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Ram It Down
Ram It Down
is the 11th studio album by Judas Priest, released in 1988 through Columbia Records; a remastered edition containing two bonus tracks was reissued in 2001. The album earned gold certification (500,000 sales) on 18 July 1988. The band toured in Europe and North America to support the release of the album. This is the last album to feature long-time drummer Dave Holland.


1 Background 2 Track listing 3 Personnel 4 Charts 5 Certifications 6 Other information 7 References

Background[edit] In 1986, Judas Priest
Judas Priest
intended to release a double album entitled Twin Turbos, of which half would consist of melodic, more commercial hard rock, and the other half would be heavier and less synth-driven. Columbia Records
Columbia Records
objected to the double album concept, and the project was ultimately split into two separate releases, 1986's Turbo, and 1988's Ram It Down. At least four songs, "Ram it Down", "Hard as Iron", "Love You to Death" and "Monsters of Rock", were written for the Twin Turbos project. Ram It Down
Ram It Down
would be the final Judas Priest
Judas Priest
album for 30 years recorded with producer Tom Allom. Allom would later return as co-producer to the 2009 live release A Touch of Evil: Live. He would not produce another Judas Priest
Judas Priest
studio album until 2018's Firepower. The band recorded a rendition of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", intended for inclusion on the soundtrack for the 1988 Anthony Michael Hall comedy film Johnny Be Good; the song found its way onto Ram It Down and was the album's first single. It was also played during the first few concerts of the band´s 1988 tour, along with the title track and three other songs from the album. The only Ram It Down
Ram It Down
songs to have been played on later tours are "I'm a Rocker", during the Retribution Tour; and "Blood Red Skies", during the Epitaph World Tour. Originally, the song "Thunder Road" was to be put on the album; however, after the album producers were asked to do the cover of "Johnny B. Goode", "Thunder Road" was replaced. Some of the parts from the song made it into the cover of "Johnny B. Goode". "Thunder Road" was released as a bonus track on the 2001 remaster of Point of Entry. Although Judas Priest's fanbase was big enough to push the album to gold status in North America,[5] critical reaction was fairly negative, arguing that the band failed to produce any new creative ideas, and the songwriting was inferior to their past efforts. Halford's take on the rest of the album is that it was "a very heavy record", with Glenn Tipton
Glenn Tipton
and K. K. Downing
K. K. Downing
"really rip[ping] it up on a lot of those riffs". Halford said the band recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire"; he said it was "a shame" that the song did not make the album.[6] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford
Rob Halford
and K.K. Downing, except where noted.

Side one

No. Title Length

1. "Ram It Down" 4:48

2. "Heavy Metal" 5:58

3. "Love Zone" 3:58

4. "Come and Get It" 4:07

5. "Hard as Iron" 4:09

Side two

No. Title Length

6. "Blood Red Skies" 7:50

7. "I'm a Rocker" 3:58

8. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) 4:39

9. "Love You to Death" 4:36

10. "Monsters of Rock" 5:30

2001 CD edition bonus tracks

No. Title Length

11. "Night Comes Down" (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, 5 May 1984) 4:33

12. "Bloodstone" (Live at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, 12 December 1982) 4:05


No. Title Length

1. "Thunder Road" (Bonus track on Point of Entry) 5:12

2. "Fire Burns Below" (Bonus track on Stained Class) 6:58

3. "Red, White & Blue" (Bonus track on British Steel) 3:42

4. "My Design" (Remains unreleased)  


Judas Priest

Rob Halford
Rob Halford
– vocals K. K. Downing
K. K. Downing
– guitar Glenn Tipton
Glenn Tipton
– guitars, synthesizers Ian Hill
Ian Hill
– bass guitar Dave Holland – drums


Produced by Tom Allom "Johnny B. Goode" co-produced by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford, and K. K. Downing Engineered by Henrik Nilsson Additional recording by Bill Dooley Equipment supervision by Tom Calcaterra Artwork by Mark Wilkinson


Chart (1988) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 43

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 14

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 25

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 9

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 5

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 5

Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 8

UK Albums (OCC)[14] 24

US Billboard 200[15] 31


Country Organization Year Sales

USA RIAA 1988 Gold (+ 500,000)[5]

Canada CRIA 1988 Gold (+ 50,000)[16]

Other information[edit]

An unknown song was recorded for inclusion on the album but the tape was lost during a chaotic period which resulted from Halford's decision to leave the band following the group's next album, Painkiller, and Tim "Ripper" Owens' hiring as his replacement.[citation needed] For this reason Ram It Down
Ram It Down
is the only remastered Judas Priest
Judas Priest
disc with no added bonus studio tracks, just two added live tracks. The song "Blood Red Skies" was released as a promo only single with a 4:51 radio edit, the album version and a 10:33 extended remix.[17] Although drummer Dave Holland is credited on the album, the band used a drum machine on a majority of the songs.[citation needed] The band recorded three tracks with pop producers Stock-Aitken-Waterman – two originals "Runaround"[18] and "I Will Return"[19] and a cover of The Stylistics' hit "You Are Everything.[20] However, they were ultimately not included on this album due to a management decision. Pete Waterman calls them "probably the best tracks we ever did" and admits that "I occasionally dig the record out and play it to people, and they're amazed that we made heavy metal."[21] Around this time, Glenn Tipton
Glenn Tipton
also recorded guitar solos for songs by another Stock-Aitken-Waterman produced artist, Samantha Fox, and was officially credited on the track "Spirit of America".


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Ram It Down
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Ram It Down
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Judas Priest
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Judas Priest

Ian Hill Glenn Tipton Scott Travis Rob Halford Richie Faulkner

K. K. Downing Tim "Ripper" Owens Dave Holland Les Binks Alan Moore John Hinch Al Atkins

Studio albums

Rocka Rolla Sad Wings of Destiny Sin After Sin Stained Class Killing Machine British Steel Point of Entry Screaming for Vengeance Defenders of the Faith Turbo Ram It Down Painkiller Jugulator Demolition Angel of Retribution Nostradamus Redeemer of Souls Firepower

Live albums

Unleashed in the East Priest...Live! Priest, Live and Rare '98 Live Meltdown Live in London A Touch of Evil: Live British Steel: 30th Anniversary Live Battle Cry


The Best of Judas Priest Hero, Hero Metal Works '73–'93 The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight Genocide Metalogy The Essential Judas Priest Single Cuts The Chosen Few


Live in London Electric Eye Rising in the East Live Vengeance '82 Epitaph Battle Cry


"Rocka Rolla" "The Ripper" "Diamonds and Rust" "Better by You, Better than Me" "Take On the World" "Evening Star" "Rock Forever" "Living After Midnight" "Breaking the Law" "United" "Heading Out to the Highway" "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" "Electric Eye" "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" "Freewheel Burning" "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" "Turbo Lover" "Locked In" "Parental Guidance" "Ram It Down" "Johnny B. Goode" "Painkiller" "A Touch of Evil" "Bullet Train" "Revolution"

Other songs

"Run of the Mill" "Victim of Changes" "Dreamer Deceiver" "Dissident Aggressor" "Exciter" "Beyond the Realms of Death" "Burn in Hell" "Judas Rising"

Tours and concerts

Judas Priest
Judas Priest
Tour The Return of the Priest Tour Whiskey Woman Tour Rocka Rolla
Rocka Rolla
Tour Sad Wings of Destiny
Sad Wings of Destiny
Tour Sin After Sin
Sin After Sin
Tour Stained Class
Stained Class
Tour X Certificate Tour Hell Bent for Leather Tour Unleashed in the East
Unleashed in the East
Tour British Steel Tour World Wide Blitz Tour World Vengeance Tour Metal Conqueror Tour Fuel for Life Tour Mercenaries of Metal Tour Painkiller Tour Operation Rock & Roll Reunited Tour Retribution Tour Nostradamus World Tour Metal Masters Tour Epitaph World Tour Redeemer of Souls
Redeemer of Souls
Tour Firepower World Tour

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