TODAY IS APRIL 21ST, INTERNATIONAL IRON MAIDEN DAY!!!
I hesitate to even write this review because nothing I could say would being justice to the pure greatness of Iron Maiden…
September 3, 1984 – This is the release date of the greatest album of all time, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. With the best lineup sense, well the current one (which really is the same one plus Janick Gers). The powerhouse lineup included Nicko McBrain on drums, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray on Guitar, The great Steve Harris on bass and the best vocalist on the planet Bruce Dickinson on throat. This album is so great for many reasons, its kind of a concept album, most of the songs taking place back in ancient times. Start to finish this is stellar. We start out with ‘Aces High’ about a fighter pilot, the only thing that could have made this song better is if it originally had the Churchill speech as the intro in the original as it does on the live versions. From there we shoot on to what is the big hit off the album ’2 Minutes to Midnight’. Next we’re shown the true musical talent of the boys with the album’s instrumental ‘Losfer Words’. Coming up next are three incredibly underrated Maiden songs, ‘Flash of the Blade’, ‘The Duellists’ and ‘Back in the Village’. ‘Back in the Village’ being such an extraordinary song they’ve never played it live, supposedly it is in fact the hardest Maiden song to play. These three tunes are so good, I don’t know why they get overlooked all the time. Coming up on track seven we have the epic song about an Egyptian pharaoh who does not want to meet his demise, ‘Powerslave’. And finally to close out this album we have my personal favorite Iron Maiden song, and “What not to do when a bird shits on you” ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. This fourteen minute epic is converted from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge written way back in 1797–98. It tells the tale of a mariner on a long sea voyage, who shoots down a bird of good fortune, an albatross. The crew forces the Mariner to wear the dead albatross about his neck. Eventually, in an eerie passage, the ship encounters a ghostly vessel. The crew, the ship and the mariner are cursed. Later on in the story the curse is lifted however the mariner must tell his tale to others. This has got to be the greatest song ever written, on the greatest album ever written. This really demonstrates not only the great musicians the band is but also the incredible writing talent of Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris. If this CD is not on your shelf, or this record not in your crate, or both, you need to change that immediately. This is a must own album.
1. Aces High
2. 2 Minutes to Midnight
3. Losfer Words
4. Flash of the Blade
5. The Duellists
6. Back in the Village
8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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