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  • THE BAND: Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Steve Harris (bass), Dave Murray (guitar), Adrian Smith (guitar), Nicko McBrain (drums).

    THE DISC: (1985) Originally 12 tracks (approximately 71 minutes) on one disc when first released on Capital. This digitally remastered edition (2002) gives you two discs containing all 17 tracks that came on the original vinyl album (an additional 25+ minutes). Disc-2 also features 4 multimedia tracks for your PC. Included with the discs is a 26-page booklet containing many band pictures, song titles/credits, song lyrics, tour dates and cities along the ‘The World Slavery Tour 84/85′, music equipment used on the tour, the band’s catalogue of albums, band history, a 1-page intro to the live recording itself from producer Martin Birch, and thank you’s. Recorded at Long Beach Arena over 4 nights (March 14-17, 1984). Cover art by the one and only Derek Riggs. Label (2002 edition) – Sanctuary Maiden.

    COMMENTS: Trade in your original “Live After Death” disc for the remastered 2-disc set. It’s criminal that Capital was able to release this on disc back in the late 80’s with only 12 of the 17 songs that were on the original vinyl record. I mean, can you imagine Casablanca releasing Kiss’ “Alive!” minus the last 5 songs because they wanted to fit it all on one disc? Thankfully, Sanctuary Maiden gave this legendary recording the (digitally) remastered touch and full length treatment it deserves. Looking back over the decades, there’s a handful of ‘live’ rock recordings that can rightfully sit at the top – Deep Purple’s “Made In Japan”, UFO’s “Strangers In The Night”, Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive”, Kiss’ “Alive!”, Rush’s “All The World’s A Stage”… and Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death”. Iron Maiden’s gem here easily stands out as one of the best metal ‘live’ recordings of the 80’s (all the ‘live’ albums mentioned here happen to be from the 70’s with the exception of Iron Maiden’s). I also think it’s Maiden’s best ‘live’ album (out of several to choose from – “A Real Live One”, “A Real Dead One”, “Live At Donnington”, “Death On The Road”, and “Rock In Rio”)… and easily from their best tour. The classic songs are all here… “Aces High”, “2 Minutes To Midnight”, “The Trooper”, “The Number Of The Beast”, “Powerslave”, “Revelations”, “22 Acacia Ave”, “Run To The Hills”, and the lengthy “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”. Bruce Dickinson puts his own signature touch on the old Paul Di’anno songs (“Wrathchild”, “Running Free”, Phantom Of The Opera” and “Iron Maiden”)… while these are all good, Di’anno songs are still best sung by Di’Anno. This is a classic metal album by a British metal band in top form on their best tour (5 stars).

    Posted on February 2, 2010