The Privilege of Power

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The Privilege of Power
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1990
Recorded Greene St. Recording, New York City, December 1988 – September 1989
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal, progressive metal
Label Epic
Producer Steve Loeb, Vince Perazzo, Rod Hui, Mark Reale
Riot chronology
Riot Live
The Privilege of Power
Riot in Japan – Live!!

The Privilege of Power is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Riot, released on February 28, 1990. [1] It was more experimental than their previous work, being an attempt at a concept album and also including a horn section on some of the tracks.


"Racing with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" is a cover of an Al Di Meola instrumental track from the album Elegant Gypsy (1977). "Killer" is about convicted killer Jeffrey R. MacDonald and features a guest vocal appearance by Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen).

The album was re-issued in 2003 by Collectables Records with slightly amended artwork and re-issued on 180g vinyl as a 2-LP set with Thundersteel by SPV on February 25, 2013. [2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10 [5]
Rock Hard 9.5/10 [6]

In 2005, The Privilege of Power was ranked number 354 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. [7]

Track listing

1."On Your Knees"Tony Moore, Don Van Stavern6:37
2."Metal Soldiers"Moore, Mark Reale, Van Stavern6:40
3."Runaway"Moore, Reale5:11
4."Killer"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern4:53
5."Dance of Death"Moore, Van Stavern ,Reale7:17
6."Storming the Gates of Hell"Reale3:43
7."Maryanne"Moore, Reale4:55
8."Little Miss Death"Eric Mauk, Moore, Reale4:12
9."Black Leather and Glittering Steel"Moore,Van Stavern7:07
10."Racing with the Devil on a Spanish Highway (Revisited)" (instrumental) Al Di Meola 7:17


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Additional musicians


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