This is the live album that didn’t need to be. While it’s always nice to hear some new material live, the sound and production aren’t really there. Moreover, there really was no need for yet another release of the same old staples such as NOTB, FOTD, etc. It would have been great to get some other material that we hadn’t heard in at least 10 years. There is simply no excuse for this as Maiden has a terrific catalogue to draw from. I must also say that the performance is adequate, but not stellar. I am also a little confused as to why Jannick Gers’ playing is turned way up while it is hard to make out Adrian Smith’s playing. Clearly, this should have been the other way around as Jannick butchers almost everything he touches. Anyway, this would be a great live album for most bands, but for Maiden, it is simply lackluster and tired.
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This live album is well recorded, and the band is the best its ever been. Why only 2 stars? The tracklist! Apart from Can I Play With Madnes (yay!) and Lord of the Flies (yawn), its exactly the same as Rock in Rio, released a couple of years ago, with Dance of Death instead of Brave New World songs.
Why not play Somewhere In Time, or Wasted Years? Or Futureal (ok Blaze song but still)? or Powerslave? All would have fitted into the theme of the concert well. I don’t need to see another version of Hallowed Be Thy Name. Or Wrathchild. Or Fear of the Dark. Or Run to the Hills. Good performance (as expected), but VERY disappointing tracklist.
I am a BIG Iron Maiden fan, like that’s all I talk about, but when I heard this album, I was apalled. It frightened me. Bruce may be getting old, but it’s just too much of a difference from Rock In Rio. I can’t believe anyone would give this a 4-star. Maybe it could pull a 3, but I want 2. It just sounds terrible, you can barely hear the guitars over the screaming crowds! That’s just crap! It’s basically like, I died when I heard this, and then when I find out it’s copy protected!? Ok Iron Maiden, you guys have gone far enough with that. This is just terrible, sure I’d give the artwork a 5-star, it’s way better than the Dance of Death artwork, um EWWWW!
But there you have it, a true Iron Maiden fans honest opinion.
This album is only good for getting the Dance Of Death songs live and they are not all that great. Lord Of The Flies is best left for Blaze Bayley too sing…sorry Bruce. Get Rock In Rio and forget this bore fest. Bruce’s singing is very tired sounding on this and all three guitar players pretty much do mindless noodling on this album…only good thing is McBrain’s drumming…sorry, huge Maiden fan here but the setlist sucks and so does the overall performance.
Believe it or not, before this was released, this legendary British heavy metal band already had seven live albums and at least three greatest hits compilations under their belts. So was it really necessary to release another live album? Do we really need another version of “Run To The Hills” or “Hallowed Be Thy Name?” Anybody who isn’t a diehard Iron Maiden fan would say nah. One could even make the case that Maiden’s last two compilation discs (“Death on the Road” and the ironically titled “The Essential Iron Maiden”) were “sell-outs,” or desperate attempts to rake in more money.
But, fortunately, six of the songs on here are from Maiden’s 2003 album, “Dance of Death” (since this was recorded on the “Dance of Death” Tour), so, therefore, the live versions of these songs hadn’t been heard before.
And “Death on the Road” is still a great live album. Frontman Bruce Dickinson’s vocals are top-notch and the rest of the band are in fine form, as well. Bruce really has a wonderful voice, and, as he shows here, his vocal chords are very elastic. Songs like “Wildest Dreams,” “Rainmaker,” and “Brave New World” are very exciting because Bruce’s almost soulful vocals triumph over running rhythms which consist of fast guitars and energetic drum beats. Elsewhere on the first disc, “Wraithchild,” “Dance of Death,” and “Paschendale” feature great, wild solos, and “The Trooper” and “Lord of the Flies” put catchy “Oooh-oh-oh” sing-alongs on top of walls of wailing guitars.
Later, Bruce digs deep for a lung-stretching vocal performance on the ultra-catchy and famous tune “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” Other highlights on the second disc include the slowly solemn “Journeyman” (which is complete with hand claps and crowd singing), and the soaring, perfectly executed, last two songs (“The Number of the Beast,” and “Run to the Hills”). Even though we’ve already heard these songs plenty of times on other discs, no Iron Maiden concert is complete without them.
It’s a great performance, but is it worth buying? Well, if you’re a casual Iron Maiden fan, you probably don’t need any of their live albums; you could probably be suited just fine with “Number of the Beast” and/or “Powerslave.” But diehards should pick this up. If nothing else, just buy it and throw it on the pile so you can say you have a complete Iron Maiden collection.