Re-release of the fourth full-length studio album by the legendary British Heavy/Speed Metal band.
"Stained Class" is the only Judas Priest album to feature songwriting by all five members of the band. The alum showcased a more streamlined songwriting style while not compromising on the band's trademark Heavy Metal riffs. The production is crisper, clearer, and cleaner than any of their preceding albums. Following this album, the band broke its songwriting team down to Rob Halford, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, with occasional contributions solely by Tipton.
Several years after its release, "Stained Class" was the subject of negative attention due to the infamous 1990 civil action brought against the band by the family of a teenager, James Vance, who entered into a suicide pact with his friend Ray Belknap after allegedly listening to "Better by You, Better Than Me" on December 23, 1985. Belknap succeeded in killing himself, and Vance was left critically injured after surviving a self-inflicted gunshot to the facial area. The suit alleged that Judas Priest recorded subliminal messages on the song that said "do it." The suit was eventually dismissed. The song was originally written and performed by the band Spooky Tooth.
In 2005, "Stained Class" was ranked number 307 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
180g vinyl. Issued with a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and a mp3 download voucher.
Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd./Columbia, 1978/2017 (88985390791). Made in France.
Side A (OTHE SIDE)
1. Exciter 5:30
2. White Heat, Red Hot 4:30
3. Better By You, Better Than Me 3:22
4. Stained Class 5:20
5. Invader 4:00
Side B (THIS SIDE)
6. Saints In Hell 5:30
7. Savage 3:26
8. Beyond The Realms Of Death 6:55
9. Heroes End 5:05
Total playing time: 43:38 min.