I particularly enjoyed the video clips, though the resolution was a little low. Phantom has always been a personal favorite.
I also really appreciated that they included everything you need to view the multimedia portion of the disk, right on the disk. I only have dial-up access so it's painful when you have to wait a while to see something because the download takes forever.
Otherwise all the audio trimmings you'd expect from the original Iron Maiden album.
My only complaint, and thus the 4 stars instead of 5, is my old Sony Discman refuses to recognize this as an audio CD. So I can't listen to it outside of my computer. I haven't experimented further with that yet to see if it's the disk or my player, but I would guess it's my player. It's only 7 years old...
In 1979, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal took England by storm. Hundreds of hard-rocking bands emerged overnight, and every one of them was excellent. Unfortunately, very few of these bands found success in their music, and an even smaller number of them found success outside their native United Kingdom. Iron Maiden is a rare example of one of the genre's bands that achieved worldwide success.
Through the course of the mid and late seventies, Iron Maiden had a number of line-up changes. They had recorded a demo collection and several tracks for compilations. Finally, come 1980 and the band was ready to release it's first full-length LP. With vocalist Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dave Murray and Dennis Strattion, drummer Clive Burr, and bassist Steve Harris, the band served up an awesome punk-metal hybrid record. Though this obviously wasn't the sound that would bring the band its later success, it was still nothing short of excellent (though many Dickinson loyalists may disagree. In 1998 and again in 2002, the band's entire CD catalogue was rereleased as part of a remaster series. Read on for track-by-track comments and grades, as well as my comments on the remaster series.
Prowler - An excellent all-out punk-metal rocker about a sexual predator. Excellent early song. 4.5/5
Remember Tomorrow - Weird hybrid track featuring slow and melodic verses with a hard rocking chorus. An underrated song that never got the proper credit. 4.5/5
Running Free - The most overrated song on the album. It's a good track, but just pales in comparison to the album's other tracks. 3/5
Phantom Of The Opera - The album's best track by far.Read more ›