Then in 1999, Iron Maiden started recording Brave New World without a record deal at all for the U.S Market - in the process hiring a few A&R guys to give input on song writing, even working with a good photographer to get a "new image", and a overall product that was "signeable" for a major label in the U.S at the time?
Eventually, Columbia gave them a chance - after the album was finished, and it worked out well. But to even get a few airings of the "The Wicker Man" on U.S mainstream rock radio was a real accomplishment initally. That's just how things were back then.
@TheTalismanBrave New World, originally released on major label Columbia - in comparison had sold around 280 000 at that time. But that required a real effort to get back in the industry and a secure a deal. And not just getting Bruce back - but as well working on the right production, the right song writing and the right album - by hiring Kevin Shirley along with some A&R input.
Do you imply that Maiden brought in people to give input in their (style of) songwriting, before or around the BNW sessions? That sounds not very believable (or at least not pretty in my eyes).
I mean, this is the most stick to your guns band there is, not? The "we do what we want" type of band.
I always thought that if there was one thing the band did themselves, it was the music.
And do you think Maiden really was aiming for pre-thought songwriting? Isn't this just a natural process, at least for this band?
One writes what one likes themselves, and not thinking that commercial?