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I am guilty of an appalling oversight here - Piece of Mind is now safely embedded into my top 5 ever Iron maiden albums - I recently decided to fill in the few gaps in my Maiden voyage (been a fan since around 1989 when I was 10 and have a taste for it again since BOSOULS is so great) and this along with Powerslave were my two shames - I may have briefly come across them whilst lapping up the wonderful Beast, Seventh Son, Somewhere in Time.....etc..........but these I missed and oh how I feel the shame right now.......especially with this album.

Revelations is such a suitable name because that track alone is a revelation - at its heart it contains everything i love about this band, the operatic metal, the spine tingling arrangements, the acoustic sections which counterpoint the strumming layered guitars.......WOw!
Do not make the mistake of ignoring this album........

Speaking objectively (since Ive only been listening to these two albums for the last week) Piece of Mind is the masterpiece of the two - Powerslave is good - but has to sit on the edge of my top five because I think the others contain more iconic moments and overall contain more focussed musical genius.....so without further ado here is my re-corrected (after 30 years of being fan) MAIDEN TOP ALBUMS EVER that you should check out if you are a newbie.....

1 The Number of The Beast (THE ALBUM)
2 The Book Of Souls (almost THE ALBUM - but BEAST has the history)
3 Piece Of Mind (a REVELATION - contains my new fave tracks ever)
4 Seventh Son of the Seventh Son (one of the strongest full of classics)
5 Somewhere in Time (full of catchy choruses - some of the best lyrics of all the albums)
6 Fear Of The Dark (The last of the iconic records from their first peak years - now is their new peak era of course.....)
7 Powerslave (love R of the A Mariner but for me I cant see how it tops the above musically as an album- not the biggest Aces high fan either- though it is quality)
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on 19 August 2017
Another great album, the first notable thing you hear is that all the drum patterns have changed and drums suddenly sound more alive. Enter Nicko McBain, a legend of a drummer. The excellent guitarists Murray and Smith already excelled on number of the beast, but this one shows them duelling brilliantly too. Harris as always is excellent. The level of musicianship in this band have always been exemplary. The atmosphere on this record is different, subtle but powerful. Another essential maiden album. Songs seem more complex, but after a few listens you're hooked.
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on 19 May 2015
Piece of Mind is one of Maiden's most important albums - cementing their position as one of the worlds biggest biggest bands.

POM's predecessor Number of the Beast is a tough act to follow - but while that album combined tracks that reflected Maiden's past work and standards that would define the future direction of the band, this album is Maiden pushing forward into new territory.

The band sound tighter than ever - sharpened by touring and benefitting from Bruce's writing and Nicko's epic skin bashing; the album has a precision and depth that had been growing with each successive release. Piece of Mind is very much the product of a metal band hitting full stride after learning their craft.

The are obvious standouts on this album - The Trooper, Revelations and Flight of Icarus leap off the vinyl and grab you by the scruff of the neck; strongly supported by Still Life, Die With Your Boots On and Where Eagles Dare. The weaker songs on this release (in my opinion) are Sun on Steel and to Tame a Land - that said both of these are still very good songs. Never been keen on Quest for Fire though!

Just buy this - it's brilliant
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on 18 August 2015
This is the re-issue of "Piece of Mind" and it includes liner notes on the making of the album, band photos (live, in studio and promo) as well as other artwork used during the album promotion and live posters. This album is a Maiden classic and has some great Maiden anthems on it. This CD version is the perfect way to update your Maiden collection to the CD format as it has two promo videos as enhanced content. If you love Iron Maiden then you probably have this album on any number of formats already, if you don't have this album and you love Maiden or Heavy Metal, then what are you waiting for? This album is essential for any self respecting Maiden fan or Metal head!
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on 7 April 2017
Another great album
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on 31 August 2017
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on 2 June 2017
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on 12 August 2017
Brilliant album! Love the classic Maiden gallop.
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on 18 September 2017
great quality
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on 5 September 2017
Class album the vinyl is much thicker and what a sound you can't beat it
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