To say the least, I was very disappointed by this “live” album. The reason I put “live” in quotations is because this isn’t a very “lively” album. There is no crowd cheering what-so-ever! It makes me wonder why Bruce Dickinson & crew decided to release this? Part of the live album experience is to feed off the energy of the audience, and without that, it just sounds like the band is performing acoustically on a sound stage. Another complaint is that this 2 disc set contains 2 seperate concerts, but the concerts have basically the same song listing. One good thing about this collection is it looks very nice. It comes with a super nice booklet with plenty of pictures and liner notes from Bruce, and also some very nice picture discs. Other than that, only Iron Maiden/Bruce Dickinson collectors should get this set, and even the collectors won’t listen to it.
1995 release on Castle featuring 24 tracks: 12 cut live in the studio & 12 recorded live at The Marquee in London, 1994by the former Iron Maiden leader and his new band. Housed ina double slimline jewel case, it also contains an embroideredsilver, black & red 1’ x 3’ sew-on patch stating ’Bruce Dickinson Alive In Studio A’. Each CD is a full color picture disc. Tracks include ’Cyclops’, ’Shoot All The Clowns’, ’Tattooed Millionaire’ and ’Born In ’58’. A vital addition to any fan’s collection!
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Alive in Studio A is a great album by Bruce Dickinson. To me it has a feel of the chemical wedding, the same heavy songs mixed with soft swaying back and forth ones so if you like the chemical wedding youll love this 2 cd set. I have read everything about this album how its not worth it becuse the same song are on both albums. This album is not like that, they maybe the same song but there two different version of the song. I really liked the 2nd disc the most on this one just cuse of bruce talking and giving an intro to each song. Ever song on the album is top noch the greatest song on this album is tears of the dargon. Bruce Dickinson fans rejoice another great album for you all. Plus if you like this album check out some maiden albums like powerslave and check out bruce’s scream for me brazil you wont be disappointed.
I would highly recommend this disc to any Iron Maiden fan. First off, the production of the two disc’s is incrediable! It sounds like these guys are playing right in front of me. If you own Tattooed Millioniare and Balls to Picassco and thought the songs needed more punch it’s in this disc! Bruce is the man.
The first disc was recorded in a studio, however with a live-version quality (like thouse live at radio stations albuns). The second is the truly live disc, recorded at The Marquee, London. If you enjoyed “Balls to Picasso” and “Tattooed Millionaire” you’ll certainly like this album. However it sounds a bit more like Skunkworks, since the musicians are the same as Skunkworks.The best songs in my opinion are the live version of “Hell No”, “Tears of the Dragon”, “Tattoed Millionaire” and “1000 Points of Light”.
Okay, Bruce’s voice is absolutely fine on this. Both his lives albums (this one and Scream For Me Brazil), he’s in top vocal shape. However, Scream For Me Brazil is a true live album with the Tribe of Gypsies (Roy Z and his band who played on Balls to Picasso, Accident of Birth, and Chemical Wedding) and Adrian Smith (who played on Accident of Birth and Chemical Wedding). Here, Bruce has the Skunkworks lineup (Alex Dickson and some other people) and they just simply do not know how to play any Balls to Picasso or Tattooed Millionaire stuff on top of the fact it’s a one guitar show, Bruce’s needs atleast two Guitarist to get the full of effect of his songs. The second is, the first CD was actually for an aborted Live Radio broadcast, so no crowd. The second CD is a true Live album but just suffers from the Skunkworks lineup. Get Scream for me Brazil, which I rank higher than Iron Maiden’s Live After Death.