Iron Maiden Live After Death
Label: EMI RIP 1, EMI ES 24 0426 3
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve
Released: 14 October 1985
Recorded: 8, 9, 10 and 12 October 1984, and 1417 March 1985
Genre: Heavy metal
Length: 1:42:01 (LP)
A1 Aces High 4:07 Written-By Harris*
A2 2 Minutes To Midnight 5:52 Written-By Smith*, Dickinson*
A3 The Trooper 3:59 Written-By Harris*
A4 Revelations 5:59 Written-By Dickinson*
A5 Flight Of Icarus 3:21 Written-By Smith*, Dickinson*
B1 Rime Of The Ancient Mariner 13:03 Written-By Harris*
B2 Powerslave 7:06 Written-By Dickinson*
B3 The Number Of The Beast 4:48 Written-By Harris*
C1 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:17 Written-By Harris*
C2 Iron Maiden 4:11 Written-By Harris*
C3 Run To The Hills 3:52 Written-By Harris*
C4 Running Free 8:16 Written-By Di’Anno*, Harris*
D1 Wrathchild 2:54 Written-By Harris*
D2 22 Acacia Avenue 6:04 Written-By Smith*, Harris*
D3 Children Of The Damned 4:19 Written-By Harris*
D4 Die With Your Boots On 4:51 Written-By Smith*, Dickinson*, Harris*
D5 Phantom Of The Opera 7:51 Written-By Harris*
Bass Steve Harris
Drums Nicko McBrain
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar Adrian Smith, Dave Murray
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By Martin “Live Animal” Birch*
Vocals Bruce Dickinson
Sides A, B and C recorded at Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles, USA, March 14, 15, 16 and 17, 1985.
Side D recorded at Hammersmith Odean, London, England, October 8, 9, 10, and 12, 1984.
Mixed at Record Plant Studio A, Los Angeles, July 8 to August 3rd, 1985.
Mastered at Capital Records, Hollywood, CA.
Gatefold sleeve with tour pictures on inside.
Inner sleeves have song lyrics and pictures on.
Other (Labels Side A And B): E 24 0426 1
Other (Labels Side C And D): E 24 0427 1
Barcode (Scanned): 5099924042635
‘Live After Death’ properly captured Iron Maiden’s frenetic live act on the back half of their expansive, 187-show ‘World Slavery’ tour in support of their mighty fifth record, ‘Powerslave.’ Famously kick off with a speech from Winston Churchill, “Aces High” marks the opening of the set as Bruce Dickinson storms the stage with one of the most challenging songs of the night. Featuring classics like “Revelations,” “The Trooper,” “The Number of the Beast,” the new epic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and more, ‘Live After Death’ is most notably completed by Dickinson’s stage banter, a hallmark of any Maiden show.
Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 14 October 1985 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the US in 2002). It was recorded during the bands World Slavery Tour.
The cover art was done by Derek Riggs, and pictures the bands mascot, Eddie, rising from a grave. Engraved on his tombstone is a quote from fantasy and horror fiction author H. P. Lovecrafts The Nameless City:
“That is not dead which can eternal lie
Yet with strange aeons even death may die.”
The correct quote is actually “And with strange…” instead of “Yet with strange…”. A similar version of this phrase is used in Metallicas song “The Thing That Should Not Be” from the Master of Puppets album. (See also: the Necronomicon.)
Also engraved onto the headstone is what appears to be Eddies full name, “Edward T H–“, the remainder of which (his supposed surname, “Head”) is obscured by a clump of sod.
The cover depicts Eddie as he is seen on covers before and including Number of the Beast (with long hair) though he is also bound by metal cuffs connected by an electrical surge, as seen in the Powerslave merchandise, and also the metal screws from his Piece of Mind lobotomy.
The back cover also shows Death in the clouds above the destroyed city. This is the fourth cover where its figure can be seen (the first being “Twilight Zone”, the second being “The Trooper” and the third being the back of Powerslave. The fifth time is the back of Somewhere in Time, however, the reaper would also be portrayed by Eddie himself on Dance of Death and Death on the Road). Near Eddies grave is a black cat with a halo, which also features in the Somewhere in Time and Twilight Zone artwork. To the cats left, there is a tombstone engraved with “Here lies Derek Riggs”.
In 2007 The National Entertainment Collectibles Association released an action figure diorama of the album cover. It is the third in the series, along with other available figurines based on Somewhere in Time, Phantom of the Opera and Piece of Mind.
The intro before “Aces High” is a part of the We shall fight on the beaches speech made by Winston Churchill in the House of Commons on 4 June 1940. (Churchill re-recorded the speech the original speech in the House of Commons was not recorded.):
“… We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …”
It was later used for their Ed Hunter Tour, Somewhere Back In Time World Tour,and Maiden England World Tour.
Live After Death was well received by the music press, with Kerrang! describing it as “possibly the greatest live album of all time.” Allmusic shared this sentiment, describing Live After Death as “easily one of heavy metals best live albums.”