Hero, Hero is a compilation album by Judas Priest, released in between British Steel (1980) and Point of Entry (1981) by Gull Records. It consists of all ten tracks from the Rocka Rolla album, six tracks from the Sad Wings of Destiny album, and an alternate version of "Diamonds And Rust". The tracks from Rocka Rolla and "Diamonds And Rust" were remixed by Rodger Bain in 1981. The tracks from Sad Wings Of Destiny were not remixed.
Hero, Hero was released under the label Gull Records, in an effort to "capitalize on Judas Priest's popularity." Judas Priest's management firmly states that people should not buy these compilations, because even though it would seem like a new album on the surface, it's just a re-issue of material already recorded.
The CD releases of the album have produced a few alternate versions. Some European CDs sequenced the tracks differently so that the tracks from sides 3 and 4 of the LP come before the tracks from sides 1 and 2. The US CDs released by Transluxe and Koch used the mixes from the original Rocka Rolla album rather than the remixed tracks from the original Hero Hero LP.
Reviews"Originally released in 1979, Hero, Hero provides perspective on early Judas Priest. All of Rocka Rolla, most of Sad Wings of Destiny, and an odd track from Sin After Sin appear here. It's worth bearing in mind that all of it predates Priest must-haves Stained Class, British Steel, and Hell Bent for Leather. There's an odd prog-rock feel to a lot of these songs, which makes sense given when they were first released, but you can also hear the seeds of what would later become the classic Priest sound: crunchy guitar riffage and Rob Halford's unmistakable vocals. True, nothing here equals "You've Got Another Thing Coming" or "Breaking the Law." Indeed, the uneven nature of the material makes this one for diehards." - Genevieve Williams, amazon.com editorial review