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2 stars This is the other part of the double live recording Iron Maiden chose to split up into two entities. The first part is A Real Live One and contains songs from Somewhere In Time to Fear Of The Dark. I gave that 2 stars and a roasting.

........counting to ten.......... slowly........... here is the other album. This album though, contains songs from their debut album to Powerslave. The sound quality is pretty bad and the compilation of this live album pretty crude. Is this the same band who released Live After Death ? The album opens with the worst versions of The Number of the Beast and The Trooper I have ever heard Iron Maiden do. This is a live album ? I am right ? So why the woodpecker's bottom does these two songs sounds so lifeless ? Then we are treated to some old Paul D'Anno era numbers. Prowler is horrible. Transylvania and Remember Tomorrow best forgotten. Moving onto the brilliant Where Eagles Dare, the eagle flies over the dunes like it's had one beer too many. I have a bootleg from 1983 with a far superior version of this sadly underrated song than this version. Moving on, their versions of Sanctuary, Running Free, Run to the Hills, 2 Minutes to Midnight and Iron Maiden sounds tired and uninspired. Their best song ever, Hallowed Be Thy Name is delivered with as much conviction as Barack Obama praising the economic policies of George W Bush. Without doubt, this is the worst version of this track ever.

I repeat what I wrote about A Real Live One: The best description of this live album is the word ripoff. That's what it is. It is an attempt to fleece the gullible, loyal Iron Maiden fans. Those who are putting food on the table for Iron Maiden, it's managment and record label. To give their good fans this live album, is utterly disrespectful. To split an double album into two separate live albums and charge full price for them, is a blatant ripoff. It is degrading towards the trademark Iron Maiden. Even a supermarket have more self-respect than this.

2 stars because I cannot give an album which contains Hallowed Be Thy Name only one star. But I am seething with anger.

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Posted Saturday, November 1, 2008 | Review Permalink
Tarcisio Moura
2 stars Big disappointment this one. It was one of the first CDs I ever bought (it was cheap for the early 90's). I thought it would be something closer to the great Live After Death, for it would included many early stuff that wasn't then available in any live form with Bruce Dickinson on vocals. Besides, I liked a Real Live One, with the live renditions of songs from Somewhere In Time onwards.

Clearly the band was not in their best shape. Bruce sings like if he does not really care (he was about to leave the band and agreed to tour only because it was already scheduled and it would be a financial disaster to call it off). So it is no surprise everything sounds forced and ragged, for Iron Maiden's standards, of course. A real shame, since it could have turned out a lot better on another occasion. Also the sound and production is absolute terrible (Martin Birch is sorely missing here). This CD brought me so many bad memories it was hard to write this review. I got rid of it a long time ago.

If you're looking for a Iron Maiden's live album, this is probably the worst you can get. Don't be fooled by the excellent set list on the back cover. It was bad for the band's reputation and did quite some harm to their career. It would be nice not to have it released at all. I'm giving it two stars only because it is Iron Maiden. But I still think it is an album to be avoided. Be warned.

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Posted Saturday, November 1, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Iron Maiden: A real 'Pimp'(?) Dead (for fans' of true Iron by History (! Or/ and ?)

Old song, poor atmospheres, great farewell by Bruce Dickinson. And for the future big boubts. Since these words in 1993 I not was between the peoples that wept for this fact. But since I've also a true Metal Heart in those days my mind was not quite happy with what had happened. Sure I'm not surprise for Dickinson's departure? It's logical because with Maiden there was not magic. And a new part of Maiden story was open, a terrifying part of Maiden story for more persons. Not for me (but Blaze was a foreign body).

Logical that the two 1993 live albums are a good farewell for Bruce. But the fans did not seem to understand: no Bruce? No Maiden. And Paul Di Anno? Well? In 1993 Paul is the right Bruce substitute. Or maybe? For fans Bruce is the substitute of Bruce. Eh, no ... OK, but this really is a fundamentalist attitude (by Metallers).

If I speak about this live? I speak of a good album, not without magic at all. Certainly this live is a strange live. Bruce is already a foreign body already in this tour. But because these songs spoke and speak words in automatic logic was that no one noticed this important (and significant) done (another defects by Metallers).

These songs are part of my life, true. But insignificant is the fact that Bruce is already projected for a solo career? For me no, because I'm not a true metaller(!), so that for me these songs not have no magic in these versions. OK, all Maiden concerts are 'Sold Out' but I'm sincere the concert of Blaze era was not 'Sold Out' (OK, de gustibus?) and this is a [%*!#]ing vice by Metallers to hate an intruder (later intruder is not) suffered to take.

So, this review is the result of reasoning that led me to move away from Heavy Metal, a world that struggles to understand. Also because the return of Bruce... Three guitarists... How sad... They should not bow to this. And sure 'Hallowed (is not) Be Thy Name'.

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Posted Friday, September 18, 2009 | Review Permalink

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