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  • Flight 666 vinyl is truly stunning. The album captures their best performances and is a testament to how good they are live. Also, the pictures on each disc are extremely detailed and flawless.

    The sound is amazing, though a little on the bass end of the spectrum: Nicko’s drums are strong on this recording and really make listening a unique experience because you can clearly hear what he’s doing back there. Adrian, Dave, and Janick all have a clear and distinct sound making each one distinguishable while the newer added harmonies for the old songs cut through nicely. Bruce is upfront and clear as always. Steve’s bass cuts through and owns it’s own part of the e.q. spectrum which makes for a bit more bunch. I really enjoy the sound on the record and it is a pleasure to sit back, listen and experience the ’round the world tour entirely on LP.

    I saw Maiden at their last show in Ft. Lauderdale and I wish they would have added the extra material from the ‘09 set list to this live album. The way I see it, the more Maiden, the better. But that being said, There is plenty of music on this album. all the classics are here. It is truly awesome of Maiden to go out and recreate the Powerslave tour, film it, record it, allowing fans to relive those days while introducing new fans to their older material. Not many bands care about their fans as much as Maiden do and this is a gift to the fans.

    I recommend this record to any audiophile and music fan out there with a passion for vinyl. Maiden did a great job.

    Posted on February 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Having listened to the entire set for the third time, I just can’t get enough of this amazing collection of metal classics. First of all, the setlist is unreal. For those of us who are old enough to have seen the original tour in 1984 – 1985, this brings back memories of a time when all things were great in the world of metal and hard rock!

    Up until now, Life After Death was THE bible on that era…but no more. These perfromances are just too good to ignore. Bruce is singing like he is in his teens but with a maturity that reflects one of the eras greatest vocalists.

    The three headed monster of Gears, Smith and Murray didn’t make sense to me at first and the studio recordings with the three of them had not convinced me. But here they shine like never before! The triple leads on “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” give me chills! INCREDIBLE!!

    Steve Harris is so solid you could set your watch by his powerful playing!

    But the real hero is Mr. McBrain. This is his greatest moment with Iron Maiden! The tempos are perfect, his playing is frantic and controlled at the same time. A feat not easily done. The power, the speed and the control are amazing to watch and listen to. He is 1000% better then on Live After Death and the band is better for it.

    Now I can’t leave out Kevin Shirley’s massive recording. Each player is easily heard in the mix but together create a wall of sound almost never re-created before. I love the background keys on the chorus of “Powerslave” it makes the whole song.

    This now ranks up there with KISS Alive, Live and Dangerous, Made in Japan and other all time classic hard/heavy live recordings of all time!

    UP THE IRONS…Maiden is once again the biggest metal act in the world…BAR NONE!!

    peace

    Posted on February 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I do consider this to be the best live offering from maiden yet…I explain…

    1. Live After Death– Production B+, Performance A- (Bruce was struggling with some songs-for example, Aces High), Songs Selection A+

    2. A Real Live/Dead One– Production C-, Performance B-, Songs Selection A+

    3. Rock in Rio– Production A, Performance A+, Songs Selection B-

    4. Flight 666– Production A+, Performance A+ (just listen to Bruce’s Vocals–AMAZING!!, especially for his age), Songs Selection A

    Posted on February 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Then buy this.

    In Febuary 2008, filming began on a documentary about the band Iron Maiden’s most adventurous tour ever- The Somewhere Back in Time World Tour. The documentary was titled Flight 666 and released into theaters for one night only (I missed it :( ). On June 9th, it was released on DVD and blu-ray, and along with it came a companion piece which was a 2 CD set, featuring all the recorded versions of the songs (plus 2) that made it into the movie.

    Well, I’m happy to say that this is the best live album ever! Just Aces High alone is enough to make up for the lackluster Live After Death. This album is truly amazing on every count!

    ACES HIGH (Mumbai, India)- After the churchill intro, the guitar intro begins, and then the band rush out on stage and give us one hell of a version of the song. Bruce’s voice here is AMAZING!!!!! No struggling, he hits the notes perfectly. And everything just goes well.

    TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (Melbourne, Australia)- This may be even better than the Rock in Rio version. The crowd are loud as usual, the band are really on fire here. Amazing!

    REVELATIONS (Sydney, Australia)- HOLY FREAKING CRAP. They slowed down the playing a bit from the LAD version- it’s a tad faster than the studio version, but only a tad. And Jan’s solo here sounds great!

    THE TROOPER (Tokyo, Japan)- Best, most chaotic, and heaviest version of The Trooper yet, plus we get some of Nicko’s blistering foot speed!

    WASTED YEARS (Monterrey, Mexico)- The third official live recording of this, and the best sounding one yet. H sings a bit during the chorus… he has a very unique voice. Definitely an amazing live version.

    THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (Los Angeles, USA)- Best version of Number of the Beast ever. Bruce is ON FIRE. Plus H improvises a bit here, which is a bit strange but cool since he is the “one messed up note and it’s officially crap” guy.

    CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS (Mexico City, Mexico)- WAY superior to the Death on the Road version. Bruce sounds more up to shape here, and the solo is the best of any version of this song.

    RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER (New Jersey, USA)- The 13 minute epic. Way superior to the LAD version- No struggling Bruce here, plus to the slow and creepy part, some more cool creepy sounds have been added. Plus Bruce’s “RAAAAAAAIIIINNNN!!!!!!!” scream is… whoa.

    POWERSLAVE (Alajuela, Costa Rica)- WHOA. THOSE SYNTHS. They add a more powerful and desperate feel to it- amongst Bruce’s amazing voice. THis is the best Powerslave version yet, and yet the synths make it more powerful and add a tragic feel to the song, where you can sympathize for this pharoah as he’s about to die.

    HEVAEN CAN WAIT (Sao Paulo, Brazil)- I say this for everything, true, but BEST HCW EVER. Everything is up to speed, Bruce is on top of his game, plus the usual audience coming up on stage during the “WHOAAAAAA” part is awesome.

    RUN TO THE HILLS (Bogota, Colombia)- The anthemic song from Maiden has an amazing rendition once again, definitely awesome!

    FEAR OF THE DARK (Buenos Aires, Argentina)- The ultimate song for Audience participation… hearing this version brought back memories of the concert I went to. The band release us the best “Fear” yet!

    IRON MAIDEN (Santiago, Chile)- The 2nd best sounding on the album! The outro, as usual, is just incredible… I get shivers thinking about it!

    MOONCHILD (San Juan, Puerto Rico)- We never thought it’d happen, but it did- the opening track to Seventh Son being brought back to life! WAY better than both the Studio version and the Maiden England version, plus Jan’s solo is AWESOME.

    THE CLAIRVOYANT (Curitiba, Brazil)- Amazingly beautiful song, amazingly beautiful version too! I just plain love it. The 3 amigos do miss the guitar in the first couple seconds but then come back in, which I think sounds cooler. May be the best Clairvoyant yet!

    HALLOWED BE THY NAME (Toronto, Canada)- WHOA. IN TEARS AT HOW AMAZING IT IS. EVen futher, it was recorded in my home country of Canada! BEst HBTN for sure… everything is just plain perfect. “See you in the summer”… that’s true, I did see him (and them)- June 6th, 2008!

    So in short, this is Maiden’s best live album ever. Live After Death was cool, but THIS IS WAY BETTER. I listen to this album every day, and it’s bar none, the best live album ever!!!!

    Posted on February 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • …except for the fact that the songs fade out at the end of each song creating silence between songs. This takes away from the live concert feel for me personally. I would have given this recording a perfect score if they had simply cross-faded the songs so that there wouldn’t be silence between tracks. This would have made it feel more like a single concert (even though each track is recorded in a different country), which most folks prefer to preserve the feeling that you are actually at a concert.

    Other than this one issue, this is an unbelievably excellent recording. The sound quality is perfect, the setlist is awesome, and the band performs flawlessly. Highly recommended. I also highly recommend the Blu Ray version if Flight 666. It is one of the coolest Blu Ray releases ever!

    Posted on February 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now