Judas Priest / Redeemer Of Souls In Tokyo Budokan 2015 / 2CD

Judas Priest / Redeemer Of Souls In Tokyo Budokan 2015 / 2CD / Zodiac

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Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 11th March 2015


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“Tour retirement” was re-descended by fluttering the, we are God steel. Even in Japan tour that wowed the whole country in the best condition the first time that betray the expectations, Budokan is what was the surprise of the Night No. 1. Was met with whole story of the Memorial stage with high quality audience sound, is the emergence of interactive album!
What, what was so surprise of Budokan. The reason is that there is no one gloss 2 Tsude. First the first “surprise that 1”, will visit in about 3 minutes and 15 seconds after pressing the Play button. Tell the curtain “War Pigs” is connected to the intro of “Battle Cry”, Well, it does not begin finally Tsu ………. After a moment, in the resounding … thats the audience who perceive the accident, “I do all right, there?” “Again! One more time !!” raise the voice, such as “Yabe~e”, of AC / DC “Hells Bells” and I begins to flow. Even while according to the BGM in uniform clapping and Bishitsu, to “there? There?” And upset is gradually increased, further “Shoot To Thrill”. The venue expected to tension loses nowhere to go, “Just It is now, er, the much more equipment trouble, we have become somewhat of a little interruption. Because we are committed to recovery, while now please wait” flows announcement of the I. But did not have to anger only to truly high-age audience and are packaged perfectly in clear sound up like that wry smile occurs winding.
And, again, “Battle Cry” intro rang, show that begins precisely this time. Up to this scene, please experience without all means look at the running time. Upset that “I start Once the time?”, I’d like sucks with plenty of air this rare site. Well, it will become possible to listen to what the song “BACK IN BLACK”?
This is the opening downright was Zukkoke, but once you started once, at once JUDAS PRIEST 2015 of metal show! best condition stage that “three years ago” tour retirement “declaration What was do it?” I do not think only with is fully open.
Although top form the first time of Rob Halford in all venue is now a hot topic, newcomer Richie Faulkner also getting better than the previous three years ago. The previous Orijineita: Is there also heavy responsibility that successor of KK Downing, but there was also such a place is exploring the reaction and their responsibilities of fan, this time by not very familiar with the band, there is no like discomfort. Moreover, both great thing that stance does not change almost as well in the past of repertoire in the new song. If Richie itself was a big contribution from composer “REDEEMER OF SOULS”, no wonder even get away to abandon protagonist. However, he does not really so, I do not disturb the “JUDAS PRIEST brand” in team play. and So and say, complete behind the scenes and without any mean that devoted to the complete copy of KK, and let me hear the “Breaking The Law”, etc., was different from the original (yet natural) guitar solo. That’s why the old songs a little bit fresh, there is no discomfort in the new song is also set. Exactly, I know well that the owner of an ideal sense of balance.
The more it is seen vividly to such subtleties, sound of this work is great. And from the latest digital recording’s the press CD, there no noise and shaking commonplace. Such as snare sound, just like straight desk sound board. This Japan tour, bass sound is particularly great, but I can taste freely in this work. When certainly would compared to the super short-range sound of “REDEEMER OF SOULS IN NAGOYA” of simultaneous release, although there slightly also sense of distance, but it is a tournament field that Budokan, normal is better here. Rather, I spectacle sense of taste the scale at the same time and venue thickness of the core of the musical tone is delicious recording.

Because by going Without Kiri told detail the quotient, the story “Budokan Surprise Part 2” to. Before you start the “Beyond The Realms Of Death”, is Rob is talking about the tsunami. Because, on this day, “March 11”. Mar 4 years from the Great East Japan Earthquake, in a special Budokan for JUDAS PRIEST, Rob Omonpakaru a special day for the Japanese. Casually touch I only, but find the early JUDAS PRIEST matter where in the world, the Japan that continues to love, it is transmitted and that is me I cherish, it is impressive for a moment.
More further special “surprise the 3”, Angkor. This Japan tour I and “Painkiller”, “Living After Midnight” was daily, but both in the Budokan performance! While boiling it aside in the “Painkiller”, “Well, after all PRIEST I’m the best ……” and half to the place that is in the afterglow mode, an impressive drum intro of “Living After Midnight”! Audience that has confirmed a set list of other venues in the net as well, surprised to this. Though done more “Living After Midnight”, rhythm keep the drum does not end. This riff that I heard somewhere in an atmosphere of “What?” Is …… so, is “Defenders Of The Faith”! In fact it seems I’ve played both “Painkiller”, “Living After Midnight” in Sapporo, apparently “Defenders Of The Faith” was the only Budokan.

In surprise second only to surprise, the audience and the band, not Yara woke up enthusiasm. While exchanged endlessly greeting as “JUDAS PRIEST” call, “This Womochimashite, today’s performances have been …… all will end” announcement of flow, this work to close the curtain. From trouble at the beginning up to the final announcement, this one the whole story of the Budokan was full surprise, it was housed at the best audience sound. On the day, who I visited the Budokan, of course, also those who had been in the mood to hear only rumor, must listen hands-album also those who do not have eyes to lock documentary. In press 2CD, it is urgent release decision!

武道館の何が、それほどサプライズだったのか。その理由は1つや2つではありません。まず最初の「サプライズその1」は、再生ボタンを押してから3分15秒ほどで訪れます。開演を告げる「War Pigs」が「Battle Cry」のイントロへと繋がれ、さぁ、いよいよっ………始まらない。一瞬の間のあと、異変を察知した観客がどよめく中、「大丈夫かよ、あれ?」「やり直し!もう1回!!」「やべぇ」などの声が上がり、AC/DCの「Hells Bells」が流れ始めるのです。ビシッとそろった手拍子でBGMに合わせつつも、「あれ?あれ?」と動揺が増していき、さらに「Shoot To Thrill」へ。緊張感と期待が行き場を失う会場に、「ただ今ですね、えー、機材トラブルによりまして、多少のちょっと中断となっております。復旧に努めておりますので、今しばらくお待ちください」とのアナウンスが流れるのです。さすがに年齢層の高い観客だけに怒り出すことはありませんでしたが、苦笑いが巻き起こる様までクリア・サウンドでばっちり収められています。
そして、再び「Battle Cry」イントロが鳴り響き、今度こそ始まるショウ。ここまでのシーンは、ぜひランニング・タイムを見ないでご体験ください。「いつになったら始まるんだ?」という動揺、このレアな現場の空気をたっぷりと吸い込んでいただきたいのです。さて、「BACK IN BLACK」を何曲目まで聴くことになるのでしょう?
なんともズッコケたオープニングですが、一度始まってしまえば、一気にJUDAS PRIEST 2015のメタル・ショウ! 「3年前の“ツアー引退”宣言は何だったんだ?」としか思えない絶好調なステージが全開です。
全会場でロブ・ハルフォードの絶好調ぶりが話題になりましたが、新顔リッチー・フォークナーも前回の3年前より良くなっています。前回はオリジネイター:KKダウニングの後任という重責もあってか、ファンの反応や自分の責務を探っているようなところもありましたが、今回はバンドに非常になじんでいて、違和感がまるでない。しかも、新曲でも過去のレパートリーでもスタンスがほとんど変わらないところも素晴らしい。リッチー自身が作曲から大貢献した「REDEEMER OF SOULS」であれば、思い切り主役に出ようとしても不思議はない。しかし、彼はそうはせず、チームプレイで“JUDAS PRIESTブランド”を崩さないのです。だからと言って、完全な裏方やKKの完コピに徹しているわけでもなく、「Breaking The Law」など、オリジナルとは違った(それでいて自然な)ギターソロを聴かせてくれる。だからこそ旧曲はちょっとだけ新鮮で、新曲もセットの中で違和感がない。まさに、理想的なバランス感覚の持ち主ということがよく分かります。
そんな機微までありありと分かるほど、本作のサウンドは素晴らしい。最新デジタル録音でプレスCDなのですから、ノイズや揺れがないのは当たり前。スネア・サウンドなど、まるで直卓サウンドボードのよう。今回の日本ツアーは、ベース・サウンドが特に素晴らしいですが、本作でも存分に味わえます。たしかに同時リリースの「REDEEMER OF SOULS IN NAGOYA」のスーパー近距離サウンドに比べてしまうと、わずかに距離感もありますが、武道館という大会場なのですから、こちらの方が正常。むしろ、楽音の芯の太さと同時に会場のスケールを味わうスペクタクル感が美味しい録音なのです。

ショウを詳細に語っていくとキリがないので、話を「武道館サプライズその2」へ。「Beyond The Realms Of Death」を始める前、ロブが津波について語るのです。なぜなら、この日は「3月11日」。東日本大震災から丸4年、JUDAS PRIESTにとって特別な武道館で、日本人にとって特別な日をおもんぱかるロブ。さりげなく触れるだけなのですが、世界中でどこよりも早くJUDAS PRIESTを見つけ、愛し続けている日本を、大切に思ってくれているのが伝わる、感動的な一瞬です。
さらにさらにスペシャルな「サプライズその3」は、アンコール。今回のジャパン・ツアーは「Painkiller」と「Living After Midnight」が日替わりだったのですが、武道館では両方演奏!  「Painkiller」で沸きに沸きつつ、「いやぁ、やっぱりPRIESTは最高だよね……」と半分余韻モードになっているところへ、「Living After Midnight」の印象的なドラムイントロが! ネットで他会場のセットリストを確認していた観客も、これにはびっくり。さらに「Living After Midnight」が終わったのに、ドラムのリズムキープは終わらない。「え?」という雰囲気の中でどこかで聴いたこのリフは……そう、「Defenders Of The Faith」です! 実は札幌でも「Painkiller」「Living After Midnight」の両方を演奏しましたが、どうやら「Defenders Of The Faith」は武道館だけだったようです。

サプライズに次ぐサプライズで、熱狂覚めやらぬ観客とバンド。延々と挨拶と「JUDAS PRIEST」コールを交わしつつ、「これをもちまして、本日の公演はすべて終了いたしました……」のアナウンスが流れ、本作は幕を閉じます。冒頭のトラブルから最終アナウンスまで、サプライズだらけだった武道館の一部始終を、最高のオーディエンス・サウンドで収めた1本です。当日、武道館に足を運んだ方はもちろん、噂だけ聞いて気になっていた方も、ロック・ドキュメンタリーに目がない方も必聴の体験型アルバム。プレス2CDで、緊急リリース決定です!

Disc 1 (60:02)
1. War Pigs(Tape Intro)/Battle Cry Intro(Breakdown) 2. Battle Cry Intro(Restart)
3. Dragonaut 4. Metal Gods 5. Devil’s Child 6. Victim Of Changes 7. Halls Of Valhalla
8. Love Bites 9. March Of The Damned

Disc 2 (68:15)
1. Turbo Lover 2. Redeemer Of Souls 3. Beyond The Realms Of Death 4. Jawbreaker
5. Breaking The Law 6. Hell Bent For Leather 7. The Hellion/Electric Eye
8. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ 9. Painkiller 10. Living After Midnight/Defenders Of The Faith


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