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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COL
  • ASIN: B000063DI9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD-Rom enhanced version of the original, re-packaged in a slip-sleeve.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Moonchild
2. Infinite Dreams
3. Can I Play With Madness?
4. The Evil That Men Do
5. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
6. The Prophecy
7. The Clairvoyant
8. Only the Good Die Young
 

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. on 14 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album was the last of the great five maiden albums before the more suicidal albums like "No Prayer for the dying" and "Virtual XI". Thankfully before the transtition to poor albums they ended their eighties existence with their best album to date! This album was a concept album based on an ancient legend about "the seventh son of a seventh son" and the songs were reflections on the legend. Talking about whether the child would use his psychic powers for the good of others and to aid healing, or whether he would use them for his own ends which could be evil. A cool idea for an album by all means and proved a good base for what was to become a memorable album. Here is my song by song breakdown: -
Track 1) - Moonchild
This track is quite fast paced and seems like a good opener to the album, not a classic track but certainly not weak!
rating - 8/10
Track 2) - Infinite dreams
This track is one of the four singles that was released from it and it is obvious why. The song is very melodic and quite slow in places, however the lyrics talking about visions of past, present and future do grab you and all in all is a worthy song.
Rating - 9/10
Track 3) - Can I play with madness?
This song is the one song on the album that doesn't fit the style of music. While the others are dark, grim and philosophical. This song is fast, upbeat and insane! However that isn't a fault and the fact it charted at number three backs that theory up.
Rating - 9/10
Track 4) - The evil that men do
This is one of Maiden's strongest ever songs. It has flash guitar, great vocals, fantastic lyrics and mass appeal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin Emmett on 1 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Slated by fans and critics alike for using keyboards on the record, this album proved that Iron Maiden did exactly what they wanted. For a band at their commercial peak no fan expected what amounted to a heavy prog' rock album. Swirling keyboards on the title track to the accapella harmonies on "Can I Play With Madness" this lp has them all. Adrian Smith's lead guitar is outstanding on what was to be his (temporarily) swansong recording with the band. Quite simply the best Iron Maiden Studio album. It came out in 1988 - buy it now!!
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Corbett on 2 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
All Iron Maiden albums from "The Number Of The Beast" to "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" are absolute classics and timeless masterpieces. I grew up listening to these records, and I know every lyric, every pause, every guitar tone and every tempo change by heart. So, more than sad, I'm really angry to have to say that all the "enhanced" 1998 releases are complete sonic disasters, "loudness war" productions with the audio dynamic range slaughtered by whoever was responsible for doing the remastering. It seems that the idea was to turn all the way up the sound of every single instrument and vocal line with no regard to the equilibrium between them within the music's context. I almost cried in anger when I heard those guitar chords at the start of the song "Moonchild", with the originally carefully distorted tone turned into a mass of just plain annoying, pointless distortion, and all the feeling lost.

Every time I get to write about a dear album destroyed by a "loudness war" remaster, I ask people to go to a search engine like Google and look up the expression (between quotes for an exact match). There are over 47,000 results for it on Google alone. The "loudness war" refers to a trend which started in the late nineties in the music industry to record CD's at increasingly higher volume levels, in an attempt to lure buyers into believing that they were getting a better product because it's a "remaster" and it sounds louder. What happens most of the time is the exact opposite - masterpieces like this album are sonically cannibalized, and often (although not the case here) the audio volume is pushed beyond the limits of the CD format's specitications, which causes parts of the sound to get "clipped" (cut off, lost) because they don't "fit" within the available range.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. D. Russell on 4 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is sheer class and it's no wonder Maiden released more singles off this than any other album. Can I Play With Madness, The Evil That Men Do, The Clairvoyant and a live version of Infinite Dreams were all released as singles and they all hit the Top 10. The album itself was no.1. Crrucial to this success is that it's a concept album. Play the 8 songs in order and they tell a story. This meant that no songs were fillers, as they all had a part to play and weren't added in to fill 5 minutes. Despite this, the songs can be listened to on their own and still sound great, they don't have to be part of the main album, especially the singles. My favourite tracks are the singles, but Moonchild and the title track are great too. Even my least favourite tracks are still great. I recommend this album to all Maiden fans. This is their best album, and should be one of the first you get. To anybody who is interested in Maiden but doesn't have any of their albums, i would recommend buying the Number of the Beast then this. After that you'll want them all I'm sure!
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