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Rocka Rolla

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One for the Road
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Rocka Rolla
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Winter/Deep Freeze/Winter Retreat/Cheater
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Never Satisfied
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Run of the Mill
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Dying to Meet You
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Caviar and Meths
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Diamonds and Rust
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 42:04

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Cheater! Come On & Meet Her...

newbomb

I scream you cheatin' bitch here's what I think of you!

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"Heavy" Rotation

Satyrblade

Despite its flaws, I've always enjoyed this album as it is. "Run of the Mill" has been a favorite Priest track of mine, and "Dying to Meet You," though lyrically murky, is a worthy follow-p to that track. Side Two ROCKA ROLLA got serious heavy rotation during my high school years in the very early '80s, and I recommend the album to folks who aren't looking for SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE-style Metal.

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Old school metal!!!

evilshaw

The more I listened to the CD ...the more I loved it!!!

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Variant of Original Vinyl

happilymarri3d

YEARS ago I owned this on vinyl. The CD release added "Diamonds and Rust". When listened to, you have to remember that KK had been playing the guitar for about 2-3 years when they made this. I saw them in long beach on the "Screaming for Vengeance" tour and heard KK goofing around with the opening of Rocka Rolla for about two seconds before they tore into "Genocide". Probably the closest thing to it being played live in a long time. I love this album because it IS so different from anything else they ever recorded.

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Starting out!

OrkyDoc

Every band has its first release and for JP this is it. However, it isn't a total classic CD. The only track many reconize on the CD is their cover of Joan Baize "Diamnods and Rust". It is the only track they still play from this CD. While I recommend it to all JP fans casual fans may want to skip tis one.

They Say All Music Guide

A sketchy and underfocused debut, Rocka Rolla nonetheless begins to delineate the musical territory Judas Priest would explore over the remainder of the decade: frighteningly dark in its effect, tight in its grooves, and capable of expanding to epic song lengths. On the other hand, Rocka Rolla is also murkier, less precise and powerful in its riff attack, and more blues-based; the stylistic debts to Black Sabbath and Deep Purple are obvious at this juncture, although they would become much less apparent on subsequent releases. The compositions alternate between short songs and extended suites; some are decent, but overall they don’t establish a real direction and tend to plod aimlessly in many of the longer pieces. Mostly a curiosity for hardcore fans, Rocka Rolla definitely hints at Judas Priest’s potential and originality, but doesn’t always suggest the quantum leap in vision that would occur with their very next record. [Koch's 2000 CD reissue appends the version of "Diamonds and Rust" previously found on the compilation Hero, Hero.] – Steve Huey

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