Tournament of Maiden Solos: the Top 10 video!

Which guitar solo is your favourite?


  • Total voters
    32
  • Poll closed .

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Stranger

As much as I don't want SIASL to win, Powerslave is not complete without the other two solo sections accompanying it.
Why don't you want SIASL to win? I really hope it's not because you like its opponent better.

Even if a solo feels not complete, that's not the point of this game. This solo stands on its own facing an opponent. A vs B.
Just choose between the two, thank you very much. So: which one do you like more?
 

Saapanael

Ancient Mariner
SIASL > Powerdave #1
SIASL < all Powerslave solos combined

It is faced against the former so SIASL wins. Me not wanting SIASL to win does not mean I like Powerdave more.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
But this match = SIASL vs Powerdave #1 (not the 2nd you mentioned). So I still don't see why you do not want SIASL to win in this match.
(This tournament is about solos, not complete solo/instrumental sections.)
 
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adrian fn rules

Chili-head
Why don't you want SIASL to win? I really hope it's not because you like its opponent better.

Even if a solo feels not complete, that's not the point of this game. This solo stands on its own facing an opponent. A vs B.
Just choose between the two, thank you very much. So: which one do you like more?
Foro, I think what he is trying to say is what many others have been saying. The WHOLE Powerslave solo break is the best ever, but because it is compromised of 3 distinct solos, none of which on their own are better than Adrian's SIASL solo, ( by consensus vote ) the SIASL solo wins. If we were doing a game with complete solo breaks, Powerslave would win hands down and would get my vote even over ATG or SIT which would probably come in second and third. This is an individual solo contest so Adrian will probably win. I think you know I have been very open minded and unbiased throughout this game given my screen name. I'm just telling it like it is.
 

adrian fn rules

Chili-head
But this match = SIASL vs Powerdave #1 (not the 2nd you mentioned). So I still don't see why you do not want SIASL to win in this match.
(This tournament is about solos, not complete solo/instrumental sections.)
He doesn't want SIASL to win because he WISHES this game was about whole solo breaks.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I see! How harsh it may sound, the whole solo break discussion has nothing to do with the voting. It was a bit distracting, for me at least.

More important: as long as Saap and everybody else prefers one solo over the other I'm fine.
 

JudasMyGuide

The resident reactionary
Stranger. Powerslave is cool, but loses some of the magic without the rest of the instrumental section. In the end this wasn't as hard as I suspected.

But neither is my all-time favourite. If I had my way, Different World would probably be No 1. :shred:

See? I voted for H and said I would like his solo to be No 1. No bias. :D
 

mckindog

Living for Sanctuary from the law
Staff member
I'm on board with Saap on this.
Don't get me wrong, I am really enjoying this game.
But it has brought into focus the other elements surrounding the solos - the way one launches into another and the great guitar melodies and harmonies that are such Maiden trademarks.

Perhaps our next diversion can be instrumental sections.
Foro? Mosh? NP? :D
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
2016-17 will be the season of the Intense Maiden Analysis Survivors, indeed!

I'm all for instrumental passage, lyric, etc. Maiden survivors, though. It gives me an excuse to take a different approach to Maiden's discography.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Thanks guys. Night Prowler did a lot of work by making all these vids. Big cheers for that! Also to Cried who was consulted several times.
Last but not least: you, for voting and discussion. Thanks for bearing with me. More than once I was a "little" strict in trying to get everyone focused on the main idea of this game.

Stranger wins, with just a few votes difference.

Here the complete overview (I'd like to produce some more stats/trivia later on):

Below the winner and the eliminated solos (2 eliminated in the Final; 3-4 eliminated in the Semi Finals; 5-8 eliminated in the Quarter Finals; 16 eliminated in round 4; 17-32 eliminated in round 3; 33-64 eliminated in round 2; 65-96 eliminated in round 1B; 97-128 eliminated in round 1A):

rank number / solo number / solo info / solo votes in proportion to group votes / votes in group / votes in tiebreak*

001 / 043 / Stranger in a Strange Land Adrian Smith
Best Iron Maiden solo (from Iron Maiden to The Final Frontier)
Best solo of the eighties
Best Adrian Smith solo
Best Somewhere in Time solo
Best Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith solo ;-)


002 / 033 / Powerslave (1st solo) Dave Murray
Best Dave Murray solo
Best non-Somewhere in Time solo of all
Best pre-Somewhere in Time solo of all (from Iron Maiden to Powerslave)

003 / 038 / Caught Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith
Second best Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith solo

004 / 045 / Alexander the Great Dave Murray
Best post-Powerslave-Dave Murray solo (from Somewhere in Time to The Final Frontier)

005 / 039 / Wasted Years Adrian Smith
Third best Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith solo

006 / 044 / Alexander the Great Adrian Smith
Fourth best Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith solo


007 / 040 / Sea of Madness (1st solo) Adrian Smith
Fifth best Somewhere in Time Adrian Smith solo

008 / 066 / Fear of the Dark Dave Murray
Best post-Somewhere in Time-solo of all (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son to The Final Frontier)
Best solo of the nineties

009 / 084 / Blood Brothers Janick Gers
Best Janick Gers solo
Best post-Fear of the Dark-solo of all (from The X-Factor to The Final Frontier)

010 / 093 / Rainmaker Dave Murray
Best post-Fear of the Dark-Dave Murray solo (from The X-Factor to The Final Frontier)

= = = = = = =

011 / 059 / Wasting Love Janick Gers
Best Janick Gers solo from the nineties

012 / 004 / Strange World Dennis Stratton
Best Dennis Stratton solo
Best solo of all, from first 4 albums (from Iron Maiden to Piece of Mind)

012 / 062 / Judas Be My Guide 2nd solo Dave Murray
012 / 076 / The Clansman Janick Gers

012 / 100 / Paschendale Adrian Smith
Best post-Somewhere in Time-Adrian Smith solo (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son to The Final Frontier)

016 / 088 / The Thin Line Between Love and Hate Dave Murray 4:50 - 5:20


017-032 / Killers Dave Murray
017-032 / Prodigal Son Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Prisoner Adrian Smith
017-032 / 22 Acacia Avenue Dave Murray
017-032 / The Trooper Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Duellists Adrian Smith
017-032 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner Adrian Smith
017-032 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner Dave Murray
017-032 / Judas Be My Guide 1st solo Dave Murray
017-032 / The Wicker Man Adrian Smith
017-032 / Ghost of the Navigator Janick Gers
017-032 / Different World Adrian Smith
017-032 / These Colours Don't Run Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg Dave Murray
017-032 / The Legacy Janick Gers
017-032 / When the Wild Wind Blows Adrian Smith
033-064 / Phantom of the Opera 1st solo Dave Murray
033-064 / Hallowed Be Thy Name Dave Murray
033-064 / Die With Your Boots On Adrian Smith
033-064 / Still Life Adrian Smith
033-064 / Aces High Adrian Smith
033-064 / 2 Minutes to Midnight Dave Murray
033-064 / 2 Minutes to Midnight Adrian Smith
033-064 / Powerslave 2nd solo Dave Murray
033-064 / Caught Somewhere in Time Dave Murray
033-064 / Heaven Can Wait Dave Murray
033-064 / The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Adrian Smith
033-064 / The Evil That Men Do Adrian Smith
033-064 / Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Adrian Smith
033-064 / Only the Good Die Young Adrian Smith
033-064 / Public Enema Number One Dave Murray
033-064 / Weekend Warrior Dave Murray
033-064 / The Unbeliever Dave Murray
033-064 / Brave New World Janick Gers
033-064 / Brave New World Dave Murray
033-064 / The Mercenary Adrian Smith
033-064 / Out of the Silent Planet Janick Gers
033-064 / Dance of Death Adrian Smith
033-064 / Dance of Death Janick Gers
033-064 / Paschendale Dave Murray
033-064 / The Pilgrim Janick Gers
033-064 / Lord of Light Adrian Smith
033-064 / Lord of Light Dave Murray
033-064 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Flight 666) Adrian Smith
033-064 / The Final Frontier Dave Murray
033-064 / Coming Home Adrian Smith
033-064 / Isle of Avalon Dave Murray
033-064 / Isle of Avalon Adrian Smith
065 / 118 / The Alchemist Janick Gers 3:05 - 3:35 / 0.23404255319 / 11 / 12* / 6*
066 / 058 / Afraid to Shoot Strangers Janick Gers 4:01 - 4:18 / 0.21739130434 / 10 / 12* / 4*
067 / 128 / 2 Minutes to Midnight (En Vivo) Adrian Smith 2:58 - 3:20 / 0.23913043478 / 11 / 11*
068 / 078 / Como Estais Amigos Janick Gers 3:14 - 3:38 / 0.25 / 8 / 9*
069 / 089 / The Thin Line Between Love and Hate Dave Murray 6:54 - 7:06 / 0.25 / 8 / 7*
070 / 027 / To Tame a Land Adrian Smith 5:21 - 5:41 / 0.21739130434 / 10 / 7*
071 / 008 / The Ides of March Adrian Smith 0:40 - 1:00 / 0.23529411764 / 8
072 / 127 / When the Wild Wind Blows Janick Gers 8:39 - 9:04 / 0.23076923076 / 6
073 / 064 / Weekend Warrior Janick Gers 3:54 - 4:34 / 0.22222222222 / 8
074 / 031 / The Duellists Dave Murray 2:50 - 3:14 / 0.21951219512 / 9
075 / 086 / Dream of Mirrors Janick Gers 7:25 - 7:48 / 0.20588235294 / 7
076 / 016 / Where Eagles Dare Dave Murray 2:16 - 2:54 / 0.20512820512 / 8
077 / 094 / No More Lies Janick Gers 5:29 - 5:49 / 0.20454545454 / 9
078 / 065 / Fear of the Dark Janick Gers 4:09 - 4:26 / 0.2 / 8
078 / 083 / Blood Brothers Dave Murray 3:10 - 3:25 / 0.2 / 6
080 / 022 / Still Life Dave Murray 0:12 - 1:00 / 0.18181818181 / 8
081 / 096 / Dance of Death Dave Murray 5:01 - 5:15 / 0.17647058823 / 6
082 / 018 / Revelations Adrian Smith 4:46 - 5:06 / 0.16666666666 / 5
083 / 075 / Futureal Dave Murray 1:30 - 2:00 / 0.15625 / 5
084 / 010 / Children of the Damned Adrian Smith 3:21 - 3:41 / 0.15384615384 / 6
085 / 073 / The Unbeliever Janick Gers 4:10 - 4:38 / 0.15384615384 / 4
086 / 013 / The Number of the Beast Dave Murray 2:46 - 3:06 / 0.14705882352 / 5
086 / 017 / Revelations Dave Murray 4:23 - 4:46 / 0.14705882352 / 5
088 / 110 / For the Greater Good of God Adrian Smith 6:16 - 6:30 / 0.14285714285 / 5
089 / 049 / The Clairvoyant Dave Murray 2:31 - 3:00 / 0.13888888888 / 5
090 / 025 / Quest for Fire Adrian Smith 2:23 - 2:39 / 0.13636363636 / 6
091 / 101 / Paschendale Janick Gers 5:55 - 6:15 / 0.13333333333 / 4
092 / 090 / Sign of the Cross (Rock in Rio) Dave Murray 7:51 - 8:11 / 0.12765957446 / 6
093 / 047 / Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Dave Murray 7:05 - 7:26 / 0.125 / 5
094 / 060 / The Fugitive Janick Gers 2:46 - 3:08 / 0.09375 / 3
095 / 124 / The Talisman Janick Gers 5:56 - 6:45 / 0.05714285714 / 2
096 / 107 / The Longest Day Dave Murray 6:21 - 6:39 / 0.04761904761 / 2
097 / 072 / 2 A.M. Janick Gers 3:25 - 3:49 / 0.14545454545 / 8 / 8*
098 / 121 / Starblind Adrian Smith 2:34 - 2:53 0.1 / 8 / 4*
099 / 056 / Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter Janick Gers 2:19 - 3:00 / 0.17073170731 / 7 / 3*
100 / 055 / The Assassin Janick Gers 2:24 - 3:04 / 0.14634146341 / 6
101 / 002 / Phantom of the Opera Dave Murray 5:10 - 5:30 / 0.14583333333 / 7
102 / 105 / Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Janick Gers 5:25 - 5:53 / 0.13953488372 / 6
103 / 125 / The Man Who Would Be King Dave Murray 4:01 - 4:55 / 0.13725490196 / 7
104 / 071 / Blood on the World's Hands Janick Gers 3:32 - 3:48 / 0.125 / 5
105 / 057 / From Here to Eternity Janick Gers 2:28 - 2:41 / 0.12244897959 / 6
106 / 070 / Fortunes of War Janick Gers 5:02 - 5:27 / 0.11764705882 / 6
107 / 024 / Still Life Dave Murray 3:45 - 4:11 / 0.11111111111 / 6
108 / 051 / Still Life (LIVE: Maiden England) Dave Murray 3:26 - 3:49 / 0.10869565217 / 5
109 / 069 / Lord of the Flies Janick Gers 3:19 - 3:42 / 0.09803921568 / 5
110 / 052 / Holy Smoke Janick Gers 2:08 - 2:31 / 0.09615384615 / 5
111 / 092 / Hallowed Be Thy Name (LIVE: Rock in Rio) Janick Gers / 4:50 - 5:11 0.09433962264 / 5
112 / 003 / Transylvania Dennis Stratton 1:54 - 2:22 / 0.0862068965517241 / 5
113 / 026 / Quest for Fire Dave Murray 2:39 - 2:54 / 0.08163265306 / 4
114 / 019 / Die With Your Boots On Dave Murray 3:00 - 3:23 / 0.07692307692 / 4
115 / 068 / Sign of the Cross Janick Gers 8:35 - 8:54 / 0.07142857142 / 4
116 / 067 / Prowler (LIVE: A Real Dead One '93) Dave Murray 2:10 - 2:33 / 0.06818181818 / 3
117 / 122 / Starblind Adrian Smith 4:15 - 4:44 / 0.0625 / 3
118 / 098 / Gates of Tomorrow Janick Gers 3:14 - 3:35 / 0.06 / 3
118 / 109 / For the Greater Good of God Janick Gers 5:49 - 6:03 / 0.06 / 3
120 / 102 / Where Eagles Dare (LIVE: Ullevi) Dave Murray 2:15 - 2:39 / 0.05555555555 / 3
121 / 008 / Drifter Adrian Smith 3:04 - 3:42 / 0.05263157894 / 4
122 / 091 / Hallowed Be Thy Name (LIVE: Rock in Rio) Dave Murray / 4:31 - 4:51 0.0487804878 / 2
123/ 014 / The Number of the Beast Adrian Smith 3:14 - 3:34 / 0.04081632653 / 2
124 / 115 / Heaven Can Wait (LIVE: Flight 666) Janick Gers 4:30 - 5:07 / 0.03846153846 / 2
125 / 123 / Starblind Dave Murray 4:43 - 4:53 / 0.025 / 1
126/ 077 / Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger Janick Gers 5:56 - 6:10 / 0,000000000000 / 0
126 / 009 / Invaders Adrian Smith 2:09 - 2:28 / 0,000000000000 / 0
126 / 053 / No Prayer for the Dying Dave Murray 3:10 - 3:29 / 0,000000000000 / 0
 
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mirtilo

Educated Fool
Many thanks Forostar and Night Prowler for hosting this tournament. I had a lot of fun all this year long because of it.

Ah, what about a video with the top 10 in a row? If it's not ask too much...
 
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