This was the second Iron Maiden album I ever owned, mostly because it was on sale and I didn't know any better. It's actually a pretty solid album, especially the title track, "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", and "Judas Be My Guide". However, there are a few total dogs on this album, namely "Weekend Warrior" and "Chains of Misery", two songs which go nowhere and aren't up to Maiden's lyrical or musical standards. I still went out and bought the rest of the catalogue after listening to this but it's not the best introduction to Maiden. Stick with any of the albums from the 80's before picking this one up.