Listening to the album again tonight. Blimey, The Parchment never ends (or goes anywhere). Thankfully we have Hell on Earth as the closing song!
Top 3 is really hard to tell. At the moment I would say: ''Hell On Earth'' (always will be #1), ''Stratego'' and ''Senjutsu''.Hell on Earth, Senjutsu, and The Writing on the Wall are the top 3 tracks for me.
Now that you mention ''The Wicker Man'', the echo in the chorus of ''Lost In A Lost World'' reminds me a little bit of the extra lines in the chorus of the former for the Radio Version.It’s kind of in the vein of “The Wicker Man” (the backing music is kinda similar too I think) and it hits only slightly less hard.
The outro of the title track is one of my favorite endings of a Maiden song - best outro in the album for me.Senjutsu is the disappointing one for me, it's great up until the end of the first "Hear them coming - Ready now we wait" section. Then it just kind of meanders for the rest of the track with no real development, and the end of it just sounds like they are trailing off.
Lost in a Lost World needs tighter arrangement in the middle, but has otherwise grown on me, great intro and outros.
Certainly. He introduced his songs to the others, and they told him they weren't good enough to make it to the records. But they let him put one single song on each album, because they didn't want to be rude.There might be a reason why Steve only had a single writing credit (with no co-writers) on those.
'The Daily Mail Song' - Age of Innocence by chance?I think the middle part is mediocre, with poor vocal melody lines and very odd phrasing. Bruce sounds either incredibly strained (The people worshipping the sun... verse) or bored (Feel the spirits of the old ones standing proud upon their race... verse; he does not sound as bored as on The Daily Mail Song but it is quite close).
The outro is OK and the intro is brilliant.