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Old 03-18-2008, 06:00 PM
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Both Blaze albums are better than No Prayer, and The X-Factor is in the upper half of Maiden releases for me.
I like No Prayer better than the Blaze albums, but I dislike Fear of the Dark as much as X-Factor and Virtual XI
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Both Blaze albums are better than No Prayer, and The X-Factor is in the upper half of Maiden releases for me.
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no prayer is a good album
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Here is my ranking of all Blaze album in terms of all Maiden albums.

1. All Maiden albums and releases, including redudant Trooper and Hallowed releases.
2. All Blaze album and release.

It's pretty easy for me to keep this list straight in my head.

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The Blaze live album is a good place to start on paper, but it's not the best recording, I don't think.

I would always recommend starting with Tenth Dimension. For me that's a flawless record.

And I do like the Blaze Maiden albums, and agree TAATG is terrible and DLTTEOAS just drags. X Factor is a great album start to finish.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:21 AM
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Yeah, Blaze's solo material is not to be overlooked or underestimated. A lot of great songs to be heard.
The X Factor is better than VXI, but honestly I love a bunch of the tracks on there... namely Educated Fool and Como Estais Amigo.
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Agreed. Como Estais and Fool are great.
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In terms of a Blaze starting point, he's selling a new Best of CD on his website pretty cheaply.
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The Blaze live album is a good place to start on paper, but it's not the best recording, I don't think.

I would always recommend starting with Tenth Dimension. For me that's a flawless record.

And I do like the Blaze Maiden albums, and agree TAATG is terrible and DLTTEOAS just drags. X Factor is a great album start to finish.
For some reason I was thinking Tenth Dimension as well!
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Como Estais Amigo is amazing.

Yeah... Virtual XI is easily my least favorite Maiden album besides No Prayer (both of which are still good in my opinion, though). But The X Factor really is just a great fucking album, and up there with some of the classic Maiden albums.
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I just don't think I'll ever like the Blaze albums. Not because of Blaze. Mostly because the songs just make me want to cry (in pain.) I blame Steve. I also feel the same about Fear of the Dark. For some reason, I like No Prayer. It has a grittier vibe like early Maiden, although I think Janick takes something away from the album. Yeah, it's got some real turds, but it's got some okay songs too. And then some of it just tacky ("Mother Russia" ugh.) Hardly my favorite, but I'd rank it above Fear of the Dark, X-Factor, and Virtual XI.
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