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THE CHOSEN FEW: JUDAS PRIEST FIND A NEW WAY TO SELL OLD STUFF

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To help promote their upcoming tour, on October 11 Judas Priest will release The Chosen Few, their umpteenth career retrospective, and one which does not feature any new material. The Chosen Few does have a hook, though — I mean, beyond the fact that the band members appear on the cover only as silhouettes, I assume at least in part to downplay the fact that a certain key member is no longer in the group.

No, the hook  (and this is actually a neat idea) is that the band has let a lot of other celebrity musicians — including Ozzy, Lemmy, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kerry King, Slash, and Vinnie Paul  — choose which songs would appear on the collection. And, yeah, it’s interesting to know that Zakk Wylde is way into “Grinder,” and and that Randy Blythe and David Coverdale might actually have something to talk about at a cocktail party, and that Joe Satriani likes his Priest heavier than I might have suspected.

But like I said, there’s no new material here, so I can’t quite imagine why anyone would want this album anyway. The coolest thing about The Chosen Few is seeing which dude chose which song, and you can do that after the jump. So, look, we just saved you ten bucks.

1) “Diamonds And Rust” (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

2) “Dissident Aggressor” (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai

3) “Exciter” (1978) – chosen by Accept

4) “Beyond The Realms Of Death” (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

5) “Delivering The Goods” (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

6) “The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)” (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) and Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)

7) “The Ripper” (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

8 ) “Victim Of Changes” (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)

9) “Breaking The Law” (1980) – chosen by Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)

10) “Rapid Fire” (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Hellyeah)

11) “Grinder” (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

12) “Living After Midnight” (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

13) “Screaming For Vengeance” (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver)

14) “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)

15) “The Sentinel” (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho (WWE wrestler/Fozzy)

16) “Turbo Lover” (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

17) “Painkiller” (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

-AR

[via Metal Insider, who got the news from Rolling Stone]

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