The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Children of the Damned
Flash of the Blade
No Prayer For the Dying
Judgement of Heaven
Face in the Sand
No More Lies
The Age of Innocence
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
Isle of Avalon
The Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Dream of Mirrors
To Tame a Land
Back in the Village
I'd like to add The Man Of Sorrows too.
Don't think it's among anyones favorites of The Book Souls.
That intro! Bruce vocals in the verses! The solo's! Yes, this turned out to be one of my favorite songs of The Book Of Souls.
I sort of agree with the above about the vocal performance being... in some ways, on the weaker side. It has a lot of soul in it and I do like the overall mood of the song, but it's a bit too demo-ish, unpolished and disjointed, even when compared to some of the other stuff on that record suffering from the very same thing.
Musically, it's nice and I quite like it, but the melancholic atmosphere just screams for slightly more intense performance and overall deeper and heavier sound.
Bruce is, in my opinion, usually on the top of his game when singing that kind of stuff and this particular song has some makings of a very grand level of performance, but for reason or another his performance here doesn't quite strike me as much as in the mentioned bunch - for example.
Anyway, I do find the song a bit underrated though, as it's definitely musically very interesting one and gives relatively good deal of variety for the record overall. It's just one of those songs that suffer from their writing-recording-ok done! approach a bit more than some others songs.
On Man of Sorrows, Bruce's performance reminds me of his work on Man Who Would Be King: kind of a perfunctory mid range performance with no real flexing of his range or any vocal acrobatics, and as such it comes across as a touch stale, imo.