He was talking about his pre/early-Maiden years IIRC. He tried single coils but it didn't work well, then the mini humbuckers came out and he progressively mounted them on his guitars.
Here you can see his rig in his Gillan years. Most of his guitars had single coils but a couple had already...
Yes, that's one of the main reasons I doubt it's from 1984, plus in that year Steve usually sported a different outfit.
That's before Piece of Mind for sure, I thought it from 1982 maximum, at first. But I'm not sure.
These other pictures (unfortunately, BW) may be from the same year and...
I enjoy it more than I used to, but I still think that it feels like it lacks something. The switch to the solo section is too abrupt and I didn't feel the need for the repetition of the intro.
Listened to it in the new/original version:
Invaders: 6 - I never liked it, it's a 6 only because it's here... but it really has nothing to do with the rest
Children of the Damned: 8.5 - now we're talking! Despite the lyrics being a bit repetitive, the music stands out
The Prisoner: 8/9 - very...
Re-listened to celebrate its 30th anniversary:
Be Quick or be Dead 8 - a punch in your face, one of my favourite Iron Maiden openers
From Here to Eternity 4.5 - still sounds like some MTV-esque pop metal thing; which isn't inherently bad, the problem is, it's badly done
Afraid to Shoot...
I re-listened to it.
Every melody sounds 100% Gers + Smith to me as usual including the 'main theme' ("I wish I could go back", etc.) and the 'variation' ("Beginning of a sunrise bores a big hole in the sky", etc.). There's no vibrato in the held notes. The high voice is Gers IMO. I won't...
It's a bit different context since Janick wrote the music for Como Estais Amigos and at the time they had only two guitars, so it was logical that he had to record two voices (2nd rhythm + solo).
I don't know if they recorded Senjutsu live—if not, it's possible that any of them recorded both...
Probably it is Gers + Smith. The rhythm guitar is very Murray-esque (he's very similar to Gers when it comes to rhythm sections, check The Red and the Black).
But at the end it depends on how they recorded the album.