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4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce on the loose
After several successful years with Iron Maiden, Bruce decided to venture off to a more demure state and wrote a song called Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter. Enlisting the help of some friends including future Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, he wrote the song and it was to be picked up for the use in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5 (if I remember correctly) as a...
Published on 18 Sept. 2010 by Azz McMahon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg of an album.
This album has just a few too many tracks which annoy you. As a result of this it is an album where you'll regularly skip tracks.
This is a shame, but unavoidable.
However, some tracks are fantastic enough to warrant the purchase of the album: Son of a gun Tatooed Millionaire Born in '58 All the young dudes (Bowie track, fantastically remade) No lies. I would...
Published on 28 Sept. 2000 by monjoloid1@yahoo.co.uk


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4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce on the loose, 18 Sept. 2010
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Azz McMahon (NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tattooed Millionaire (Audio CD)
After several successful years with Iron Maiden, Bruce decided to venture off to a more demure state and wrote a song called Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter. Enlisting the help of some friends including future Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, he wrote the song and it was to be picked up for the use in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5 (if I remember correctly) as a soundtrack song.

The song did enough to perk up the ears of a few American record execs - and a certain Steve Harris who pinched it for use on the upcoming Maiden album at the time and it became Maiden's first (and only?) number 1 hit (take that Cliff Richard!)

Bruce, by then a bit bored with the same old same old, returned with Janick and co and recorded an album, which became Tattooed Millionaire.

The first thing you notice is that it's more leisurely and rock based rather than screaming air raid siren heavy metal, and Janick's solos are never more restrained than they are here.

The album is NOT Iron Maiden - Bruce wanted to distance himself from the classic Maiden sound and it shows.

The songs themselves are a mixed bag, but I quite like this album even now, some 20 years on.

Son of a Gun is a song about a Preacher in a western town that rules over his flock like a gunslinging angel of death - I don't know if it's based on the graphic novels or not - it has a movie Western vibe to it in that sort of Blaze of Glory way, but it's darker and heavier than that song. Janick's work on this song is terrific.

Tattooed Millionaire is a much friendlier blast of radio rock - allegedly the lyrics are aimed at Motley Crue member Nikki Sixx - and possibly at the LA glam scene in general, but it has some good hooks to it and a strong chorus.

Born in '58 is slightly whistful, but a good song in itself, and explores Bruce's life growing up.

Hell on Wheels has a strong chorus, but is a bit of a plodder as far as the music goes. Not a fan.

Gypsy Road is a classic rock song - should be rediscovered somewhere - good driving music, as is probably the intention here - Great chorus.

After this strong first side, things start to wobble, and although there is a barnstorming cover of Mott the Hoople classic "All the Young Dudes", it's sandwiched between a couple of duff songs in Dive! Dive! Dive! and Lickin' The Gun (though Dive! Dive! Dive! has Bruce's sense of humour running through it and some good gang vocals - musically it falls flat - Lickin' the Gun - again fuelled with that classic British double entendre - is unimpressive, and Zulu Lulu also fails to inspire much interest.

The album is saved though with a belter of a closing track called No Lies, which is nailed down by the hard rocking rhythm section of Andy Carr (bass) and Fabio del Rio (drums), some solid guitar work from Janick, and Bruce is on terrific form producing the best vocals on the album here.

This album might not be a Maiden fan's cup of tea, but for lovers of hard rock it's definitely worth a look.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg of an album., 28 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: Tattooed Millionaire (Audio CD)
This album has just a few too many tracks which annoy you. As a result of this it is an album where you'll regularly skip tracks.
This is a shame, but unavoidable.
However, some tracks are fantastic enough to warrant the purchase of the album: Son of a gun Tatooed Millionaire Born in '58 All the young dudes (Bowie track, fantastically remade) No lies. I would like to give this album four stars and it almost makes that grade. But not quite, as a result, I'd say buy it. But be warned that this isn't representative of Bruce's other work by any means.
For all fans though, it is must-have stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice by me, 16 Jan. 2012
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What a fantastic album. The best Dickinson album by far and I am so glad I purchased it. Cannot recommend this album enough!!
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