Piece Of Mind (2015 Remaster) Iron Maiden

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Album-Release:
1983

HRA-Release:
15.06.2015

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  • 1Where Eagles Dare (2015 Remaster)06:13
  • 2Revelations (2015 Remaster)06:50
  • 3Flight Of Icarus (2015 Remaster)03:51
  • 4Die With Your Boots On (2015 Remaster)05:27
  • 5The Trooper (2015 Remaster)04:13
  • 6Still Life (2015 Remaster)04:57
  • 7Quest For Fire (2015 Remaster)03:43
  • 8Sun And Steel (2015 Remaster)03:28
  • 9To Tame A Land (2015 Remaster)07:29
  • Total Runtime46:11

Info for Piece Of Mind (2015 Remaster)

„Piece Of Mind“ is the release cemented Iron Maiden firmly in the 1980s, making it one of the decade's most successful and enduring metal bands. This album includes such standards as the soaring 'Flight of Icarus' and the barnstorming war tale 'The Trooper.' While the band had dabbled with epics on previous albums, „Piece Of Mind“ was the first to feature several complex tunes, like the album-opening 'Where Eagles Dare,' the contemplative 'Revelations,' and the album-closing 'To Tame a Land,' the last of which was inspired by the sci-fi novel series Dune, by Frank Herbert. Personnel changes on this album include ex-Trust/Pat Travers drummer Nicko McBrain who took over for Clive Burr, but that shakeup did not hamper the success of „Piece Of Mind“ which, in keeping with Maiden's streak of hit releases, is another classic album.

„The second of three straight iconic Iron Maiden albums, Piece of Mind marks the debut of what many regard as the definitive Maiden lineup, with the arrival of new drummer Nicko McBrain. McBrain's ability to duplicate the complex patterns of the guitar and bass riffs gives the band a seamless ensemble unity. Even Steve Harris, whose busy basslines were never exactly groove-oriented, has never felt more integrated into the overall sound. Perhaps part of that feeling comes from the less frantic pace; the average tempo has slowed somewhat from the preceding album, and the hold-over punk influences still present there have been completely eradicated. Instead, we get a few moodier, heavier pieces (especially 'Revelations') that make the album darker-sounding overall. We also get greater involvement in the songwriting from Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith, whose themes are perfectly in tune with Steve Harris' epic storytelling. Nearly every song here was inspired by movies or literature, whether it's history, mythology, sci-fi, or fantasy; this approach got them tagged as a thinking-man's metal band, and certainly provided a lyrical blueprint for Anthrax. No less than four songs are about battles and warriors, and a couple are about flying, underscoring the heights of the drama that the band is aiming for. The centerpiece of the album is, of course, 'The Trooper,' an all-time genre classic that boasts Murray and Smith's most memorable harmonized lead riff, plus that trademark galloping rhythm. A retelling of the Greek myth 'Flight of Icarus' was the other British hit single, boasting an appropriately soaring chorus. Album opener 'Where Eagles Dare' is the other flight song, recounting a WWII spy thriller and featuring one of McBrain's signature performances with the band. If much of Piece of Mind ranks as state-of-the-art heavy metal, it is true that the second half dips a bit from the first. 'Quest for Fire' is many a die-hard fan's least favorite track from the glory years; the melody is rather stiff and simple, and the lyrics are about cavemen, rendering Dickinson's operatics ('In a tiiiiiime when dinosaurs walked the eaaaaaarth') a bit ridiculous. Among the serious-minded Maiden faithful, there's no less forgivable sin than silliness (no matter how entertaining it might be). Fans also bemoan the relative simplicity of the samurai tale 'Sun and Steel.' However, the album closes on a big, progressive note with 'To Tame a Land,' an epic retelling of Frank Herbert's Dune that evokes the desert planet via Middle Eastern guitar melodies. In the end, even if Piece of Mind is the most obviously inconsistent of the classic Maiden trilogy, its many high points are no less awe-inspiring, and it's no less essential for anyone with even the most basic interest in heavy metal.“ (Steve Huey, AMG)

Bruce Dickinson, vocals
Dave Murray, guitar
Adrian Smith, guitar, backing vocals
Steve Harris, bass, backing vocals
Nicko McBrain, drums


Recorded from January – March 1983 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Engineered and mixed by Martin Birch
Produced by Martin Birch

Digitally remastered


Iron Maiden
was formed in the year 1976 by bassist Steve Harris. They released their first album in 1980 as a five piece band with Paul Di’Anno on vocals. Later, Bruce Dickinson replaced him in 1981. With several line-up changes Steve Harris would remain the only original member never to have had a hiatus. When Bruce Dickinson quit in 1994 and was replaced by Wolfsbane’s Blaze Bayley, the band lost a lot of their fanbase. They recorded two albums with Blaze before Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the fold for 2000’s “Brave New World”, and 2003’s “Dance of Death”, making them a six-piece. As of 1999 the line-up hasn’t changed. Here’s the biography of this popular band.

Known for such powerful hits as “Two Minutes to Midnight” and “The Trooper,” Iron Maiden were and are one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal genre. The often-imitated band has existed for over nearly four decades, pumping out wild rock similar to Judas Priest. Iron Maiden have always been an underground attraction; although failing to ever obtain any real media attention in the U.S. (critics claimed them to be Satanists due to their dark musical themes and their use of grim mascot “Eddie”), they still became well-known throughout the world and have remained consistently popular throughout their career. Iron Maiden were one of the first groups to be classified as “British metal,” and, along with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and a host of other bands, set the rock scene for the ’80s.

Band Members:

Vocals:
Paul Mario Day (1975-1976)
Dennis Wilcock (1976-1977)
Paul Di’Anno (1978-1981)
Blaze Bayley (1994-1998)
Bruce Dickinson (1981-1993 and 1999-present)

Drums:
Barry “Thunderstick” Purkis (1977)
Doug Sampson (1977-1979)
Clive Burr (1980-1982)
Nicko McBrain (1982-present)

Guitar:
Dave Murray (2) (1976-present)
Dennis Stratton (1979-1980)
Adrian Smith (2) (1980-1990 and 1999-present)
Janick Gers (1990-present)

Bass:
Steve Harris (1975-present)

Keyboards:
Michael Kenny (1986-present) (Live performances only, not a full member)

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