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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Picture Disc) [VINYL]
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Picture Disc) [VINYL]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Great, 3 Mar 2013
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This isn't a review of seventh son the album as plenty of praise has been heaped on it and indeed all of Maidens 80's output over the years,and rightly so,they're in a league of their own.This is about the 2012/2013 gatefold picture discs as stand alone items.

I didn't "need" these,is what i tried to tell myself.Being a fan of the band for over 25 years,I had several copies of each album already,so i hemmed and hawed about getting them and missed out on getting the box.But as those of us of a certain age know, all logic tends to go out the window where Iron Maiden are concerned and browsing through my local record store a short time later, I saw the piece of mind disc calling to me,so I bought it, just to see what they were like, and BOOM I was reeled in,had to get the rest!

On a positive note,and there are a good few to be found here,namely the richer colour of the sublime album artwork,the gate fold with band pics inside,some new,some slight variations on what we've seen before,all excellent.Then there's the discs themselves...Derek Riggs genius brought to life on a glossy heavy duty vinyl, speaks for itself really,lovely stuff,visually you can't fault 'em.

Admittedly I've always been a sucker for a picture disc,despite the often inferior sound quality,and it's with the sound and quality of the pressing that sadly we have to knock off a few points.
As anyone who's been around vinyl will attest to picture discs are a hit and miss affair.I have some that sound pretty good and some that are unplayable they're that poor.These Maiden ones sound ok to me as it goes,some might even say good, again considering they're pic discs,and i'd have been more than happy with them if it weren't for the fact that on certain tracks on certain albums there are skips.Skips are what put a stick in the spokes here for me,we're not talking about alot, but for brand new vinyl, one is one too many in my book and i have to admit it's a letdown.Just to reiterate, these weren't bought to be played really,but it's nice to have the choice,and know that if you decided to play them, that they'd play through ok.Sadly this ain't the case here,and in 2013 as legit Maiden releases it should be.To wind it up,Make your own choice folks,most of the diehards have them already anyway.For those in two minds i'd say,awesome to look at,should have been better on the turntable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight and to the point., 22 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Lifetime (Audio CD)
I'll keep this short and sweet like the album at hand.There's a million and one bands putting out this kind of stuff,fast melodic punk,which for anyone unfamiliar with Lifetimes previous albums is what they play.Many do it! Only a few do it well,and fewer again reach the high standard of melodic two minuters(give or take)that these guys have.If you know the band you won't be disappointed,it's the best bunch of songs they've put out to date IMHO,no tired reunion here.If you don't know the bands back catalogue my advise is to get to know it,these guys can write and play some of the best melodic, fast, punk out there.

The Lost Tracks of Danzig
The Lost Tracks of Danzig

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unearthed Gems, 29 July 2007
This 2 disc release spanning the bands career from Pre Danzig 1 through to the satans child cd is pretty much a no brainer for any Danzig fan.The first disc concentrates on the earlier(classic line up)material, 13 gems that for one reason or another didn't make it on to any of the albums.It kicks off with two tracks brought from Glenns Samhain days, opening rocker"pain is like an animal"and one of the stand out tracks for me the classic vibe ridden"when death had no name".On into the Lucifuge and Gods kill sessions, classics including "Angel of the seventh dawn" and "you should be dying"are among a cover of T-Rexs song "Buick Mckane" which is done well but is maybe more of a grower then the rest.Toward the end of disc 1 "white devil rise" and "come to silver" an acoustic track written for then label mate Johnny Cash along with the more experimental "Deep" is a diverse and fitting end to a flawless collection of tracks recorded by a band in it's prime, worth the money alone.

Disc 2 depends where you're coming from, for me the albums recorded with christ von and biscuits are hands down the strongest works Danzig has put out to date and so the second part of this release isn't half as memorable as the first, don't get me wrong i like Danzigs later works just not as much as the early stuff.Having said that, songs like "bound by blood" "malefical" and "dying seraph" have plenty of Danzig dark vibe and the up tempo ozzyesque "soul eater" are enough to assure you'll throw on the second disc,just not as often.Try and pick up the LTD edition format of this as it includes some nice cover art a comic book style booklet with band pictures and a few lines on the origin of each song by the man himself.All in all a must for the long term followers of the dark one like myself, for the young and uninitiated maybe try "How the Gods kill" or any of the first 4 cd's first.

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