Retro of the day: Judas priest

judas priest

Dreamer Deceiver” is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, featured on their 1976 studio album Sad Wings of Destiny. Unlike other songs on the album, the song is a “spacy ballad”.[1]The song is written by the original singer of Judas Priest Al Atkins but he never got to record it with Priest. He did record the song later on one of his solo records. The song is known for showing off Rob Halford’s full vocal range, starting from soft, quiet singing, to high pitched shrieking. It was performed by the band on the British television programme The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975.

The lyrics describe a figure who takes the narrator up through the sky. He ends up “lost above”, but is “in peace of mind”. He then instructs the listener to try to find a way. The guitar solo is played by Glenn Tipton. This song segues into the next song, “Deceiver”, via a long, high pitched scream by Halford.

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