SIT: individual album judgement by yours truly

Caught Somewhere in Time 9
Wasted Years 9
Sea of Madness 9
Heaven Can Wait 8
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 9
Stranger in a Strange Land 10
Déjà Vu 9
Alexander the Great 10

Album Average 9.13

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SirRobbins

Ancient Mariner
Caught Somewhere in Time - 10
Wasted Years - 10
Sea of Madness - 10
Heaven Can Wait - 8
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 10
Stranger in a Strange Land - 9
Deja Vu - 10
Alexander the Great - 10

9.62 average
 

soundwave

Educated Fool
Caught Somewhere in Time 11 (yes...this one goes to 11)
Wasted Years 9
Sea of Madness 8
Heaven Can Wait 10
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 10
Stranger in a Strange Land 10
Déjà Vu 9
Alexander the Great 10

Album Average (with CSIT as a 10) 9.5

Addendum scoring:
Album Cover 10
Production 9
Inside band picture 4
 
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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10
Wasted Years - 10/10
Sea of Madness - 10/10
Heaven Can Wait - 9.5/10
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 9.5/10
Stranger in a Strange Land - 8.5/10
Deja Vu - 9.5/10
Alexander the Great - 10/10

Total: 9.5/10
 

Eddieson

Nomad
Somewhere In Time (#5)

Caught Somewhere In Time: 8
Wasted Years: 8
Sea Of Madness: 8
Heaven Can Wait: 7
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner: 6
Stranger In A Stranger Land: 7
Deja-Vu: 7
Alexander The Great: 10

Album Average: 7,625
 

SirRobbins

Ancient Mariner
Caught Somewhere in Time 11 (yes...this one goes to 11
to me, CSIT is the greatest Maiden song ever made...... It literally features all the greatness they offer... galloping guitars and bass, dynamic opening, repetitive chorus, deep thought provoking lyrics, AMAZING twin guitar harmony (the best solo ever?) and a phenomenal bridge riff to kick off the chorus.... not to mention the best guitar tone they ever had
 

Ziggyplayedguitar

Educated Fool
Caugh somewhere in Time - 10
Wasted Years - 10
Sea of Madness - 10
Heaven Can Wait - 10
The Lonlinnes - 9
Strange in a Strange Land - 10
Deja Vu - 9
Alexander the Great - 10

9,8
 

CycleMotion

Invader
Caught Somewhere in Time 10
Wasted Years 10
Sea of Madness 8
Heaven Can Wait 7
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 9
Stranger in a Strange Land 6
Déjà Vu 8
Alexander the Great 10

Album Average 8,5
 
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Number 6

Ancient Mariner
  1. "Caught Somewhere In Time" - 8,0
  2. "Wasted Years" - 9,0
  3. "Sea of Madness" - 8,0
  4. "Heaven Can Wait" - 9,0
  5. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" - 7,0
  6. "Stranger In a Strange Land" - 9,0
  7. "Deja-Vu" - 8,0
  8. "Alexander the Great (356-323 BC)" - 10,0
Somewhere In Time: 8,5
 

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
Update:
  1. "Alexander the Great" - 10
  2. "Wasted Years" - 10
  3. "Stranger In a Strange Land" - 9
  4. "Heaven Can Wait" - 9
  5. "Caught Somewhere In Time" - 9
  6. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" - 9
  7. "Sea of Madness" - 8
  8. "Deja-Vu" - 8
Somewhere In Time: 9,0
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Update:

1. Wasted Years - 10/10
2. Alexander the Great - 10/10
3. Deja Vu - 10/10
4. Sea of Madness - 10/10
5. Stranger in a Strange Land - 10/10
6. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 9.5/10
7. Heaven Can Wait - 9.5/10
8. Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10

Total: 9.8/10
 

NPFTD

Invader
Caught Somewhere in Time 10
Wasted Years 9
Sea of Madness 8
Heaven Can Wait 8
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 10
Stranger in a Strange Land 9
Déjà Vu 8
Alexander the Great 8
 

PieceofMind89

Educated Fool
Caught Somewhere in Time- 10/10
Wasted Years- 10/10
Sea of Madness- 10/10
Heaven Can Wait- 9/10
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner- 10/10
Stranger in a Strange Land- 9.5/10
Deja Vu- 9/10
Alexander the Great- 7.5/10

Total: 9.4/10
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
  1. Alexander the Great - 10/10
  2. Wasted Years - 10/10
  3. Deja Vu - 10/10
  4. Stranger In A Strange Land - 10/10
  5. Heaven Can Wait - 10/10
  6. Sea of Madness - 10/10
  7. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 10/10

  8. Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10
Rating: 9.875/10

There was no better way to follow up the masterpiece that was Powerslave than by this album. They changed everything here. It's the odd-record-out from Maiden and their "coolest" at the same time. It's both the most melodic and the heaviest. It's such a great album. After falling in my rankings for a while, I think Somewhere In Time is back on the rise now.
 

Shmoolikipod

The Greys
Update 21/7/2018

Caught Somewhere in Time: 10/10 ±0
Wasted Years: 10/10 ±0
Sea of Madness: 10/10 ±0
Heaven Can Wait: 10/10 +2
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: 10/10 +1
Stranger in a Strange Land: 10/10 ±0
Deja-Vu: 10/10 +1
Alexander the Great: 9/10 +1

Average: 9.87 +0.62

30/7/2018
Alexander the Great -1
 
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Jer

Cannibal Of Rust
Just went through this myself on the individual track threads.

Caught Somewhere In Time - 7/10 >
Wasted Years - 10/10 >
Sea Of Madness - 9/10 >
Heaven Can Wait - 8/10 >
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner - 6/10 >
Stranger In A Strange Land - 9/10 >
Deja-Vu - 6/10 >
Alexander The Great - 10/10 >

Average: 8.1/10

Maiden's first foray into synths and spacey guitars is a bit uneven, but still great overall.

Adrian Smith is the star of the show here, being the sole songwriter for both of the album's singles as well as "Sea Of Madness" (accounting for 3 of the 4 songs that scored a 9/10 or higher), and leaving his stamp all over the other great tracks. Steve and Bruce also shine with a bunch of great performances throughout the album.

Nicko is more of a mixed bag, with some sweet drum interaction in a number of places, but some really grating and repetitive cut-time drumming on "Loneliness..." and "Deja-Vu".

There are a handful of weaker tracks here, but the rest are so great that it's hard to complain.

(Album rankings by person post >)
 
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Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Nicko is playing phenomenal on Loneliness and Deja-Vu. Some of his most difficult and admirable drums. The stamina, intensity, fluidity, feel.... Can it be rea hea heal....!

Perhapa not coincidental: the songs with the most (and imo best) harmonies get the lowest grades. Are you not much into Maiden's guitar harmonies?
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Nicko is playing phenomenal on Loneliness and Deja-Vu. Some of his most difficult and admirable drums. The stamina, intensity, fluidity, feel.... Can it be rea hea heal....!
I’m not sure about those two songs, but SiT, to me, was a step-down in drumming. It doesn’t seem as inspired as on the previous two albums, and instead of really being a part of the music itself Nicko is merely supporting it.
 

Jer

Cannibal Of Rust
Nicko is playing phenomenal on Loneliness and Deja-Vu. Some of his most difficult and admirable drums. The stamina, intensity, fluidity, feel.... Can it be rea hea heal....!
Something can be difficult to play and still not sound very good. I understand the thinking behind the cut-time drumming on "Loneliness...", because it evokes the plodding, endless 1-2-1-2 of the runner's feet pounding against the ground. It works thematically, but it goes on and on and on to the point where it really starts to grate on my ears and stops being enjoyable.

On "Deja-Vu" it doesn't serve any purpose other than to annoy, unless Nicko's just trying to give me deja-vu over how I felt during "Loneliness...".
Perhapa not coincidental: the songs with the most (and imo best) harmonies get the lowest grades. Are you not much into Maiden's guitar harmonies?
I like well written, interesting music. If you take a boring lead and slap a lazy "up a third" harmony part on it, that doesn't make it any less boring. But if you take an interesting part and harmonize it in an interesting way, it can take it to the next level.

Sorry, but "Deja-Vu" is lazy filler from a band that can do so much better (and does, all over the place, on the same album).
 
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