Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden review
|Release date:||April 1980|
02. Remember Tomorrow
03. Running Free
04. Phantom Of The Opera
06. Strange World
07. Sanctuary [US release]
08. Charlotte The Harlot
09. Iron Maiden
Disc II [1995 reissue bonus]
02. Burning Ambition
03. Drifter [live]
04. I've Got The Fire [Montrose cover]
This album is from the jurassic period of Iron Maiden, for the band's singer back in the days was not Bruce Dickinson, who was lead-singer for the band Samson at that time. Instead you will hear Paul Di'Anno, who has a fiery, kind of raw voice. With screaming guitars and the great bass-playing, which Steve Harris is famous for, Iron Maiden recorded their self titled debut.
Eight songs of raw power New Wave Of British Heavy Metal let Iron Maiden rise to this genre's headlining act in 1980. When I came into touch with Iron Maiden songs I decided to buy all their albums no matter what song or sound they contain. That was in the year 1996, but I was not familiar with the fact that Iron Maiden had a different lead singer before Bruce Dickinson as well as at the current time. So this album was a big surprise for me, but a real good one. As all fans know this album contains some songs that are famous live classics nowadays. For example the band's hymn 'Iron Maiden' as well as 'Running Free' and 'Prowler', which was re-recorded in 1988 with Bruce Dickinson.
This album though equipped with the voice of Paul Di'Anno contains really some pearls of Iron Maiden's works: 'Prowler' and 'Running Free', which are great at live performances. 'Transylvania', a fast instrumental and the hymn 'Iron Maiden', which is truly great for any encore at a concert. For all those who are yet Iron Maiden fans but do not own this album, I want to strongly recommend it because it has all Iron Maiden in known for, missing just the one and only Bruce Dickinson.
|For my first review, I was faced with a dilemma as to which album to look at. The answer lay in my current favourite band, and where better to start than the very beginning, in East London, 1980?
This is proto-Maiden v.1.1. There, that's the review right there. What, you want more? Okay. This album is a bit of a mixed bag at times. Taken in context, it's bloody amazing. Steve Harris wrote the majority of the songs here when he was a teenager, and the complexity of the songs for the era and age of composer amazes me. Unfortunately, the lyrics are not as polished as on later releases, and gems on this disc like "Prowler" pale in comparison when compared to "Caught Somewhere in Time" or "The Trooper."
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|After years of difficulty, Steve Harris must have been quite exhilarated when he learned that Maiden would have the opportunity to finally record their first full length album. While many fans may argue that this is one of Iron Maiden's most classic albums, Steve Harris himself was unhappy with the end result, thinking that there were many improvements that could have been made but simply weren't. Whether or not you like this album though, this is their debut album, so thus the classic words were rendered: "Iron Maiden can't be fought, Iron Maiden can't be sought".
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