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on 15 June 2014
I remember this; the tour, in the winter of '88 after they headlined the Donington 'Monsters Of Rock' Festival. The 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' tour and album.....

Iron Maiden were at the peak of their powers. They were in support of an album that, until their recent incarnation, was their apex. They would creatively drop down a notch or two....

Famously this was directed by Steve Harris, as a complete antithesis of their '85 'Live After Death' film.....that one was filmed like it was in an arena, which it was. This? Well, the NEC can hold around 9,000 on a good day, depending on production, and Steve filmed it so it appears more like a club gig. That's my only gripe with it. Still, a very commendable job....

The songs? Well, Maiden was just off the back of 3 Top 10 hits in the UK, so it was all strong stuff; 'Moonchild', 'The Prisoner', 'Can I Play With Madness', 'Heaven Can Wait', 'Wasted Years', 'The Number Of The Beast' and 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' are just some of the heavy hitters.....

As per usual with the Maiden DVD's, we get bonuses; the on-going 'History....' Is fascinating, covering the years '86-'88, a documentary of the first 12 years and promo vids galore.....

A great package. A bloody good show....just wished there were a few more wide/crowd shots in the mix too....
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on 26 March 2013
This double DVD, is in many ways a bona-fide 5-Star worthy product.

Some of the content has been previously available on various VHS releases (Maiden England, 12 Wasted Years) and other DVD releases (Visions Of The Beast). But there is also plenty of 'new' archive stuff (3 concert encores) and the continuation of the 'History Of Iron Maiden' documentary with part 3 of the series.

The main feature is a visually spectacular Iron Maiden concert from 1988 with a fine, and now complete, set-list boasting classic tracks and rarely played gems. It also features a couple of documentaries in the form of the decades old '12 Wasted Years' and the more enlightening 'History Of Iron Maiden Part 3'. Then, there are also the 5 promotional videos from 1986 - 1988 including the fantastic concert performance of 'Stranger In A Strange Land'.

However, there are flaws and missed opportunites too.

The concert staging and set list are all great, but the performance is, by Maiden standards, a bit below par. The songs, in my opinion, are played too fast for their own good and Bruce, one of the greatest frontmen of any genre in music, is not having his best night as he struggles with a cold.

There is also the fact that the the promo video for SIASL aside, there is very little footage here of the equally spectacular 'Somewhere On Tour' from 1986/87. This is a sad omission by Maiden given that their previous DVD releases were not just reissues of an old VHS but also a paltform for presenting previously overlooked tours. For example, the 'Number Of The Beast' and 'Piece Of Mind' album tours were previously given very little exposure until their appearance on the excellent 'Early Days' DVD release. One would have hoped that since this release continues the 'History Of Iron Maiden' documentaries, footage for the 'Somewhere On Tour' concerts could have been located and used. Yes, it was shockingly never professionally filmed, but there appears to be some not too bad footage on YouTube so, one wonders....

And as for the promo videos, fine. But they have been seen before on 'Visions Of The Beast'. Instead, more TV performances from the era would have been a nice treat (as can be found in the 'Early Days' DVD)

And as for the documentaries, '12 Wasted Years' was probably great in its time but is now very much of little use as subsequent releases (notably the 'Early Days' DVD) have covered the contents far better.

And as for 'Part 3 of the History Of Iron Maiden', it reveals very little new information over a rather restricted 40 minutes. All Maiden fans know that Bruce presented some accousitc tracks for the Somewhere In Time album and these were rejected, it's been documented with any reference to the 1986 album for the last 25 years. So, how about letting us Maiden fans know or hear those songs - now that would have been of interest!

And that really sums up this release. It is, as a stand alone product, bloody amazing! It's just that whatever is presented here has been done better by the band elsewhere and there really was the scope for the band to have done better here too. Frankly, the care and attention given to this release falls short of what the Early Days DVD release achieved.

So, I find myself in the odd position of really enjoying this release, whilst also being somewhat frustrated.
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on 6 June 2017
Excellent concert
Great dvd
Great service all round
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on 18 September 2017
Excellent performance by one of the best bands in the world with added features very good a must for any maiden fan
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on 12 August 2017
Great gig, caught brilliantly on film. Excellent DVD.
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on 22 March 2017
Been into Maiden all my life. I love this DVD
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on 29 November 2014
Can't beat these guys live but this is a pretty good taste of the real thing!
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on 14 September 2015
Simply Iron Maiden in one of its most important successes in its career. Highly recommended.
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on 18 July 2017
Old school maiden class
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on 5 July 2017
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