ROCKA ROLLA is the debut studio full-lenght by JUDAS PRIEST, available from September 6th, 1974 via Gull Records.
The history says that this album was played live in studio.
Glenn Tipton had joined when recording of Rocka Rolla began and did not contribute any songwriting except on the title track and "Run of the Mill", while many songs feature contributions from Al Atkins.
The track "Caviar and Meths" was originally a 14-minute effort penned by Atkins, Downing and Hill but only the intro was recorded for the album.
A longer version of the song appears on Atkins's 1998 album Victim of Changes.
Drummer John Hinch would be dismissed in 1975 before the next record was recorded, while Rob Halford made a brief explanation before performing "Never Satisfied" during the Epitaph Tour. The album was reissued in 1987 with a different cover.
The tour for Rocka Rolla was Judas Priest's first international tour with dates in Germany, Holland, Norway and Denmark. TRACKLIST 1."One for the Road" Rob Halford, K. K. Downing 4:34
2."Rocka Rolla"Halford, Downing, Glenn Tipton 3:05
3."Winter" Al Atkins, Downing, Ian Hill 3:02
5."Winter Retreat" Halford, Downing 3:28
7."Never Satisfied" Atkins, Downing 4:50
8."Run of the Mill" Halford, Downing, Tipton 8:34
9."Dying to Meet You/Hero, Hero" Halford, Downing 6:23
10."Caviar and Meths" (Instrumental) Atkins, Downing, Hill 2:02
💿1987 Remaster bonus track
11."Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez cover, 1975 recording) Joan Baez 3:12 The original UK LP has a longer version of "Rocka Rolla" than the version used for the US LP release, and most CD releases (extra verse and chorus at the beginning of the song)
On some versions of the CD release, "Rocka Rolla" is timed at 4:00 and "Winter" at 0:45.
The version of "Diamonds & Rust" that appears on the re-issue is actually from the Sad Wings of Destiny sessions and not the version that appears on "Sin After Sin".
LINE UP Rob Halford VC
Ian Hill BG
K. K. Downing GT
Glenn Tipton GT SYNTH
John Hinch DR
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