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Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by Hottysmiff, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    The song proper is D, his voice is optimal in D. Smith suggested to Gers and Murray that they do it in drop tuning. The instrumental part starts with E, so it might be written by Harris or just a joint idea of the instrumentalists in the band. You don't really believe that Dickinson wrote Powerslave's instrumental section, do you?
  2. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    This was from a source, not the FC magazine. I don't know how fully developed the ideas were, but the impression being given was that they were bursting with ideas when they last went into the studio, and couldn't do everything.
  3. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Only H and Jan are tuned to D though.
  4. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Agreed. Those examples off The X Factor stand out!
  5. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Don't shoot the messenger, I am just telling what someone in the know told me about the songs that Bruce had completed for his tentative solo album; some material was not co-written with Roy Z.
  6. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    He quite probably wrote the chord sequence; otherwise someone else would have been credited.
  7. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    I don't shoot anyone, although I used to be in the army once (it sucked). ;)

    So that person in the know says he wrote a piano ballad as well?:p
    Seriously, believe what you believe, I'll probably never be able to prove it.
  8. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Seems so, by looking at Dave's live parts.

    He may have even hummed the chief theme (that's present in the harmony), but that's a far cry from actually putting down the demo of how it should sound.
  9. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Well, I have never claimed that Bruce's demo for Powerslave sounded like the final version. As far as we know, he might have even whistled in the vein of Steve Harris, but adding harmonies/solos did not merit anyone else getting a songwriting credit (these are usually assigned based on contributing to the song's structure, chord progressions, and lyrics).

    On a related note, in the most recent Metal Hammer Steve says that Bruce wrote the song putting together 3 different ideas he had.
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  10. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Regarding Wishbone Ash and their influence on Maiden, there is a clear nod to Throw Down the Sword in Afraid to Shoot Strangers. :)

    Argus is an absolute masterpiece. No wonder it is loved so much by both Steve and Bruce.
  11. Welsh Phantom

    Welsh Phantom Educated Fool

    A masterpiece indeed (it took a couple of listens to appreciate this though).

    I noticed the Warrior / Aftermath riff immediately, but will listen out for the Sword / Strangers influence next time I listen to Argus ;)
  12. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Janick actually wrote the intro of the song, and Steve built the rest upon it.
  13. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    The harmonies in Afraid to Shoot Strangers are a clear nod to the guitar melodies at the start of Throw Down the Sword. Back in 1992, Steve said that Afraid to Shoot Strangers featured a homage to one of their favourite bands without mentioning its name; I realised who he was referring to once I bought Argus a few years later.
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  14. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    it's the bass line I mean that sounds like love to love, the guitar riff doesn't really sound similar at all
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  15. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Intro/song proper/outro, without the instrumental?
  16. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    What do you mean? If you are asking about how to get songwriting credits, as I previously mentioned, these are usually assigned based on song's structure, chord progressions, and lyrics. If Bruce had a chord progression for the middle bit of Powerslave (and Steve's comment about Bruce writing the song by combining 3 different ideas suggests this could have been the case), it does not really matter the harmonies/solos added by other people; that would not grant someone a songwriting credit.
  17. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Where did you get that from? You, like rest of us, are presuming how the credits work. I don't think it's that clear with Maiden. If you have any interview or so to post, please do. 'I believe you' but we're all here for factual discussion :)
    I'm presuming that 3 different ideas are - intro, song proper (verses, chorus, D minor stuff), and outro. Because there are 4 distinct parts of the song.
  18. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Here you have an interview from back in the day with Bruce discussing what he wrote (and how) for Powerslave:

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  19. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Thanks, I stand corrected

  20. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    Thanks, interesting interview!
    But I doubt he still does that. In a more recent interview (perhaps after BNW with Eddie Trunk?) he said that everything apart from cassette is too complicated.
    Sorry I can't be more specific about the source, maybe someone else can.

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