Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.4 x 12.4 x 0.99 cm; 110 g
- メーカー : EMI Import
- EAN : 0724349686403
- 製造元リファレンス : 3 3 00496864
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : EMI Import
- ASIN : B0000251W3
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 136,937位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
By the release of this landmark eighth album, Iron Maiden had settled into what's generally considered their classic line-up. With Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain operating at the very peak of their form, band mastermind, main songwriter and bassist Steve Harris decided to extend the Maiden remit yet further by unveiling their very first concept work. Contemporary critics scoffed in the face of such a grandiose gesture, but Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son spawned no fewer than four British hit singles and remains an indomitable highlight of the Maiden's illustrious career. From the strident commercial metal of "Can I Play With Madness", through the keyboard-enhanced epic bombast of the title track, to the fretboard intricacies and chest-beating machismo of "Only The Good Die Young", Seventh Son finds Iron Maiden at their most assured and creative. Essentially, this is a spectacular example of 22-carat heavy metal. Ian Fortnam
シングルは「Can I Play with Madness」(全英3位）「The Evil That Men Do」(同5位）
This pressing sounds great - the EQ seem a little punchier than the original pressing and certainly wider than the CD master.
Cover artwork is very well reproduced - although the front cover is a little "grainy". The inner sleeve is good - but the picture of Eddie is a little brighter and not as well defined as the original release. The disk labels are nicely reproduced too.
Physically the disk is flat and feels great - it sits firmly on the turntable and there is no noticeable warbles of flutters.
The highlights of this album for me have to be moonchild with its cool buildup at the start of the song, the epic anthem can I play with madness, and the truly awesome the evil that men do, with its inspiring chorus.
Being a rather short album for Iron Maiden (it's an 8 track album that lasts for approx. 44 minutes), you expect a lot of quality encased in that plastic box. Luckily, you get it. Some of my favourite Iron Maiden tracks come off of this disc, two of which make it onto the 'Best Of' album 'Somewhere Back In Time' - 'Can I Play With Madness' and 'The Evil That Men Do'. The best track on this album is, to me in the least, 'Can I Play With Madness'. It's unusual in the sense that it's actually less than five minutes long while managing to impart a whole story through its lyrics.
The actual style of the songs in the album is fairly different to others. For a start, there's a keyboard at work. This is obvious from the first track ('Moonchild') onwards. It actually adds a rather welcome softer undertone to the music, which is something wholely unexpected, as Iron Maiden have always been about making their songs the best they can with what they have. As such, the tracks in the album are more pop than any I've heard before. They seem a lot softer than those in, say, 'Piece of Mind', but it really fits with the mood of the album.
While the guitarwork in this album is slightly diminished by the use of a keyboard, that doesn't mean that they hold back on the searing solos. As well as this classic display of Heavy Metal prowess, we actually catch some of the softer guitar parts in songs such as 'Infinite Dreams' and 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son', but, needless to say, the break is but a brief interlude to some real Maiden madness.
In conclusion, this album is a great buy. For the price that Amazon offers, it's almost like robbery to accept the price they offer. As such, I am very glad to have acquired such a fantastic album for so small a price. Classic Maiden at less than five quid - who could ask for more?