I recall reading that Powerslave was 2 or 3 Bruce songs combined into one that Steve helped with, as for solos guitarists often dont get song credits just for laying one down, thats not exclusive to MaidenIf you're talking about lead parts like Trooper main melody, that's Steve. From what he know he whisles this stuff out while playing the roots on the bass. If you're talking small texturing like Smith does on Trooper chorus, or a lot of it on CSiT chorus, I really can't know. Maybe it's his original idea maybe guitarist came up with it in preproduction jam.
For me weirder is Powerslave solo Dickinson credit, because the only way he could've conveyed that instrumental section is by reffering to another songs (like he asked Nicko to do 'the thing' from Pat Travers track) and ask Dave and H to pull up something akin to that. And we know there are different takes around (the Iron Curtain video), so solos were developed as opposed to improvised over a chord sequence Bruce set there. For me it is utterly stupid to not credit guitarists for those solos, but it's likely that the harmony section in between H's and Dave's second solo was simply sang out by Bruce. That line has his phrasing written all over.
I'm totally willing to accept Martin Birch pushing for good performances, he's not nicknamed the Taskmaster in one of the album sleeves for nothing and we've got plenty of stories about that. It's just that other than that, we've got stories of Bruce and Steve butting heads all the time and not really much else. Flight of Icarus wasn't played for 33 years because they couldn't agree on the tempo. That, to me, doesn't sound like a band that was making compromises internally during that time period. Adrian leaving the band due to creative tensions isn't because he was disagreeing over the choruses in Steve's songs (which were already starting to get repetitive in the 80s as of SiT and SSOASS anyway, note) or something similar, it's because the rest of the band was doing a 180 in terms of musical style.Creative tensions are what led Adrian to quit in the lead-up to NPFTD. There are plenty of stories of Martin Birch pushing to get things just right, like having Bruce redo the scream in TNOTB umpteen times, well past the point where he wanted to keep doing it. You yourself bring up citations of creative arguments and jockeying between Bruce and Steve in those earlier years. Back when album sales were paying the bills, many of the band’s biggest singles during that golden period were heavily influenced if not completely written by Bruce and/or Adrian. There were clearly a lot of cooks in the kitchen, all pushing to make the best product they could.
Formal credits technically only cover melody and lyrics. Arrangements, solos, etc., could be contributed by anyone.
Totally agreed. A lot of times the riffs and solos are equally or even more important than the core melody and lyrics. Song arrangements make a huge difference, too. But the rules are the rules, I guess.I understand it's an official rule... But I can't help but think it's a little unfair. Especially in Rock/Hard/Metal and variations...
Good to know I'm in the right place. I'm 47 in December. Still younger than you guys . The 80's were the best. Every Xmas was Star Wars and Transformers shit. Good times.Exactly. Remember the whole Y2K thing....oh all the computers are gona go kaput....its the end
Totally agreed. A lot of times the riffs and solos are equally or even more important than the core melody and lyrics. Song arrangements make a huge difference, too. But the rules are the rules, I guess.