This is the first Iron Maiden album I ever got. When I heard “Revelations” on one of the music channels I was hooked. Truely an awesome album.
- CD Disc One
- from Led Zeppelin:
- \"Good Times Bad Times\" - 2:46
- \"Communication Breakdown\" - 2:30
- \"Dazed and Confused\" - 6:26
No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: IRON MAIDENTitle: PIECE OF MINDStreet Release Date: 03/26/2002<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL
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Iron Maiden released “Piece of Mind” in 1983 and the big change this time was a new drummer. Nicko McBrian replaced Clive Burr and although I personally liked Burr better, McBrian is still pretty excellent. Bruce Dickinson of course returns and is as excellent as ever. Adrian Smith and Dave Murray do the epic dual solos. Finally Steve Harris has some of the best bass work in metal! There are many Maiden favorites found here like “The Trooper” being the most famous song on this album and one of the best Iron Maiden songs ever! There’s also the epic 7-minute long “To Tame a Land”. “Die With Your Boots” on is another awesome track as is the classic “Where Eagles Dare”. This might come second to “The Number of the Beast” which is still my favorite Maiden album. Awesome work!
Piece Of Mind was the album that fans believed turned Iron Maiden from breakthrough artists into legends of the rock business. I still can’t believe how quickly this album was sold-out here in Kuwait. Man, glad I found one. The songs on this album are just too amazing that once again, I think it’s time I gave you my report on this all-time classic:Where Eagles Dare: 5/5 – The song that introduced Nicko McBrain’s rage on the drums at the beginning. Few lyrics and too much music can turn this song bad right? WRONG! The instrumental part is the best section of this song, in my opinion of course.Revelations: 5/5 – Bruce Dickinson’s first solo-written song proves that he’s capable of writing as well as singing. This classic song is one of the best on the album and also has awesome lyrics.Flight Of Icarus: 5/5 – Any one heard of the story of Icarus from Greek Mythology? This probably includes the whole story if you haven’t read it. Awesome chorus, great music and a perfect song to play at live shows.Die With Your Boots On: 5/5 – At first I didn’t like this song but then I heard it on the radio and smacked myself real hard!(honestly) I told myself why did I skip this track? It’s an amazing song and the music is way, way better than the vocals…or maybe not.The Trooper: 5+/5 – This here is the best song on the album, and the first of the two greatest songs before the World Slavery Tour. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith’s guitars both work perfectly together than ever before! Both guitarists shine on this song. One more thing, the intro’s really cool an well as the singing.Still Life: 5/5 – Still Life is actually this album’s title-track…minus the title. Great song, with a nice slow part ant the beginning. I really laugh at the part “will give me piece of mind”, I just want to know who’s awesome voice was that?Quest For Fire: 5/5 – Saved by the music!!! I can’t understand why most fans don’t like this song? It’s not bad. Well, yes the lyrics where crappy a little but the music earned this song full-marks. Haters of this song, give it another shot, it’s worth. “In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth…”Sun And Steel: 5/5 – Another extremely underrated song. Why? I don’t think I want to know. It’s a pretty good song and was saved this time by the vocal rythems and music, even though I couldn’t understand most of the lyrics.To Tame A Land: 5/5 – Another try at Hallowed By The Name only using the movie ‘Dune’ for reference. Nice song, haven’t seen the movie..yet but it seems to be good. The lyrics shine here the most, or maybe tied with The Trooper(i’m not sure). Also the solos are good, like from fast speed to average speed.Rare tracks from this era:Cross-Eyed Mary: 5/5 – I just can’t understand why so many good tracks weren’t included in this album! Great lyrics, talks about a school girl, also this song has a great bass near the end. Download if you haven’t heard it.I’ve Got The Fire: 5/5 – Oh my! A song that really deserves to be on the album. It has a great sound to it and speaking of sound, the solo here kicks ass! I love the way Bruce yells “I’ve Got The Fire”.Lineup:Bruce Dickinson – VocalsDave Murray – GuitarAdrian Smith – GuitarSteve Harris – Bass Guitar (I’m gonna call it Bass Guitar from now on)Nicko McBrain – DrumsOverall: Well, judging from the marks I’ve given each song I’d have to say that this is perhaps Iron Maiden’s proudest moment (I don’t know what I’m saying) but not my favourite album before the World Slavery Tour. Still, I recommend this album for what it’s worth, check it out if you ain’t got it yet.
The first time I heard this record,I was about thirteen. It had already been out for about four years,and in that time its acclaim had grown to the point where it was already widely regarded as a classic. Once I heard the brief drum solo that opens lead track Where Eagles Dare, it was easy to hear why. There was something so fierce about Piece Of Mind. Perhaps it was the production of Martin Birch, or the primal screams and powerful wails of Bruce Dickinson. Maybe it was nine-round axe duel between Adrian Smith and Dave Murray or the masterful rhythm section of Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain at work. I think it was all of those, but most importantly, it was the songwriting that made this album the highlight of metal’s most creatively stellar year,1983.
Listen to the aural acrobatics of the aforementioned Where Eagles Dare which features one of the best examples of daring riffery and acrobatic melody the metal genre has to offer. Even the album’s weakest track, Quest For Fire, thrusts, dodges, lunges, and parries with proud cunning. Every composition on Piece Of Mind broke ground, and the album as a whole could not have been written by any other band. Piece of Mind is one of those records that always seemed to be not unlike an anthology of self-contained, yet vaguely related stories. When reading the acknowledgements, it comes as no surprise that the band thanks Alistair MacLean and Frank Herbert for the inspiration that their novels brought to their work. My young mind was engrossed in the richly British escapism of the lyrics and still is to this day. Where Eagles Dare sent us on a mission to infiltrate a castle in the Austrian Alps. The intricate dirge Revelations told a tale of Biblical intrigue. Flight Of Icarus brought the myth of one who tempts fate with man-made wings to a whole new generation. Die With Your Boots On gave us warnings from Nostradamus. The Trooper, with its rousing, galloping twin-lead riff, put us right onto a battlefield during the Crimean war. Still Life told us a ghost story. Quest For Fire took us back to a prehistoric time that never actually was. Sun And Steel took us into the mind of Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, and finale To Tame A Land thrust us far beyond our universe to Frank Herbert’s desert planet Arrakis. Never before or since has a album taken me to so many fantastic realms in such a short period of time. This, combined with everything else I have written, is what makes Piece Of Mind the definitive Iron Maiden experience. All in all it remains a swashbuckling thriller of sound and fury that has withstood the onslaught of Father Time long enough to become my favorite album ever.
Given how musical tastes change over the years, it’s not uncommon for people to find that the music of their youth isn’t quite so appealing anymore. Yet for me, even as I become absorbed by avant-garde, Rock-in-Opposition, 20th/21st century classical, modern jazz, and other wild n’ crazy stuff, Iron Maiden remains very endearing. And it’s not just nostalgia (distorting the past to fit the sensibilities of the present). Iron Maiden is just a great, great band, and _Piece of Mind_ remains my favorite album in their considerable catalogue (followed by _Seventh Son…_).Although it will probably pain a lot of hardcore Maiden lovers to hear me say it, but I think Iron Maiden’s music has always had a certain metal-pop quality to it. I do NOT mean that Iron Maiden should in any way be associated with pathetic pantywaists like Poison or Warrant (such bands justify the repeal of the First Amendment). But in addition to insatiable metal energy and carnivorous, immortal metal riffs & solos, Maiden has always placed an immense emphasis on vocals, hooks, melodies, and tight songs. Yeah, they’re cheesy, but Maiden is comfortable with their intrinsic metal cheesiness, so it works for them rather than against them. (A worse crime than cheesiness is to be completely oblivious to your cheesiness — for an empirical illustration of this theory, I refer you to the legions of horrible European power metal bands like Stratovarius and Helloween.)_Piece of Mind_ is an amazing album with not a single weak track. Of course, some songs are still better than others, and those are veritably deserving metal classics. There’s “Where Eagles Dare”, with its choppy, spitfire riffing; “The Trooper” with its unforgettable, evocative metal gallop and lyrics; and “Flight of Icarus”, with its classic chorus and anthemic reach. “Revelations” is an epic that surrounds lyrical moments of beautiful imagery with memorable metal riffing. There is also “Still Life”, one of the most tragically underrated Iron Maiden songs, with a mysterious opening that kicks into one of the most infectious and catchy songs in their catalogue. Apparently a lot of people think “Sun and Steel” and “Quest for Fire” are crap or at best inconvenient filler, I really like those songs (“Sun and Steel” especially!). The final epic, “To Tame a Land”, suggests the direction the band would take with _Seventh Son_, carefully building until its monumental, epic guitar harmony at the end — it remains one of the highpoints of their formidable songwriting genius.It’s a classic, and it doesn’t really need me saying so. But another positive review never hurt anyone.