Steel (Reviewed by Megaman X):
Cat No. CK-85752
Breaking The Law
You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
Living After Midnight
Red White & Blue*
Version Bonus Tracks
is a must have for any true metalhead. With classics such as Rapid Fire,
Metal Gods & the hits Breaking the Law & living After Midnight.
Plus Just Recently Sony Released An Expanded version With two Bonus Tracks,
Red White & Blue & A Live Version Of Grinder
to this review by Bogie:
terrific album that sounds as good today as it ever did.
to this review by annual_mayhem:
breakthrough album that brought them to the forefront of the metal community.
The hits 'Breakin The Law' and 'Livin After Midnight' became radio staples.
It was an album that paved the way for future successes for JP and others.
Personally, I really got into JP and quickly realized they had a back
catalog of releases dating back about a decade. Overall, this was a kickass
to this review by Cartoon_Chris
'80s kicked off with a solid year-long avalanche of great metal records!
There were a couple of Priest albums both before and after this one that
I would rank slightly higher, but "British Steel" (April 1980)
is well-produced, has good lyrics for the most part, and does a good job
of balancing commercial sheen with metallic punch - a balance that Priest
would have trouble maintaining successfully on certain future releases.
good mix of traditional metal subject matter from real-world youth issues
(Breaking the Law, You Don't Have To Be Old...) to sci-fi fantasy and
power (Rapid Fire, Metal Gods). "United" is a bit of a paint-by-numbers
anthem, as that and hit single "Living After Midnight" move
the band ever closer to mainstream '80s arena rock, but for now there
are still some nice twists like the the metal/reggae opening to "The
Rage", and all those modest but creative attempts at audio "special
effects" (described in the remaster's liner notes) which could have
hurt the record but just add to the good vibe instead. I give it a low
9 out of 10.
unreleased bonus track on the remaster is a pretty forgettable anthem.
The live "Grinder" is listed as being from the British Steel
tour, but is actually from Long Beach '84.