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My Iron Maiden month (which album should I start with)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by gfdhicool, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I know several tunes,but I really want to start learning most songs on the first 7 albums (by December 1st,then it will be my Queen month)
  2. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Start with the first two records. They had a much tougher sound then. In my opinion, they went downhill after Powerslave.
  3. The hardest lines would be on Seventh Son.
  4. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    I liked seventh son of a seventh son though :(.Somewhere in time is mediocre though (for Iron Maiden)
  5. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Maybe I'll give Seventh Son another listen sometime.

    Maiden are kind of like AC/DC. Their best material was on their first 5-6 albums and that material comprises most of their setlist 30 years later.
  6. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Brave new world/Fear of the dark were pretty awesome IMO.
  7. gfdhicool


    Jun 8, 2012
    Iron Maiden have released some decent modern stuff,but it simply does not contain the originality that the first 7 albums have :/
  8. I agree about the first 2 albums. They had a much more raw rock n' roll/punk sorta vibe that I actually dig more than their stuff with Bruce. (Not knocking Bruce, just my preference.)

    Phantom of the Opera is still one of my favorite songs to play, and one of the first I learned too.
  9. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Yeah .. I used to be a huge maiden fan, but it started going down hill after 7th son and I quit them after fear of the dark, tho I actually like some of the fear of the dark songs.

    I'd start with the first album, lots of interesting stuff there and off course phantom of the opera!
  10. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Piece Of Mind. Probably my favourite album with - in my opinion - some of Harris' best bass lines. To Tame A Land, anyone?
  11. beobass


    Nov 26, 2005
    Powerslave! My personal favorite and one of the most influential metal albums every recorded.
  12. beobass


    Nov 26, 2005
    And for the record I didn't like Seventh Son. However I did like Brave New World.
  13. thunderbird66


    Sep 30, 2012
    west Texas
    Start off with rime of the ancient mariner. If you can can play that all the way thru and keep it tight your a bass bad a$$. It took me about 2 weeks of constant practice in my early teens to learn that song. Couldn't play it now if my life depended on it,lol!
  14. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    Fear of the Dark is pretty solid.
  15. metlman72


    Jun 29, 2011
    Long Island NY
    Steve Harris is one of the most influential bassist in metal. That said i would not give anything past Powerslave the time of day. When Seventh Son was released the music industry was extremely commercial. It was all about MTV, making videos and Maiden seemed to get caught up in it. Although Live after Death is the ultimate live album with all the great Maiden stuff. As posted earlier, this is still the material they tour with today.
  16. I think all of the albums are pretty solid. It's hard and almost unfeasible to expand upon the originality of those first 7 albums.

    I'm in the minority that enjoys Somewhere in Time. It has a very sci-fi vibe to it like a cheesy 80's space apocalypse bounty hunter flick.
  17. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    You're either very brave or very talented. To this day, that is the toughest Maiden tune I've ever had to learn, by far. Not that I've learned a ton of them, but still.

    OP, if you're looking for an easier place to start, well, Maiden albums aren't easy, but there are a few songs that are relatively easy ("Flight of Icarus", "The Trooper"). But if you're just going to go album-by-album, why not just start from the start and go from there?

    Oh, and while we're on the subject, I am another "Somewhere in Time" hater but "Seventh Son" fan. I think "Fear of the Dark" was next? I didn't like that one, and stopped buying their albums after that, with the exception of "A Real Dead One", which is OK, but can't begin to compare to "Live After Death", which is probably the best live metal album ever. Sing this line to any male my age and you'll get the same expletive in reply: "oh...oh....you..." :D
  18. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    In case anyone's still wondering, "To Tame A Land" has the best lyric for metal:

    He is the Kwitzach Haderach
    He is born of Caladan
    And will take the Gom Jabbar.

    :bassist: \m/
  19. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Start with Powerslave. Once you get through Rime of the Ancient Mariner you'll be fine with anything.
  20. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    A lot of the filler songs on #of the beast (invaders, total eclips, gangland etc.) have great bass lines.

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