Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind / Single Collection 1
Label: CD-Maximum CDM 0700-467
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Compilation
Genre: Heavy Metal
FORMAT: FACTORY PRESSED CD
CONDITION: LIKE NEW
BOOKLET: (LIKE A POSTER)
Piece Of Mind:
1 Where Eagles Dare 6:13
2 Revelations 6:49
3 Flight Of Icarus 3:50
4 Die With Your Boots On 5:26
5 The Trooper 4:12
6 Still Life 4:56
7 Quest For Fire 3:42
8 Sun And Steel 3:27
9 To Tame A Land 7:25
Single Collection 1:
10 Sanctuary 3:15
11 Burning Ambition 2:42
12 Drifter (Live) 6:04
13 I’ve Got The Fire (Live) 3:13
14 Twilight Zone 2:36
15 Women In Uniform 3:10
16 Invasion 2:39
17 Phantom Of The Opera (Live) 7:10
Bass Steve Harris
Drums Nicko McBrain (tracks: 1 to 9)
Engineer [Assistant Mixing Engineer] Bruce Buchhalter* (tracks: 1 to 9)
Engineer [Assistant] Denis Haliburton* (tracks: 1 to 9), Frank Gibson (tracks: 1 to 9)
Guitar Adrian Smith (2), Dave Murray (2)
Illustration Derek “Dr. Death” Riggs*
Photography By [Piece Of Mind] Simon “Bullseye” Fowler*
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By Martin “Marvin” Birch* (tracks: 1 to 9)
Vocals Bruce Dickinson (tracks: 1 to 9, 17)
Contains extra tracks from early singles, listed separately, counting from 1 to 8.
“Piece Of Mind” Recorded at Compass Point, Nassau.
Mixed at Electric Lady Sound Studio, New York.
In the liner notes the band says “No synthesizers or ulterior motives”.And they also say “To all the headbangers, earthdogs, hell rats and rivetheads everywhere-THANKS”. This record is one of my desert island discs.And i agree with greenback, that the big difference between this one and “Powerslave” is the variety found on “Piece Of Mind”. “Where Eagles Dare” is truly an amazing song, with Nicko’s drumming really standing out.And of course Bruce’s vocals are incredible throughout.I still remember driving along side the Niagara river approaching the falls on our honeymoon, on a hot and humid afternoon,with this song absolutely blasting out of car.Ah,yes,the good old days.”Revelations” has a lot of tempo changes.Starting out slowly but powerfully things accelerate quickly when Bruce yells “go”.There are such beautiful guitar melodies in this song as well as the galloping rhythm that IRON MAIDEN is famous for.There is a scathing guitar solo after 4 minutes.Excellent!”Flight Of Icarus” has a thunderous intro of bass and drums that is ground shaking.There is a screaming guitar solo and the song ends with “the human siren” belting it out.”Die With Your Boots On” is a straight ahead rocker with vocal harmonies from the rest of the band.Great guitar solo 3 minutes in.This song gets better as it goes. “The Trooper” starts off running, and the guitar melodies are some of the best these ears have ever heard.The melody is galloping now, and Bruce’s vocals are powerful,this can’t be played too loud.”Still Life” opens with a change of pace,even Bruce’s vocals are reserved.But this all changes rather quickly as pounding drums introduce an uptempo melody the rest of the way.”Quest For Fire” is a good song about cave man days,with an atmospheric guitar solo.”Sun And Steel” is a straight forward rock tune with a galloping rhythm.”To Tame A Land” is an amazing song!Its really a journey with great lyrics.There is a guitar solo over top of the rhythm of heavy drums and bass as the tension builds. I can’t recommend this album high enough,this is classic MAIDEN!
Considering the extravagance and musical development that would follow in later years, the B-side of the single Running Free shows Maiden and their Di’Anno-fronted days in a more simplistic light. Yet its innocence is charming, the delicate guitar melody at its epicentre a throwback to composer Steve Harris’ well-documented admiration for Wishbone Ash.