Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zoot Marimba, Nov 8, 2017.
It was, but without the audience participation.
I didn't know that. We got a double cassette in the UK so I assume it was on that. I bought a few Maiden albums on tape in the 80s. I don't know why with the great sleeves, but it made sense then!
This thread needs more Derek Riggs.
Prowler b/w Running Free (Japan 1980)
Running Free: great track! Simple and to the point l. I have made many a Maiden comp and greatest hits mix tapes/cds over the years and I have always lead them off with Running Free. Yes, the LAD video selection with the crowd participation is fantastic.
Modern Maidem needs more Derek Riggs
Women In Uniform b/w Invasion (1980)
The UK got that sleeve on the next, non album, single. Which we'll get to soon.
and more Martin Birch...
and more vinyl length LPs that don't go on far too long.
Never seen this version before
Yeah, what was going on there!
Steve “No Ears” Harris may be prime rib on the bass, but he’s absolutely provolone in the production seat; everything of Harris’ albums he’s produced - that I’ve heard - is awful.
When my friends and I hear a horribly mixed or brickwalled recording, we say that producer is a graduate of the Steve Harris School of Production.
But again, a beast on the bass.
Must be some sort of import, that one. And I thought that I'd owned all the original ep's back in the day...
The X Factor production is better than just about any post-1999 production in my view.
and listening to the glorious soundstage on "Afraid To Shoot Strangers" from Fear of the Dark leads me to wish that Martin Birch would come out of retirement.
For some reason, "Running Free" reminds me of a Sweet song. I think it's the drum intro and the way the guitars swing into the song after the bass enters. It's kind of a groovy song if you think about it. Certainly one of their more basic, crunchers, but it runs off a pulsing, almost march like riff. Now, you say, how can a march like tune be "groovy", well the simple answer is Burr's creative drumming and Harris's bass fills. The one thing I've never particularly liked about the song is that I think it would have been more effective at 1:33 when the guitars do their quick riffs that the bass didn't play along that. A small quibble. Sometimes I think it's too important for Harris to be in on every riff and it's just not always necessary. Perhaps I'm looking at parts of this song with too critical of an eye, but, hey, that's kind of what this thread is about isn't it? But, yeah, I love "Running Free". Great anthem like tune with some neat guitar runs in it.
Here's Iron Savior doing it.
Maybe it wasn't the right link for the correct picture
Which isn’t say much, in my opinion.
Harris’ bass is so up front in the mix that it ruins the listening experience for me.
Absolutely love how the harmony leads bookend Davey's blistering, trill-of-gloriousness speedy leads.
What I dig about X Factor's production is that the harmony leads are a bit subdued, makes you go hunting for them with your ears and is a big change of pace from the way-out-front guitar harmonies on X-Factor's predecessor, FOTD.
The first appearance of that "sound" that will come to Maiden for me, not quite the gallop Base line but a clear indication of their signature in the future. One of my faves on the 1St LP, it just a great song to listen to, and one of those that suits Di'Anno best.
Yeah, I definitely don't think the bass line is galloping here. The true "gallop" that Maiden is known for probably doesn't show up until a bit later.
title track to the 2nd album was the start of many great galloping things to come
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