MAIDEN VOY­AGES

FOUR CLAS­SIC MAIDEN LIVE AL­BUMS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Orig­i­nally re­leased as a four­track EP in 1981, Maiden Ja­pan cap­tures Paul Di’An­no­era Maiden con­quer­ing the Far East, sound­ing fe­ro­cious and un­stop­pable. The whole gig is out there some­where, if you know where to, um, look… *cough* Hid­den in the ar­chives for 20 years, this clas­sic show from Bruce’s first ma­jor Maiden tour was fi­nally re­leased in 2002. It’s an ab­so­lute facemelter and worth hear­ing for Bruce’s take on early crowd­pleaser Drifter alone. A snap­shot of a young band hit­ting a dizzy­ing peak of power and pop­u­lar­ity, Live Af­ter Death was recorded at “Scream for me” Long Beach Arena, Cal­i­for­nia, and is sim­ply the great­est live metal al­bum of all time. What a setlist. What a band. The de­fin­i­tive state­ment that a freshly Bruce-pow­ered Maiden were get­ting back to their best, Rock In Rio not only high­lighted the power of Maiden’s Brave New World- era ma­te­rial, but the im­mense pas­sion (and num­ber!) of their South Amer­i­can fans.

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