Judas Priest Sells Publishing Rights Of Two Albums To Reach Music
In a move that’s sure to interest metalheads everywhere, legendary band Judas Priest has sold the publishing rights of two of their iconic albums to Reach Music. Previously owned by Gull Entertainments, this major deal brings a fresh chapter in the storied history of these groundbreaking albums.
Reach Music Publishing has now acquired both the master and publishing rights to Judas Priest’s ‘Rocka Rolla’ and ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’. ‘Rocka Rolla,’ released in 1974, is notable for the band’s unique recording process – the entire album was performed live in the studio, rather than having individual members record separately. On the other hand, ‘Sad Wings of Destiny,’ released in 1976, is considered a pivotal album in heavy metal history, with its style and image influencing numerous later bands and shaping Judas Priest’s own future albums.
Michael Closter, president and owner of Reach Music, expressed his excitement about the acquisition and shared some insight on what’s to come. Closter highlighted the significance of the deal, mentioning that it occurred shortly after Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He emphasized that the acquisition had the approval of both the band and their manager, Jayne Andrews and that they are looking forward to working on special projects, including exciting high-quality reissues.
In his words:
“The acquisition of the masters and publishing for the albums ‘Rocka Rolla’ and ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’ was a monumental opportunity for Reach Music, coming not long after Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. This deal happened with the approval of Judas Priest and their manager Jayne Andrews, and I’m so excited to begin working closely with them on a variety of special projects, including releasing high-quality reissues.”
‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ features the first appearance of the band’s now-iconic logo. Additionally, the cover art for both albums is the work of the same artist, John Pasche. These two albums might also be the beginning of a long-time business ship between the record company and the band as the president and the owner of Reach Music is hinting at special projects and reissues which shows a fusion of work between the band’s past and the future.