Iron Maiden - A Real Live Dead One
The year is 1993 and I will remember the spring as clearly as I can hear Maiden come out of my speakers as I am writing this. It was time for another live album. But this time the band wanted to do it differently. They wanted to release to seperate albums. One with material pre-"Live After Death" and one with material made after "LAD". An ok idea as it seems. The fans could then decide whether they wanted to hear the old songs again or buy the album where the "new" songs would be on. Of course, both albums would be featuring Janick Gers. Well duhh! The first should be called "A Real Live One" and the next "A Real Dead One". (In the remastered version it's now a double-CD called "A Real Live Dead One") But as the tour to promote "A Real Live One" was about to start, the biggest shock in the metal world came. Bruce Dickinson had decided to call it quits and leave the band to pursue a solo career. This was a sad day indeed. I cried for days, and I wouldn't eat, drink ot shit. Oh sorry, this isn't about me. The charisma that Bruce has is absolutely tremendous. The release of "A Real Dead One" featured much of the old material written before Bruce joined the band in 1982. No less than 4 track from "Iron Maiden". Maybe to show to show the world that Maiden could write kick-ass tunes even before Bruce joined. Maybe I'm putting to much in it.

As the last live album review I won't make detailed descriptions of the tracks, but settle with the highlights of the two recordings.

On CD1 or "A Real Dead One" it is nice to hear the old songs again. Some of them haven't been played for ages. They are still as strong and powerful as the day they were written. Magical! Highlights.hmm.I have to say that I really like"Running Free" and "Transylvania". I really like the sliding on the guitars on the "Running Free" intro. Cool. Bruce's vocals on "Remember." are awefull. As simple as that! Well several tracks has that "feature".It sounds as if he doesn't want to sing anymore. Sad 'cause it's a cool song. The energy on the record isn't quite there. There is no doubt when the song is taken from "Fear Of The Dark Tour" or recorded after Bruce's desicion to leave. And that makes this album an average album. Sadly, 'cause the songs are so bloody great. All in my opinion of course!

"A Real Live One" is a much more energetic. The joy of playing is here. Nice. Plus the album is filled with classics. I could have lived without "From Here." and "Wasting Love", but what the hey. The boys make it work live. Except "Wasting Love". I think it stops the flow on the album. "Bring Your Daughter." suddenly sounds way cooler live. Great live song. There are many highlights on the album, but the big one has to be "Fear Of The Dark". It's a great song on the album of the same name, but played live this song really comes to life. Thank You to people of Finland for singing so beautifully on this track. Classic! No wonder it is still a part of the live set!!

Rating:
A Real Dead One: 6/10
A Real Live One: 7/10

Written by Ulrick
Saturday, July 13, 2002
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Comment by i.Ron S. (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004
I have them still seperated.
It's just like your in the audience yourself.
Bruce like the greatest entertainer, the crowd going wild.
I like the 'Live One' more than the 'Dead One' because the recordings are finer.
But the hallowed be thy Name version in Russia sounds great.
So much intensity and power in these albums, great atmosphere.
A real Live One Contains the best live versions of Fear of the Dark(helsinki), The evil that man do(Belgium) and afraid to Shoot Strangers(france) and deserves a 10/10.
A real dead One contains a version of Remember Tomorrow and Were Eagles Dare but there were allready better recordings of most of the songs on former live-albums. Worth a 7/10.


Comment by i maiden (Anonymous) - Saturday, May 22, 2004
This is no live after death


Comment by Russian Hippie Headbanger, Friend of the great Tsippo Tsar (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 26, 2004
THIS ALBUM DOES NOT SUCK!!!!! IT KICKS ASS IT HAS GREAT RAW LIVE POWER AND BEATS THE HELL OUT OF THE NEW SHIT THAT POLLUTES THE AIRWAVES (EXCEPT THE BEASTIE BOYS) LIKE GOOD "SHITTY" CHARLOTTE AND SIMPLE "PUSSY" PLAN. IT'S MAIDEN DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST, TAKIN' NAMES AND KICKIN' ASS DO PICK THIS UP IT'S SMASHING DA!!!! (YES IN RUSSIAN) UP THE IRONS MY FRIENDS!!


Comment by My oh my! This album is underrated! (Anonymous) - Friday, August 13, 2004
I think this album is great! Iron Maiden's early 90's work is so underrated and the only reason their early 90's live albums like this one and Live at Donington are panned by fans is because of a little word called PREDIJUCE. Oh BOO FUCKITY HOO! Adrian Smith left and Janick Gers replaced him. Wow Janick Gers is about as underrated as the Grateful Dead. Get this one today damnit or I'll sick Eddie on you!!


Comment by IT'S A LIVE ALBUM DUMBASSES!!! (Anonymous) - Friday, August 13, 2004
THEIR BEST LIVE ALBUM











Review by Ulrick
Iron Maiden

Released by
EMI - 1993

Tracklisting
CD1:
1: The Number Of The Beast
2: The Trooper
3: Prowler
4: Transylvania
5: Remember Tomorrow
6: Where Eagles Dare
7: Sanctuary
8: Running Free
9: Run To The Hills
10: 2 Minutes To Midnight
11: Iron Maiden
12: Hallowed Be Thy Name

CD2:
1: Be Quick Or Be Dead
2: From Here To Eternity
3: Can I Play With Madness
4: Wasting Love
5: Tailgunner
6: The Evil That Men Do
7: Afraid To Shoot Strangers
8: Bring Your Daughter.
.To The Slaughter
9: Heaven Can Wait
10: The Clairvoyant
11: Fear Of The Dark


Style
Heavy Metal

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