Play it Again, Sam #30b - "Diamonds and Rust"

@teamfreak16 (41175)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 9, 2018 11:05am CST
We started with 50 songs, and we've already burned through 20 of them. We are at #30b, the "cover" portion of today's Play it Again, Sam: Judas Priest's cover of Joan Baez' classic, "Diamonds and Rust." Metal Gods Judas Priest had originally intended their cover of "Diamonds and Rust" for their 1976 album, Sad Wings of Destiny, but the track did not make the cut, and didn't see the light of day until it was included on that record's follow up, 1977's Sin After Sin, after the producer, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, suggested adding the song to the album. According to Wikipedia, "Diamonds and Rust" was the first Judas Priest tune to get played on the radio, and is still a part of the band's concert setlist, although these days, Priest mostly performs an acoustic rendition. As for Joan Baez' reaction? "I love that! I was so stunned when I first heard it. I thought it was wonderful. It's very rare for people to cover my songs." And there you have it. A great cover with the stamp of approval from the songwriter herself! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Music video by Judas Priest performing Diamonds And Rust. (C) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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@FourWalls (14677)
• United States
9 May
It's just weird to hear Judas Priest sing a love/hate song about Bob Dylan.
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
9 May
It's weird for any song to even mention love and Bob Dylan in the same breathe.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
@JohnRoberts - I know. Apparently, she was totally in love with him.
@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
To the best of my knowledge, which means that I either don't know much or am just probably spacing it out, it's the only song written about Bob Dylan. Alex Chilton, however, at least got a song named for him!
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
9 May
No one saw this coming lol!
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
I could have used Slayer's version!
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@amadeo (70421)
• United States
9 May
Did Joan Baez done this song.I know the song and Priest there.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
Yes, it's a Joan Baez song.
@amadeo (70421)
• United States
9 May
@teamfreak16 I have this CD.Did you hear her latest one.Probably her last.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
@amadeo - Yes, I listened to some of it back when you linked to it. I liked what I heard
@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
9 May
Not positive, but pretty sure the Sin After Sin version is not the same one recorded during the Sad Wings sessions. I have the early version on the Best of Judas Priest album.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 May
I'm sure that Glover had them rework it for the album. That only makes sense.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
9 May
@teamfreak16 Yep, considerably different, just found the Sin After Sin version in my iTunes library
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@TRBRocks420 (81073)
• Banks, Oregon
10 May
Good song Judas Priest rocks.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 May
Yeah they do. Such a great band.
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@andriaperry (56354)
• United States
9 May
It was okay, even though I like rock music best, I was not a fan of Judas Priest.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 May
They are an all-time great metal band, but I understand.