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Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden
Aces High
14%
 14% [ 4 ]
2 Minutes to Midnight
21%
 21% [ 6 ]
Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Flash of the Blade
3%
 3% [ 1 ]
The Duellists
3%
 3% [ 1 ]
Back in the Village
3%
 3% [ 1 ]
Powerslave
17%
 17% [ 5 ]
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
38%
 38% [ 11 ]
Total Votes : 29
 

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PostSubject: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:53 pm

Powerslave



Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, Feb-Jun 1984
Released 3 Sep 1984
Produced by Martin Birch

Tunes

Aces High
2 Minutes to Midnight
Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
Flash of the Blade
The Duellists
Back in the Village
Powerslave
Rime of the Ancient Mariner

My absolute FAVORITE Maiden album and one of the most inspiring records in my musical history. There's not a weak spot here--not even the widely panned Back in the Village--and choosing a favorite is just killing me. I think I'm gonna have to go with Rime. It's a stunner collection of movements that are equally sinister and intriguing.

And I always find myself humming Losfer at the most random times. dodododododoDO DO DO...
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:54 pm

Now we're talking! Tied with Seventh Son for my favorite Maiden album. I love every song (even Back in the Village) but the title track just owns everything.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:55 pm

"Two Minutes To Midnight"

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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:56 pm

"Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:56 pm

James B. wrote:
"Two Minutes To Midnight"

Funny thing about that song; I know it rips off a dozen other riffs prior, but no matter what it feels fresh, intense, and original. I'd even say the best of the bunch.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:16 pm

Can't be a contrarian in this situation. Voting "Powerslave" no matter how popular it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:01 am

This is a tough one. Considering "Aces High," "2 Minutes To Midnight," and "Powerslave." Think I'll sleep on it. Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:34 am

Such a great album. Any of these songs I could pick. Powerslave, Flash of the Blade, 2 minutes. In the end I voted Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Just epic!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:54 am

Obviously the first two and the last two tracks on the album are Maiden classics. But I love that trio of songs in the middle: Flash of the Blade, the Duellists, Back in the Village. It really puts the album over the top, and makes it their best.

I voted Back in the Village, though it could have been Aces High just as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:01 am

The only track I don't like is Losfer Words.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:43 am

Rime!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:07 am

Every track on this is fantastic. This is a true metal classic in every sense of the word. Very hard to pick out favorite but I guess I'll go with Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, a 13 minute track that just flows along seamlessly.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:15 am

So tempted to vote for Aces High.........



Rime of the Ancient Mariner, it is!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:00 am

Aces High
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:31 am

The Duellists, just because of the twin lead break in the middle section of the song. Oh my god that slays me.

But the whole album is perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:42 am

Every song is worthy of a pick here, but "Rime" gets the vote b/c it's the first real epic Metal song I ever heard. It set Maiden apart as different from everyone else I was listening to at the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:11 pm

Lari wrote:


I voted Back in the Village, though it could have been Aces High just as well.

Great song! It was the first song I heard off Powerslave because I bought the used cassette from a classmate and it was rewound to the second side. As soon as I heard that opening riff, I was hooked!

Decided to go with "Powerslave." Such an awesome track and one I actually appreciate even more now than back in the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:17 pm

Wurthless wrote:
The Duellists, just because of the twin lead break in the middle section of the song. Oh my god that slays me.

But the whole album is perfect.

Yes, that has to be one of the top twin lead breaks of any Maiden number.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:06 pm

Tough call. I love every single track. But went for aces high.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:10 pm

Okay here goes!

I haven't really listened to this album in decades so I've had a couple of recent spins and it's an album of big positives and big negatives

The guitar solos are mind blowing throughout, I think Murray & Smith never sounded better than on this record.

It's the first Iron Maiden album where Bruce's voice starts to bother me.

I still can't listen to Aces High & Two Minutes to Midnight thanks to a relative that made me so completely and utterly sick of them that I really can't bare them 3 decades later. This is not the albums fault.

The songs for the most part are mediocre (there I said it! Razz ) Losfer Words is the most boring instrumental I have heard from Maiden Back in the Village & The Duellists are also dull, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a fairly standard song interspersed with pointless diversions to justify the fact that it's three weeks long!

This leaves Flash of the Blade and Powerslave as the only songs that I genuinely like, out of which Powerslave is the clear winner because it's a great song.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:22 pm

Boris2008 wrote:
Okay here goes!

I haven't really listened to this album in decades so I've had a couple of recent spins and it's an album of big positives and big negatives

The guitar solos are mind blowing throughout, I think Murray & Smith never sounded better than on this record.

It's the first Iron Maiden album where Bruce's voice starts to bother me.

I still can't listen to Aces High & Two Minutes to Midnight thanks to a relative that made me so completely and utterly sick of them that I really can't bare them 3 decades later. This is not the albums fault.

The songs for the most part are mediocre (there I said it! Razz ) Losfer Words is the most boring instrumental I have heard from Maiden Back in the Village & The Duellists are also dull, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a fairly standard song interspersed with pointless diversions to justify the fact that it's three weeks long!

This leaves Flash of the Blade and Powerslave as the only songs that I genuinely like, out of which Powerslave is the clear winner because it's a great song.

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You actually have good points, believe it or not.

I had a good, long gap in my 20's where heavy metal just didn't exist anymore. When I revisited Powerslave, and album that fueled my youth, I thought a lot of what you're saying, especially with Rime. HOWEVER. I believe it's the power of what this album did to me in my youth that allows me to place this album above criticism. These things actually don't affect my ears, and it's still a beauty to behold. Kinda weird.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:45 pm

I just played it today. For me, it holds up better than any of the albums before it.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:26 pm

Voted for Powerslave, but Aces High is also a favorite tune for me too. And Rime... is my favorite epic of theirs!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:52 pm

I went with 2 Minutes To Midnight. But I could have easily chosen any track from this album.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Tune on "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden   Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:08 pm

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Great album. Every song is great. Listening to this album is the soundtrack to my youth. I can't really separate the songs and the memories. Bought this the day of release and literally spent hours staring at the cover and listening over and over. Always thought it was super cool that the cover had a texture to it.
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