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The Final Frontier [Limited Edition]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
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30 years, 80 million album sales, close to 2000 live performances, countless satisfied customers and now 15 studio albums of unerring quality and power: Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as undisputed heavy metal champions of the world.

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B003QHYHFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Satellite 15.....The Final Frontier
2. El Dorado
3. Mother Of Mercy
4. Coming Home
5. The Alchemist
6. Isle Of Avalon
7. Starblind
8. The Talisman
9. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When The Wild Wind Blows

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BBC Review

As metal moments go, they don’t get much bigger than the arrival of a new Iron Maiden album. Expectations are always huge even if they’re not always met. But then there are almost as many visions of a perfect Iron Maiden album as there are Maiden fans, and the band have never, ever sought to please anyone other than themselves. It’s the secret of their success, and their 15th studio album offers a wild ride for those willing to get on board.

Maiden don’t really do playing it safe. The voices of critics who seem to want to consign the band to an endless 1980s time loop are always disproportionately loud and ignore the fact that Maiden have never played the nostalgia game. Beginning with frontman Bruce Dickinson’s return to the band in 1999, Maiden have embarked on the most successful phase of their career whilst fully indulging their progressive tendencies and eschewing compact, catchy numbers like Run to the Hills and The Trooper; the sort of material the 80s trolls obsess over. Maiden have never been bigger and it’s all been on their own terms. In that light, this album is exactly the sort of full-on prog-a-thon they were always going to write. Why would they even dream of doing anything else?

The Final Frontier is the longest album of a long career but there’s barely a minute wasted. There are more ideas here than many bands manage in their entire career, but in inimitable Maiden style, it’s woven together beautifully. Released in advance of the album, the single El Dorado is misleading. It’s a solid if unspectacular effort, a comfortable mid-album track rather than a spanking showpiece. But even the band’s best albums contain small amounts of filler and this forgettable effort is forgivable. It’s certainly not typical of the album as a whole. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier opens proceedings with no small amount of melodrama, setting the scene for a series of truly gargantuan epics.

The mid-paced stomp Mother of Mercy, lighter-waving ballad Coming Home and up-tempo headbanger The Alchemist are all classic Maiden and make for an exciting prelude. The meat of the matter, however, is found in the sheer immensity of the second half. Loaded with changes in tempo and tone, restlessly twisting and turning, from Isle of Avalon to When the Wild Wind Blows, this is Iron Maiden truly living their purpose. No compromises, just complexities and challenges and more moments of brilliance than perhaps even they thought they still had left in them. A remarkable achievement.

--Greg Moffitt

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IRON MAIDEN The Final Frontier (2010 UK Mission Edition 10-track enhanced CD album - Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980 The Final Frontier will be Maidens 15th studio album and is plainly one of the strongest and most wildly inventive things they have ever produced; a 76-minute tour-de-force of soaring melodies thunderous heaviness and astonishing compositional bravery it looks certain to be regarded as a new landmark in the bands career. Includesthedownloadable El Dorado and is enhanced to allow access to extraonline bonus content including the Directors Cut of the new video for The Final Frontier filmed band Mission Debrief interview footage wallpapers photos and the exclusive game Mission II: Rescue & Revenge; exclusive tin package)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Textured and High Quality. 2 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm a Powerslave man myself so yeah "yawn, yawn this album is not like my favorite etc etc". We all need to admit that Maiden have grown and developed as a band since whichever album or era we like best and that when the quality of the new stuff is this good we can sit back knowing Maiden are still on top of their game.
Iron Maiden are a stadium band these days and this latest album reflects that fact, and no that doesn't mean its self indulgent or bloated. What I'm getting at here is that '..Fontier' sounds like what it is, a top quality album from an experienced big venue band.
The stripped down sound of the eighties albums is there for you to listen to any time you wish, by listening to THOSE albums, but here in 2010 Iron Maiden are still giving us the sounds we all expect yet are not afraid to try a few new twists. Never at any point does 'The Final Frontier' feel lazy or re-heated, you always get the feeling your getting your money's worth and this is not a band just sitting back and letting their name sell an album they sleepwalked through.
So when thinking of buying this album ask yourself:- "Do I like good music that has been written and performed by a band that packs stadiums throughout the world or do I just like the odd early Iron Maiden album which granted was amazing but I can't expect them to only keep remaking my particular favorite in a career spanning decades."
Just buy this disc you'll enjoy it. With 'The Final Frontier' Iron Maiden have stayed true to their old fans but will continue to gain new one's and lets be fair that's why they are one of the biggest bands on earth.
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111 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've made a track-by-track review, but if you don't want to read everything, just skip to the Conclusion right after the 10th track.

1. "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" (Smith, Harris)
Contrary to what you might have been led to believe by the official video, this song is actually 8:40 minutes long, half of it being a very, very, very unusual intro for Iron Maiden -- 4:40 minutes of an eerie piece of futuristic, space-like, void-feeling material, slow-paced but at the same time emanating disturbing melodies before those known hard-rock chords can soar. From then on it's the same thing you hear on the band's official video.

2. "El Dorado" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson)
Not much to say. It was the first song released, downloadable for free, so you know what to expect. I'm just very glad that it's probably the worst song on the album.

3. "Mother of Mercy" (Smith, Harris)
Rather slow-paced, not a rapid, furious & heavy-rhythm'ed as I had thought it would be before listening to it. It's a tune I actually wouldn't picture Iron Maiden coming up with. It's very Maiden in its simplicity, but at the same time the melody itself is not usual in terms of what we've witnessed in the past 15 years. Which is, I must say, something that pervades the entire album, this tendency to venture into the unexplored. It's an interesting song, but not much more than that. I'm glad it's just 5-minutes long, otherwise it would become quite boring.

4. "Coming Home" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson)
Wow, a balad. But this sounds very much like a Bruce Dickinson ballad, rather than an Iron Maiden one. Think "Tyranny of Souls" (the album), though (not "Accident of Birth"). Very catchy chorus, and a very nice melody throughout.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Frontier 13 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Got mine early in the post - still can't believe that! Great stuff Amazon! Well, it's been nearly a three weeks since the album was launched, and I feel an update is in order on my thoughts on the album. While not quite as instant as "Brave New World" or as deep as "A Matter Of Life of Death", I can say it's better then the excellent, but slightly patchy "Dance of Death", the songs have reallt grown on me, many where in the first place I didn't think much of them, now I think they're awesome! Everyone is on top form, with some truly inspired guitar work from Adrian, Dave and Janick (many of the guitar licks I can't get out of my head!), plain awesome vocals from Bruce, the great chugging bass from Steve, and Nicko being well Nicko, which equals the best drummer in the business today. Special note must go to the front cover which is probably going to become one of the all time greats (got my Final Frontier T-shirt ready for the tour!!)

The first 5 tracks are definetly the "singles" songs, many destined to become concert classics, especially the title track with it's strange, kick ass opening before launching into an awesome piece of classic Maiden, "El Dorado" which grows on every listen (BTW it sounds way better then the free MP3 given away on the website) and "The Alchemist", which is a classic piece of triple axe attack . While at first I claimed "Mother of Mercy" and "Coming Home" were the least memorable tracks originally, I've found these are the ones that have grown on me the most - especially "Coming Home" which I think has the best, most memorable chrous on the album. All in all, the first half never lets up offering superb editions to the Maiden catalogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Bought for nephew but i liked it too.
Published 18 days ago by Gezz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. another great c
Fantastic . another great c.d of Iron Maiden
Published 27 days ago by k lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Brilliant quality and a very good price, my dad really enjoyed opening it on christmas morning! Thank you very much!
Published 4 months ago by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Frontier
It's Iron Maiden so i don't hve complaint about album. Cover is great and songs are amazing. This edition is great for fans.
Published 6 months ago by B. Gregurec
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Frontier
This item was purchased as a present! but as far as I'm aware the person who it was purchased for is very pleased with the product.
Published 8 months ago by K.M.T
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not as good as the other albums but still it;s iron maiden so would recommend. My husband enjoys it a lot.
Published 8 months ago by teo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not excellent.
Iron Maiden is a great heavy metal band, even when they release an album that is not as good as the previous ones, it's still a high quality album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kwahkesskyah
3.0 out of 5 stars Not classic maiden.
As a life long iron maiden fan and owning all their albums, I heard the song final frontier and thought it sounded awesome.
Bought the album for my collection but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...just great
As said above. I just love Iron Maiden and their new album is long waited. Up the Irons.
Greetings form Bosnia
Published 9 months ago by Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their finest hour (and a bit)
I have every Iron Maiden Album released in the UK and whilst I think this is a good album it certainly isn't their best. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mozzy
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