Judas Priest – Ram It Down [Remastered] (2001, Sony Music/Legacy Recordings)
Original Release: 1988, Columbia Records

Track List:
1. “Ram It Down” … 4:48
2. “Heavy Metal” … 5:58
3. “Love Zone” … 3:58
4. “Come and Get It” … 4:07
5. “Hard as Iron” … 4:09
6. “Blood Red Skies” … 7:50
7. “I’m a Rocker” … 3:58
8. “Johnny B. Goode” … 4:39
9. “Love You to Death” … 4:36
10. “Monsters of Rock” … 5:30
11. “Night Comes Down” (Live) … 4:33
12. “Bloodstone” (Live) … 4:05

Rob Halford – Vocals
K.K. Downing – Guitar
Glenn Tipton – Guitar
Ian Hill – Bass
Dave Holland – Drums

Produced by: Tom Allom, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford

A lot of people have denounced Priest’s mid-late 80s output, but I love it. Is it cheesy? Yes, but when have Priest *ever* been able to not veer into the cheesezone every once and a while? Much like with Turbo, this album is a bit commercial sounding, but still is a good heavy metal release.

Supposedly, Ram It Down was actually intended to be the second album of a planned double album release called Twin Turbos. One half would be pop & synth and the other half would be a bit heavier. Priest got cold feet on releasing a double album, so the  end result was 1986’s Turbo (lighter commercial metal) and 1988’s Ram It Down (heavier commercial metal).

“Blood Red Skies” is an epic and classic Priest cut and “Ram It Down” kicks off the album with a great scream from the Metal God. The whole album isn’t as great as these two songs, but Ram It Down is definitely fun, slick heavy metal and a guilty pleasure and I also think the album art is some of the coolest I’ve ever seen.

By the way, Priest did their remasters right– they gave us BONUS TRACKS! Something I wish KISS would’ve done. “It’s remastered, but it again!” No thanks, give me something I can use.

Highlights: “Ram It Down”, “Heavy Metal”, Blood Red Skies”, “I’m a Rocker”, “Love You to Death”

Lowlight: “Johnny B. Goode”. The movie was so bad I couldn’t even finish watching it, and while I can actually get through the whole song, it’s not much better than the movie. Judas Priest had no business covering Chuck Berry.



Posted on March 18, 2009, in Judas Priest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This was like a continuation of the TURBO record and there are some good songs on here: Ram It Down, Hard As Iron, Blood Red Skies, Heavy Metal. Unfortunately this is the “Johnny B Goode” record, a song they never should have done. Priest always stood out and now they were just another band, I thought it was the beginning of the end. Then they released PAINKILLER and then it was!

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. This album remains as one of the fav Priest albums ever (my fav is still Painkiller). Yet, I didn’t like the re-masters series, including this one.

  3. What didn’t you like about the remasters, Mix Max?

    And yes, PAINKILLER rules. My fave as well!

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