Live After Death is the first live album by heavy metal group Iron Maiden recorded on the 1984/85 tour to promote the Powerslave studio album.
Iron Maiden were one of the groups that came out of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I have to admit that I remember all the fuss about it in the Sounds weekly newspaper in particular but it rather passed me by.
Iron Maiden Live After Death
CD1 (recorded in Los Angelese March 1985)
- Intro: Churchill’s Speech – 0:49 (yes they do mean Winston Churchill, the war time Prime Minister)
- Aces High – 4:39 (from the album Powerslave)
- 2 Minutes to Midnight – 6:03 (Powerslave)
- The Trooper – 4:31 (Piece Of Mind)
- Revelations – 6:11 (Piece Of Mind)
- Flight of Icarus – 3:27 (Piece Of Mind)
- Rime of the Ancient Mariner – 13:18 (Powerslave)
- Powerslave – 7:13 (Powerslave)
- The Number of the Beast – 4:53 (The Number of the Beast)
- Hallowed Be Thy Name – 7:21 (The Number of the Beast)
- Iron Maiden – 4:20 (Iron Maiden)
- Run to the Hills – 3:54 (The Number of the Beast)
- Running Free – 8:43 (Iron Maiden)
CD 2 (recorded in London in 1984)
- Wrathchild – 3:07 (Killers)
- 22 Acacia Avenue – 6:19 (The Number of the Beast)
- Children of the Damned – 4:37 (The Number of the Beast)
- Die with Your Boots On – 5:13 (Piece Of Mind)
- Phantom of the Opera – 7:23 (Iron Maiden)
Four songs from Powerslave (1984), five from The Number Of The Beast (1982), four from Piece of Mind (1983) and three from the debut, Iron Maiden (1980). Only their econd album, Killers is poorly represented with just the one song.
A fast Black Sabbath may be popular but it’s not what I need. Sorry this makes my head hurt.
Ted Nugent used to say “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.”
I accept I’m too old. By the time the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal arrived and which made things more extreme, I’d moved on in my tastes and I don’t think there’s any going back. As you read my reviews and thoughts about albums, you’ll see that I struggle with albums that I think are too noisy, too thundering.
Did I mention this was loud?
Iron Maiden rip it up and create a high energy, powerful album that’s guaranteed to cause pain to anyone over 25 unless they grew up loving Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Metallica and Megadeth.
Subtle it isn’t but I can see that it is compelling if you can put up with the racket.
Here is Iron Maiden performing Aces High live in 1985
And Run To The Hills
Atmosphere & Authenticity
I love the Churchill beginning with his “we shall fight them on the beaches” speech. It makes my heart pound.
And Iron Maiden don’t relent.
You will have gathered that this isn’t my taste in music.
I can’t find any way in.
But I completely understand why people of a certain age could easily believe that Live After Death is the greatest heavy metal album in the world ever.
It makes my hard rock heroes like Deep Purple, Zeppelin, UFO etc sound like soppy wimps who’d rather be at home in bed than out fighting with the devil.
What Others Say About Live After Death by Iron Maiden
This Iron Maiden album is a regular on the best live albums ever lists.
Planet Rock – 6
Classic Rock – 14
NME – 18
IGN – 20
DigitalDreamDoor.com – 65
This looks like the Iron Maiden live album to buy first. After that you’ve got plenty to choose from.
If these mentions aren’t enough to convince you, there are a huge number of five star reviews at Amazon.
Buying Live After Death
To help you to find the album quickly and easily, I’ve given you the following links::
- Amazon.com as a CD or mp3
- Amazon.co.uk as a CD or mp3
- iTunes as a digital download
- eBay as a CD
If you are looking for a high energy, hard rock album to play in your car, I’d listen to the mp3 samples first to make sure that you’re not too old like me. I’m going to stick with Strangers In The Night by UFO and If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It by AC/DC to play in my car.
What Do You Think About Live After Death?
I’d like to know if you think this album lives up to its outstanding reputation.
Is this the best Iron Maiden live album?
Is Live After Death The Best Heavy Metal Live Album?
I am keen to help readers help other readers to find the very best live music to suit their tastes so I have created a poll to find the best heavy metal and hard rock live albums.
This Iron Maiden live album is nominated but do you think it deserves to be #1 or do you have another favourite?
Because there are so many great hard rock and heavy metal live albums I have split the poll into two and you may find some of your favourites in the second division. Albums will be promoted when they get enough votes.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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