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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: 13
Featured in "Getting Into: Iron Maiden"

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)

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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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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
20.07.2022 - 08:06
Rating: 10
Their final good album, and their best one. Everything they're been building towards cumulated here. Every song is good, not a single filler. Play with madness, Clairvoyant and Evil that men do would have been chart destroying hits if released a few years earlier, but by this time, the world had already grown tired from the metal phase and was moving to grunge and rap. The other songs would have been highlights if released in their weaker albums. Literally the only complaint I have is the album cover looks pretty ugly. This is the top of the mountain. Other than a brief flash during Brave New World, this is the end of their golden era.

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