It doesn’t get much better than this. LIVE AFTER DEATH is without a doubt, the best Iron Maiden live album. It comes to us from the POWERSLAVE tour, and is comprised of a nice selection of tracks from the first five Maiden records. My only complaint is they only have one track from KILLERS – ‘Wrathchild’ – I would have at least like to have seen the song, ‘Killers’ as well.
The more popular songs don’t need much explanation here, except to note there is a great sing-along section in the middle of ‘Running Free’ where Bruce tells the crowd that he wants the crowd to sing so loud he wants to be able to go back to the hearing doctor in London and say, “Doctor, Long Beach f***ed up my hearing for good.” Hilarious.
The best parts of this release are the songs we don’t hear on any other live Maiden albums. Those would be ‘Powerslave,’ ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner,’ ‘Wrathchild,’ ‘Aces High,’ ‘Revelations,’ ‘Flight of Icarus,’ ‘22 Acacia Avenue,’ ‘Children of the Damned,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ and ‘Die With Your Boots On.’ You can actually see them perform some of those songs on the MAIDEN ENGLAND home video, but they never appeared on any of the other four live maiden albums.
This is also a great introduction for anyone new to this band. It’s a great live performance of Maiden songs from 1980-1984, plus you get to hear Paul DiAnno songs with Bruce on vocals.