Iron Maiden

Live After Death [VHS]

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Iron Maiden's Live After Death is a stunning live document of an important British heavy metal band at the peak of its power. This concert video captures the definitive Iron Maiden lineup -- vocalist Bruce Dickinson, lead guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, bass guitarist Steve Harris, and drummer Nicko McBrain -- on the Powerslave tour. It was filmed in March 1985 during a four-night stand at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. Obvious classics such as "The Trooper," "The Number of the Beast," and "Run to the Hills" are included, but Iron Maiden's musical and lyrical skills and versatility are probably best illustrated on longer songs such as "Revelations," "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Powerslave," and "Hallowed Be Thy Name." Dickinson's onstage remarks -- denying the band members are devil worshipers and commenting on drug use by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Queen Victoria -- are interesting. Live After Death is a visual pleasure as much as a sonic one. The elaborate staging and lighting effects are excellent. The editing is superb as well -very few rapid-fire, seizure-inducing camera cuts. Kudos to director Jim Yukich and soundtrack producer Martin Birch (who also produced Iron Maiden's best studio albums) for making this classic. Unfortunately, it's now out of print in the United States. (As for the soundtrack album itself, avoid the edited one-CD pressings issued by Capitol and Castle and go with the complete two-CD version on Raw Power.)

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