Iron Maiden
Live After Death


5.0
classic

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
October 5th, 2006 | 201 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


Just as their fellow UK metallers had in the past, Iron Maiden was improving with every release. 1984 marked the release of their fifth, album Powerslave. Considered by many to be a top 3 album in the band's discography, Powerslave not only had the band gaining more and more fans, but also had Iron Maiden embarking on the longest tour they had ever done. The tour, dubbed World Slavery Tour, was to be over two years in length, and had Maiden playing shows all over the earth, including countries behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union, nations like Poland.

The year: 1985. The night: March 17. The Location: Long Beach, California. For the fourth straight night, fans had packed Long Beach Arena to see Iron Maiden perform. But this night was special. It was here in Long Beach that the band was to record their first ever live album (as Maiden Japan had only been an EP). So there was definitely a lot of excitement in the air, not only for fans, but for the band as well. To this very day, Iron Maiden considers themselves as a band who is most powerful on stage, and the new release, to be titled Live after Death, displays that power perfectly. The album also contained another disc, containing 5 recordings from a show in the Hammersmith Odeon in November of 1984.

Live After Death is by far, one of the best live albums I have ever listened to. Right from the opening moments of the album, through to the end, it's clear why Maiden consider themselves to be more of a live band than a studio band. The energy displayed by both the band and the crowd is phenomenal. The high level of energy is especially evident in classic songs like Aces High and The Trooper, songs the crowd really gets into. There is never a dull moment throughout either CDs, even through longer songs such as Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Powerslave. Despite this being their fourth show in four nights in the same venue, none of the band members show any signs of fatigue or boredom. Rather, they're just as strong as they would be on any given night.

Of all Iron Maiden's tours, the World Slavery Tour has to have my favourite setlists. As I was not around to see Iron Maiden on tour during the tour, Live After Death is a godsend for me. It is because of this album I can hear some of my favourite songs performed live. And I am not let down, as songs such as Aces High, Powerslave, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 2 Minutes to Midnight, and Hallowed Be Thy Name are all present. These renditions of the songs are absolutely amazing, and definitely worth hearing if you haven't already. Of course, the band also plays their greatest hits of the time. Crowd favourites like The Trooper, Run to the Hills, The Number of the Beast, and an 8 minute version of Running Free, complete with crowd interaction, screaming, chatting, and all that fun stuff, are also found on the album. Some of the songs found on the album are even better than their studio counterparts. Tracks such as Flight of Icarus or Run to the Hills, which may have been a little on the dull side on the full length LP's, are definitely more powerful than ever before.

Each member of the band is in top form for the recording. None of Bruce, Adrian, Dave, Steve, or Nicko ever misses a beat through over two hours of music. The guitars are nice and precise. The drumming pounds through the ears of everyone in the stadium. The infectious basslines race through your heart. But most impressive is the mighty Bruce Dickinson. His vocal talents are obvious, as his soaring, operative vocal techniques definitely hold the same intensity that they do in the studio. Singing, shouting, screaming, whatever needs to be done gets done, and at a high level. In addition, Bruce certainly seems to be enjoying himself and his job as a frontman as he chats with the crowd. The closing track off CD one, Running Free, has the most crowd interaction of the album, and is pretty interesting, sometimes amusing to listen to.

Strangely, Iron Maiden has released a handful of live albums. You've got Live After Death, Maiden England, Live and Donnington, A Real Live/Dead One, Rock in Rio, and Death on the Road. I'm not really sure how what they're thinking, as they've definitely got enough by now. Anyways, Live After Death definitely takes the honours as the best of them all. With over two hours of music, Iron Maiden's 1985 release has everything you could ask for. With, exciting renditions of classic songs, and brilliant performances, Live After Death is quite a fun listen. Missing Iron Maiden on tour this year? A live release from the band is the highest compensation you could get, and if you're actually going to heed my advice, pick up Live After Death, an essential Maiden release. Oh, and the cover art is quite cool too.

Recommended Tracks:
The Trooper
Powerslave
Aces High
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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Mikesn
Emeritus
October 5th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll probably do A Real Live/Dead One, and that'll be it for live Maiden.

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SCREAM!
October 5th 2006


10256 Comments


Nice review!
You're doing the live albums too? Thatl'll be quite an accomplishment.

edit: this comment was made before i saw the one aboveThis Message Edited On 10.05.06

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 5th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, yo.

Haha yeah, I'm not so sure I want to review 5 live albums by one band, I think they'd get tedious to write.

MarchOfThePigs
October 5th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet review.
this was the first maiden album i owned and certainly one of the best of my collection!

UP THE IRONS!

Bfhurricane
October 5th 2006


6197 Comments


This is one of the only maiden albums i dont own... ill definitely be getting this soon

Apocalyptic Raids
October 6th 2006


810 Comments


Definitely Maiden's best live album, although I prefer the Beast Over Hammersmith versions on the NOTB songs.

maidenrule
October 9th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is an unreal album but "Edward The Great" is by far their best.

P.S."The Trooper" is the best song ever

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 9th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edward the Great would be better if it had more than just singles, imo.

Thor
November 5th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So I listened to this whole album tonight. God, talk about an amazing live album. My only problem with it is that there's no songs from Somewhere In Time, which is one of my favorite Maiden albums.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 5th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Caught Somwhere in Time or Sea of Madness would have been amazing on this record.

Epilogue
August 18th 2008


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some truly badass cover artage here.

Nagrarok
January 19th 2009


8266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Y'know, I was wondering whether you need this album as well to complete the picture of Eddie's head you get on the sides of the discs when you put them in order. Most of you probably don't know what I'm talking about, but... I couldn't find it anywhere on the net. I'm not sure about the space between Powerslave and Somewhere in Time.

Douchebag
January 20th 2009


3624 Comments


"it is an unreal album but "Edward The Great" is by far their best."

It's a crime to just listen to Maiden singles, they are truely an albums band.

To Nagnarok, I know what you mean by eddies head, from the ones I have, this one indeed does contribute to it.

The only Maiden albums I don't have are The s/t, other live albums besides this one and The Blaze Era (am i missing out on much?)This Message Edited On 01.20.09

ZestyCactus
February 24th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesus Christ, Mike! Every time I look at a random album's page, it's one of your reviews! ;P

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 24th 2009


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't know if that's good or bad

KILL
April 3rd 2009


71981 Comments


good

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quaazi
April 4th 2009


200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I would sacrifice my inexistant first-born to just be behind the gates of this show.

PlasmaShock
July 17th 2009


21 Comments


Thor and Mikesn, the original album came out in 1985 and Somewhere In Time came out in 1986.

Do the math lol.

Edwin
October 11th 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listening to this atm, so good. Thinking of 5'n it.

maidenpmcc
October 11th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's amazing man, best live album ever. Did u check out the Bruce Dickinson albums?



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