Terrific! Great! That's what I thought when my new Iron Maiden double live cd arrived in the mail (I ordered it as an import instead of waiting an extra 5-6 weeks for it to be released here in the states). There has been news that Iron Maiden will release an official live set after every world tour in order to "beat the bootleggers". That's great, I'll buy each one. However, upon listening to "Death On The Road" I'm of two minds.
First, the set list is great and Maiden play like a band possessed, full of energy, aggression, and vigor. Unfortunately, the crowd noise, which Steve Harris insists be a constant throughout the live records, runs like a constant hiss above the music dampening the nuances and even obscuring some of the solos. I find this extremely annoying. This has been a problem with every live cd the band has done after the great "Live After Death", which legendary producer Martin Birch produced and engineered.
Please, 'Arry... for any more live releases, PLEASE understand that I'm much more interested in hearing the bands performance and not the constant roar of the crowd! As with any audio cd, the music is what counts, and it's irritating when one has to strain to hear it over the crowd. Keep the crowd noise DOWN on future releases and mic it up only in appropriate places. For lots of crowd noise, I can still listen to bootlegs... although I've heard clearer bootlegs from this tour. After all, if I wanted to hear a constant roar, I'd go sit by the Interstate highway and listen to the traffic.
Really, this is a 5 star record, but is marred by the refusal to mic down the crowd during the performances. Therefore, I can only see my way to giving it 4.