Few included Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, among others.

Priest frontman Rob Halford explains: "This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers. So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."

Also included in the set are explanations from each artist about their selection, including Taylor gushing that Priest's early MTV anthem, "You've Got Another Thing Coming," caused the group to become "the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band." Elsewhere, Osbourne finds himself bewildered by a high-pitched note sung by Halford at the beginning of "The Ripper" ("Fuckin hell! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear").

Judas Priest will launch their Farewell Epitaph Tour in the U.S. on October 12th in San Antonio, with the latest confirmed set of dates running through December 3rd in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Chosen Few tracklisting and cover art:

01. Diamonds And Rust (1977) - chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
02. Dissident Aggressor (1977) - chosen by Steve Vai
03. Exciter (1978) - chosen by Accept
04. Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) - chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
05. Delivering The Goods (1979) - chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
06. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) - chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
07. The Ripper (1979) - chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
08. Victim Of Changes (1979) - chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
09. Breaking The Law (1980) - chosen by Lemmy (Motörhead)
10. Rapid Fire (1980) - chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11. Grinder (1980) - chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12. Living After Midnight (1980) - chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) - chosen by Slash (Guns N' Roses)
14. You've Got Another Thing Coming (1982) - chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15. The Sentinel (1984) - chosen by Chris Jericho
16. Turbo Lover (1986) - chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17. Painkiller (1990) - chosen by Joe Satriani




Source: judaspriest.com
Band profile: Judas Priest
 
Posted: 21.09.2011 by Cynic Metalhead



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Syk - 21.09.2011 at 13:07  
No Fozzy on the site?

Kinda surprised my fav tunes were chosen by the Metallica guys... makes sense though. And if Victim is a live take... sweeeet
Marcel Hubregtse - 21.09.2011 at 13:16  
Sigh yet another compilation by Priest. And all of the songs have been featured on many a compilation before.
BloodTears - 21.09.2011 at 13:34  
I see it more as a promotional stunt, to get all those names choosing the songs, to draw more people to the release, which probably wouldn't matter otherwise.
Angelic Storm - 21.09.2011 at 13:43  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.09.2011 at 13:16

Sigh yet another compilation by Priest. And all of the songs have been featured on many a compilation before.


Exactly. It's actually hugely disappointing that with all those other artists choosing their fave Priest songs, that there aren't at least a few underrated gems in there. Though I love how Accept chose "Exciter", which I've always viewed as precursor to speed metal such as "Fast As A Shark"!
Apothecary - 21.09.2011 at 16:38  
My god, what's with all these Priest compilations as of late? Overkill much?
Syk - 21.09.2011 at 16:53  
Written by Apothecary on 21.09.2011 at 16:38
Overkill much?
No, Judas Priest, much
Bad English - 22.09.2011 at 00:11  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.09.2011 at 13:16

Sigh yet another compilation by Priest. And all of the songs have been featured on many a compilation before.


this is special, this is chossen by bands LOL seems it will do the trick to make ppl buy, but not me, all songs are know for me, and like you said are in many comps
Void Eater - 22.09.2011 at 01:09  
*Sigh* Trying to cash in on the final world tour hype I suppose.
Apothecary - 22.09.2011 at 01:44  
Written by Syk on 21.09.2011 at 16:53

Written by Apothecary on 21.09.2011 at 16:38
Overkill much?
No, Judas Priest, much

Good one.
LeChron James - 22.09.2011 at 08:24  
I'll check this out when it drops. And by check out, I mean acquire by means offensive to music buying purists.
The Shape 1973 - 22.09.2011 at 22:56  
Very predictable list. Only one off Painkiller though.
RavenKing - 23.09.2011 at 00:44  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.09.2011 at 13:16

Sigh yet another compilation by Priest. And all of the songs have been featured on many a compilation before.


Perhaps they want to start a contest with Iron Maiden.

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