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4.72 | 78 ratings | 4 reviews | 69% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro: Churchill's Speech (0:49)
2. Aces High (4:39)
3. 2 Minutes to Midnight (6:03)
4. The Trooper (4:31)
5. Revelations (6:11)
6. Flight of Icarus (3:28)
7. Rime of the Anicent Mariner (13:18)
8. Powerslave (7:13)
9. The Number of the Beast (4:53)
10. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:21)
11. Iron Maiden (4:20)
12. Run to the Hills (3:54)
13. Running Free (8:43)
14. Wrathchild * (2:54)
15. 22 Acacia Avenue * (6:04)
16. Children of the Damned * (4:19)
17. Die with You Boots On * (4:51)
18. Phantom of the Opera * (7:01)

total time: 1:15:23 (1:40:32)
* = only on the 2 DVD-set

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Line-up / Musicians

* Bruce Dickinson / vocals
* Dave Murray / guitar
* Adrian Smith / guitar
* Steve Harris / bass
* Nicko McBrain / drums
* Janick Gers / guitar


Releases information

Original VHS/LaserDisc release: 1985 on the Capitol label.
Original first DVD Release: 2008 on EMI Records.
Hence: all DVD's released before 2008 are bootlegs!

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4.72
(78 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(69%)
69%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(19%)
19%
Good, but non-essential (6%)
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Collectors/fans only (1%)
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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars The ultimate Iron Maiden Concert

I remember the days when cassette was king and got a fat double case (two packages glued together) of Live after Death and played it in my old KP-500 until the tape broke due to the heat, what a great recording.

Then I got my VHS which also suffered the same faith (destroyed because of excessive use) and forgot about Maiden for some time due to my interest in new bands, but a couple of weeks ago I went to the National Stadium to watch the band and eve when the concert was not what I had expected, the next day went to the store and bought the 5.1 Life after Death DVD.

WOW, had forgotten why I heard and watched this concert so much, is simply spectacular, everything is designed for adrenalin, the Egyptian stage, the opening with Churchill's voice leading to the frantic Aces High, from start to end you want to see it standing up to believe you are in the concert.

Even Bruce Dickinson seems absorbed by the energy, in one moment he's singing and running with Dave Murray on his shoulders and in the other talking as a scholar about Samuel Taylor Colleridge's work and Queen Victoria Addiction to marihuana.

Won't talk about the tracks, because all are well known and reviewed ad nauseam on the site and because you are paying for the emotion, the best performances are the usual suspects Number of the Beast, The Trooper, Aces High, 2 Minutes to Midnight and of course the fantastic epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner all with a new life, all boosted by the strong connection between the band and the audience.

Of course the bonus material is an outstanding gift.

Even if you a one of the persons who believes Iron Maiden should not be here (I believe they are crucial in the birth and development of Prog Metal), you should get the DVD, mostly if you are tired of watching Yes playing the same ten or fifteen tracks or terribly recorded Gabriel Genesis bootlegs, get Live After Death, you wont regret.

5 solid stars for one of the best Prog (or Prog Related) DVD'S ever recorded.

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Review by friso
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5 stars Iron Maiden - Live After Death DVD (2008)

The ultimate metal-concert.

This live footage is simply amazing. The biggest energy-boost ever recorded! The good thing is I recently re-discovered this live concert. I've been fan or Iron Maiden since I was eleven years old and had discarded this live album because of the vocals. At that time I though they weren't good enough. And though I still thing the vocals on songs with high- pitched vocal lines aren't perfect, I totally missed out on the amazing sound of the band.

This dvd represents a very good piece of evidence of how much Iron Maiden was of a live- band, instead of a studio-band. Even simple tracks like Running Free and Sanctuary sound simply amazing live. The guitars-bass-drum-combination has so much power in it. Unbelievable... and all songs are classics.

And yeah the vocals of Bruce Dickinson are sometimes less good then on the albums, but on other moments he's even more powerful and dramatic. His performance is a total surrender to the what the public wants to see. A god-like metal-concert. The aim for all metal-bands, the promise of the NWOBHM, the promise of rock: a divine all-important rock show. Somehow the album-versions of the songs gain on a new dimension: The Iron Maiden live experience. I've never got this feeling on any other live dvd-set. I saw Iron Maiden live once, and it is still the best live concert I've ever seen (though Magma was pretty amazing too!).

Iron Maiden alway had the better songs, the masterful musicianship, the intelligent compositions and the wide range of emotional depth. The band allowed a controlled portion of sophistication into their energetic music, which makes is so interesting for fans of the progressive genre. This makes them a really unique band in the metal-genre. On top of that I really like the personalities of the band members.

This concert, as can be concluded from my fanboy-review, is a highlight of Iron Maiden career. It's is important however to be aware of the fact the band had more highlights in their long career. The early-days dvd shows some extremely good moments of the Paul Di'Anno era (with Clive Burr on drums!), the Seventh Sun album shows some very good progressive moments (another highlight!), the mature X-factor album has some great art-rock influences and the gathering of six band-members in the Brave New World period can also be seen as an artistic and energetic zenith.

Well this manifestation of the final expression of the promise of intelligent heavy metal can not be rewarded with a lower rating than the five star rating. Buy.

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Universally cited as one of the absolute best live albums of all time, LIVE AFTER DEATH is the first live album / video release of IRON MAIDEN's classic early Bruce Dickinson years and was recorded during their "World Slavery Tour." Despite lasting a whopping 331 days, this double LP album only took two venues as their source for representing their electric live performances. The first 13 tracks were recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, USA and the remaining five tracks were taken from a night at Hammersmith Odeon in London. While LIVE AFTER DEATH was released both as audio LP and video VHS in 1985, the two aren't exactly identical in content. The audio LP originally contained 18 tracks (one of which is "Intro: Churchill's Speech") but the VHS visual experience only had 14 tracks. Unfortunately when LIVE AFTER DEATH was originally released on CD it was too long for a single disc and instead of simply issuing a double disc, EMI unwisely decided to cut the last five tracks which included the Odeon performance, therefore it is highly advisable to obtain the Sanctuary remastered version which was released as a double disc and retains the entire run of one classic song after another.

LIVE AFTER DEATH is the absolute perfect live album. I very rarely put live albums high on my list of favorites because more often than not something or many things prevent them from capturing my attention and worthiness as essential. If it's not the weak production values then it is the inability of the band to capture the magic that is manufactured in the studio. That is not the case here. IRON MAIDEN was at the pinnacle of their creative prowess at this point and after several outstanding and classic albums to mine for material, they perfectly execute these live performances and offer every little ounce of excitement heard on the studio releases. Bruce Dickinson nails the vocals and the thundering trio of Steve Harris' bass and the guitar synergy of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith accompanied by Nikko McBrain's stellar drumming style doesn't get any better. While most of the tracks are performed rather faithfully to their studio versions, there is plenty of live improvisation taking places as well. Standout moments include Bruce's attempt to get audience participation on "Running Free" and another great difference can be heard on "Revelations" where the tempo is upped and Bruce changes the vocal phrasing to make the track sound different and refreshed.

The video release offers all the theatrical visuals of the tour. The "Powerslave" album was based on ancient Egypt and likewise the stage was Egyptified to the max with sarcophagi, hieroglyphs and a mummified Eddie embellished with ridiculous amounts of pyrotechnics. The tour was a smashing success and this release whether it be audio or video is the perfect testimony to the genius that went into every single detail. The sound and mixing is perfect as well as Martin Birch found the perfect balance of every cast member and delivered one of the most satisfying production jobs for a live release that i have ever heard. In the visual department Jim Yukich perfectly captured two nights in Long Beach showing a great band doing great things at the peak of their game. Another piece of perfection with this one is the brilliant cover art of Derek Riggs surpassing previous album themes of Eddie as the mascot by incorporating those themes of previous albums covers and then putting it all on steroids. The spread of the album is breathtaking in content and color with the boldness of the yellows and blues. Every aspect of talent on board with this release guarantees to wake the dead. I cannot find one negative thing to say about it. It is true that Bruce doesn't hit every note exactly as on the studio version every single time but when he doesn't he offers interesting new ways of interpreting the classics. This is simply one of the most perfect live releases i have ever encountered and even MAIDEN themselves haven't even come close to achieving similar results. Masterpiece.

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5 stars This VHS tape was finally cleaned up and re-released on double DVD earlier this year. I know people was standing in ques to get this...... and with good reasons. This is the footage from this 23 years old live album with the same name. The sound has been severely enhanced with surround system ... (read more)

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