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Iron Maiden/Live After Death(1985)

Live After Death is in the upper echelons of my all time favourite Live Albums Period! Still to this day!

Shall we rewind back Somewhere In Time?

A week after my 18th Birthday in October of 1985 Iron Maiden drop on my senses this Double Whopper Of  A Live Album. The Double Whopper being its a Double Album.

Live After Death was released on Friday October 15th 1985 to be exact and I remember this day well as I had seen the ads in Circus Magazine  pre hyping it’s release a month or two before and I was chomping at the bit to go and fetch this upon its release which I did after the school bell rung on that Friday.  Basically barricaded myself in my bedroom with this album for the whole weekend! Frigg ya as Maiden as per their protocol went all out on this album. Cool artwork by Derek Riggs Double Gatefold Sleeve/Tons of Pictures/All the tour dates/Lyrics/Pics/Stats (like how many guitar strings and pics were used and how much booze was consumed) you know the important stuff involving suds! Even the Road Crew schedule was posted!

I drooled as here I am in Tbay with my head fried from my  Grade 12 Sociology Class yet Maiden and band mascot Eddie made me forget the hard trials of school that day and well….

So here it is Iron Maiden recorded over 4 Nights in Scream For Me Long Beach( California ) on there very successful World Slavery Tour 84/85. Plus a an added kicker they released this on VHS Video as well. A  few years back as Maiden released this on DVD with a bunch of extras…. They still know how to package their product!

Maiden Men…

Losfer’s Words & Music…

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Intro: Churchill’s Speech Winston Churchill 1:09
2. Aces High” (from Powerslave, 1984) 4:07
3. 2 Minutes to Midnight” (from Powerslave, 1984) Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson 5:52
4. The Trooper” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) 3:59
5. “Revelations” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Dickinson 5:59
6. Flight of Icarus” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson 3:21
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (from Powerslave, 1984) 13:03
2. “Powerslave” (from Powerslave, 1984) Dickinson 7:06
3. The Number of the Beast” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 4:48
Side 3
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 7:17
2. “Iron Maiden” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) 4:11
3. Run to the Hills” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 3:52
4. Running Free” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris, Paul Di’Anno 8:16
Side 4
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Wrathchild” (from Killers, 1981) 2:54
2. “22 Acacia Avenue” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris, Smith 6:04
3. “Children of the Damned” (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) 4:19
4. “Die with Your Boots On” (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 4:51
5. “Phantom of the Opera” (from Iron Maiden, 1980) 7:01
Total length: 98:09

YUP! Just over 98 Minutes of Maiden! Now you know why I locked myself in Bedroom with my stereo blasting this album on that cold October weekend! Special mention must be made to my parents who never ever once told me too turn it down but at times they must have wondered what the hell was going on in my bedroom! No worries Folk’s I was on the Flight Of Icarus!

Basically you have the first three sides recorded in Long Beach and man oh man did Bruce trademark the “Scream For Me Long Beach!” If he hadn’t he should!

Of course with Maiden on  this tour was the stages of all stages with a Mummified EDDIE leading the way! Massive is what I would call it!

The album opens with Churchill doing his War Speech and about never surrendering and Bam! Here’s Maiden ripping into Ace’s High  and tons of rolling/rolling turning/turning through out! The songs are crisp and clear. The Musicianship is second to none! Bruce’s vocals soar through out the whole album.

This is just one rock solid album from start to finish! The songs all stand on their own merit! It’s basically a Greatest Hits set done live while spreading throughout songs from the current Powerslave album that had walloped me outside the noggin the previous year!

Adrian Smith and Dave Murray in my opinion are the best two lead guitar duo’s ever in the business of Music! There playing is friggin unbelievable even up till this day (Along with current sidekick Janick Gers)  The solos’ are slick/well thought out and are hammered into our skulls as epic riff’s. Nicko the lunatic playing the drums does all the drum rolls and you want epic crash n smash style but keeping it smooth look no further than the track Powerslave after the Dave/Adrian solo’s man he just is so smooth as in making it look easy. Steve Harris being the main songwriter and he is the leader(much to Bruce’s chagrin at the time I suppose) as this was his vision put forth by him and manager Rod Smallwood. 

So if you want an  epic Harris track  look no further than Rime Of The Ancient Mariner as it weaves over it’s 13 minutes of tempo changes and keeps you the listener entrenched and no boredom ever sets in with this track.  Pure Greatness!

Course the big end of the set tune Iron Maiden pulls out all the stops! Just watch the clip below and see for yourself!

Side Four is recorded in England at the infamous Hammersmith Odeon and if my memory serves me correct this side was for the diehards across the pond as Maiden would mix up the set list as to keep the hardcore fans happy as America hadn’t caught on as quickly as Europe. I may be wrong here ….

22 Acacia Avenue rips accordingly and I love how Bruce drops the line of Speak For Me Hammersmith!” over the guitars of Davey and Adrian before Bruce ramps back up vocally on the second verse!

Die With Your Boots On is another kicker of a track. Great everything about this one as well! Love the guitar playing  on this track as Nicko drives the bus with his drums and keeps it all together!

Phantom Of The Opera always fascinated me back than as did the other tracks that were sung by original singer Paul Dianno on the studio versions before he got tossed and Bruce took charge. Of course now in 2017 it’s nothing new when Bruce sings the Paul tunes but back in 1985 other than hearing a B-Side of Bruce singing Remember Tomorrow you had no idea how the Dianno songs would come across with Bruce singing them!

Well the answer after listening to Live After Death was that Bruce basically took them over and made him his own.

Don’t get me wrong folks I love Dianno’s singing style on the debut Maiden album/Killers and especially Maiden Japan but the Air Raid Siren just belts it out like there is indeed no tomorrow!

Live After Death was the bridge gap between 84’s Powerslave and 86’s Somewhere In Time albums but this live audio/video showcase features a band showing everyone else in the Metal Spectrum how it’s done!

 

 

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Iron Maiden/Killers(1981)

Faithful Stick It In Your Ear reader Robbo likes stories attached to the reviews….

Let’s Do This..

Summer of 1981 and I’m 14 years young and have basically become a Music Junkie(spending all my Allowance on Magazines and Records) So one Hot July afternoon I along with my good pal Muc headed into a local Record Shop ( Record On Wheels which was a cool shop but only lasted a few years in Tbay).

As per protocol a few times a week we would cruise on down to all the record shops and check out the Record Action going on in the Racks.

So that July afternoon on the Racks was two albums that caught my eye right away and that was Def Leppard’s High N Dry  and Iron Maiden’s  Killers. Both albums I wanted but I only had enough cash for one. I must have flipped each album over a 100 times as I couldn’t decide which one to buy that week! ( I would only have to wait a week until I could muster up more dough to go back and buy the other album that I didn’t buy)..

Muc made my choice much easier and he grabbed Leps High N Dry! Thank you Dude…So off it was to home with Killers and talk about a Game Changer in regards to my Young Musical Mind.

Look at the cover(if you recall from my Number Of The Beast review   the importance of Marketing). Here it is the name of Iron Maiden in bright read lettering. I would find that the Band had a mascot named Eddie. He’s the one holding the Axe. In other words this cover is Bad Ass! Look for yourselves…

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The back cover had the cool Live action shot of Maiden and you can see it’s Maiden putting on a show and by this pic you can see how quickly they progressed from Bars/Clubs/Arenas to Stadiums! This Picture on the back shows the band going for it and below it there are pictures of each of the Maiden Dudes and even a picture of the Producer Martin Birch as well! How many album sleeves or even CD Booklets could you recall seeing a picture of the Fella who produced the album your listening too?

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Once the needle was dropped on my stereo. Mind Blower! How about the titles of these tracks! You want M-E-T-A-L look no further than Killer’s!

The Tunes…Even the titles to these tracks Sound Heavy…

 

SIDE ONE
1. “The Ides of March” (Instrumental) 1:48
2. “Wrathchild” 2:54
3. “Murders in the Rue Morgue” 4:14
4. “Another Life” 3:22
5. “Genghis Khan” (Instrumental) 3:02
6. “Innocent Exile” 3:50
SIDE TWO
1. “Killers” Paul Di’Anno, Harris 4:58
2. “Prodigal Son” 6:05
3. “Purgatory” 3:18
4. “Drifter” 4:47
Total length:
38:10

 

First thing you notice when you look at the tracks is that Bassist Steve Harris wrote the whole album solo except for the title track which vocalist  Paul Di’Anno  had a help in shaping.

This kinda blew my mind at the time as the bands I was listening to at (1980 On) like Van Halen/KISS/Queen/Cheap Trick and AC/DC had multiple songwriters in the band well except for Cheap Trick who had guitarist Rick Nielsen who basically wrote the Trick songs’ solo. As an 13-year-old at the time I understood the guitar player writing all the tunes solo but how the hell does the Bass Player write all the songs himself on just 4 strings? Haha….Silly Me!

So once I got home and dropped the Needle In The Groove(Mama’s Boy’s Name Drop!) I was forever Blown Away and became an Instant Lifer Maiden Fanboy!

Let’s Decipher Shall We?

1:48 Seconds of a Musical (no vocals )Stomp to my Noggin and it’s Steve and Crew Sonically laying down the Foundation with big Power Chords Guitar while the Late Great Drummer Clive Burr with his galloping drum rolls take charge and we call this ditty Ides Of March.

Welcome To Maiden Ville …….

Harris and Burr lock up musical chops in Wrathchild  with Bass An Drums and here comes the Guitar Dual lead Attack in Dave Murray and his new Sidekick Adrian Smith( Dennis Stratton who played guitar on the self titled debut in 1980 got the Heave Ho from Harris and manager Rod Smallwood) lay down some serious ax work and if it means anything to you’s out there to this day they are still my favourite Dual Lead Dudes! That’s saying something after what? Listening to Maiden for 35 years! Whut?! Di’anno’s voice blew me away as he sang with a cool vibe, had a different aurora about him. In 81 Paul had a cool thing going but he too would face the Boot from Harris and Smallwood and be replaced by a fellow named Bruce Dickinson less than a year later. 

Maiden shift gears and the beginning of Murders In The Rue Morgue is Metal as I never heard. The opening bit is just bass and guitar and before long Burr bashes his snare into submission and we are off. Paul with his Punky Metal like Voice that comes at you  like he’s in your face singing while pointing his finger right at you! It’s so good and Maiden don’t play it safe! No sirree as time and tempo changes rule the Morgue and Maiden have kicked my Arse Hard! The solo’s between Dave and Adrian just take this band to the next level….

Burr as he does so well leads the Troops here at the beginning of Another Life. It’s only a matter of seconds before the song lifts off with some A+ Riffing that leads into Paul’s snarky drawl. This song is an instant classic. Another Life is Another Great Maiden Track and with Murray/Smith riffing along were what? Four songs’ in and Davey and Adrian are telling all Guitarists out there ….Watch Out!

Ok. Let’s get this straight! Genghis Khan is the 5th song on Side 1. Remember this is my first time hearing Maiden in July of 1981 when I was 13 and here’s Steve-O and Posse throwing down a second musical only tune as Paulie gets another break! We are only 5 tracks in!  Who does this kind of stuff upon first impression? Maiden ….! By Golly they have already smashed my brains to smithereens with the heaviness of a sound.  A sound I have never heard and it took less than 15 minutes!

Innocent Exile begins with some out of control Bass Work by Harris and before long everyone is on board and Innocent Exile is METAL.  Love the last-minute of this tune as it ramps up and just goes into a whole other level! What better way to finish off Side 1 with a big galloping ending as all instruments mash-up….

Killers begins with Harris and Burr leading the charge and before long Davey and Adrian roar in and set the world on fire. Not to be outdone Paul steps up and Killers is a bona fide classic! “Scream For Meeeeeeercy” sings Paul and this song soars! Attack of the two mad axemen as Murray just shreds on the Strat while Smith matches Dave lick for lick in the solo Dept. Burr is a beast on his Kit on this tune… Just watch the video posted below for  some Excellent Maiden Ass Kicking! Kinda cool that there’s different lyrics that ended up on the album than this live version! LIVE METAL FOLKS!

Prodigal Son is a slower like tune well by Maidens standards. Nice use of acoustics along with the electrics blended in with Burrs drums keeps the song pushing forward without losing steam. Dianno can even slow down his Punk Mentality Delivery and sing chill. Great tune that even though it doesn’t Roar like Murders In The Rue Morgue it can still pack a decent punch!

Purgatory is Maiden at it’s punkiest and once the guitars start it’s Maiden taking off yet again. Purgatory has a real awesome chorus witness for yourself the real clever wording of a Mr Harris. Speaking of which it boggles my mind that Steve was in his early 20’s writing this kind of stuff Lyrically and Musically. Genius that Dude is!

Oh another time, another place.
Oh another smile on another face.
When you see me floating up beside you,
You get the feeling that all my love’s inside of you.

Yes siree  it does not get any better than that ..Heck I’m posting the video below as well.. Lyrics are posted so my pals Rockin Roberts and BMellis can sing along….

Drifter ends Killers with a stomp. Love the sync of the Guitars and Bass at the beginning and then Drums and Paul Screaming “Walk Away!” Great vocal by Paul in which he keeps pace with the band. Drifter is a Gem especially when the song breaks down and then ramps up with Burr once again reducing his snare drum to shreds. What a Finish…

Maiden! What an introduction from just being hooked by the red logo and Eddie with his bloody dripping axe and that s just the cover! The Back cover with the live action shot just won me over that day! I actually bumped into  Muc the other day at work and mentioned to him that I was going to be posting about this album and our Trip that day to the old Record On Wheels Store here in Tbay! Muc still remembers it as well as he took home Def Lep’s album.

Killers hooked me as a fan from that day on. It’s really a shame that Di’anno came unglued personally and professionally and this was his Maiden Studio Swan Song. Than again we all know who Governor Harris and Smallwood recruited to replace Paul and Maiden than really took off. For some like fellow reader and Great Blogger Mr 1537 says he prefers Killers over anything else Maiden has done. Fair enough … I think he said that!

Crazy that it’s been 35 years! Time does indeed Fly!

 

Iron Maiden/Iron Maiden(1980)

Gotta Love The Maiden Backdrop! Good Ol Club Days!
Gotta Love The Maiden Backdrop! Good Ol Club Days!

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Hey Folks! One of my good friends Aaron from the Keeps  Me Alive Site is gonna be catching Iron Maiden April 3/2016 in Toronto Ontario! So what better time than now to Bash out a few Maiden reviews!

Today it’s the self titled debut Iron Maiden! Maiden stormed out of the gates back in 1980 with this classic piece of Raw Metal N Roll!  For myself on the Maiden purchasing depth chart I did not get this album until the summer of 1982 when I was on vacation in Winnipeg Manitoba with my family and being 15 it was Maiden Maiden Maiden! The Maiden albums I owned where Maiden Japan,Killers and the recently released Number Of The Beast(with new vocalist Bruce Dickinson) but before Maiden did the vocalist switch a Roo Paul Dianno had that punk like attitude fronting Maiden! Rough N Gruff around the edges but the guy delivered the goods for two studio albums and a live E.P so I’m not gonna knock him!

I could though as a few years later in 1985 I bought his self titled Dianno album and it was a bunch of bad Journey like tunes! I got hosed on that one folks! Should have hyped it and  sold it to Tbone! Ha!

Anyhoo the first Iron Maiden had these cast of characters on it….Paul Dianno(vocals) Dennis Stratton(guitar) Dave Murray(guitar) Clive Burr (drums..RIP) and founder of leader of all things Maiden Mr Steve Harris (bass)

I know by reading past interviews that Harris and crew had some issues of the production on this album by Will Malone. For me though I like the live go for the throat feel on this one. All For One….One For All!

FYI- enjoy the pics of this album as my daughter Lexie bought me this Maiden album for my Bday last year! Great kid!

PROWLER-Stratton and Murray lead off and someone’s dabbling with a Wah like pedal and we’re off! Even on the this album Harris and his bass are not going to mixed down and its apparent within the first 30 seconds of Prowler! Clive slams the drums forward.  The song is a real good stomper of a track. Dig how the band just rolls up their sleeves and does an all out musical ramp up before the solo and what a great solo it is! Maiden 1980 start off a long career on the right foot with a ripper of a opener! Welcome …

REMEMBER TOMORROW-Whoah! Maiden shift gears and slow it down, well for a bit that is. Remember Tomorrow is a chill out not slow burn and  that’s due to Harris and Burr who keep the boat afloat while the guitars are in relax mode until the chorus where the tempos pick up and Dianno here sings for his supper. Maiden were smart as if this was your first time listening to them two songs in two different metal styles. More great guitaring and riffing and cool shuffle of the drums by Burr! Deadly tune!

RUNNING FREE-Burr does the opening and Harris and boys join in and this is one of many Maiden Songs that are now known as Classics! “I’m Running Wild …I’m Running Free Yeah!” You Betcha Paul! I also like the duelling lead guitars between Stratton and Murray. Early  Maiden belting it out! Another great track. The Live video posted features new dude Adrian Smith on guitar as Stratton got the Harris Boot out of the band! Of course Smith/ Murray became my favourite one / two guitar duo ever! No one touches what these guys did in the 80s….

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-Well let’s make that 4 songs in 4 different style of  metal song structure. No 2 tracks soundalike. Phantom builds up and just goes wiggy all over the map with different music tempos and different horizons! How about some Clive Burr quick drumming with some more dual lead guitar ! And to boot how about 7 minutes of pure Maiden! Phantom would be the first of many signature past 6 minute song Maiden Workout Tracks!

TRANSYLVANIA-Musical Maiden no vocals allowed and the guitars carry this tune but don’t count out Clive and Steve as they hold down the fort and let Dennis and Dave do their thing. This Musical Maiden ploughs forward and toss in some tempo changes and we’re off!

STRANGE WORLD-Kinda of a trip tune here. Not really heavy and definitely not mellow it’s Maiden forging and boxing themselves into just a one trick metal pony! Nice use of guitars and Paul sings a different vibe as you don’t have to be giving it full throttle all the time.

SANCTUARY-Want a classic guitar riff to start a track. It’s all right in front of you. Sanctuary revs Maidens Musical Muscle right up and its a great foot stomper like if you were to stomp your boot thru the door that is. Adrenalin comes to mind. Dig the middle the part of the song where Steve and Clive lock up while the guitars playoff some real neat riffs. Paul ramps up and most tosses a lung by the end of the track.

CHARLOTTE THE HARLOT-Cool metal ditty here. By the way where is 22 Acacia Avenue? That was to come later but poor Charlotte The Harlot getting kicked around by life yet Steve writes a real good melody here. Catchy chorus and even some backing vocals make this song almost lite metal in some spots but don’t be fooled into that thinking as lurking around the corner is…..

IRON MAIDEN-Whoah! Wowzers! 36 years later and this is still the staple of every Live Maiden show and why wouldn’t! Love the creak of the guitars at the beginning and its a full out Maiden Ass Kicker Assault as Dianno brings it home as this song is almost Punky Metal with his attitude all over the lead vocals! Harris and Burr rock the ship and even Harris finally gets in a few bass riffs as Burr hits and runs all over his drums! A fantastic finish to a fantastic debut….

Check back tomorrow (Saturday Special) for another Maiden review as we fast fast forward 35 years!

UP THE IRONS!

 

 

 

Iron Maiden/Maiden Japan

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So our local University (LakeHead) had a record sale with local businesses and  people selling used/sealed Vinyl,Cds,DVDs,T Shirts basically that kind of stuff so me and my wife Sue along with our 5 month old dog Fender (the wonder dog!) sauntered on down (Saturday Sept 19th) to look for some vinyl for our daughter Lexie as she had to work and as it turns out I scored……

Lemme tell Ya about it….

Muc was the fella who basically got Maiden Japan(recorded May of 1981)the day it came out in  late 1981(Muc bought it in Duluth!)and when i first heard Maiden Japan for the first time I friggin drooled all over my Kiss Dynasty Tour T …I mean geesh this was my first time hearing Maiden Live as just a few months earlier in the summer of 1981 I joined the Maiden ranks in purchasing Killers and becoming a lifer forever!(Yep even thru the Blaze years!)

I was blown away when I heard Maiden Japan for the first time ever! WOWZERS! Iron Maiden was on full audio assault on my young noggin! Live they brought it big time and delivered ….

I was hooked…..

Clive Burr(RIP),Adrian Smith,Dave Murray,Steve Harris and soon to be punted out lead singer Paul Dianno deliver a 5 song Live Ep that just flat out rocks!

Banzai Maiden!

Side 1-

RUNNING FREE-  Dianno asks The Japanese faithful ‘wanna hear Ya sing!”Maiden punch the gas fast and furious on Running Free! I have  heard a lot of versions over the years with Bruce but this one is played at a quick clip and Dianno delivers this tune lyrically (sounds almost autobiographical)and vocally. Too bad his career totally hit the shitter after 1981 but on Maiden Japan there are no quams about his performance! Smith And Murray are in synch on there dualing lead guitar bits whereas Harris and Burr drive the rhythm bus to the finish line “puller here at bottle top,whiskey dancing,disco hop now all the boys are after me,that’s the way its gonna be! Yup Crank The Vid posted!

REMEMBER TOMORROW-this song like Running Free is from the debut album called well,Iron Maiden! Remember Tomorrow starts off real chill and it builds up as it goes along and just unleashes when Dianno and the guitars go “aaaaaaaaargh”. Looking back you could see Harris had the vision of wanting to write epic numbers and Remember Tomorrow is a fantastic start! Brooding dark guitar bits during the verses,cranked power chording metal licks during the chorus with Burr playing a metal type shuffle on his drums. This is epic Maiden and after two full albums(debut and Killers) Maiden is kicking some serious Ass! This ends Side 1….Say Whaaaaaaa?

Side 2-

WRATHCHILD-here comes the first of three from Killers!  Burr smashes the hi hat and Steve-o slaps da Fender Bass while Murray and Smith launch there riffs and we’re off and this this is soooo good! Amazing that Harris being the young chap and composer back in 81 didn’t fall into any cheese schlop metal rock and kept his noggin focused and wrote deadly friggin metal tracks! WrathChild is one of the best from Killers and I love the bass during the guitar solos it just thumps and thumps and Harris riffs on his bass like a madman! Dianno lays down the law with ‘I’m comimg to getcha!” I believe him! I really did back than!

KILLERS-Killers is a wicked wicked song! This is Maiden creeping around those shady streets of London! Big time bass and drums start with Dianno throwing out some “yah yah yah!” And different lyrics which would end up on Killers! While Mr Murray and Mr Smith lay waste on there guitars and Killers rocks the grooves of the vinyl heavy! “Scream For Mercy” Watch the live vid from 1981 and guess what kids it’s from Japan! Case in point Murray and Smith are just sick on there solos! Hoooooooly Sheeeeit!

INNOCENT EXILE-Steve starts off Innocent Exile with some bass riffing and the Maiden fellas all join in! Cool that Innocent Exile was released on the Maiden Japan albums in Canada only! Ha who woulda thunk it right?! Maiden and especially with the guitars they would have little certain melodic samplings and than it all goes out the window with Murray and Smiths soloing! Innocent Exile ramps right up towards the end! Clive does some real slick power drumming and we’re done…..Say WHAAAAAAA …

IN CONCLUSION- Maiden drops down a 5 song live Ep and leaves us all wanting more! They were smart man..I was like More More More…Harris and smart manager guy Rod Smallwood go Nope Nope Nope! Leave them wanting more  and hell it worked! Maiden solidified with me the fact that they were becoming one of my favs quickly! Murray and Smith the dynamic guitar duo basically were making major strides as a quick one two punch to the throat in the dual lead  guitar school. I mean there playing is unbelievable here! Steve Harris not only played  bass but he was the main songwriter as well! Dianno sings awesome on these tracks and too bad he combusted his whole career after Maiden booted him and hired the Air Raid Siren!

Also give Maiden credit they even put it bold white print on the back of the record that a few studio overdubs were done but who gives a shit! Ha good on them! Imagine if Gene And Paul put that on the back of there Live Albums! Hahahaha ……like that would ever happen! Silly buggers those Kiss fellers are…