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(UK: Wymer Publishing, 2011; 72 pages, PB. ISBN: 978-0955754265)
Judas Priest's sixth studio album has rightly earned its place as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. It comfortably - perhaps too comfortably for some fans' tastes - sits between Priest's harder-edged heavy metal of the seventies with their far more commercial albums of the eighties. Sure, it is a world away from the likes of Killing Machine and it's not as pop-orientated as, say Defenders Of The Faith and certainly not Turbo, but it set the benchmark for the kind of metal that was to become popular in the decade of its birth. British Steel is quite simply, genre-defining. This fans hand-book, will tell you why. Foreword by Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. This CD sized paperback fits neatly next to your copy of the classic album.
"Daniels manages to pack in a lot of information into a short space, and the photos and artwork are a nice extra touch. Judas Priest: British Steel is a nice quick overview of a great album, and if you want to delve deeper into Priest's career, Daniels' other books on the subject will do nicely."
Chad Bower – About.com: Heavy Metal (www.heavymetal.about.com)
"The inaugural title was Jerry Bloom's study of Rainbow's Long Live Rock And Roll. The second in the series focuses on Judas Priest's classic 1980 LP British Steel, and was written by the prolific Neil Daniels... For a relatively small book, Judas Priest's British Steel provides a surprising amount of information on this classic album and band."
Greg Barbrick – BlogCritics (www.blogcritics.org)
"The book is well written, entertaining, and even features an intro by Guns N' Roses current guitarist, Bumblefoot... the pictures are cool and there are plenty of quotes from the likes of Tipton and Downing. The bottom line here is that the package is nice and the tale is worth telling."
Jeb Wright – Classic Rock Revisited (www.classicrockrevisited.com)
"The author draws on his own expertise as well as called on other rock experts like Matthias Mader, Martin Popoff and Dom Lawson... For a quick, all-in-one look at one of Judas Priest's most engaging albums, this Rock Landmarks volume is the deal. For a quick, all-in-one look at one of Judas Priest's most engaging albums, this Rock Landmarks volume is the deal."
Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (www.curledup.com)
"A dinky series of books looking at rock landmarks with this one looking at Judas Priest's 1980 release British Steel. Penned by Neil Daniels (who has also written a biography of the band along with helping original vocalist Al Atkins with his memoir), it is a concise and enjoyable read... for a fan it is an essential read."
Jason Ritchie – Get Ready To Rock (www.getreadytorock.com)
"Daniels essentially dissects the album, strips it to the bare bones and leaves no stone unturned. Loaded with quotes and great trivia, it's pretty much the definitive work on that album. Very compact, readable and affordable I hope there will be many more in the series."
Joshua Wood – Metal-Rules (www.metal-rules.com)
"Having written two books on this heavy metal institute in the past, it can't be denied that Mr Daniels knows these pioneers in the genre inside out... I read the book in about 90 minutes, which proves that it makes an interesting read."
Chris Lambert – Rock Report (www.rockreport.be)
"There's a thorough and enthusiastic review of the album by the author and lots of additional info about the various versions of the album, even the tour dates of the British Steel tour. If you're a fan of the band, this I worth picking up to accompany your copy of the album."
Kimmo Toivonen – Rock United (www.rockunitedreviews.blogspot.com)
"With a track by track analysis, tour dates and photos from the period this is everything you needed to know about what is arguably Priest's finest 30-odd minutes wrapped up into in one handy bite sized paperback at a budget price."
Dean Pedley – Sea Of Tranquility (www.seaoftranquility.org)
"Considering the trim size and at a svelte 62 pages Neil Daniels still manages to pack a lot of information into the book. Whilst clearly he has an affection for the album (and band); this does not prevent him from giving a balanced and unbiased overview. British Steel was after all a contentious album amongst Priest fans, a classic now but far from welcomed with open arms at the time. This is succinctly covered and paints an intriguing picture of a band negotiating mainstream desires with an ardent following."
Jules Aplin – Tape To Tape (www.tapetotape.co.uk)
"...something that any Judas Priest devotee would be happy to have sitting on their CD shelves next to the album itself."
Steven Reid – Fireworks
"...passes the litmus test as it did make me dig out my old vinyl copy and bask in its glory once more."
Duncan Jamieson – Powerplay