On this day in music history: February 10, 1978 - “Stained Class”, the fourth album by Judas Priest is released. Produced by Dennis McKay, Judas Priest and James Guthrie, it is recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK and Utopia Studios in London from October - November 1977. After building a solid cult following in their home country and the US, the Birmingham, UK heavy metal bands fourth release is their first chart album in the US. Though it later becomes infamous when in 1985, two teenage boys form a suicide pact leaving one dead and the other disfigured. The boys families claim the incident was influenced by the song “Better By You, Better Than Me”, written by musician Gary Wright, and originally recorded by his band Spooky Tooth in 1969. The families and their legal team claim that the song contains subliminal messages, provoking the young mens’ actions and sues the band for damages. Members of the band including lead singer Rob Halford testify in court to disprove the charges against them. The lawsuit is thrown out of court, and the band is found innocent on all charges. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2001, with two additional bonus tracks. The LP is reissued as a double vinyl set by Back On Black Records in 2010, with some copies pressed on red and clear vinyl. Audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab also reissues the album as part of their “Silver Series” vinyl LP collection in 2014. “Stained Class” peaks at number one hundred four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.