The Angel and the Gambler

How good is The Angel and the Gambler on a scale of 1-10?


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But what about the nearly 25 minute version…?


I've (voluntarily) listened to that a few times. After 25 minutes, the song becomes trancelike.

It's like The Simpsons bit where Sideshow Bob steps on the rakes over and over again. It's stupid, but they repeat it so many times, it somehow becomes funny again.
 

LooseCannon

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____no5

The Angel Of The Odd
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I used to consider The Angel and the Gambler the very worst of the catalogue but no more. During my recent reassessment of the catalogue I was reminded some of its qualities such as the unique use & fitting sound of organ, the main melody and the solos. What I dislike is the lyrics, Blaze's performance & pre-chorus melody. And of course, repetitiveness.

Unlike Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger which at least gives an advice, this song's message is on the negative side. Add repetition to that and it's nearly impossible to bear a listening from start to finish. Only exception is when I'm driving on an empty highway -where the song flows- as I recently discovered. This is how the song moved up a few places from the very bottom.
Should I were to rate the single version, the rating would be a solid 5 (top 100 song).

As it is though, The Anger and the Gambler is ranked somewhere between 154 -162 in Maiden's catalogue, probably ~157.
 
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Yax

Ancient Mariner
There is a good song hidden behind a 1000x chorus repetitions, and Dave's solo is really, really, really good. I'll award the single version a score of 5 and the album version a score of 2. It's rather bad, but Maiden have done worse.
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
I'll give it a 3. More like 2.7 rounded. But I feel that this song isn't that irritating to be a 2 or 1.
The topic is quite bad, the arrangement is quite bad, the main riff and style is B side material.

The build up and the solos are a glimpse of real Maiden. Executed correctly, in live setting, it's quite something, as shown in Curitiba where the crowd is on fire because the band is on fire because they know Dickinson is back. "Don't you think I can save you" gets traded off in audience participation which makes it bearable and the band performance is just insane.
 

____no5

The Angel Of The Odd
I'm now super curious how it sounds live. Could you share /point out where to find some bootleg versions? This Curitiba one and one with Blaze?
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
I'm now super curious how it sounds live. Could you share /point out where to find some bootleg versions? This Curitiba one and one with Blaze?

Same gig, there is no Curitiba "without Blaze". But he was effectively out of the band during the gig, the band knew they have some good times ahead and it shows. I hope that makes it more clear :)
 

____no5

The Angel Of The Odd
:facepalm::facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

This is so wrong on so many levels though....

Why? There is a great energy and crowd seem to enjoy it. Hell, I enjoy it! Live is a different beast that studio; it is ok to be "loose" during live performance, in studio you better be tight.
Thus they could have released the single version and during live performances to add the slow section, something similar to Running Free in LAD. Is not that it has too many extra notes or different lyrics.
There is a general agreement that the single version is a pretty decent song (with questionable lyrics).

Same gig, there is no Curitiba "without Blaze". But he was effectively out of the band during the gig, the band knew they have some good times ahead and it shows. I hope that makes it more clear :)

Yep, it works very well live. Nicko is on drums! ;)
 
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