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Wasted Years

Discussion in 'Somewhere In Time' started by SinisterMinisterX, Apr 25, 2004.


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  1. SinisterMinisterX

    SinisterMinisterX Illuminatus Staff Member

    That's quite a fine line, when it comes down to capitalization. :smartarse:
  2. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    A nice, catchy song, with surprisingly much emotion. The vocal problem I thought a heard from the last track are not as evident here.
    The riff is classic, and the chorus is great, even if I think it's a little to happy sounding.

  3. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    A brilliant, addictive song. But I feel there's something lacking here, especially compared to the rest of the album. So, only a...

  4. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    A nice, lightweight breather on an album that is otherwise quite dark. It stands out, it's catchy and is one of the "classics" I could listen to over and over again. There's just something very 80's about it (the chorus, specifically) and I mean it in a good way.
    I'm tempted to say it has my favourite H's solo (though, maybe not), even better is the way it's connected with that final chorus. 8/10, but a strong 8 it is.
  5. SinisterMinisterX

    SinisterMinisterX Illuminatus Staff Member

    Great song. Fun all over. 10/10, because I think it's the best pop song Iron Maiden ever wrote (meaning that in the best possible way).
  6. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda


    Never thought much of the lyrics until someone mentioned to me that it was Adrian's experience of touring. BOOM! So heartfelt lyrics, and even though it's a very commercial sounding song it definitely isn't banal. I liked it at first, then I liked other songs more, and now I'm back, understanding it more and valuing it among the best songs they've ever done.
  7. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool


    Utterly fantastic song.


    Previous Albums:

    Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter

    The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

    6 - Invaders
    7 - Children Of The Damned
    8 - The Prisoner
    7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
    9 - The Number Of The Beast
    10 - Run To The Hills
    6 - Gangland
    5 - Total Eclipse
    10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

    Piece Of Mind - 7.44

    8 - Where Eagles Dare
    9 - Revelations
    9 - Flight Of Icarus
    7 - Die With Your Boots On
    8 - The Trooper
    7 - Still Life
    6 - Quest For Fire
    6 - Sun And Steel
    7 - To Tame A Land

    Powerslave - 6.75

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
    3 - Loss Fer Words
    7 - Flash Of The Blade
    5 - The Duellists
    6 - Back In The Village
    9 - Powerslave
    9 - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

    Somewhere In Time

    8 - Caught Somewhere In Time
    9 - Wasted Years
  8. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Adrian’s slinky, John Carpenter-esque riff opens Wasted Years, probably the most radio-friendly Maiden tune. The guitars show signs of 80’s glitz, but that doesn’t stop the song from sounding fantastic. It’s an ode to touring and to missing important moments in your life, yet never letting the pressure get to you because just when you think times can’t get worse you realize that times have never been better. Adrian Smith is all over this track, with a prominent backing vocal during the chorus and a gorgeous solo. Wasted Years became a staple at gigs because it is a perfect arena rock song.
  9. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    A bit of a more commercial (for Maiden's standards) tune, but still a great one. The chorus is anthemic but the verses aren't filler either. It's a bit refreshing too, musically. Where most Maiden songs tend to stick with one key (and in a lot of cases, one chord progression), this one plays around with a couple key changes and the chord changes really keep you guessing at times. The guitar riff is simple, yet really enjoyable and I love Steve Harris' fills during the recap of the intro before Adrian's solo. And yes, Adrian's solo is perfection. If anybody wants to know how to construct a rock guitar solo, Wasted Years is how to do it. I've always found it ironic that this is by far the most commercial song on the album, yet it's one of the few on here with no synthesizers to be found.
    Also one of the classics I still enjoy hearing live.

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  10. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

    If you are interested in hearing Adrian's backing vocals + some guitar:
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  11. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Cool! As if we're there! You hear what Adrian hears or better: we hear the sounds in his environment while he records those vocals (the fly on the wall perspective ;) ).
    Special to me is that the vocals and guitars (and guitar synth) were recorded in the Netherlands!

    Now Bruce:

    Check @2:35 hahaha!!
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  12. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

    And Blaze does the same thing at 4:10 in The Edge of Darkness but even louder, lol. :p
  13. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Is there an isolated track?
  14. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

    No, but you can hear it anyway!
  15. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    In theory I should like this song more than I do because I generally like the catchier and more radio friendly side of Maiden. But I think it's perhaps a touch too lightweight and I'm not keen on Bruce's vocal, it seems a tad too high.

    Nevertheless it's quite anthemic and I'm a huge Adrian fan and this feels very much his song, lyrically and musically and that's great.

  16. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

  17. Moonchild

    Moonchild Educated Fool

    This song...
    10/10 always!
  18. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Fucking perfect. 10/10
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  19. Iron Brody

    Iron Brody Trooper

    10/10 This is probably my favorite Maiden song right now. There isn't much else I can say that hasn't already been said about how great it is. It's pretty catchy for Iron Maiden, but still has a great drive. It's always a treat to play on the guitar, too. :ok:
  20. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    It's nice that you guys are rating this song, but it would be even nicer if you rated all the songs.

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