Funny moments, very interesting insights on how the songs came up, and a lot of cool curiosities about the band and the Beast tour.
Adrian playing "The Number of The Beast", "Children of Damned", is awesome!
The program traces Maiden's beginnings in the late '70s up to their breakout success with BEAST in 1982. We see early concert footage in the clubs with original lead singer Paul Di'anno, decked out in leather-clad gear; how Maiden became one of the "leaders" of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (and how they detested it); Paul's exit from the band and Bruce's arrival after leaving his own band Samson; incredible commentary on the writing and recording process of the album; and the lasting impact the album has had.
As much as I loved the insight and detail, what really impressed me about the interviews was the humor. For example, during the segment for "The Prisoner," it cuts to the set of the "village" where the original Prisoner TV show was filmed, and there you see Bruce decked out in the same outfit Patrick McGoohan wore on the show. Other funny bits occur when the band and their manager Rod Smallwood discuss the backlash NUMBER OF THE BEAST received in America. Bruce says that one guy went so far as to carry a huge 25-foot cross (the same cross Jesus carried, you see) as a means of protest in front of the venue.Read more ›
The humour is unquestionable quite British and some of it quite good as are some of the stories of the tour, the number of the beast, etc. Overall though, this DVD falls a bit flat.
Editing: Overall: Well done. However, many of the transitions between scenes are very abrupt. While the consumer should not expect nice and neat fadeouts, many of the extra interview scenes are almost sophomorishly curtailed.
Content: Lackluster. Even as a fan of some 20 years ago, I found the insight into the construction of this album lacking a great deal. There are numerous, well-placed concert scenes, but they do little to advance the story of more than a few tracks. Moreover, the imbedded concert footage would be something any hardcore fan would own anyways.
While the back cover would suggest, "Producer Martin Birch takes us though the original multi-track tapes...." this is only true for a very few, very short snipets of the disc. The one other tape I have seen in this series is FAR more indepth in this regard.
The back cover further describes how, "guitarist Adrian Smith contributes exclusive acoustic guitar renditions of "Children of the Damned" and "The Number of the Beast (NOTB)," this is equally misleading: While Adrian plays the intros (and most of the body to NOTB), most of it is not visible, the screen framing is poorly done, and the editing very disappointing.
One is led to believe that insight into how the band wrote and recorded this album would be forthcoming but fails to deliver.
High Spots: Adrian and Dave onstage together for "Hallowed Be Thy Name (HBTN)." Evolution of IM after the firing of Paul and the hiring of Bruce.Read more ›