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This makes for not only an easy read, but answers many questions, and connecting the dots from year to year โ€” Bravewords. Popoff is able get to the root of just why this is in a manner that is entertaining and beyond thorough as he consults the expertise of a number of people, allowing for the book to flow and progress in a natural and organic manner that takes into account multiple perspectives.

He has also worked on film documentaries about Rush and ZZ Top. Popoff lives in Toronto. Your email address will not be published. Alt Sidebar. This does not mean that there isn't energetic audience participation however on the track "Running Free," Bruce really starts egging the audience on to sing the catchphrase and whips em up into a frenzy making it the rare exception where the band floats on for a while.

Generally speaking this album is excellent! During this tour the band hired the keyboardist Michael Kenney to bring the creepy atmospheres to life that were an integral part of the pseudo-progressive offerings of "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and as a result the tracks from that album stand out the most. The album shows how the chemistry between these five musicians was almost impeccable with each supporting the other and how subtle variations always kept the music fresh and best of all how perfectly the band performed these live as well as in the studio unlike many successful bands of the 80s.

While this album is a spectacular sampling of 80s MAIDEN in action, these live performances do suffer a bit of Bruce Dickinson's vocals sounding a little strained at times. This is most clearly heard on tracks like "Number of the Beast" and "Run To The Hills" which have unusually high registers.

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Apparently several incessant years as well as these recordings occurring towards the end of this particular tour had taken its toll. However for the most part Bruce is right on key and his frontman charisma carries on. Perhaps the most awkward moment is on "Run To The Hills" where he drops the title lyrics and the audience is supposed to pick up the slack but don't quite cut the mustard.

Only a minor quibble though. Just do it : 4.

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Where Eagles Dare starts off the album in a way that shows what to come, a mixed bag. I feel that this song goes on for too long without enough variation, the drumming is high energy and incredibly good, and the rest of the instrumentation is just as high quality. Another issue I have outside the fairly repetitive nature of the song is that the vocals sound unusually washed out. Revelations puts the album on track directly afterwards however, filled with amazing riffs, great vocal melodies, and a lot of power all put into this slower paced song. The interplay between the main guitar riff and the bass is definitely my favourite touch in this song however, sure, the rest is great, being varied and highly emotional, but this little detail right here is really what pushes the song even higher, showing amazing intricacy in everything played.

If it weren't for The Trooper, Flight Of Icarus would likely be my favouirte single the band had put out during their classic era, the mid paced galloping riff and the absolutely majestic vocals of Bruce, complete with the perfection of the chorus and an awesome lyrical subject matter. The Trooper mamages to be an even better single however, containing may of these elements, but being much faster and more anthemic. While usually being one to feel indifferent to the "woaaaahh" type vocals, it works incredibly well here, and is definitely what brings the song together. Another major highlight is the closing track To Tame A Land, just like with Hallowed Be Thy Name it contains a more proggy structure, the closest thing to a chorus or hook being the guitar riff played after every few lines.

The song has a strong middle eastern tinge to it and some good ideas that bleed through, definitely a decent closer, even if it doesn't match up to the perfection of Hallowed Be Thy Name.

If the album had songs on this level all the way through, then it'd be easily one of Maiden's better albums, but while Die With Your Boots On is pretty decent, Still Life, Quest For Fire and Sun and Steel are all quite poor and make it incredibly hard to enjoy this album holistically. Still Life's problem all comes down to being incredibly dull to me, starting off in an interesing and eerie way, before devolving into mediocrity and underwhelming hooks.

Quest For Fire is even worse, which is expected when the opening lyrical line is "In a land where dinosaurs walked the earth" while singing about cavemen It doesn't help that the vocal delivery here is so absurdly operatic that it crosses into being utterly hilarious, like, I find it impossible to not laugh at this song, doesn't help that it's generally a pretty awful song anyway, being so painfully cheesy.

Sun And Steel is better than Quest For Fire, but is just a very barebones, rudimentary metal song, and I find it to be quite lacking in charm and character. WIth a bit of reworking, this album could have been something amazing, it's just unforutnate that there are songs like Quest For Fire and Still Life mixed in with Revelations and The Trooper. While this album contains a strong set of highlights just like Powerslave, it also has the same issue as it in terms of missing the mark in quite a number of tracks, difference being that the highlights here aren't quite as strong for the most part, and the low points are far lower.

Iron Maiden's classic period post Number Of The Beast displayed a gradual progression into absolute greatness, and as the starting point of this progression, it's clear that there'd be some issues with the album for sure, still an enjoyable listen, but not even close to my first pick when it comes to this amazing band. Best songs: Revelations, Flight of Icarus, The Trooper Weakest songs: Quest for Fire, Still Life, Sun and Steel Verdict: Not a bad album by any means, containing a number of amazing metal tracks, but unfortunately also contains some really low quality songs, making this an enjoyable, but ultimately flawed and inconsistent listen.

This album has quite a definitive duality to it, with half the songs being fairly straightforward such as 'Aces High' and more involved, complex songs, particularly 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Both types of songs are of high quality, with the traditional metal tracks being fun and up tempo, full of great riffs and the amazing basswork of Steve Harris. On the other side of things, the more involved works manage to keep many of the traditional heavy metal elements to it, while also having some fairly interesting ideas thrown in as well. The title track, while the lyrics are very theatrical, are still interesting and tell a great story within the short song length.

Along with the lyrical content being interesting, the mild Egyptian touches to the main riff, along with the incredible guitar solo, make this a very worthy song.

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The album does have an issue with consistency however, as the middle four tracks are considerably weaker than the rest, especially 'Back In The Village' which while fast and energetic, is fairly uninteresting, with Bruce's vocals sounding unimpressive during the chorus, and the song being overall very weak. Other than these two songs, the album is of high quality, even if 'Flash of the Blade' and 'The Duellists'' aren't anything amazing. Overall, this is a great album full of great riffs, great energy, and great songwriting. I believe that despite the weaker moments on the album, notably 'Back In The Village', the album is still more than worth listening to.

Best Songs: Aces High. One of the finest moments for Maiden In which there are a lot despite the occasional missteps. So what's next? How about a live album to commemorate the tour? Which brings us to the first of many live albums the band would put out; 'Live After Death'. Split over two discs, the first recorded in California, USA while the second in London, England, 'Live After Death' highlights the energy and enthusiasm of the band in their early days.

Featuring all the major hits from their first five albums, including 'Aces High', 'Run to the Hills', 'The Trooper', 'The Number of the Beast' and 'Phantom of the Opera', the performances and production are all of a high standard, however, the audience can be a little hard to hear at times, which kind of ruins the experience, but as a whole, this is a good live release. Though, with that said, I've always preferred studio albums to live ones, and as it is, 'Live After Death' does seem a little outdated today, considering the wealth of live albums the band would go on to produce.

Still, it has its moments and isn't bad by any means, there just isn't really anything to entice me to choose this over any of Iron Maiden's studio efforts instead. However, stylistically this is still very much Iron Maiden. By this point the band have clearly defined their sound, and there's not much point in tweaking what already works. With blistering guitar harmonies and wailing vocals, Maiden have clearly hit their stride by this point in their career. The use of keyboards adds an atmospheric, spacey feeling to the music, giving 'Somewhere in Time' its own identity amongst the bands discography.

With a solid production and some of guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray's finest guitar tones, the sound here is timeless.

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Even after all these years, the album holds up well for both its sense of melody and its metal edge. The lyrics are a lot more introspective than previously, a sign of the bands world-travelled weariness after their constant touring.


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But it also makes for some of their most sincere and personal songs, particularly in 'Wasted Years'. As is always the case with compilations, there's the argument for which songs should have been included and excluded, and in this regard 'The Best of the Beast' pretty much covers all the essentials.

There's maybe one or two things I'd have preferred, perhaps at least one Paul Di'Anno-era song to be featured there is one, but it's a live version sang by Dickinson , but that isn't too much of a detriment to the overall product. There's some fantastic artwork used for the covers and inlays, with plenty of photos, lyrics and liner notes in the booklet, and seeing as it featured most of Maiden's early hits, this makes for a nice overall package for fans of the band. However dated it may seem today, it's still a worthy addition to the collections of die-hard fans.

Of course, the music itself is still great! I mean, come on, it's Iron freaking Maiden! However, there's a lot of songs missing, even by , there was an absolute wealth of material that should have been included on a release such as this, but wasn't due to time limitations. Overall, you're better off going for 'Best of the Beast', especially if you're new to the band.

Despite being released six years earlier, it has a more well-rounded track listing, and the packaging as a whole is a lot nicer, with more pictures and detailed information on the band. Leave 'Edward the Great' to collectors like me. With a previous four releases over which to bond and mature as a band, 'Powerslave' is a complete bombardment of Iron Maiden having perfected their sound.