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Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time



8.9 | 2058 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: 81

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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11.04.2014 - 11:43
Rating: 10
mikeprado30

This one and Number of the Beast are my fave IM albums. Every song inside shines with own light, sadly so many of those ones remain apart from the band's setlist (unfair but true).
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02.01.2015 - 12:19
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Songs like The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and the title track are just amazing! probably my fav album of their 80's along with number of the beast! also this one has great production.
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14.01.2015 - 21:53
Rating: 10
Toxik

This is one of my favourite albuns ever. Everything since the awesome production and the awesome atmoshpere is just perfect. Oh and the guitar work is just amazing
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08.03.2015 - 19:21
Rating: 9
Paw!!

Hey 8 years passed. It's like nostalgia. 'Caught Somewhere in Time', 'Wasted Years', and 'Déjà Vu' are the best tracks.
Still make me
Iron Maiden at its finest
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08.03.2015 - 20:33
Rating: 9
musclassia

Cranked this out for the first time in forever today - maybe it's because I overplayed NOTB, POM and Powerslave, but this is always the album I'm most likely to resort to if I need a Maiden nostalgia trip to remind myself why they're so great. Sea of Madness and Stranger In A Strange Land are just epic songs
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26.07.2015 - 16:42
Rating: 8
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Paw!! on 08.03.2015 at 19:21

Hey 8 years passed. It's like nostalgia. 'Caught Somewhere in Time', 'Wasted Years', and 'Déjà Vu' are the best tracks.
Still make me
Iron Maiden at its finest


8 years its not 1994 now
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27.07.2015 - 05:00
Rating: 9
Paw!!

Written by Bad English on 26.07.2015 at 16:42

Written by Paw!! on 08.03.2015 at 19:21

Hey 8 years passed. It's like nostalgia. 'Caught Somewhere in Time', 'Wasted Years', and 'Déjà Vu' are the best tracks.
Still make me
Iron Maiden at its finest


8 years its not 1994 now

yeahhhhh, I meeaan 8 yearzz passed in my collektionz.
sowry English
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15.06.2016 - 21:55
Rating: 10
One of Maidens best albums. Excellent, a bit dreamy, production and top quality songwriting all the way through.
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24.10.2016 - 14:38
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele

The IM album that has the most great songs IMO. Only Sea Of Madness and Heaven Can Wait get the skip.
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04.07.2017 - 16:45
VIG
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Wasted Years is in my top 5 Iron Maiden songs (don't know what the others would be), but imo this is one of the band's more overrated albums. I prefer Seventh Son of A Seventh Son, Killers, and Powerslave to this one.
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04.07.2017 - 17:27
Rating: 10
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Guest on 04.07.2017 at 16:45

top 5 Iron Maiden songs (don't know what the others would be)

5. The Thin Line Between Love And Hate
4. Drifter
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name
2. Stranger In A Strange Land
1. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
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04.07.2017 - 17:34
VIG
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Written by tea[m]ster on 04.07.2017 at 17:27

Written by Guest on 04.07.2017 at 16:45

top 5 Iron Maiden songs (don't know what the others would be)

5. The Thin Line Between Love And Hate
4. Drifter
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name
2. Stranger In A Strange Land
1. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner


Actually that's a really good list. Here's mine

5. The Wicker Man
4. Wrathchild
3. Wasted Years
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
1. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
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04.07.2017 - 21:48
Rating: 8
Redel

I've got:

5. Infinite dreams
4. Fear of the Dark
3. Afraid to shoot strangers (LIVE)
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live)
1. Rime of the ancient mariner
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13.04.2018 - 03:35
Conspiracy Hero
Super Normal
Heaven Can Wait is disgustingly repetitive.
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10.02.2020 - 22:27
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

The best of the best. Iron Maiden have made killer album after another, but this might take the cake. I don't think there's any weak point or song in the whole album at all. Even songs like Heaven Can Wait and Alexander the Great, which are usually said to be the weaker ones here, are among my all-time favourite songs of their whole discography. The best metal album ever?
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08.05.2020 - 03:48
Rating: 10
sbgmetal

Cant believe i didn't find out about the bonus song "That Girl" until like 20 years later! what a gem to find, the intro melody is everything i love about this album
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29.01.2021 - 16:01
Rating: 9
nonZero

Not my favourite Maiden album, but still a good listen.
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03.07.2021 - 21:16
Rating: 10
F3ynman2000

Written by Metal Rambo on 10.02.2020 at 22:27

The best of the best. Iron Maiden have made killer album after another, but this might take the cake. I don't think there's any weak point or song in the whole album at all. Even songs like Heaven Can Wait and Alexander the Great, which are usually said to be the weaker ones here, are among my all-time favourite songs of their whole discography. The best metal album ever?

Well said! This is also my favorite Iron Maiden album. While it might not have stand-out songs like Hallowed Be Thy Name or Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the whole tracklist is filled with great, perfectly crafted songs that create such a unique dreamy atmosphere but still have awesome heavy riffs and outstanding emotional guitar solos!
As you said, there's not a weak moment. In fact, I don't know why people hate Alexander the Great! It's one of my favorite Iron Maiden songs: with that eerie intro, the drums of a marching army, then the charging riff that comes in, the epic history lesson, and finally a magnificent guitar solo - it has it all!
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04.07.2021 - 00:16
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
At first I found it a good album, but now the album has grown on me even more and I rate it as one of their top 3, along with Powerslave and Seventh Son, and ahead of the mighty Number Of The Beast, no weak songs on this album.
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04.07.2021 - 01:23
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 04.07.2021 at 00:16

no weak songs on this album.

For me each Maiden album has at least one weaker song.
On Number of the Beast it is Total Eclipse.
On Powerslave it is Back in the Village.
On Somewhere in TIme it is Wasted Years -- but there are more songs here that are not top notch.
On Seventh Son it is The Prophecy.
On the debut it is Charlotte.
On Fear of the Dark it is Weekend Warrior -- among others.
On Piece of Mind it is Still Life -- among others.
The other albums have several weaker songs.
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04.07.2021 - 02:19
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
Written by Redel on 04.07.2021 at 01:23

For me each Maiden album has at least one weaker song.
On Number of the Beast it is Total Eclipse.
On Powerslave it is Back in the Village.
On Somewhere in TIme it is Wasted Years -- but there are more songs here that are not top notch.
On Seventh Son it is The Prophecy.
On the debut it is Charlotte.
On Fear of the Dark it is Weekend Warrior -- among others.
On Piece of Mind it is Still Life -- among others.
The other albums have several weaker songs.

That's the main issue I find with IM, even the later albums have at least one or two great songs, but then let down by weak one's.
This album tho is one of their most consistent, I don't dislike any of the songs here, but it doesn't quite match up to the same quality as Seventh Son or Powerslave Imo.

I agree with Back In The Village being the one song I found to be slightly weak from Powerslave, but the rest of the album is phenomenal!
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24.09.2021 - 04:58
Rating: 9
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
I've been going back through all of Iron Maiden's discography and I realized I had to bump up my rating for this album since I think this is their best work since Number of the Beast if I'm being honest! There is a bit more energy on this release that I felt was somewhat lacking on the previous two albums and I think this is Bruce's best vocal performance since Number of the Beast. Adrian Smith has his time to shine with three songs, Sea of Madness, Wasted Years, and Stranger in a Strange Land (the last two being the album's main singles) written solely by him and being some of the best tunes in Maiden history as a result of his expressive, soulful guitar work. I like that they are experimenting with synthesizers and treating them more like a new color of paint to add to their musical textures and soundscapes rather than embracing the commercial pop/glam rock sound at the time that synths were mostly associated with. It shows a band willing to explore new sounds while still keeping in touch with what made them great to begin with. There are a few moments of drag here and there and some parts can get a little repetitive at times but there isn't a single song on here that I would write off as bad or mediocre. The album as a whole is probably their most underrated of the classic 80s era, with gems like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Deja Vu, Alexander the Great, and Caught Somewhere in Time not really getting the exposure and credit they deserve. Overall, one of the band's finest moments.
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