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Iron Maiden Discography Review Part 4
Piece of Mind (1983) | Introduction
Another year, another Iron Maiden album. I envy the people who were alive back then. They had the chance to enjoy Iron Maiden music every new year.
Piece of Mind was Iron Maidens' fourth studio album and it was released in 1983. It went on to spot number 3 on the UK Charts and spot number 14 on the U.S. Bilboard.
Now before the writing and recording of the album began, Maiden had to go under another personnel change. This time it was their drummer Clive Burr who had to quit band because he could not handle the touring anymore. He was replaced by Nicko McBrain. There you go. The classic 80's Iron Maiden line-up. Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain. Nicko immediately molded in the band with his outgoing personality and his musicianship.
The album was once again produced by none other than Martin Birch. It was written in Jersey (one of the Channel Islands, territory of the UK) and was recorded in The Bahamas.
One trivial fact about the album cover. On the back side of the cover, in a lower corner, sentence 'No synthesizers or ulterior motives' can be seen. One can only wonder why.
Well, enough of that, let us get on with the songs.
Photo Credit: Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
A true fan will want to have the special edition of the album, no? This vinyl is the answer.
Iron Maiden | Piece of Mind Song by Song Review
Where Eagles Dare
Oh boy, oh boy! Right off the bat we have an epic song! And first introductory for Nicko in a manner of a drum intro. Now, as a musician I can tell you that this is a VERY difficult song to play live, and, believe it or not, they used to start the show with this song. The song is based on a movie of the same title starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.
This is an excellent song with a lot of pauses. Yep, they stop a lot of times here. And they have a lot of mood changes here. This song has awesome lyrics. So instead of me spoiling it for you, just go ahead and listen to it.
Flight of the Icarus
This song is about an epic tale about Icarus and Daedalus. We all know it from our primary school history classes. But it has one spin to it, the Iron Maiden spin. It is told in their way and played in their way.
Die With Your Boots On
An apocalyptic song with such a melodic intro that it is almost unbelievable. And yeah, humor. Come on, you didn't expect a song that is titled like this to be serious, did you?
Okay. Heavy Metal 101. This song is one of the heavy metal most famous songs. It was based on the poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. And the whole song has got this signature bass line by Steve Harris that makes you feel like you can hear the horses galloping. Yep, he used his famous gallop here to the full extent, thus making this song more moody than most people will admit. But it is moody, just in the electrifying way. Bruce Dickinson uses a phrase from the poem by Tennyson to start this song in live performances: 'In to the valley of Death rode the six hundred; Cannon to right of them; Cannon to left of them; Vommit'd and thunder'd... THE TROOPER!'. Ah, never mind my blaberring, just go ahead and listen to this epic song!
There is a fun fact related to this song. The band was fed up by being labeled as satanic, so they decided to tape their new drummer, Nicko, narrating a part of Idi Amini (with a belch at the end) and then incorporate it into the song backwards. Got to love the Brittish sense of humor.
Quest for Fire
This is the song about prehistoric times and the discovery of fire. It is a straight on Maiden tune. Nothing else I could say about it really.
Sun and Steel
This song tells about a warrior and his never-ending quest for glory which ends the way it has begun.
To Tame a Land
Oh! Another epic! This song is based on a novel by Frank Herbet titled 'Dune'. The novel itself is a sci-fi classic. The song was actually meant to be titled 'Dune', but after contacting the wirter they changed their mind, because writer himself was an avid hater of anything hard rock/heavy metal. It is a really complex song.
Piece of Mind
If you want this album for you collection, you can get it here.
Well, Piece of Mind might not be the best Iron Maiden album there is, but it sure is classic and posses a few staple Iron Maiden songs.
I hope you have enjoyed this review. More is to come with the follow-up on this album titled 'Powerslave'. UP THE IRONS!!!
Photo Credit: Iron Maiden Powerslave