- Audio CD (14 Sept. 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0000251W5
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- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
No Prayer For The Dying Enhanced
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Coinciding with the departure of long-term guitarist Adrian Smith and the recruitment of his replacement Janick Gers, (who had played on Bruce Dickinson’s solo work, as well as stints with Gillan and Fish), No Prayer For The Dying sought to expand an already extensive following by toning up a bit of instrumental flab via shorter tunes suited-up in some radio-friendly threads. The chief culprit is the title track which mixes ''Kayleigh'' with Van Halen’s spandex lope.
And where do you go when you’ve got to the top? Why, over the top of course, and they do just that big time with “Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter.” A soundtrack tie-in to the devalued Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, this is a dumbed-down romp that’s as camp as a row of tents. Remarkably enough, it got to number one when released as a single helped along no doubt by a credibility-restoring BBC ban.
Elsewhere it’s business as usual, with episodic prog -rock tones creeping through in the opening passages of “Fates Warning”, “The Assassin”, and the epic album closer, “Mother Russia.”
Having a pop at the religious right is meat and grist to rock bands of all shades and sizes but on “Holy Smoke” Bruce Dickinson has Jesus himself pointing the finger the hustlers and hypocrites. If it sounds a bit trite then the actual execution is better than you might think.
Similarly, “Tailgunner” pondering on the rights and wrongs of war that cheekily takes Biggles and Doctor Strangelove along for the ride, works unexpectedly well. A tight formation of terse basslines, sprightly solos, hooks, and last-minute precision twists that veer clear away off to the left field just when you think it’s about to collide head-on with a HM cliché.
They’re able to do this for the most part thanks to bassist Steve Harris’s writing, and though overall No Prayer For Dying lacks the consistency of some of their earlier albums, there’s more than a few worthwhile detours. --Sid Smith
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Top Customer Reviews
First off I have always enjoyed the more down to earth raw sound that the band have opted for. Had they stuck with the same sound they used for Seventh Son of The Seventh Son, I feel they would of came across as quite dated and ended up in a situation where people would of labelled them as "just another '80s" band.
There is also a matter of the songs presented here. Tailgunner and Holy Smoke are really good songs. They are up there with some of the band's better numbers and really are quite underappreciated. But other songs like Fates Warning, The Assassin and Hooks In You are also pretty fun songs. They are by no means ground breaking, but they are also far from bad songs. The hit single Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter is a fun catchy song that for some reason is now considered to be pretty poor. It is interesting to see how trends change over the years.
No Prayer For The Dying is far from a bad album and it is one I have always enjoyed. Much like Fear of the Dark and X-Factor, it has quite a bad rep for absolutely no reason. If you enjoy a good bit of hard rock and heavy metal, this is and always will be a good purchase.
No Prayer For The Dying dispenses with the keyboards and glossy production that IMO marred their previous two albums ('7th Son of A 7th Son' and 'Somewhere In Time') and gives the sound a more natural earthy feel, with plenty of gritty guitars and crystal clear drums.
And the songs are just great! With the possible exception of the slightly naff 'Assassin', there isn't a duff track on it. Personal faves include 'Public Enema No1', the title track and the awesome 'Run Silent Run Deep' (surely one of Maiden's finest songs to date?)
I would recommend this to anyone who has even the most casual interest in Maiden...seriously, give it a go...it's wonderful!
Tailgunner is a great opener, followed by Holy Smoke which i love as it rightly slaughters the frauds that are TV preachers. The title track is OK , maybe ruined for me by Bruce's vocal performance on it. Hooks In You and Mother Russia are both very good too.
Believe it or not though, my favorite song on the album is The Assasin. I know alot of people think this is one of Maidens worst, and i would think so too if it was meant to be taken seriously, but it isn't!. Think about it, do you really think the guy who bought us gems such as Hallowed Be Thy Name, Aces High, Infinite Dreams and Alexander The Great meant it when he wrote this song? no, he meant it to be funny/lighthearted. So take it that way, and you'll appreciate it more.
The other songs pretty much do nothing for me. I know Bring Your Daughter.. was meant to be a novelty song too. I suppose it's its popularity that puts me off, and i can't help but feel its trying to be a little more serious than The Assasin.
If you're new to Iron Maiden, by no means buy this album first. Start with Powerslave, Seventh Son, Number Of The Beast or Dance Of Death. Get this once you've established yourself as a fan ;)
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