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Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time



8.9 | 2156 votes |
Release date: 29 September 1986
Style: New wave of British heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Caught Somewhere In Time
02. Wasted Years
03. Sea Of Madness
04. Heaven Can Wait
05. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
06. Stranger In A Strange Land
07. Deja-Vu
08. Alexander The Great

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus CD]
01. Reach Out [Dave Colwell cover]
02. Juanita [Marshall Fury cover]
03. Sheriff Of Huddersfield
04. That Girl

Top 20 albums of 1986: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 67

Line-up
Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Dave Murray - guitars
Adrian Smith - guitars
Nicko McBrain - drums
Steve Harris - bass

Additional info
Produced & mixing by Martin Birch.
Engineering by Martin Birch, Albert Boekholt, Ronald Prent, Sean Burrows & Bruce Buchhalter.
Mastering by George Marino.
Cover art & photography by Rod Smallwood & Derek Riggs.

Spoken prologue on "Alexander The Great" by the English comedian, writer & actor Graham Chapman.

Guest review by
Spyroid
Rating:
8.7
I wouldn't really like to talk about underrating when it comes to a band like Iron Maiden, but a band with such a wealthy discography full of classics will unavoidably have overlooked albums. I would say 'Somewhere In Time' is one of those for sure.

And yes, this album really is a jewel in Iron Maiden's discography, and the only reason it's not a classic is probably that the songs are not that stunning, and tend to fall in the shadows of the great amount of famous Maiden songs. Which is strange, because in my opinion some songs from this album are better then a lot of songs considered as mandatory live tracks. The problem might be that the material is not complex enough compared to the follower 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' and not catchy enough compared to its predecessor 'Powerslave' if you want to split the material of Iron Maiden in those two categories.

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published 24.07.2008 | Comments (29)

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23.04.2022 - 19:29
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by Metal Rambo on 23.04.2022 at 13:25

I love this thing, but mainly the original since the the 1998 remastered version sounds like it was recorded with a potato inside a wet cardboard box. The other remasters are fine IMO, but this one had to be the one that got completely butchered. I haven't heard the newer remasters yet, but hopefully they've fixed it.

So yeah, depending the version Somewhere in Time is either complete win or just terrible soundwise.

Really? I have the 1998 remaster and it sounds great
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23.04.2022 - 20:06
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

Written by F3ynman2000 on 23.04.2022 at 19:29

Really? I have the 1998 remaster and it sounds great

I have both the original and the remaster and the difference is very noticeable, here's a comparison with nice visualization. It's another case of loudness war where the remastered version got too compressed and sounds very flat.
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24.04.2022 - 05:24
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by Metal Rambo on 23.04.2022 at 20:06

Written by F3ynman2000 on 23.04.2022 at 19:29

Really? I have the 1998 remaster and it sounds great

I have both the original and the remaster and the difference is very noticeable, here's a comparison with nice visualization. It's another case of loudness war where the remastered version got too compressed and sounds very flat.

Yeah I guess I can hear the difference. But I think the remaster still sounds good for me. Everything is louder and I see how that can be a turn-off, but I dont mind. It makes it easier to hear all the instruments in my opinion.
But they also could have done it a lot worse; you can still hear all the instruments like the bass (unlike in And Justice For All for example) and the instrument tracks are the same as the original (unlike the new vocals in Rust in Peace 2004 remaster).
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20.07.2022 - 04:51
Rating: 9
dingobattler

Whether you like this album depends on if you like them using guitar synthesisers - this is the first time they used it. I love it, so it gets 9. Either way, no filler songs, so you at least have to give them props for that.

I suspect that people who dislike it might be listening to remasters, because I first listened to this album on a remastered CD, and it I hated it, you couldn't hear the wail of the synth at all, just sounded like a sea of noise. Tried again 2 decades later on the original pressing vinyl, and its a world of difference. Compared it on youtube, and confirmed this is the case. Synths sound like mud in the remaster, horrible sounding. This is coming from someone who isn't that picky about the loudness war and remastering either.

Pretty sad its getting low ratings because of that. This is, IMO, one of their best albums. Only criticism is no outstanding song other than wasted years, which isn't that outstanding either, that's why this is a 9 rather than a 10.
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