Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla

Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla
Styles: British Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Hair Metal, Album Rock
Recording Location: Island Studios; Island Studios, London, England; Olympic; Olympic Studios, London, England; Trident; Trident Studios, London, England
Genre: Pop\Rock
Recording Date: June, 1974 - July, 1974
Album: Rocka Rolla
Release Date: 1974
Artist: Judas Priest
Duration: 42:03

A sketchy and underfocused debut, Rocka Rolla nonetheless begins to delineate the musical territory Judas Priest would explore over the remainder of the decade: frighteningly dark in its effect, tight in its grooves, and capable of expanding to epic song lengths. On the other hand, Rocka Rolla is also murkier, less precise and powerful in its riff attack, and more blues-based; the stylistic debts to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple are obvious at this juncture, although they would become much less apparent on subsequent releases. The compositions alternate between short songs and extended suites; some are decent, but overall they don't establish a real direction and tend to plod aimlessly in many of the longer pieces. Mostly a curiosity for hardcore fans, Rocka Rolla definitely hints at Judas Priest's potential and originality, but doesn't always suggest the quantum leap in vision that would occur with their very next record.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
One for the Road / K.K. Downing / Rob HalfordJudas Priest4:34
Rocka Rolla / K.K. Downing / Rob Halford / Glenn TiptonJudas Priest3:02
Winter/Deep Freeze/Winter Retreat/Cheater / Al Atkins / K.K. Downing / Rob Halford / Ian HillJudas Priest9:29
Never Satisfied / Al Atkins / K.K. DowningJudas Priest4:50
Run of the Mill / K.K. Downing / Rob Halford / Glenn TiptonJudas Priest8:33
Dying to Meet You / K.K. Downing / Rob HalfordJudas Priest6:19
Caviar and Meths / Al Atkins / K.K. Downing / Ian HillJudas Priest2:03

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