I think, admittedly, I'm conflating two different things though; importance & favourites. I mean, imagine Maiden if that hadn't written RTtH, The Trooper, etc? Unthinkable for me. Maiden wouldn't even feel the same band to me if you wiped out most of the 90's material. All that material is really important to me; how I identify with Maiden. Newer albums, not so much. Hard to know how I would rank them in order though.
If Maiden had never written Blood Brothers or The Red And The Black they'd be exactly the same band to me. I like these songs, but I just don't think they really represent Maiden. This is totally personal, obviously. I can't say this about other songs. For this reason, there is a ton of tracks that I'd put above these two. My Top-25 just wouldn't have room for either of these I don't think.
The production is crisp and clear, though perhaps a little too much - there is definitely a BNW sound and I almost would prefer it a little muddier.
We'd have to count tour dates to be sure.If nothing else it's their most played live song of the reunion era.
You'd fail in that argument. What's "representative" about it? Almost all of it is unlike typical Maiden. Not saying that's bad, just saying it doesn't sound particularly representative to me.I'd agree to some level that Blood Brothers is not a representative Maiden song but I'd argue The Red And The Black is one of the most representative they ever did
Aye, agreed. The only sensible approach to take.Ultimately though I try not to conflate a songs importance / success with how much I like it. It's difficult at times because there's usually a reason why successful songs are that, but it would feel disingenuous to me to move Blood Brothers down to accommodate a more important song if I don't enjoy that song more.
I hate to hear it called that.Though all this aside I do think it's almost fair to call this song a classic now. If nothing else it's their most played live song of the reunion era.
We'd have to count tour dates to be sure.
The Wicker Man: Brave New World Tour, Give Me Ed ... til I'm Dead Tour, The Final Frontier Tour 2010, The Final Frontier Tour 2011
Brave New World: Brave New World Tour, Give Me Ed ... til I'm Dead Tour (regularly, but probably only 3 times in North America), Dance of Death World Tour, The Final Frontier Tour 2010
Blood Brothers: Brave New World Tour, The Final Frontier Tour 2010, The Final Frontier Tour 2011, The Book of Souls World Tour 2016
You'd fail in that argument. What's "representative" about it? Almost all of it is unlike typical Maiden. Not saying that's bad, just saying it doesn't sound particularly representative to me.
Aye, agreed. The only sensible approach to take.
I hate to hear it called that.
...which was already the intent of "When the Wild Wind Blows" I think. And this one did have some kind of storyline.The only classic Maiden thing that the R&TB doesn't have is linear/specific storytelling in the lyrics (like Rime , ATG, Hallowed etc...), but yeah, musically it sounds like 'Steve's greatest hits' rolled into one song.
17 - Wasted Years
The sound does leave it rooted in the eighties, and so to some extent I'd say it doesn't age as well as Maidens other classic albums, but this is a minor quibble.