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Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

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Release date: 11 April 1988
Style: New wave of British heavy metal


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Disc I
01. Moonchild
02. Infinite Dreams
03. Can I Play With Madness
04. The Evil That Men Do
05. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
06. The Prophecy
07. The Clairvoyant
08. Only The Good Die Young

Disc II [1995 reissue bonus CD]
01. Black Bart Blues
02. Massacre
03. Prowler 88
04. Charlotte The Harlot 88
05. Infinite Dreams [live]
06. The Clairvoyant [live]
07. The Prisoner [live]
08. Killers [live]
09. Still Life [live]

Top 20 albums of 1988: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 14

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

Session musicians
Michael Kenney - keyboards

Additional info
Producerd & mixing by Martin Birch.
Engineering by Martin Birch, Ronald Prent, Albert Boekholt & Stephane Wissner.
Mastering by George Marino.
Cover art & photography by Derek Riggs, Rod Smallwood & Ross Halfin.

Album is based on the novel Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
Among Iron Maiden's studio albums 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' to me is the second best. It has the most famous songs of the band on one album. Of most albums you might know (if you're not a fan!) two or three songs, this album contains at least 6 songs that you should know, if not you have never lived.

published 24.12.2003 | Comments (25)

Guest review by
You're probably wondering why I wrote a review of an almost twenty year old album; the answer is quite simple: because it is my absolute favourite album and one of the best Heavy-Metal-albums of all time. "Seventh Son..." was the last album that was recorded with Adrian Smith until 2000's "Brave New World." It's a concept album telling the story of a gifted child, a so called "seventh son of a seventh son," and how his gift carries with it many burdens and problems. The concept itself is not what carries the album but it adds a different touch to the lyrics and surely the music as well.

published 12.05.2007 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
What is there to say about Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son? It's my absolute favourite album ever made. In fact, it's the only album I personally consider flawless.

published 18.12.2016 | Comments (13)

Guest review by
omne metallum
Seeing the 80s and the band's golden era out, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is a high note to go out on. The band took a tighter embrace of their progressive tendencies but managed to balance this with their pennant for creating catchy tunes like they had for the decade up until then. Iron Maiden find a golden ratio that they have spent much of the rest of their career trying to replicate.

published 30.05.2020 | Comments (1)

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Comments: 62   Visited by: 2005 users
23.04.2022 - 00:21
Rating: 9

A complete return to form in my eyes after the dreadful Somewhere in Time. It has some flaws for sure, I don't really like how Moonchild starts and Only the Good Die Young ends, feels like they are trying too much to insist its a concept album, instead of just letting the music explain it. I also think the title track has a few dull sections, and takes a little long to get going, on the other hand it also has some of the best moments on the album. Can I Play with Madness and The Clairvoyant are stand-out singles in my opinion, very energetic and playful songs. Only the Good Die Young is a brilliant closer, and The Prophecy is certainly one of the most underrated Iron Maiden songs.
Overall I will probably put it slightly above Piece of Mind, but not quite as high as Powerslave.
04.05.2022 - 12:11
Rating: 10

This is their magnum opus

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