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BT: Judas Priest – A Touch of Evil

7 April 2012 3 Comments

By: Andrew

From “Hard as Iron” something sharper than steel – “A Touch of Evil.”

The best version of this song is a live recording performed during the Ripper Owens-era, as mentioned below.

Actually, unless the quality is poor, all live recordings of this track are way better than the studio recording. The synthesizers during the songs intro detract from its overall power. Live, the synthesizers are replaced by Glenn Tipton’s electric guitar. Synthesizers have a time and place, but not on this song and definitely not with this band.

The track below appears on the 2003 CD/DVD release Live in London, which was in 2001 at Brixton Academy.

The only way to play this song is deafeningly loud.

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  • 1942 said:

    I have never seen Priest live. I don’t know why but I never have. I own Painkiller and never paid mind to this track. I went back and listened and the live version here blows that away. It sounds like a completely different songs.

    Ripper is a great singer and anyone who doesn’t think so shouldnt be opening their moiuths.

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  • qwerty80 said:

    The Priest fans like to argue about who had the better lower register. It’s so childish. The answer is Ripper Owens and that’s coming from a huge Halford fan.

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  • dust to dust said:

    Lower register? Are we really talking about someone’s lower register? Really? If so, Ripper has Halford beat there. Ripper can hit all the ones in the upper as well. Why compare? Seriously, are we 2 years old? Respect what Ripper did. We all know Halford is king. Touch Of Evil rocks. It’s always been one of my favs.

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