"Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", this was and is in this thread by far the most epic, most ambitious but also the finest song in their catalogue as we known conclude the album. Yet again very original, interesting and unique inspiration taken for the song. I've seen the original poem and book concerning it at the local library, but I haven't read it yet, unfornately. I think I have to read and explore it someday. I have to really. For what I've read and seen commented, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem is majestic and crown achievement, but it's also one of the hardest poems to illustrate and also it works on different levels, so it's not necessarily easy to understand and interpret. I like the narrative lyrics which are fairly easy to follow and verses use bits from the original poem. This has to be one of the best songs Steve has ever written. To date, it's remained as one of the greatest epic songs in the Maiden catalogue. I like tempo changes and change of feelings during the song and it keeps things interesting all the way. Great bass here in the song, I really dig Steve's playing on the album. Some don't mind the middle part, but I think it's perfect pause and essential part of the whole trip. The start of the song is energetic and epic with that catchy riff, the middle part is cool as there's some real eerie feeling present. The best part is probably the little building up back from the middle part with the crescendo, great solos (from both) and that scream. Great! I think the studio-version is great and preferred but the version found on Live After Death is wonderful and aswell any other live-version I've heard. I like the little story that is told on the video version.. Amazing song, so this will get full 5/5 from me. I will post the rest rankings soon..