I accidentally picked this up thinking it was a compilation of their ’80s music. Ah well.
I learned a couple of things from this record: First, Iron Maiden has a formula and they stuck to it (at least on the songs considered their “best”). Second, I should never get a live Iron Maiden album.
It’s pretty clear from listening to this record that Maiden is just milking their sound for all its worth. Sure, some of these songs are pretty catchy and everything is very professional and competent, but so many of these songs follow the exact same formula.
And the live tracks are soooo annoying; the fans just hum along with the guitar leads and then sing along. The songs (presumably) sound exactly the same live as they would in studio, only with a mass of people chanting “oh oh oh oh” o whatever.
Not for Maiden diehards (they have the albums), but not for neophytes either…