Well, when classes began In September 1985. I was heading into Grade 13 at High School and focused.
Come mid-October though there was the matter of Iron Maiden releasing the classic double vinyl “Live After Death”.
School once again took a back seat for a few days as Maiden delivered the goods on all fronts on what has become an all-time classic!
The packaging was superior (to this day nothing by anybody has come close if you ask me) as Maiden made sure that if you are going to pay for a double live album your going to get your money’s worth and more!
Double gatefold, booklet included including a ton of tour info and dates, tons of pictures, and once again some fabulous artwork done by Derek Riggs.
As far as the music goes it’s 98 minutes of Maiden in their glory with three sides recorded over 4 nights at the Long Beach Arena in California.
I love Gatefold’s Part 5- This is one of the best shots ever below! Kudos to Ross Halfin
SCREAM FOR ME LONG BEACH…
Iron Maiden pulls out all the stops big time. Martin Birch dialed in the sonics perfect at the recording board and each member of Maiden shines!
SPEAK TO ME HAMMERSMITH…
Side 4 was recorded in Maiden’s own back yard of England at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in which the brilliant “Wrathchild” is played. Listen to the Air Raid Siren known as Bruce Dickinson wail on this track.
Live After Death knocked me off my socks over the 19 songs that make up the album as the packaging alone is worth the price of admission.
I did eventually get back to my school work.
Canadian Sales of Live After Death-Double Platinum
U.S Sales of Live After Death- Platinum.