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Old 09-14-2011, 06:25 PM
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#2:
Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
(1986)


The only thing somewhat shocking about this selection to some will probably be that it's #2 instead of #1 - and that's why I loved doing this list. Throughout this journey I've had several personal revelations and made many re-evaluations, the biggest of which was the decision to bump this album back to #2 and remove what I previously considering my #2 to the top spot. Many of you probably are certain what that album is, but let's ignore that for now.
Iron Maiden was essentially the band that set me on my path toward the music I now know and love, as they seem to have done for almost anyone who got into them between the age of 10 and 15. I listened to rock/metal before Maiden, but when I got into Maiden, the whole game changed completely. The importance this band has had on my personal development over the past 9 years can NOT possibly be understated, so it stands to reason that my favorite of their albums would rank so highly.
However, this record goes beyond that. With 1986's Somewhere In Time, Iron Maiden achieved a pinnacle I believe they never truly re-attained before or after: An absolutely flawless album. There's not a song on this disc I would describe as anything resembling filler - despite Maiden's many great albums, it's very rare I can say there's not one remotely weak song. In addition to the perfect material, it is executed perfectly. Each band member is completely outstanding here, though I think Adrian Smith truly stepped up his game to an other-worldly level with his soloing and songwriting here. In addition to the stellar performances, one cannot overlook the mind-blowingly great production of Martin Birch. This is probably my favorite-sounding record ever made... and it's 25 years old. It says volumes about Birch's quality if he made an album in 1986 that has not only stood the test of time, but still outdoes virtually everything modern technology has allowed for in all the time since. Every golden era Maiden record sounds great - this one sounds incredible in every way.
So in summation, this is a PERFECT album. Every song is great, every performance is great, and the whole package is great. There is virtually nothing that could've made this a better album... well except maybe a great conceptual story...

Tracklisting:
01 Caught Somewhere In Time (7:26)
02 Wasted Years (5:08)
03 Sea of Madness (5:42)
04 Heaven Can Wait (7:21)
05 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (6:31)
06 Stranger in a Strange Land (5:44)
07 Deja Vu (4:56)
08 Alexander the Great (8:36)

Featured Track:
"Caught Somewhere In Time"
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:10 PM
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If only "Loneliness" was 5:31 instead of 6:31. But yea, you aren't a true Maiden fan unless you love this album (and 7th son) along with the first five.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:12 PM
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Great choice, can't go wrong with that album.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:14 PM
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I am actually pretty surprised it's not #1.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:15 PM
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I wanted to post a few quick "special mentions" - otherwise known as "non-conventional" albums that I felt needed some sort of mention.

Favorite Live Album:
Iced Earth - Alive in Athens
(1999)

Despite all the pretty well-rooted rumors that this was incredibly overdubbed in the studio, I can't help but love it.

Favorite Live DVD:
Evergrey - A Night to Remember
(2004)

I felt I needed another mention for a live DVD I particularly love as opposed to a strictly live album.

Favorite EP:
Tie:
1) Edguy - King of Fools (2004)


2) Queensryche - Queensryche (1983)


Favorite Covers Album:
Jorn - Unlocking the Past
(2007)


Favorite "Compilation" Album (Rerecorded)
DGM - Synthesis
(2010)
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Now that's a badass list of Honorable Mentions
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I definitely agree with your statement about Adrian really coming out on SiT. His guitar work in Alexander and Stranger is probably my favorite Maiden guitar work.
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Now that's a badass list of Honorable Mentions
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I like #2, but I like what it means about #1 even more.
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I definitely agree with your statement about Adrian really coming out on SiT. His guitar work in Alexander and Stranger is probably my favorite Maiden guitar work.
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