Bruce's Best Sung Lines

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by MarcoHietalaIM, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    I agree with this statement.
     
  2. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    Really, Diesel? You?
     
  3. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Empire of the Clouds is Maiden's best song. It's Bruce's masterpiece. Definitely not his finest vocal performance, however.

    At least, not when he gets louder. In the quiet moments it might be.
     
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  4. Ruflux

    Ruflux Educated Fool

    Yeah I'd actually agree with all of that. He's definitely straining on the loud high notes. Although I personally feel that the raw emotion he manages to get across makes up for a lot of the technical issues present.
     
  5. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Yeah. It's still a perfect song, it's just not his best vocal performance. He has a multitude of others to choose from anyway. :p
     
  6. Brigantium

    Brigantium Grim Reaper Staff Member

    Not only the higher notes strain, but so much of that song is taken up with his theatrical storytelling/British Pathé newsreel voice. I love it, and it fits the song beautifully, but it doesn't demonstrate the heights of his vocal ability.

    I struggle to isolate just a couple of lines from anything. Most of Jerusalem is pretty magical.
    "Let it rain
    Let it rain
    Tears of blood fall out of the sky"


    Two songs that jump to mind straight away, although they're not covering all of Bruce's vocal scope either, are Moonchild and Infinite Dreams. I love what he puts into those. He uses a different vocal style for the Devil character in Moonchild and throws loads of dramatic effect into it. Infinite Dreams is more his 'normal' voice for the beleagured human character, and has such passion in it.

    I'm quite fond of the passion he throws into Ghost of the Navigator too:
    "I steer between the crashing rocks, the sirens call my name
    Lash my hands onto the helm, blood surging with the strain"
     
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  7. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Soooo many to choose from, so it's more like a matter of what comes to mind first... Also, the technical aspect isn't necessarily something that makes "the best sung" line for me personally. It's the emotion, delivery and melody.

    "Left to all our golden sons" and so on from The Legacy.
    TBoS chorus.
    I don't like EotC, but I have to admit "Dreams live on" at the end is very powerful.
    The chorus of Book of Thel might be my favourite, though. Especially the last one with "By the dawning of the dead" repetition.

    But yeah, there are dozens of examples that would deserve a mention.
     
  8. MarcoHietalaIM

    MarcoHietalaIM Trooper

    He nailed Purgatory in his career's starting stages.

    "Please take me away, take me away, so far away"

    I think the early 80's live version of that song along with the Killers audition represent the most raw, heavy plus angry catalogue that Iron Maiden ever performed. Purgatory especially is very fast, aggressive and contains proper screams, in consequence Bruce managed to "steal" that track from Paul in no time.
     
  9. MarcoHietalaIM

    MarcoHietalaIM Trooper

    "I throw myself into the sea/Release the wave/Let it wash over me/To face the fear/I once believed/The tears of the dragon/For you and for me"

    Sometimes I wish it was a Maiden track.
     
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  10. matic22

    matic22 Ancient Mariner

    This is probably one of the first recordings when he went from the NPFTD/FOTD raspy voice back to more polished approach that he is known for today. While this version of TOTD is not so good instrumentally as the Z/Smith/Casillas/Ingram version, it is probably one of his top performances vocaly.

     
  11. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    The bridge for Coming Home have always stood out to me. "We will ride this thunderbird/silver shadows on the earth/a thousand leagues away/our land of birth"
     
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  12. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    In particular "ride this thunderbird".
     
  13. CycleMotion

    CycleMotion Invader

    ''I'm coming back
    I will return
    And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
    I have the fire
    I have the force
    I have the power to make my evil take its course''

    ''The killing fields, the grinding wheels crushed by equilibrium
    Separate lives no more disguise, no more second chances
    Haggard wisdom spitting out the bitter taste of hate
    I accuse you before you know the crime it's all too late
    Before you know the crime it's all too late''

    ''Help me. Help me to find my true
    Self without seeing the future
    Save me, save me from torturing
    Myself even within my dreams

    There's got to be just more to it than this
    Or tell me why do we exist
    I'd like to think that when I die
    I'd get a chance another time
    And to return and live again
    Reincarnate, play the game
    Again and again and again.''

    ''Covered in sinners and dripping with guilt,
    Making you money from slime and from filth...
    Parading your bellies in ivory towers,
    Investing our lives in your schemes and your powers''

    ''
    Why can't we treat our fellow man
    With more respect and a shake of their hands
    But anger and loathing is rife
    The death on all sides is
    becoming a way of life''
     
  14. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    that could be used in Infinite dreams too
     
  15. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    I don't like the Infinite Dreams scream half as much. Weak compared to TNOTB or Rime's, IMO.
     
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  16. frus

    frus Barbed Wire Hen

    Also the one in LAD version of Icarus :applause:
     
  17. Brigantium

    Brigantium Grim Reaper Staff Member

    The character is more of a despairing victim. Another nice touch by Bruce. ;)
     
  18. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    That bit is indeed amazing.
     
  19. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Yes, the vocals in Revelations and Paschendale are pure magic.
     
  20. Stardust

    Stardust A Blue Sector Mirage

    I've posted my favourites already on page 1 of this thread, but...

    I've gotta say, this part in When The Wild Wind Blows is also amazing and showcases Bruce with something different than his usual vocal highlights.

    "Can't believe all the lying, all the screams are denying that the moments of truth have begun
    Can't you see it on the TV? Don't believe them in the least bit, now the days of our ending have begun..."
     

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