Here I sit in a serenade of glory!
Bruce lost interest on Somewhere In Time (he doesn't like it at all!) and he said that Seventh Son was child's play as a conceptual album when compared to Operation: Mindcrime. Mind you he lost interest on the band on 2 of the most brilliant albums; from there on, he stayed in the band maybe for contractual reasons as he was already working on his solo material.
Yep,the old story about his acoustic songs being left out.And all these years later we get extended acoustic intros and slow songs . AND NOW HE GOT TO WRITE 3O MINUTES OF MUSIC IN A MAIDEN ALBUM