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Guitar Solos - The Book of Souls

Discussion in 'The Book of Souls' started by Edu_Smith, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Edu_Smith

    Edu_Smith Eduardo


    01 – If Eternety Should Fail
    Smith - 6:14 / 7:12 (with vocal Bruce)

    02 – Speed of Light
    Murray – 2:49 / 3:09
    Smith – 3:09 / 3:30

    03 – The Great Unknown
    Gers – 3:07 / 3:28
    Smith – 4:33 / 4:54
    Murray – 4:55 / 5:15

    04 – The Red in the Black
    Smith – 6:44 / 7:14
    Gers – 7:14 / 7:32
    Murray – 7:33 / 7:50
    Smith - 8:39 / 9:10

    05 – When the Rivers Run Deep
    Murray – 3:07 / 3:36
    Gers – 3:37 / 3:51
    Smith – 4:20 / 4:49

    06 – The Book of Souls
    Murray – 6:15 / 6:39
    Gers – 8:20 / 8:44
    Smith – 8:45 / 9:09
    Smith - 9:20 / 9:43

    07 – Death or Glory
    Murray – 3:19 / 3:40
    Smith – 3:40 / 4:01

    08 – Shadows of the Valley
    Gers – 4:46 / 5:12
    Smith – 5:24 / 5:50
    Murray – 6:40 / 6:52

    09 – Tears of a Clown
    Smith – 3:02 / 3:41
    Murray – 3:41 / 4:01

    10 – The Man of Sorrows
    Murray - intro (0:00 / 0:32 )
    Murray – 4:09 / 4:26
    Smith – 4:27 / 4:44
    Gers – 5:20 / 5:37

    11 - The Empire of Clouds
    Murray – 10:04 / 10:34
    Smith – 12:02 / 12/32
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2016
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I see a few mistakes/omissions. Will come back at it when I have the album.
  3. Edu_Smith

    Edu_Smith Eduardo

    Let's discuss Forostar. What mistakes do you see?
    I'm not better than anyone ... but as I listen maiden since 1982, I understand enough of the style and tone of the guitar.
  4. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    Janick's soloing is very impressive. He definitely has been taking lessons and improving his craft, maybe at the behest of Kevin or other band members? Adrian......well I am biased but this might be his best work ever. Just amazing, especially on EOTC.
  5. Babo 91

    Babo 91 Nomad

    Daves soloing is his best since BNW, Jannicks soloing is his best ever (new techniques, new effects, smoother, cleaner) Adrians solos are spectacular. TOAC, TRATB and EOTC are highlights
  6. Dave's solo in Man Of Sorrows sounds like it is Eric Johnson playing.
  7. Edu_Smith

    Edu_Smith Eduardo

    Adrian this "frying". Fucking awesome technique.
  8. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Prowler

    Is it just me or are the solos in this album really a step up from recent albums? Real creative and fresh work. The solos fit well in the environment of the songs rather than being generic insertions.

    It's really the triple guitar attack that
    impresses but individually, Adrian is the star with the guitar work on this one.
  9. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    I don't know if I totally agree with all of the solos being a good "fit" with each song, but quality wise, taken as a whole, this may be the best album ever as far as solos are concerned. And as much as I hate to admit it, I'm actually prepared to POSSIBLY mull over the concept of a couple of Adrian's solos on this one surpassing his solos on Powerslave (song) and maybe even CSIT, SIASL and ATG. Blasphemy, yes I know, but.......
  10. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    So is this the first time since 1981 that Maiden guitarist has done a solo on every song on album? I'm not sure about NPFTD/FOTD, however.
  11. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    Well, no. There are no true "solos" on IESF, just underlying "solo fills" along with Bruce's vocals at the end of the song. And two songs have no Janick. Which is unfortunate.
  12. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I'm not a solo guy. I enjoy them but not enough to comment on them. This album has the best Janick Gers solos ever, excepting his perfect Paschendale solo. It's heads and tails above his other work.
  13. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    I see the trend with fewer solos by Janick continues, but he seems to be very prominent in playing lead melodies and his guitar is overall very high in the mix on this album. The extensive lead 7:23 into "Empire" is unmistakably Janick for example. It's all him under the vocals on "The Red and the Black", and of course he's playing lead all over his own two tracks "Book of Souls" and "Shadows of the Valley". Saw someone mention that it was strange he didn't get a solo on "Empire" even though it's such a long song, but with the amount of that track that is all Janick taking the charge, I don't think he minds...

    I can't see any clear change in his playing - though his tone seems to cut more than ever. Absolutely perfect tone for his style of playing. He's really the most precise player in the band, and you hear exactly everything he does up front with that tone. Adrian's Tubescreamer (and occasionaly wah wah) laden tone is still disguising a lot of stuff, though it's a lot dryer than it was in the beginning of the 00's (there's so much delay on his solos on Brave New World that you almost can't hear what he's actually playing); Dave has gone for a clearer tone with less gain more in line with what he used on the first few albums. A clear letdown for me personally, I much prefer the more modern high(er) gain, smooth lead tone with that insane amount of sustain that he's had since Fear of the Dark. The intro solo of "The Man of Sorrows" takes me back to the early days, and not in a good way. It's shaky, to say the least.

    It's really only that little solo that stands out in that way luckily, the others are fine. There are however no standout solos for me this far - The Final Frontier had Dave's solo on the title track, Janick's solo on "The Alchemist" and Adrian's solo on "Coming Home" that hooked me instantly. Maybe this means this album has more well integrated solos like A Matter of Life and Death - I don't know. They surely (Shirley?) aren't anything flashy.

    Only two? I count to 5 songs without Janick soloing. Which means that he solos on 6 tracks on the album.
  14. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    I stand corrected. Amidst all this excitement I suppose I forgot how to count lol.
  15. lol wat.

    Please elaborate.
  16. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    A few notes bent out of pitch & very shaky timing. It sounds like anything by Kirk Hammett, basically, and Dave is about a million times better than that usually.
  17. I'm really not feeling any of it, and I'm a guitarist myself since quite some time.
    Since he's "one million times better than that usually", don't you think maybe it sounds like he intended it to sound?
    Sounds great to me, which is what matters.:D
  18. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    The fact that you compared Davey's playing to Kirk Hammett greatly pains me.
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  19. adrian fn rules

    adrian fn rules Chili-head

    Ok, just listened to S.I.T. ..........It wins again. Can't believe I was thinking that, as good as the solos on TBOS are.
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  20. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    I consider ending of IESF as a Smith solo, like I consider ending of Sea Of Madness also as "solo" and not "solo fills". Besides, what is the difference? That Bruce is singing over it, so what?

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