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Cover photos reuploaded

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 1:55 PM

So Tinypic was shut down a while ago, and unfortunately that's where I stored all of the cover photos in the Downloads section. I've just finished reuploading every single photo on Imgur, hopefully they should stay online longer.

News blog comments disabled

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM

No, the site is not dead even though there have been no updates in almost a year. I'm just rather busy with other things and unfortunately don't have enough time to add anything on the site at the moment.

I've disabled comments for the news blog posts for now, though. People rarely comment on them anyway, and recently a number of spammers have been posting crap in the comments section. So for now I think it's easiest to just to disable commenting completely (the blog application options don't allow for anything else anyway).

The feedback form is still online, and you can contact me through there if you need to. I'll try to reply within a few days maximum.

KiIler Employee's Pension back cover fixed

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM

"Thierry" pointed out that the back cover for Killer Employee's Pension was missing Sinner from the tracklist. The files have been reuploaded with a fixed back cover, and if you already have the show you can get the fixed cover here.

Red Hot Tokyo FLAC link fixed

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 9:50 AM

"Thierry" pointed out an issue with the Red Hot Tokyo FLAC download link. The file wasn't down, but due to a glitch in the Webs SiteBuilder the link had both http:// and https:// in it, resulting in nothing happening when clicking the link. This has now been fixed.

Dead links fixed + update on site status

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 4:25 PM

"Nils" notified me of a couple of dead FileFactory links, namely New York '84 (MP3) and Cleveland '78 (FLAC). These have been reuploaded to MediaFire. Also, Mike Haggerty noticed a download issue with Beyond the Realms of Death (UItE sessions), so that has been reuploaded as well.

Also, while the rate of updates on this site has drastically slowed down, I have no plans of shutting this down. During the years the site has been online, the amount of spare time on my hands has progressively reduced. Admittedly, this has led to me neglecting the upkeep of this site to a certain degree, as it has been very low on my list of priorities.

Besides, the site currently hosts pretty much all of the best Priest bootlegs already and new interesting discoveries from the past are getting increasingly rare, so naturally there's less viable stuff to add on the site. Meanwhile, the fact that the band now seems to release an official live album/video from every tour contributes to the lack of more recent shows, although I'll definitely add at least one Firepower show once they start popping around (they've made some interesting changes into the setlist again).

Red Hot Tokyo now in FLAC

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Well, there haven't been any updates all year. This is both due to lack of spare time and interesting bootlegs to upload. But the wait is over!

Although it's been a fairly slow year in terms of Priest bootlegs, there's one long-awaited upgrade that was finally made available: a FLAC version of Red Hot Tokyo! No more annoying gaps between the songs! Be adviced though, that many of the tracks still show up as lossy in Trader's Little Helper. While this might be caused by an originally lossy source, such as compression applied during the original broadcast or when this was made in to a commercial bootleg, I'm advising you to not trade this as a true lossless version.

Kansas City '86 removed; slight patch to FC, AA

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 8:55 AM

As with US Festival '83 and Long Beach '84 before, I've just removed the Kansas City '86 show from the site because it's getting an official release in February. I'm quite surprised that they picked the Kansas City show as bonus content instead of the more famous St. Louis show which has been used for a number of b-sides and bonus tracks over the years. But it's still nice to see that they're continuing to release stuff from the vaults!

Also, I've uploaded a slightly patched version of the recently-featured First Class, All American compilation. Desiderius noticed that the transition between Sinner and Beyond the Realms of Death wasn't as smooth as he wanted, so he re-edited Sinner to reduce the "jump" effect between the two tracks. If you only want the edited track instead of the whole thing, look here.

A full-length show from the 1978 Stained Class US Tour!?

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM

As most Priest fans know, the band was still considered a support act during their second (and much longer) US tour in the spring of 1978. Because of this, the band couldn't play a full setlist so instead they opted at constantly modifying their shortened set, not only to generate more interest in the US but also to keep all songs fresh in their memory for the upcoming Japanese tour! Of course this means that all bootlegs from the US tour are fairly short in length, and it's indeed one of the main reasons why the Cleveland FM show has been the only representative of this era on my site.

Until now. "Desiderius" picked the best three available shows from the US tour and took the best parts from them to make one full-length show containing all of the songs the band performed at various stages of the tour. While at first mixing and matching tracks from three completely different sources from 38, almost 39 years ago might sound like a crazy idea, the end result is surprisingly good and once you get in the right flow the slight jumps between different sources don't matter that much at all. If you feel like trying it out yourself, go to the Downloads section and pick up "First Class, All American"!

A six-pack of updates!

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 11:35 AM

There haven't been a lot of updates on this site this year. This is partly because there haven't been that much new "special" bootleg releases, and partly because of me being either preoccupied with other things or just too lazy to upload things. However, to rectify this sorry state of matters I have now uploaded  no less than six upgrades/alternate versions of existing bootlegs on this site!

  • FLAC versions of Santiago 2005 and Dortmund 1983. These come from a different source than the MP3 versions, and to my ear actually sound a bit worse so you should only get them if you prefer FLAC over MP3.
  • FLAC version of Total Genocide (the Tokyo, 31st July 1978 audience recording). This comes from the same source as the previously-available MP3s so it should be an upgrade to everyone.
  • A properly lossless version of Mudd Club 1979, taken from a vinyl instead of CD. The sound quality is pretty much the same so this is only useful if you intend to trade the show with someone else. I've added this as an alternative download instead of replacing the CD version.
  • An "upgrade" to the Whiskey Woman 1973 demo. I re-EQed the track so it's much less bass-heavy and cleaner sounding now. However, I've also kept the original version available just in case you don't like the edit.
  • Finally, the only major upgrade of these is a complete redone San Antonio 1982 show, using a high-quality master recording (which comprises the majority of the boot) and a silver bootleg CD (for the few tracks not on the master) instead of MP3s of questionable quality and lineage. The only things that remain from the original "Obey Their Law" are about 1,5 seconds of audio I used to replace cuts/jumps in the master recording and the layout of the cover artwork which I used as an inspiration while completely redoing it from scratch. The audio quality is now so good that it rivals the few tracks that have been officially released from this concert on the SFV 30th Anniversary Edition.

As if these weren't enough, there's going to be a special goodie from "Desiderius" that will find its way on the site in the next few days. But more on that later.

Looking for contact details

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 1:40 PM

"Adriano" sent a message to me through the feedback/suggestions form, asking for some 1998 shows to be uploaded here. I didn't think them to be special enough to warrant inclusion here, but wouldn't have minded sending them to him personally. Unfortunately, "Adriano" left no e-mail address or other contact details in his message so I can't do that at the moment.

"Adriano", if you're reading this please send me a new message with your e-mail address included. This also serves as a reminder to anyone making similar requests to include a valid e-mail address in their message.

BTROD Japan '79 link fixed

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM

"Adriano" noticed that the download link to the 1979 live version of Beyond the Realms of Death (from the Unleashed In the East concerts) was missing. This has now been fixed.

5th anniversary special!

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Well, I missed the 5th anniversary of the site by a couple of days, but there's a really nice addition on the site to celebrate the anniversary with: a demo recording from 1973! Norman Hood, the band's former agent and nowadays a rock cartoonist, is in possession of a demo reel recorded by Priest at Sarm Studios in 1973 which contains two tracks: Run of the Mill and Whiskey Woman (a song written by Al Atkins which later turned into Victim of Changes). And just yesterday he posted the Whiskey Woman demo on his Facebook page! "Fabian" and "Desiderius" were both quick to notify me of this, and of course I uploaded it ASAP. Get to the Downloads section to grab it!

Also, I finished another maintenance operation. Most of the album cover images had broken links because ImageShack changed their upload policies, so I uploaded the affected cover art on Tinypic. Let's see if the pictures stay up for a bit longer now.

Additional stuff for a couple of 1979 shows

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Roll on 2016! In about a month the site has been a whopping 5 years online, which is quite respectable for any fan site in my opinion.

I've added a couple of things to two 1979 shows featured on the site.

First, the February 9th Tokyo show "Killer Employee's Pension" has received new front cover art from "David", using one of the photos taken during the album cover shoots for Unleashed in the East. The new cover art is now used as the on-site cover for the show, and can be downloaded via a link I added below the audio downloads.

Secondly, the Mudd Club 1979 show has received an upgrade from "jpmetal". He sent me WAV files ripped from the commercial bootleg CD, which add some stage banter not found on Sawmill's version (the total length of the show is about 40 seconds longer) and improves the audio quality by a tiny bit. Unfortunately it appears that the commercial CD is printed from a lossy source, so the FLAC files I added are not truly lossless and should not be traded as such. Instead, they're merely available for those that want the recording in its maximum available quality and with no annoying gaps between the songs.

Reading 1975 link fix + video added

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

"David" noticed a download issue with the alternative audio version of Reading 1975, and the file has been reuploaded. While I was editing the entry, I decided to add a download for an 8mm clip of the performance that was posted a couple of months back on YouTube. It's very short, just under three minutes, but gives us a rare glimpse in how the band actually looked when they performed their first major gig!

More maintenance

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 5:55 PM

I received an email from "Darrell" reporting three links that looked functional on the surface, but couldn't be downloaded because of a "temporary error". Instead of waiting for this temporary error to clear itself, I simply reuploaded the affected files. These were:

Nagoya 1978 (FLAC version)

San Antonio 1982

Los Angeles 1986 (FLAC version)

Maintenance check

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Having received a couple of emails reporting issues with some of the downloads here, I decided to check all of the links and change the way how the Visual Metalogy DVD is split into downloadable files.

The following downloads had dead links and have now been reuploaded:

London 1978 FM show (FLAC version)

London 1978 audience show (FLAC version)

Beyond the Realms of Death (Unleashed in the East sessions)

Falls Church 1979 (FLAC version)

London 1981 (FLAC version)

Los Angeles 1986 (mp3 version)

Rio de Janeiro 1991 (FLAC version)

The Visual Metalogy DVD set reportedly had a tendency to have corrupt files, and I believe the reason was because I used WinRAR's split archive feature to turn the set into downloadable chunks. So instead of using that, I hand-picked the files and put them into separate archives so that all of them contain only whole files, not parts. Now making these work as a whole DVD again on your end requires only a bit of effort. First, you should create two new folders, one for Disc 1 and another for Disc 2. Every archive contains two folders: AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. AUDIO_TS is empty in every archive, but don't delete it (the DVD may not work without it). VIDEO_TS contains anywhere between 1 to 17 files, depending on their size. Now just unpack every archive containing the files for Disc 1 into one folder (answering "Yes to All" to the question about similarly-named subfolders) and you should eventually end up with an empty AUDIO_TS folder and a VIDEO_TS folder containing all of the files needed for a single DVD. Now burn these two folders on a single-layer DVD disc and you should get a working DVD playable on most devices. Then repeat the same process for Disc 2, jsut remember to unpack the files to another folder. If the set still doesn't work, then unfortunately I can't really think of anything that would help you.

Slight changes to yesterday's shows

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 2:35 PM

"Desiderius" pointed out a few flaws in the Japanese 70's shows I announced yesterday. First off, there was an editing error in Exciter which resulted in a clip of audio being missing. Secondly, the ID3 tags were missing from the mp3 version of the same gig. And finally, he figured out a better name for the '78 show: instead of "The Real Genocide" it's now known as "Total Genocide".

Both shows have been reuploaded with the aforementioned fixes/edits.

More 70's shows from Japan!

Posted on August 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

"Desiderius" has kindly told me about extremely good-quality bootlegs from Japan, captured in the 1970s by a famous rock bootleg recorder. Both have been sold commercially in Japan but thanks to him they're now available as free downloads here!

The first one is "Killer Employee's Pension", coming from 9th February 1979 - a day earlier than one of the two dates recorded for Unleashed in the East! Desiderius was ready to send this for me, but as it turns out I already had a copy of it downloaded elsewhere so I just had to make slight edits and create new back cover artwork (as the only scan I found of the commercial artwork was rather poor).

The second was originally named "Leashed in the East", but since I didn't find any decent scans of it's artwork and found the name a bit naff, I made entirely new cover art and renamed it to "The Real Genocide" - the reasoning behind that name is that it's from the exact same show as the Genocide soundboard bootleg from 31st July 1978, one of the first ever shows posted here and the one that originally got me into this business! I didn't have this version before, but Desiderius kindly sent me a WMA copy which I converted to MP3, as well as combined the intro tracks with the first song to make the recording flow a bit better.

On both shows the quality is top notch for an audience recording, being very close to soundboard quality. Grab your copies from the Downloads section!

Quality upgrade on New York 1977

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 9:25 AM

I was recently contacted by "Eric" who has a collection of Judas Priest bootleg cassettes he's collected for over 30 years. He's started to digitize those tapes now, and as a test he sent me New York 1977 he had digitized earlier. It turned out to be of better quality than the version I had here before so I split it into individual tracks, corrected the speed a bit (it ran slightly too fast) and uploaded it here. At the end of the recording there was a radio advertisement for a Priest concert in November 1979, so that's probably when this copy was made. Go to the Downloads section if you want the upgrade!

New clip of You Are Everything

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 10:55 AM

"Ryszard" sent me an additional clip from the SAW session rarity You Are Everything. It was also posted on YouTube and taken down soon, but he was quick enough to grab a copy of it and was kind enough to share it with me. I've combined it with the existing clip so you can hear everything that is currently available from the song in one track.

There's also going to be a quality upgrade on New York 1977 - more about that later as I finish working on it.