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The Prisoner

Discussion in 'The Number Of The Beast' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


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  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

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  2. Uwe

    Uwe Trooper

    'the Prisoner'

    To me it's one of the weaker songs on the album (but still one of the best songs they've ever written). I especially dig the intro part and the heavy drumming coming right behind that.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'the Prisoner'

    Weaker song? The prisoner? Yes, on the Number Of The Beast. But if it would have been recorded for the No Prayer album, it would be the best song on it. [!--emo&;)--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/wink.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'wink.gif\' /][!--endemo--]

    Personally, I like this song. When I was new to Maiden, this one was in my top5. I liked the intro, because of that heavy drumming by Clive. Now I don't find that intro too interesting, but I still like the guitar solos, and the chorus is also okay.
  4. dogigniter

    dogigniter Ancient Mariner

    'the Prisoner'

    The series is currently showing on BBC 4 for UK Digital Viewers

    Having got the boxset of 'The Prisoner' series, I understand the links between the song and the series. In fact this song led me to buy the DVD boxset and watch the series. Patrick McGoohan's work is obviously much respected by Steve Harris, as two songs are dedicated to 'The Prisoner' (This and Back In The Village). The solo is the high point for me, and as everyone else thinks, the intro (including the spoken intro!). However I think the song is a little bit weak in the main verse and chorus. The chord sequence has little to make it different to the earlier two albums in places. Having said this still, its one of the first Maiden songs I heard and I love it!
    Claudio likes this.
  5. Cosmiceddie

    Cosmiceddie Back From The Edge

    'the Prisoner'

    [!--QuoteBegin-No More Tears+Apr 27 2004, 06:35 PM--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(No More Tears @ Apr 27 2004, 06:35 PM)[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--QuoteEBegin--]Boring song. Completley overrtaed song and crap chorus

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    Are you sure you dig Maiden?You must be the first one not liking it...
    ...to me 'The Prisoner' still is and will always be in my top ten Maiden songs!
  6. Maidenfreak

    Maidenfreak Ancient Mariner

    'the Prisoner'

    great track, with a really catchy chorus and a brilliant guitar solo. The intro riff is a classic, too! 4 stars (it might be better, but standing next to songs like Hallowed or Children is a tough job [!--emo&;)--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/wink.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'wink.gif\' /][!--endemo--])
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'the Prisoner'

    The heavy drums, riffs and superb singing are all great rock song material. Classic chorus, and the solos that are sure to hit that nerve in me, everytime I hear the song.
    My favourite line: If you kill me it's self defence....

    Four stars for a refreshing rocker. "What was the band's name again?"
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'the Prisoner'

    A great rocker, with powerful chords, an amazing solo, and a fast tempo. It is because of songs like this that I got into heavy metal in the first place! The song has that quintessential Iron Maiden mixture of heaviness and harmony.
  9. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    'the Prisoner'

    4.5/5. It's a great song, and I like it a lot. Can't seem to give it a 5, though. Maybe a 4.9.
  10. Dantif3r

    Dantif3r Prowler

    Re: 'the Prisoner'

    This song is absolutely amazing!! It is not the best on the album, but it is up there!

    The drumming in the beginning of the song is an absolute eargasm. As for the rest of the song I think it all fits together wonderfully.

    Decent length, good chorus, awesome drum intro, and a nice guitar solo make this particular song nothing but a worthy 5/5.
  11. Fearoftheduck

    Fearoftheduck Prowler

    Re: 'the Prisoner'

    I love the chorus in this song. It's really catchy
  12. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Daily Song: The Prisoner

    Welcome to the Daily Vote Thread! Rules are here.

    Remember, only a decent review will count towards the contest.

    Today's song: The Prisoner

    Yesterday's song remains open for voting! You can find it here.
    An iconic song; not like Number of the Beast or Run to the Hills; this seems to be the Maiden song you ask people about when you want to see if they're really Maiden fans. A decent little short rocker, but it's nothing that super-excites me. 7.
  13. Unknown One

    Unknown One I see the ghost of navigators.

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    Not that long ago, I said there were only 2 songs that top Children of the Damned on Number of the Beast. This is one of them. The intro riff is one of my favourite intro riffs of all time, has a catchy chorus, and I just freaking love the instrumental section! 9/10
  14. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    A solid rocker, and one of the better songs on The Number of the Beast.  Run to the Hills has got nothing on this.  8/10
  15. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    I second Invader's opinion. I'd like to add that the chorus is great and so are the solos. This is an 8, and close to being a 9.
  16. Jonszat

    Jonszat Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    Yeah, 8/10. Chorus is great, I like the quite simple but cool intro (after the spoken intro) and it's one of the more upbeat Maiden songs.
  17. valacirca

    valacirca Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    3rd best song on the album behind HBTN and CotD. 8/10.
  18. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    Unless I miss my guess, this marks the first installment of what became a Maiden staple — the Adrian Smith rock song featuring a catchy melodic chorus over a basic chord sequence. Not exactly a pure classic, but definitely a sentimental favourite for me. Nine some days, but eight today. PS Love the little bit in the pre-chorus where Steve rises in the mix to play what I would call lead bass, That’s a signature move from the golden era that I wish they’d bring back.
  19. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    This song is nothing special to me. The chorus is kinda boring.

  20. Onun

    Onun Invader

    Re: Daily Song: The Prisoner

    I love this song, the riff is really cool and the chorus is very strong, catchy as hell, one of the best of the album. The solos are inspired as well.
    That's a shame this song is forgot so many times because it's a pretty good tune. 8/10.

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