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Virtual XI [CD]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024Y9L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Virtual XI was Iron Maiden's second album with singer Blaze Bayley and was a marked improvement on his 1995 debut, The X Factor. Bringing with him some of the earthiness and street-wisdom of his former outfit, Wolfsbane, Bayley now injected the sound with an invigorating punkiness missing since the departure of original vocalist Paul DiAnno. Yet, sharing his predecessor Bruce Dickinson's grandiloquence and sense of high romance, he also managed (with the likes of "The Angel And The Gambler" and "The Clansman") to continue the band's famous tradition of narrative lyrics. Noticeable also, in "Como Estais Amigos", was their purposeful chumminess with their fans. Musically, the progression was slighter, Iron Maiden still dealing in their well-known, complex and idiosyncratic riffology. But improved technology had made them harder, sharper, allowing them to enter their third decade with a reputation for uncompromising power that few rock bands enjoy in their first. --Dominic Wills

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IRON MAIDEN Virtual XI (1998 UK 8-track Picture printed CD the eleventh studio album by the British heavy metal band and their second with Blaze Bayley on vocals including the singles Futureal and The Angel And The Gambler lyric booklet picture sleeve with illustration by Melvyn Grant)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Great To Me 10 May 2008
By AJ
Format:Audio CD
I really like this album and find it a valuable part of my Maiden collection.Die hard fans of the group probably hate it because Bruce is not singing,sure I can understand this but lets be honest here this is not the crap album that a lot of reviewers make out it is.I found it nice and heavy and feel Blaze did a fine job on on vocals.Maybe best for you to listen to first before you purchase if your not sure but all I can say is I think its great and I play often and say well done Blaze for your help in making a really good solid album with the troops.
Check out Blaze band on Amazon.
Hope review helps you.Virtual X1.
Ps SSSssshhhhhhh.Just go get it,its a great album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtually... 16 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While being grouped in the category of less successful and obviously less interesting Maiden albums, Virtual XI is not the worst they have written. The X-Factor, despite what I read in the reviews on these pages, is a bad album. Musically it is bland and feels like it has been stuck permanently in the 80's. No Prayer for the Dying was also not great but at least Bruce was singing. The inclusion of Blaze Bayley was, I'm afraid, one of the deciding factors in forming my opinion on the new material from the band. But I must say that although he started off badly, he found his footing with album no. 2 (or 11, whichever).

As a whole, Maiden seem to have gelled nicely. It feels as though they enjoy playing again, which is one of the reasons why their first 7 albums were all so good. Music should be enjoyed not only by the audience. Maiden make you feel as if they have returned from a long sabatical with Virtual XI.

Futureal is a classic Maiden track, as good and as exciting as The Trooper, Can I Play With Madness and The Prisoner all rolled into one. Possibly one of their best ever tracks. That is what was missing from post 7th son recordings, any sign of a true Maiden classic. It is short for a Maiden track, only 3 minutes, but it is a great opener to an album that is dotted with good songs although it does falter towards the middle. The Angel & the Gambler is far too long but, somehow, does not get tedious. Lightning Strikes Twice is a worthy track but is missing something. The Clansman is actually rather good, very overblown but a true Maiden saga track that just about ticks all the boxes. When Maiden do an epic, they usually do a good one. Just take Dream of Mirrors and The Nomad from Brave New World (a much more exhilarating return to form).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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While Bayley didn't, in my opinion, ever top Paul or Bruce's vocals, he uses a wide vocal range on his second (and last) Maiden album. Opinions on this album are extremely varied as you can see by the below reviews, but I believe this album was a worthy purchase!
"Futureal" kicks off the album brilliantly, with 3 minutes of speed and power, and insanely fast bass playing by Mr Steve Harris.
Sadly, this is followed by "The Angel and the Gambler". 10 minutes of cheesy keyboard touches, a hazy subject matter and the most frustrating lines I've heard anyone sing in recent memory ("Don't you think I'm a saviour, Don't you think I could save ya, Don't you think I could save your life") all add up to the most disappointing Maiden song I've ever heard.
Things soon pick up though, with "Lightning Strikes Twice", a song which builds up from slow to fast, perhaps representing the gradual approach of a thunder storm. Decent song.
"The Clansman" is my favourite track on the album, and a tribute to my favourite film, Mel Gibson's "Braveheart". Based in the reign of power-hungry Edward Longshanks, the 9 minute song perfectly reflects the film it's based on, with a gob smacking rendition of the word "FREEDOM!" by Bayley. Guitars sound very Scottish, and a blistering solo will leave you doing traditional Scottish dances to this classic! :-P
The centrepiece of the album, "When Two Worlds Collide" is self-explanatory as to its subject matter. Nothing special, but a solid track nonetheless.
"The Educated Fool" talks about living life to the full, so indeed you should! Another good track, but one which I fear will be overlooked in comparison to "Futureal" or "The Clansman".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by Blaze 25 July 2012
By Alex
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I own every Iron Maiden studio album other than The X Factor and, until now, Virtual XI. I have deliberately avoided these two, as they were released during the time that the usual singer, Bruce Dickinson, left the band to pursue a solo career. They replaced him with Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley, who is regarded by most IM fans as a sub-par vocalist. I was one of those fans until recently. I decided to give this a chance, and actually Blaze is fantastic. The only problem is that everyone keeps comparing him to Bruce. He is not Bruce, and if you compare Blaze to anyone else you will see his vocal style really fits with Iron Maiden. Even if you still don't like his voice, it's still got the rest of the Iron Maiden lads (minus Adrian Smith), so you can still tell it's them. We have a lot to thank Blaze for anyway; Bruce left the band and made some great albums himself, and if Blaze hadn't been so unpopular, we might never have got Mr Dickinson back! Overall, a great album until you compare it to other Iron Maiden albums. But who cares? It's still IM, and therefore still one of the greatest albums of all time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Futureal
Iron Maiden's second helping of Blaze Bailey fronted offerings. This is a not going to be the classic Maiden that everyone loves, but well worth a listen.
Published 5 months ago by D. Hodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtual XI
Great album by IM, great songs, but i give 4 stars! . . . . . . . . .
Published 6 months ago by Jarand Barkved
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A must have album for every Iron maiden fan, has great songs on it, that never seem to go out of favour, you will listen to this over and oveer again.
Published 7 months ago by lloydie4
4.0 out of 5 stars Give Blaze a chance
I know it's an unpopular album amongst fans, and trust me I am a die hard Iron Maiden fan, but I really like this album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve White
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST IRON MAIDEN CD
THE BEST IRON MAIDEN ALBUM SO FAR - THE 2ND & LAST ALBUM WITH TEMPORARY SINGER BLAZE BAILEY .
IT CONTAINS THE HITS
THE ANGEL & THE GAMBLER / FUTUREAL . Read more
Published 11 months ago by THE GRAND WIZZARD
1.0 out of 5 stars Diseaster
Opinions differ and I respect those who like this album. Nevertheless I think it is simply awful. Boring and most songs lacking creativity. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cripplefield
1.0 out of 5 stars Mud! :(
This is by far THE worst heavy metal album of all time! Let me explain it a bit. It is still a heavy metal album and not some joke like Bruce Dickinson did with Skunkworks or Rob... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karl Svibanj
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual XI
I have almost every Maiden album apart from a few which I intend to buy very soon and out of their albums, here is my top 5:

1. Killers
2. Iron Maiden
3. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Shaunskm
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst album in a mostly fine catalogue...
The second album with Blaze on vocals, and his last.

Virtual XI, the bands eleventh release, was a commercial and critical failure when released in 1998 (it peaked at... Read more
Published 16 months ago by nibblet
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf's last stand.
Yeah, the writing was on the wall right from the start, when Blaze Bayley took over vocal duty in Maiden. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jimi jac
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