Live After Death Review

artist: Iron Maiden date: 04/29/2006 category: compact discs
Iron Maiden: Live After Death
Released: 1985
Genre: Rock
Styles: Heavy Metal, British Metal
Number Of Tracks: 18
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
Live After Death Reviewed by: janecoffin27, on january 30, 2004
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Sound: All right, this was on the World Slavery tour, 1985. Therefore they play four songs from Powerslave. This is obviously earlier in their career and so there's no difficulty in getting at least one song from each album. Of course, the sound is excellent. Both guitars and the bass are equally audible and the drums and vocals are put in nicely as well. // 10

Lyrics: Adrian does a lot of backup vocals here, though I'm not so sure about 'Arry. Adrian's a good singer. But nothing compared to Bruce, who all should be able to agree is one of the greatest singers in heavy metal. Lyrics are obviously pretty much the same from the albums and thus excellent. // 10

Overall Impression: This is a two disc set. The first disc was at Long Beach, and I believe the second at Hammersmith. The second contains all the enhanced CD things for your computer, because it has like five tracks (they say that the second disc was something they threw in for the fans back home, who were with them from the beginning. There's one song from each of the first four albums + another song from NOTB.) Disc one's got the intro (speech by Winston Churchill about WWII) and "Aces High", "2 Minutes to Midnight", "The Trooper", "Revelations", "Flight of Icarus", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "Powerslave", "The Number of the Beast", "Hallowed be Thy Name", "Iron Maiden", "Run to the Hills", and "Running Free". Disc two contains "Wrathchild", "Children of the Damned", "22 Acacia Avenue", "Die With Your Boots On", and "The Phantom Of The Opera". Excellent setlist, as you can see. Most of the tracks are totally perfect, but "Rime" has the tape for the middle sequence off just a bit (not like that really matters). Excellent sound, lyrics, singing, and everything. Hmm. Sounds like one of the greatest live albums in metal? It is. // 10

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overall: 10
Live After Death Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 20, 2004
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Sound: Yeah, the "epic" Maiden songs (e.g. NOTB or HBTN) were written to be played on that kind of stuff (152 000 Watt sound system)!!! The intro begins with funny sound which supposed to be plane engine and - like in the Aces High video - the Churchill's speech. Then the show starts and your ears are attacked with heavily picked riffs of great songs from great setlist. Most of the songs sound heavier than the studio's and in some of them (HBTN, for example) there are some additional pickings and riffs by Dave (yeah, that ending with trem bar... OoOoOhhh I love it!). At the end - Running Free with one of the longest and funniest plays with audience by Brucie. Just listen to it!!! // 10

Lyrics: No comments, people who listen to Maiden know how and WHAT is Brucie singing. Great, especially on Revelations and... Running Free!!! // 10

Overall Impression: Well, I battled my father for cash, but when I finally got it, the conclusion was one - Best Live Maiden Album Ever!!! What are you waiting for? To shops!!! And GIVE ME ED. // 10

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overall: 10
Live After Death Reviewed by: METSOAD, on april 29, 2006
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Sound: This is the first Live Album produced by Iron Maiden, it shows off a show in Long Beach area, California while the band were on the tour that set the world alight, the Slaves to the power world tour of 1984-1985. This is the first showing of what Iron Maiden would become as a live act that would be the measuring stick of live music. The solos are enormous, the riffs and choruses are even larger, this was what live music was meant to be, unforgettable and life changing. // 10

Lyrics: All of the lyrics were written before this live album was released. The Powerslave songs even sound a little bit different but still fitted in well. Bruce once again proved that he was the new voice of Brtish heavy metal. His voice just cannot be compared to, it is simply better than anything else for a very long time (I still maintain he is one of the best out and out singers of all time). // 10

Overall Impression: The 4 songs from Powerslave are Aces High, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, the title track and 2 Minutes To Midnight. The best of these is Aces High. Out of the rest of the set there are future classics such as Die With Your Boots on and The Trooper from "Peice Of Mind", Phantom Of The Opera" from "Iron Maiden" and from the same album the title track. The tracks I have mentioned are the highlights, but in reality, all the tracks are awesome, apart from a slightly off colour Wratchild and really rather drawn out Running Free. Iron Maiden had not perfected their live performance at this point but this is a pretty good indicator of what greatness was to come from the East London Metal giants. // 10

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