Wednesday, February 20, 2008

33.Judas Priest - Diamonds and Rust (Unleashed in the East - Live in Japan,1979)

This is Judas Priest, the good old rock 'n' roll band from early 70's that dressed in suites and bell bottom pants, like youve never yet seen them or heard them before. This was Judas Priest's milestone.Easily the most influential and essential live metal album ever, this masterpiece was recorded on February 10th & February 15th , 1979 in front of a energetic Japanese audience. Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East is beyond classic, it goes right up there with the rest of the list marked "Greatest Live Albums" along with KISS' ALIVE! and Deep Purple's Made in Japan. The flash point from this set is the molten trio of "The Green Manalishi", "Diamonds & Rust" and "Victim Of Changes".Diamonds and Rust,Joan Baez cover (DESTROYS all other recordings of it) a great song of longin' and losin'out on love have the honest emotions more than ever before from great vocalist Rob Halford.

Diamonds and Rust

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

Joan Baez

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