In a recent interview on “The Jamieson Show”, Rob Halford revealed that the band doesn’t own the rights for the albums “Rocka Rolla” and “Sad Wings Of Destiny”, which were released in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
“We’ve gone back and forth with the owners of those records,” he said. “And it’s a shame. I hope one day we can bring them back into the Priest fold, because they’re valuable — they’re like treasures, really. And I think that’s probably why the people that still own them understand that, because they’re keeping (the albums) rehashed and so forth.
“Like any band that’s been privileged enough to have a long life like Priest — 50 years now — some extraordinary things happen in your first one, two, three albums. Especially the difference between ‘Rocka Rolla’ and ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’ — it’s just like this Grand Canyon effect in the way that the band really grew exponentially in such a short space of time.
“And yeah, we would love to get them back. We never say never. We keep going back to ’em every so often and say, ‘Look, what’s it gonna take?’ Because they’re important to us. And I’d like to feel that one day we’ll own those masters again”, said Rob Halford.
Note that “Rocka Rolla” and “Sad Wings Of Destiny” were released by Gull Records with whom Priest broke its contract and signed with CBS Records their next album, “Sin After Sin”.