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Should the X Factor have been a double album?

Discussion in 'The X Factor' started by Jimmy-zee, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. Jimmy-zee

    Jimmy-zee The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    The X Factor is a lot longer than all of the Maiden albums that came before it, almost filling up an entire CD at 71 minutes. There were three B-Sides that never made it onto the album (Justice of the Peace, Judgement Day, I Live My Way), as well as the Virus single that came out shortly after its release. With the 11 album tracks combined with these 4 tracks, the band had enough material to split the album into two discs that would have each been roughly 45-50 minutes long each.

    I think that if the band worked a bit more on the B-Sides (particularly the somewhat unfinished Justice of the Peace), the X Factor could have made a very interesting double album.

    Does anyone else think that this could have worked? And how would you alter the track list to include the B-Sides and Virus?
  2. hellishere

    hellishere Invader

    The X Factor Japan press TOCP-8588 (which I own, great sound BTW) came with the bonus tracks on a bonus disc , so for the Japanese The X Factor was the first proper Maiden studio double album.
  3. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I don't see why not, although it would have been impossible for Virus to be on there, as it was written in response to the negative backlash Steve and co. encountered following the release of The X Factor.
  4. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    I just wanted to respond what LC said ^ .

    But other three songs could've fit in between and the double album would flow better. I think X Factor songs are individually pretty strong, but the flow and production are lacking. The latter seriously.
  5. Jimmy-zee

    Jimmy-zee The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    The production of X Factor is the main reason why I couldn't get into it initially. I would keep abandoning the album but would the find most of the songs stuck in my head. Given how amazing the X Factor material sounds live, it's a real shame that the album didn't have the same sound as the Birch-produced albums.
  6. 'Arry1985

    'Arry1985 Prowler

    No, it shouldn't. 3 bsides are very good but not on a same level with the material of the album. They're sounds quite lighter to the whole dark atmosphere of the album and also a bit unfinished, you can hear it! I think that's why they're not included/replace songs on the album.
  7. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Yes! I love these B-sides. I don't like the chorus in I Live My Way, but the other two songs I hold high enough in regard to be "album material".
    (I remember an interview with Nicko in which he said -something in the vein of- that these songs were not seen as inferior by the band)
  8. 'Arry1985

    'Arry1985 Prowler

    Well, at least Justice Of The Peace. A nice rocker song!!!
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  9. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    So after listening to everything from The X Factor sessions and whatnot, I thought I'd put together a double album X Factor including the three B-sides (leaving off Virus).

    DISC 1:
    1. Sign of the Cross (11:18)
    2. Lord of the Flies (5:04)
    3. Man on the Edge (4:13)
    4. Fortunes of War (7:24)
    5. Judgement Day (4:09)
    6. Look for the Truth (5:12)
    7. The Aftermath (6:21)
    Total: 43:01

    DISC 2:
    1. Justice of the Peace (3:38)
    2. Judgement of Heaven (5:12)
    3. Blood on the World's Hands (5:58)
    4. The Edge of Darkness (6:39)
    5. 2 A.M. (5:38)
    6. The Unbeliever (8:10)
    7. I Live My Way (3:48)
    Total: 37:43

    So basically, no big changes other than adding in the B-sides where I feel they fit best and splitting it into two discs, with seven songs per disc.
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  10. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    While I think Judgement Day and I Live My Way are great songs (Justice of the Peace not so much), I always thought it was obvious that they didn't properly suit the feel of the album, and were therefore left off. Some people may say that The X Factor is monotonous, but I think it has a unique flow the way it is, there is always an aura of tension between the end of a song and the start of the next, and putting short rockers in there would completely destroy that. I especially think that The Unbeliever closes the album perfectly. It leaves me with a certain mood that just makes me want to sit there in silence for a moment and reflect on what I just heard... every time. Having a song - any song - follow that would be blasphemous.
  11. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    I honestly kind of agree. What I was doing above was considering how it would work best if one did include them, but they don't need to be on it per se.
    Regarding closing the album, I'm kind of on the edge about it. On the one hand, it's a good introspective piece, and that's what the entire album is, this one just magnifies it. On the other hand, it doesn't feel like as good as a closer as, say, Como Estais Amigo is on the next album. If one were to include the B-sides, I think I Live My Way would be great as a closer. You're left with the impact of The Unbeliever, and then, one last track out, a little peppier and cheerier to finish off the album.

    But hey, I can see where you come from, I just feel that if one were to include them, this would be the way to go.

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