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on 17 February 2004
The absolute undisputed very best of British metal! This is one of those rare live albums that will forever go down in the history of its genre as a defining classic album. There is not- NOT one filler track here. The tracks are played faster than on the original albums so the pace is super high energy all the way through & the atmosphere conveys brilliantly.
The selection of songs all early 80s is Maiden at there best. The perfect set kicks of with Churchills speech as the intro to aces high, opening the show @ long beach arena 1985, and is blistering!- disc one ends with the classic Running Free with Steve Harrises furious bass work keeping the crowd bouncing, while Bruce jeers up a spot of crowd interaction like a total pro- commanding the stage and including his fans is funny as!!.. "when i go back to England...i wanna go back to the hearing doctor..(well, dont wanna spoil it for you).
Above all what this album is is FUN! Maiden were all about having a good time, no heavy or trite dark gothic subject matter here. Thght spandex, sweatbands, Brucies answer to metals Pavarotti, are absolutely & totally unique! Uniquely British. A glance @ the liner notes/ tour dates from 84-85- from Poland to Australia shows you how hard they toured!! Mind blowing schedule! So the musicianship is naturally outstanding. Honestly, how many times have you heard live music only to resign yourself to admitting the band never sounds as good as their recorded album?! Not here.. ohhh no!! As times change, fashions go in & out, but Maiden albums sell solidly, unlike huge selling singles now that wont be rememberd let alone be selling in years to come, 'nu metal/ psuedo punk rap' bands from America take note!
I havnt heard the other Rock in Rio, i can only tell all you metal or non metal fans that this is a MUST, ignore any comments about the production, its absolutely fine, and with tunes like these and executed like they are you wont be complaining. Quite frankly there are plenty of overproduced and slick albums out there that are rubbish.. so you make up your mind. Ive never seen maiden live but this album makes me really wish i had.. or at least been at long beach arena on this night- the solos are killers!!
In this era of novelty acts like 'The Darkness' and the Strokes cashing in on the ' its cool to be retro and like things 80s and 70s', this album is a refreshing reminder that without following any trends or hype, outstanding music can be produced - the only other contenders for the crown of British Metal being of course.. the epic Sabbath! So.. UP THE IRONS!! BUY THIS ALBUM & HAVE LOADS OF FUN.
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