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Iron Maiden: Live After Death (Two-Disc Set)

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  • Is this recording really 23 years old? Can it be? Has time slipped away that quickly. Some would certainly argue the opposite. In fact, all of us waiting to finally get a picture clean-up and an audio enhancement would probably say that it seems as though the wait has been forever or long overdue at best.

    But here it finally is…Live After Death on two DVD disks. Disk one is the classic performance wrap-up of Iron Maiden’s 1984/1985 World Slavery show in Long Beach, CA. This just has got to go into any Maiden fan’s collection. The cleaned-up, full screen picture is better than the VHS, but it still makes you appreciate how much better the technology is today. The audio has been converted to 5:1 and sounds terrific. The Live After Death set list goes:

    “Intro: Churchill’s Speech”
    “Aces High”
    “2 Minutes to Midnight”
    “The Trooper”
    “Revelations”
    “Flight of Icarus”
    “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
    “Powerslave”
    “The Number of the Beast”
    “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
    “Iron Maiden”
    “Run to the Hills”
    “Running Free”
    “Sanctuary”

    The show runs for about 90 minutes and captures a great performance and all of the energy that a Maiden show was back in the early days.

    Disk two includes a lot more time than the DVD jacket suggests. The DVD jacket says that Disk Two runs for 150 minutes, but rest assured that, if you include the photo gallery tour, you get 231 minutes of Maiden stuff that includes:

    1) “The History of Iron Maiden Part Two” – This is getting billed as the follow up to the 2004 release of The History Of Iron Maiden – Pt. 1: The Early Days, but don’t expect the same kind of multi-year documentary here with Part 2. To be sure, Part Two is a 60 minute documentary of only the Powerslave, or should I say World Slavery, tour. So if you’re expecting (as I was) that this is another multi-year documentary of Maiden that perhaps takes us into the Janick Gers/Blaze Bayley years, you’d be mistaken.

    2) “Behind the Iron Curtain” – Apx an hour in total length, this chapter features some behind the scenes stuff as Maiden made their way through Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary (in 1984 I think). You also get complete live performances of:

    “Aces High”
    “The Trooper”
    “22 Acacia Avenue”
    “The Number of the Beast”
    “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
    “2 Minutes to Midnight”
    “Run to the Hills”

    3) As if the above weren’t enough, you get another 50 minutes of live footage from Maiden’s 1985 appearance at the Rock in Rio festival. “Scream for me, Brazil!” The picture quality was beyond repair (by today’s standards) for this, but the sound is pretty good.

    “Aces High”
    “2 Minutes to Midnight”
    “The Trooper”
    “Revelations”
    “Powerslave”
    “Iron Maiden”
    “Run to the Hills”
    “Running Free”

    The good news is that if you wan’t a high quality A/V Rock in Rio performance by Maiden, you’ve got it with 2002’s outstanding Rock In Rio DVD.

    4) Finally, you get another 49 minutes of stuff with:

    - “‘Ello Texas!” – Same songs (3 altogether), different time period. From 1983’s World Piece Tour…’22 Acacia Ave’, ‘Flight of Icaris’ and ‘Iron Maiden’.
    - Videos for “Aces High” and “2 Minutes to Midnight”.
    - A 20 minute photo gallery tour.

    How could any Iron Maiden fan pass on this. Simple…a true Iron Maiden fan CANNOT pass on this. I predict that in conjunction with the 2008 Iron Maiden “Somewhere Back in Time” World tour, the boys will record a show and release it on DVD next year with History Part Three. Let’s hope on the next DVD that they switch out some of those classics that we’re so used to hearing for some great tunes like Murders in the Rue Morgue, Where Eagles Dare, Killers, Die With Your Boots On, and so on and so on.

    Posted on March 8, 2010