Judas Priest - Painkiller - incl booklet 12" VINYL LP ALBUM

This PAINKILLER album includes a 28-page 12" booklet with tons of colour photos and the band's tour-information

is the1990 gold-certifed album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. The album was recorded at Miraval Studios, Brignoles, France in early 1990, and mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands later that year 


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Album Description:

Judas Priest's 1990 album, "Painkiller," stands as a testament to the band's enduring influence and power within the heavy metal genre. Released as a 12" vinyl LP album, this particular edition holds a special place in the hearts of fans due to the inclusion of a 28-page booklet packed with captivating color photos and tour information. As one dives into the world of "Painkiller," they are immediately struck by the raw energy and musical virtuosity displayed by the band throughout the record.

Recorded at Miraval Studios in Brignoles, France, during the early months of 1990, the album captures Judas Priest at the height of their creative prowess. The band's lineup at the time consisted of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Together, they forged a sonic assault that would leave a lasting impact on the heavy metal landscape.

"Painkiller" is known for its blistering guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and soaring vocals. The title track, "Painkiller," serves as the album's opening salvo, immediately grabbing the listener's attention with its explosive energy. The relentless double bass drumming of Scott Travis, coupled with the intricate guitar harmonies of Tipton and Downing, create a sonic assault that sets the tone for the rest of the album.

The 12" booklet that accompanies the vinyl LP album adds an extra dimension to the "Painkiller" experience. Packed with vibrant color photos, it offers fans a visual representation of the band's stage presence and the energy they exude during live performances. The inclusion of tour information further enhances the album's value, providing fans with a glimpse into the band's rigorous touring schedule and the excitement surrounding their live shows.

Beyond its musical and visual aspects, "Painkiller" also holds significance as a milestone in Judas Priest's career. The album marked a return to a heavier sound for the band after a period of experimentation with more radio-friendly styles. It revitalized their fan base and solidified their status as heavy metal legends.

Music Genre:

  British Heavy Metal 

Album Production information:


The album: "Painkiller" was produced by: Chris Tsangarides

Christopher Andrew Tsangarides, known as Chris Tsangarides, was a British record producer, sound engineer, and mixer, who left an indelible mark on the heavy metal and hard rock music scenes. Born on 17 August 1956, in London, England, Tsangarides displayed a passion for music from an early age. His talent and dedication would propel him to become one of the most sought-after producers in the industry.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Tsangarides rose to prominence due to his exceptional work with numerous heavy metal bands, earning him a reputation for producing albums of exceptional quality. His collaborations included notable acts such as Judas Priest, Anvil, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Helloween, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tygers of Pan Tang.


One of Tsangarides' breakthrough moments came in 1982 when he produced Anvil's iconic album "Metal on Metal." This release showcased his ability to capture the raw energy and power of the heavy metal genre. Following this success, Tsangarides went on to produce Thin Lizzy's acclaimed final studio album, "Thunder and Lightning," released in 1983. The album's dynamic sound and memorable tracks solidified Tsangarides' position as a top-tier producer.

In 1990, Tsangarides achieved a Grammy nomination for his work on Judas Priest's album "Painkiller," which showcased his expertise in capturing the band's ferocious sound. Throughout this period, Tsangarides collaborated with other influential artists, including Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Y&T, Tygers of Pan Tang, Anthem, Sinner, King Diamond, Ian Gillan, and Bruce Dickinson, whose solo album "Tattooed Millionaire" he produced in the same year.

Tsangarides' distinctive style and meticulous attention to detail contributed to the success of many classic albums. His ability to capture the essence and energy of heavy metal made him a favorite among bands and musicians seeking a powerful and dynamic sound. His production work was marked by an emphasis on capturing the live performance, resulting in albums that resonated with fans and stood the test of time.

Tragically, Chris Tsangarides' career was cut short when he passed away on 7 January 2018, at the age of 61. However, his contributions to the heavy metal and hard rock genres continue to be celebrated and appreciated by fans and fellow musicians alike. Tsangarides left an enduring legacy as a Grammy-nominated producer, sound engineer, and mixer, whose work forever shaped the sound of heavy metal and solidified his status as a true legend in the music industry.


Record Label Information:

  Red CBS 467290

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 440 gram  

Year & Country:

  1990 Made in Holland  
Band Members and Musicians on: Judas Priest Painkiller with booklet
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Rob Halford - Lead vocals (Rob Halford (Full-name Robert John Arthur Halford) - Singer with the British Heavy Metal band "Judas Priest" from 1973 until today.)
  • K.K. Downing - Lead Guitars (K.K. Downing (Full-name Kenneth Downing, Jr) played guitars in "Judas Priest" from 1970 until 2011 and producing several of their albums.)
  • Glen Tipton - Lead Guitars (Glen Tipton guitarist with Judas Priest from 1974 until present.)
  • Ian Hill - Bass Guitar (Ian Hill (Full-name Ian Frank Hill) plays Bass with the British Heavy Metal band Judas Priest since 1970 and has also been producing several of Judas Priest's album.)
  • Scott Travis - Drums
  • Don Airey - Keyboards on "A Touch of Evil"
Track Listing of: "Painkiller"

The Song/tracks on "Painkiller" are

  • Painkiller 6:06
  • Hell Patrol 3:37
  • All Guns Blazing 3:58
  • Leather Rebel 3:35
  • Metal Meltdown 4:48
  • Night Crawler 5:45
  • Between the Hammer & the Anvil 4:49
  • A Touch of Evil (Halford, Downing, Tipton, Chris Tsangarides) 5:45
  • Battle Hymn 0:58
  • One Shot at Glory 6:49


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"Painkiller" Record Label Details: Red Colour CBS 467290 , Made in Holland

"Painkiller" Record Label Details: Red Colour CBS 467290 , Made in Holland

JUDAS PRIEST - Vinyl Discography & Album Cover Gallery

Judas Priest's impact on heavy metal is immeasurable. Their music, image, and attitude have helped shape the genre into what it is today. Their enduring legacy continues to inspire and influence new generations of heavy metal fans and musicians. Judas Priest is not just a band, but a cultural phenomenon that has left an indelible mark on the world of music.

JUDAS PRIEST Band Information:

  Judas Priest is a legendary British heavy metal band that has been rocking the world for over five decades. The band's influence on the genre of heavy metal cannot be overstated. With their leather and studs, screaming guitar solos, and frontman Rob Halford's piercing vocals, they have become the quintessential embodiment of heavy metal.

 History of Judas Priest:

 Judas Priest was formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England, by guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. The band went through several lineup changes before settling on the classic lineup of Downing, Hill, vocalist Rob Halford, drummer Les Binks, and guitarist Glenn Tipton. The band's first album, "Rocka Rolla," was released in 1974 and was a mix of bluesy hard rock and heavy metal. It wasn't until their second album, "Sad Wings of Destiny," that they fully embraced heavy metal.

 Judas Priest's sound was defined by their twin-guitar attack, with Tipton and Downing's harmonized leads and galloping rhythms becoming a hallmark of the genre. Halford's soaring vocals added a melodic and dramatic element to their sound, while Hill and Binks provided a solid foundation for the music. The band's image also became an essential part of their identity, with their leather and studs, biker jackets, and motorcycle imagery becoming iconic.

 Impact on Heavy Metal:

 Judas Priest's impact on heavy metal cannot be overstated. They were one of the pioneers of the genre, and their influence can be heard in countless bands that followed. The band's high-pitched vocals, driving rhythms, and screaming guitar solos became a template for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard all cited Judas Priest as an influence.

 Judas Priest's influence also extended to the United States, where they were part of the so-called "Big Four" of heavy metal, along with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Their sound and image inspired countless bands, and they helped establish heavy metal as a legitimate genre of music. In the 1980s, they became one of the biggest bands in the world, with hit songs like "Breaking the Law," "Living After Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."


 Judas Priest's legacy is undeniable. They have influenced generations of heavy metal bands and have helped establish the genre as a legitimate form of music. Their music continues to resonate with fans around the world, and they remain one of the most respected and revered bands in heavy metal. In 2018, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing their status as one of the most important bands in the history of rock music.

JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East NWOBHM 1979
Picture Of JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East NWOBHM 1979 album front cover

  CBS 83852 , 1979 , Europe

  "Unleashed in the East" is the first official live album by the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It is the first Priest album to be produced by Tom Allom who would remain at the helm for the next decade for the band, and the last release to feature drummer Les Binks.

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