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Flight of Icarus

Discussion in 'Piece Of Mind' started by The Ancient Mariner, Apr 12, 2002.


How good is Flight of Icarus on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Jonszat

    Jonszat Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    I'm gonna give it an 8, based on the LAD version, which is awesome. The studio version is a 7. Solos are great, and as again with a PoM song, so is Bruce's vocal performance. The gallop in the LAD version is dead quick and much more awesome.
  2. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    The performance is great, the song itself is not that special compared to the one that precedes it. The solos bring it from a 7 to an 8 (and as Jonszat correctly points out, the LAD version rocks your socks off).
  3. Onun

    Onun Invader

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    I used to love this song, not so much these days. The best on this song are the solos imo, specially the outro. Besides that everything else is solid, guitar work, bass line, vocals and drums, but not too spectacular. The version from LAD is much better like many pointed out.

  4. Wästed The Great

    Wästed The Great Minister Of Chicks, Metal&Beer; Cool & Froody Dude Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    I love references to mythology, and this was a great recreation of that ancient tale.  It rocks, its fun, but it isn't the best on that album; its a solid 8 for me.
  5. Mkoh

    Mkoh Invader

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Unlike others, apparently, I prefer the slower album version to the one on LAD, as it somehow emphasizes the "mythology"-feeling of the song and overall just sounds better.
    In the end there's really nothing wrong with the song, even though there are some odd twists to the myth, it doesn't really matter in this case. I enjoy listening to it but it's not great. I'd give a 7½ if it were possible, because it's not "only 7" song for me, but I'll do with 7 as it isn't an 8 either.  :innocent:
  6. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Great up-tempo rocker, solos rule on this one, and Bruce shines here!

  7. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    8/10. Good solid song, excellent live and Bruce's vocals are on fire here.
  8. Unknown One

    Unknown One I see the ghost of navigators.

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Not a big fan of this song, I view it as the equal 2nd worst song off the album (along with Sun and Steel). I like this more than Run to the Hills so have to give this a 6.
  9. Ranko

    Ranko I'll shoot the gunner first!

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus


    As many have said, the solos are great, plus the story of Icarus and Daedalus was one of the first Greek mythology stories that I heard/read when I was a kid, so it's always nice when you know of something that Maiden based their songs on.

    One of my favourite Smith/Dickinson tunes.
  10. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    The best Maiden single. This is a type of song that I'll never ever forget, even in 70 years time. Once again, the solo section is some of the best moments in Rock 'N' Roll. Bruce's perfromance is a master class, Steve's bass tone is delicious and it grooves and the chorus is one of the greatest. 10!!!
  11. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    It's a solid rocker, but Maiden have done many better ones.  If you compare it to other excellent 80s rockers, it doesn't hold up (The Prisoner, Wasted Years, The Clairvoyant, Aces High...).  A 7.
  12. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Even though it's a simpler rocker, I absolutely love this song and really wish Maiden would put it in their live set. 9/10.
  13. Babo 91

    Babo 91 Nomad

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Its a pretty good rocker but it gets pwned by many of the other rockers in the golden era. Wasted years, 2minutes, aces high, the trooper, notb etc

  14. Jonszat

    Jonszat Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    I'd rather this song to Wrathchild for a short song in the setlist.
  15. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    I'm not sure why Steve doesn't like this song.

    The slow groove of the song creates imagery of the slow beating of Icaruses wings as he flew across the sea.

    The solos are epic as are Bruce's vocals.

    A PoM rocker that should be performed live as frequently as that other PoM rocker about soldier that tries to dodge musket fire.

  16. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    Fantastic song.  The live version from LAD is my favorite, but the studio is good enough to merit a 9.  I love the light roll Nicko uses on his floor tom.
  17. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Flight of Icarus

    This song has been pitched as overrated so long it has become drastically underrated. Aside from the great chorus and outstanding solos, what I really like is the way the verses build the dramatic tension. Nine.
  18. Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan Ancient Mariner

    4.  I lack patience for this song.  I have yet to experience it live which may change my attitude.  Too damn slow and unlike most I'd don't think the solo is that great.
  19. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I really like the build-up of Flight of Icarus. Every part is very good. Not in the least because of Bruce who drags me along. The solos are very nice. This was one of the songs in which I realized for the first time that a main songwriter doesn't need to do the most soling. It's really Dave doing the business. However, Adrian's solo is at least as much a pleasure to the ears.

    A very high 8, nearer to 8,5 even. Still: 8.
  20. ______no5

    ______no5 The Angel Of The Odd

    I admire this song, which is my very best out of this album. Lyrically is just brilliant as it gives an alternative explanation of a known myth. Musically, is fully accomplished from the start to the end; A mind-taking crescendo of music & vocal performances. The epilogue with that scream, leaves me speechless every single time. 10/10

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