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Iron Maiden in the Studio: The Stories Behind Every Album

Iron Maiden in the Studio: The Stories Behind Every Album [Kindle Edition]

Jake Brown
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Iron Maiden are without one of heavy metal's most successful indie bands. From their first album in 1980 they have led the way in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with Billboard pointing out they have 'always been an underground attraction'. Though other pioneering peers like Metallica have been around on the scene just as long provided their own innovations metal and advanced the genre to a mainstream level, it was Iron Maiden who have been the fans' favourites. Their crossover to chart success showed many bands how it could be done. They were key in getting heavy metal to be accepted as a credible genre. With an impressive catalogue of 15 studio albums spread over 20 years including Iron Maiden (1980), The Number of the Beast (1982), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and The Final Frontier (2010), their influence speaks for itself. For the first time ever, the writing and recording of such iconic hits as 'The Number of the Beast', 'Flight of Icarus', 'Two Minutes to Midnight', 'Wasted Years', 'Can I Play with Madness' and 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' are explored in-depth. This book takes you into the studio with a band who show no sign of slowing down and whose influence can still be heard in a thousand metal bands today.

About the Author

Nashville-based Jake Brown is the author of 30 books, including Motorhead: In the Studio (co-wrirren with Lemmy Lilmister),founding Guns N' Roses guitarist Tracii Gun's authorised memoir, due in summer 2011, Tom Waits: In the Studio (due June 2011) and AC/DC: In the Studio. He is also a featured author in Memoirs of Rick James: Confessions of a Super Freak and has been featured in such US publications as USA Today, The New York Post, Vibe and Billboard. He was recently nominated alongside Lemmy Kilmister for the 2010 Association for Record Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Record Sound Research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1673 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843583488
  • Publisher: John Blake (4 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGXPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A collection of material from other sources 2 Aug 2011
By Bug16
The book suggests that there will be lots of interviews with the band as they discuss each album in a similar manner to that of the VH1 NotB DVD. This isn't the case. Instead the author collates snippets of interviews from various sources, primarily online or magazine based or from existing DVDs, to back up his points. This means that if you're a hardcore Maiden fan who obsessively collects everything they've appeared on/in you will already have this information because this book contains no new information, it's all second hand. I'm not an obsessive fan so, for me, the book has been interesting to read in places, it does contain some information I don't own and haven't read, but even for me I already know about 90% of what's discussed.

Unfortunately the majority of the information in the pre-BNW sections is either in the "Run To The Hills" biography or gleaned from "The Early Days" DVD which means that if you've read either the biography or watched the DVD there's very little in terms of new information beyond a few snippets of interviews with Bruce regarding NPFTD and literally a handful of comments from Martin Birch about Somewhere In Time. Once we get into BNW the book becomes far more interesting and the albums are discussed in greater depth by the band pretty much track by track.

The book contains a number of errors that should've been caught before it was published, the most glaring to me was the discussion of "Dive! Dive! Dive!" when the author was meant to be be pulling out information for "Run Silent Run Deep" but there are others where he's either talking about the wrong songs or some of his information is simply wrong.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another boring book from this author 3 Aug 2011
When I saw this book was going to be released I was quite excited as, despite their immense stature, there doesn't seem to be a decent book on Iron Maiden. However when I saw who the author was I decided to borrow it from my local library rather than buy it.

I have read, or should I say tried to read, two previous books by Jake Brown on Motorhead and AC/DC in the studio. I didn't think it was possible to make rock music sound boring, but this guy certainly succeeds. Over the years there has been some brilliant rock/pop music writing but all this author does is collect previous interviews with musicians and regurgitate them ad infinitum. Even worse is his obsession with the studio technology. In both the previous books I'd read there is very little about the songs of Motorhead or AC/DC, just page after page on how they recorded them. I'm sure most fans would rather read a critical book about the albums themselves rather than what kind of drums were used or what technology the studio was able to provide. With each album instead of a proper critical discussion of each song, all you get are brief references to a couple of songs and then great lists of the studio equipment used. After being bored to death by the previous two books I approached this one on Iron Maiden with some caution.

The first half is, by his previous standards, not too bad. At least he does talk about the songs, although once again there is no critical distance, however he does at least quote the contemporary reviews of each album and list its chart positions.

However by the second half of the book he has reverted back to quoting lists of studio equipment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A clear don't buy 19 Mar 2012
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I was excpecting some nice stories and interesting information but all I got is a book that was assembled from interviews, sometimes with inaccurate info and wrongly spelled band members, confused album titles, no new info whatsoever if you are a bit following the happenings around Maiden. Boring and not worth buying. Spend your money on something else!
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