Reach Out

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i realy like H's singing [!--emo&:D--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/biggrin.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'biggrin.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
this song shouldnt be a b-side...it is only 8songs on SIT,it wouldnt hurt to have some more

cheers
 

dogigniter

Ancient Mariner
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Personally it sounds more like ASAP than Iron Maiden.

Admittedly I like both, but in either context, the songs still very cheesy and crap.
 
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yeah - this song wouldn't be acceptable on the album- its a great Bside though - and it does indeed sound like ASAP.

H's singing is really good!
 
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Anonymous

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it's definitely more on the "poppy" side, which H seems to appreciate more than enyone else in the band, but it's bloody good. Better than Bryan Adams, no doubt'bout'it. Nice voice, raw & mellow at the same time. H should go solo more often & take the mike on some more Maiden numbers as well, or try some discants the way Savatage do.
 
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Man, I really gave this one four and a half! This song, with its good old riffs, just makes me feel good. Lovely singing indeed - Adrian is simply smooth [!--emo&:)--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'smile.gif\' /][!--endemo--] , and Bruce does a great job as backup vocalist. I love the bass line, the drumming, the whole sound. This is a regular pop rocker, but done by Maiden and that can be felt.
As for the message, what can I say? Cheesy? Come on, don't we all need a special someone in our life?

Happy the group that has such B-side material.
 

lenny76

Prowler
This has got to be the best B side they've ever done. It's pop rock yes. But this is just really really good! Wish Adrian would sing more!
 

PyroMessiah

Prowler
I absolutely love this song.  By faaaaaar my favorite Maiden B-Side.  I think this song could have been a hit.  It's infectious.  :ok:
 

Zare

Automaton Sovietico
No. It's a misinterpretation that came from Listen With Nicko series. 

http://www.ironmaidencommentary.com/?ur ... nk=singles

He's talking only about Juanita and That Girl, not Reach Out. Not that it matters - "recorded on ourselves" means that Smith and McBrain recorded the guitars and drums first. There's a clearly Dave Murray solo in That Girl. And you can hear Harris' playing on Reach Out.

I extended Wasted Years wiki article couple of months ago, now I'm going to double check parts not written by me.
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
9/10

A glorious piece of 80’s classic rock featuring Adrian Smith on lead vocals. Bruce sings backups for a change and oddly enough, it sounds amazing! We shouldn’t be surprised, as Adrian is the All-Powerful God of Songwriting and Performance. It’s a catchy song that probably planted the seed for Adrian to leave the band after the next album and start a solo project (where he would reunite with many of the players from Hackney).
 

Poto

Ancient Mariner
8/10

I like this one a lot. Adrian has (or had?) a surprisingly good voice. Very comfortable to listen to. But that guy doing the backup vocals in the chorus.. Wow! Did he get a great career? :D
Very different for Maiden, but I like this side of Adrian.
 

terrell39

Ancient Mariner
Would have been funny if the band had recorded this song under a pseudonym as an A side of a single...and it had been a hit!
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
I've always liked this song. Great riff, verses and especially the chorus. Adrian's voice is awesome (Bruce's backing vocals too). Nice melodies and solo. Very catchy song. I also like that the song carries the futuristic sound/vibe of SIT album.

Adrian about how he ended up singing lead vocals:


"I think it was just before we did 'Somewhere in Time.' We had shock news, Maiden took six months off. This was in the mid-'80s, it was a big deal at the time because we never took any time off.

Rod Smallwood said, 'Yeah, go and have six months off, it's great.' and then Nicko and I ended up in the studio together - because we were always jamming and messing around at soundchecks.

So we got a band together what ended up being called The Entire Population of Hackney, and I drafted a couple of my old mates in.

A guy called Andy Barnett, the guitarist who played with FM, Dave "Bucket" Corwell, who played with Bad Company and Paul Rodgers, Nicko played drums, and we just used to go to a studio and play every day.

We did a gig at the Marquee club, we did a couple of clubs, and I was singing lead vocals at the time.

And from that, when we went to do 'Somewhere in Time,' we had to do some B-sides, so Steve suggested, 'Won't you do some of the stuff you did with the Hackneys?'

So we did 'Reach Out,' which was written by Dave Colwell, the guitarist, a good friend of mine, great songwriter. So we did that as a B-side.

It wasn't really a surprise - Steve's idea was as about as far away from Maiden as you can get, but you know, I sort of said, 'Alright, let's do it.'

And Bruce sang backups as well, so we sang together. It was great, and Martin Birch produced it, so I was behind the glass with Martin Birch producing me, the guy who did Ian Gillan and Ronnie Dio."
 
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