Sad Wings of Destiny

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    Track     Duration Listeners
Epitaph 3:07 39,669
Tyrant 4:41 62,148
Island of Domination 4:24 40,466
Deceiver 2:43 51,974
Prelude 2:02 43,953
Dreamer Deceiver 5:54 48,806
Victim of Changes 7:23 105,216
The Ripper 2:48 106,976
Genocide 5:45 49,040

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Sad Wings of Destiny is the second album by the British heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in 1976.

The cover art for the album, titled Fallen Angels, was illustrated by Patrick Woodroffe. It is best known for introducing the pitchfork-like symbol known as the “Judas Priest Cross,” as worn by the angel.

Sad Wings of Destiny was Judas Priest’s second and final studio record made while under contract with Gull Records, an independent UK company. Despite critical acclaim, the band was struggling financially due to lack of support from the label. Shortly after changing management, the band severed their ties with Gull and signed with Columbia Records. Consequently, Judas Priest lost all rights to the recordings on their first two albums and to all demo recordings made during the sessions while under contract with Gull. Sad Wings of Destiny was initially published and distributed by Janus Records in the United States.

Whilst the band lost the rights to recording royalties, they obtained copyright ownership of the songs themselves, many of which became staples for their live shows. “Victim of Changes”, “The Ripper”, “Tyrant” and “Genocide” appear on Judas Priest Unleashed in the East, a live album released by CBS in 1979. “Diamonds and Rust”, a Joan Baez song originally recorded for Sad Wings, but omitted from the final album, was re-recorded for Sin After Sin, their first CBS release, and also on Unleashed. Gull later released the band’s original recording of “Diamonds and Rust” on a ‘best of’ album and their rerelease of Rocka Rolla.

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  • Ambient2100

    The best of Priest - Classic album.

    26 Apr 12:10pm Reply
  • OliverUFT

    Nice cover art

    25 Apr 5:30am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    probably the greatest heavy metal album ever recorded along with Stained Class, this shit is so much ahead of its time.

    27 Mar 4:59pm Reply
  • Cacnep

    Something's fucked up with the tracklist.

    1 Mar 7:19pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    V That was the same on the one I owned years ago, until I lent it out to someone, never got it back (got lost). He did gave me buy me another copy (for compensation) that one is from 1975 and it starts with Victim. Confusing...

    12 Feb 4:41pm Reply
  • MoonOfNeptune

    Well, my vinyl (French version, pressed in 1976) has this order, what I consider right: Prelude, Tyrant, Genocide, Epitaph, IoD, VoC, The Ripper, DD, Deceiver.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • link-leonhart

    which is the real order of this album?

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Gorefan

    This one and the debut of Black Sabbath are the very best Metal albums ever made

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    quite incredible how much it stands out from the other JP albums bringing prog and heavy metal together 'Victim of Changes' and 'Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver' really stand out as epic tracks, 'The Ripper' is a classic 'Genocide' is really cool, not my favourite but still indeed a great album

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • MikeySchenker

    Okido, I did notice on the net a 36 year old vinyl version that start off with Victim and closes with Island (1976). But all others I noticed (1975) start off with prelude. Guess some later releases do have that order, or... !?

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    But I see that is already debated t'death...

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "The original LP also starts with Victim of Changes."!? Mine, originally from the 70'ties, starts with Prelude followed bij Tyrant.. The album closes with Deceiver. And that is also how I play it also, cd releases that swith the A and B side annoy me. But are there seventies releases with that order of songs?

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • HatiEatsTheMoon

    What an album! I wasn't even born when this came out, my mom was like 5 years old at the time :D... But I enjoy this a lot... And it has one of the best artwork of the 70's IMO, still really cool today.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • unholydeath

    "the original tracklist works so much better" It has never been confirmed if it is the intended tracklist or not. The original LP also starts with Victim of Changes.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • astral-night

    Best Priest album for me.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • elvircrn

    epic album art

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • azs7

    So badass!

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RaiqueThrasher

    Their best 70's album, doubtless!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ThrashMachine

    Very good album. And the original tracklist works so much better, with Prelude being the first song as originally intended.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
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