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Best Eddie

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by LooseCannon, Jun 22, 2017.

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  1. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    You know, I've always wondered...what's the best Eddie? Lots of people have very strong opinions on the subject. Similarly, what's the worst Eddie?

    My favourite Eddie is the Aces High cover, followed by Powerslave cover - man, that scene is majestic. But lots of people prefer many other covers as well.

    So, to help out...

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYRR31qzHuWqPq2s3Uc528q3Hoi0_Bni6DSiTy0ew9dp2fUg/viewform

    We can have a discussion regarding this, but I encourage everyone to take 5 minutes and fill out this survey. Maybe after a month or so, I can post the Maidenfans.com Eddies order.
     
  2. Bombusbombus

    Bombusbombus Nomad

  3. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    That was really cool. My favorite Eddie is hard to pick, but gun to the head, the original cover of their debut is one of the greatest album covers ever IMO.

    As for worst, hands down Edward the Great. It does not look like a Maiden release at all. It's not terrible, it just doesn't fit Iron Maiden.
     
  4. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Cool survey, LooseCannon! I'll have to think about it... and come up with some kind of criteria.
     
  5. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I always liked this one, but I think the band agrees with you, as it's the only piece the artist did for Maiden. Meanwhile a guy like Mark Wilkinson got some early 2000s work and eventually a cover with TBOS.
     
  6. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Neat! Done.
     
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Edward the Great is kind of bland but I still like it. Then again it has some sentimental value because it was the latest release when I discovered Maiden and I remember seeing it all over CD stores.

    Hard to beat The Trooper.
     
  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I would be shocked if it isn't in the top 3.
     
  9. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Yeah, like I said about Edward the Great, it's the worst, but only by Maiden's standards. On its own it's actually a decent cover.
     
  10. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I'm really curious where it will end now! I think a lot of covers are worse, like...uh, everything from the Hugh Syme X Factor shoot.
     
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  11. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    I would say Edward the Great is still far superior to any of the clay/digital crap from the Blaze era. Also, some of those early ones (charm or no) are pretty bad.

    There were too many to remember in that poll, but I think I gave highest points to BNW, Trooper, Powerslave, Breeg, and LAD.
     
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  12. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Last two posts were exactly what I wanted to say. ETG wipes the floor with the cgi/live action stuff.
     
  13. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Yeah. Maiden knew they had a game coming out and chose to push it, even over the (greatly superior) Riggs cover for Futureal.
     
  14. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    Never fear, those things are low on my list as well. :p (Though I must admit that the album covers for Virtual XI and The X Factor and Man on the Edge are actually well liked by my own self.)
     
  15. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I gave all Ed Hunter Eddies a 1. One of the few times where marketing beat out the best artistic choice for Maiden.
     
  16. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Proof that even Rod Smallwood can make bad business decisions.
     
  17. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    Done.

    Somewhere in Time or Powerslave should be number 1. SIASL, Aces and The Trooper will be high too.
     
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  18. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    Tough choice. But my vote from the heart is: "Killers" (the one I consider having as a tatoo) (Worst ones: Maiden England's pseudo-Trooper and reedition pseudo-Iron Maiden)
     
  19. Maiden4Ever

    Maiden4Ever Trooper

    Stranger in a strange land Eddie
     
  20. UpTheIrons

    UpTheIrons Educated Fool

    One thing that doing the survey made me think - the early covers are actually pretty scary.

    Eddie is on the streets of London rather than in abstract or fantastical scenarios and looks a bit more malevolent than some of his later personas.

    Maiden covers still reach out of the shelves and grab your attention today amongst all the other pretty graphic metal artwork on the shelves, I can see how they would have caused quite a stir back in the day when Eddie was even more unique.
     
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