It's a bit of a headscratcher to title a Judas Priest compilation Simply the Best, and omit such headbanging classics as "You've Got Another Thing Coming," "Green Manalishi," "Electric Eye," and "Hell Bent for Leather." But that's exactly what you get (or perhaps more fittingly, don't get) on this 13-track collection. That said, if you're searching for a Priest comp that includes a few classics with overlooked album cuts, then Simply the Best is worth a listen. No other single-disc Priest collection on the market contains such selections as "Jawbreaker," "Before the Dawn," "Rock Forever," or "Don't Go," but you can find them here, alongside such certified classics as "Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," and "Diamonds and Rust." And a few tracks show the group's extreme stylistic side -- from an obvious attempt to crossover with a melodic anthem ("Parental Guidance") to a track that is the group's all time most intensely metallic ("Painkiller"). Certainly not the most expertly assembled Priest collection, but probably the most interesting from a track listing standpoint.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato