Boom to you too. You have exhibited a blatant double standard here for failing to call out Steve Harris for his self plagiarism. We barely notice it now, but notice how the first line of the first loud verse of Hallowed... is delivered using total pauses in the music for dramatic effect. And notice how the first lines of the first verse of the Trooper is delivered during total pauses in the music for dramatic effect. Somehow, because you would happily pick on Gers, any number of Harris's acts of self plagiarism are conveniently forgotten.“Wasting Love” reuses the opening guitar bit from Bruce Dickinson’s “Son Of A Gun”, which Janick had written only 2 years prior. Boom.
And The Legacy, and The Book Of Souls, and Dance Of Death.
His own material and Maiden’s. I already called out “Wasting Love”, the noodley guitar interlude from “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” shows up with only minor changes in “Sign Of The Cross” and elsewhere, the opening to “Lord Of The Flies” is a mild modification of the opening to “From Here To Eternity” from the previous album, etc., etc. It’s all there if you’re paying attention.
Fair point, though it would depend on whether the lifted bits were songwriting or arrangement. Does Steve actually write every note of songs credited solely to him, or does he write lyrics and melody and set up the general structure, but the other players still contribute riffs and solos on their own? I’m assuming that the reuse of the ATSS boring noodling is Janick, since he’s the one playing it, but you’re right that it could be Steve.
Not if it sounds both too similar and not as good, which would be the case here.
I never said he wasn’t. As I’ve mentioned, I dislike roughly 1/3 of his musical ideas, and the bad recycling would go into that category. But Janick is a more blatant offender, IMO.
I get it, you like Janick and see this as an attack, so you feel compelled to leap to his defense. I’ve been here before. But if you look at his work with a critical eye the evidence is all there.
Your double standard is that you like to examine Gers with a "critical eye" and apparently nobody else.
Moreover, if you see 'self plagiarism' in "The Legacy, and The Book Of Souls, and Dance Of Death" (though god forbid how you manage to see that...?), then surely the first song written in this chain is not a case of 'self plagiarism'! Which makes that Dance of Death.
Although what the hell Dance of Death has even got to do with the others is beyond me.
Really grasping at straws here: " the noodley guitar interlude from “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” shows up with only minor changes in “Sign Of The Cross” and elsewhere" !!!
It's not only that I 'like Janick and see this as an attack, so you feel compelled to leap to his defense'. Yes this is part of it, but I'm actually more struck by the extraordinary leaps you make in trying to spot duplication. Several are highly contestable and, moreover, you appear to have entirely missed the point that Janick was recruited into the band 15 years after it formed and has a job to do, which is to generate new music according to a style he had no hand in forging in the first place.
Words of advice Jer: you would make a terrible patent or intellectual property lawyer.