THE ARCHIVE: Judas Priest British Steel LP signed by Rob Halford (1980)

This copy of Judas Priest’s sixth album, British Steel, released on 14th of April 1980.

Steve Grennan bought this LP from a stall selling records in the Birmingham market. The album has been signed by Rob Halford: ‘with best wishes from Rob Halford’.The corner of the album has also been chewed by Steve’s old pet cockatele. British Steel saw the band reprise the commercial sound they had established on Killing Machine. It was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of former Beatle Ringo Starr. The band used analog recording of smashing milk bottles to be included in Breaking the Law, as well as various sounds in Metal Gods produced by billiard cues and trays of cutlery. It was released in the UK at a discount price of £3.99, with the advertisements in the music press bearing the legend British Steal. Songs Breaking the Law, United, and Living After Midnight were released as singles. It reached #4 on the UK albums chart and #34 on the US billboard pop chart.

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