The ‘80s saw Judas Priest put out six records, from the iconic British Steel to Ram It Down. The band covered in leather that bled adrenaline and sweat with power chords and razor-teethed riffs experimented with synthesizers on their 10th album, Turbo.
To some fans it was just an odd misstep and sign of the times while others considered it sacrilege and the band selling out to the then emerging glam scene, softening their sound for commercial success. Some liked it. Others made it the whipping boy of the Priest library.
Turbo was released in 1986 accompanied by videos for Turbo Lover and Locked In featuring Mad Max style sets, robots and Tron on motorcycles sounds and visuals.
Turbo 30 comes with two live bonus disc’s capturing their Fuel For Life tour at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Priest Live was recorded during the trek as well as the Heavy Metal Parking Lot documentary.
Depending on point of view, it’s a reflection of the ‘80s sound, whether considered dated or a product of its time. Turbo Lover’s opening sci-fi synthesizers might’ve been a shock to long-time fans on first listen. While the PMRC tainted Parental Guidance talked juvenile rebellion, Rock You All Around the World had a United feel.
Out In the Cold’s post-apocalyptic terminator keyboards was another track, experimented on.
It might bring back school memories, whether you listened on cassette or got in trouble for drawing the logo on your trapper keeper.
The live show fills two discs of adrenalized robotic Priest ’86, when Halford had hair and most of the set featured ‘80s tunes with most of Turbo played. Heading Out To the Highway was early in the set with Love Bites. Metal Gods came early while Breaking the Law didn’t have its iconic status yet with rarities Some Heads Are Gonna Roll and Rock You All Around the World. Though, eight of the 19 songs are still found on current set lists.