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post Jan 27 2009, 07:33 PM
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Have you heard his solo stuff?

If not, pay VERY close attention here. For IMHO you are missing out on possibly the best heavy metal album to come out in the last decade.

Yeah, "The Chemical Wedding" is THAT good.

I'm getting ahead of myself though....

Lets rewind back to 1990.

Bruce does a solo record called "Tattooed Millionaire".The title track is an homage to Nikki Sixx. And I can see why... After all Nikki did nail Bruce's wife. But that's another story.

Janick Gers played on this album. Later he would join Iron Maiden. Its a rock album. A bit of a different path than Bruce's Maiden stuff, but still an enjoyable listen if you are open minded.

"Tattooed Millionaire"


"Dive Dive Dive"


"Born In '58"


Then came the "Balls To Picasso" album. Different band. Enter Roy Z. Guitarist and soon to be MASTER PRODUCER.

A more rockin offering from Bruce this time. This album includes some staples of his future live shows.

"Tears OF The Dragon"


"Sacred Cowboys"


"Cyclops"



Next in Bruce's solo career is the "Skunkworks" album. I believe this was the low point of his solo endeavor. New band again. Yep, 3rd album, 3rd band....

Its got a more alternative flavor to it. Considering the era it came out in I'm not surprised. Still, not bad.

"Solar Confinement"


"Octavia"


"Space Race"



Now we het to the VERY interesting stuff. 1997's "Accident Of Birth". I remember the day I got this album. I had a VERY nice car stereo at the time and popped the disc in as I was heading downa very busy street in Cedar Rapids IA. The very moment the 1st song "Freak" kicked in I saw something in the foldout book that I was blown away by. ADRIAN SMITH WAS PLAYING ON THIS ALBUM!!!!! And he had the lineup from "Balls To Picasso" back. including Roy Z!!!!! This was going to prove to be unstoppable.

Accident of Birth is a return to more heavy territories.... And in my opinion one of the top 25 metal Albums EVER.

"Freak"


"Accident Of Birth"


"Star Children"


Next is the magnum opus of Bruce's career. "The Chemical Wedding" Same lineup as the previous album. The lyrics were inspired by William Blakes poetry.

I can't describe how good this album is with words.....

"King In Crimson"


"Book Of Thel"


"Gates Of Urizen"


"Jerusalem"


Bruce did one more solo album before returning to Iron Maiden. "Tyrrany Of Souls". After the Checmical Wedding its tough to give any other albums their fair shake. Different lineup again.

"Soul Intruders"


"A Tyranny Of Souls"


"Power Of The Sun"





I hope you enjoy this music as much as me. The last 2 albums especially are among the best I have heard. EVER.


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post Jan 27 2009, 07:37 PM
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I have listened to some of his solo albums, the ones he released before re-joining maiden later on, and yes, they are good smile.gif

Awesome thread by the way, I have to check it later and listen to all those tracks, thx Jer wink.gif


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post Jan 27 2009, 07:39 PM
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I cant believe I didnt bring this up sooner. There are a lot of Maiden fans here so I guess I assumed its old news.

And it is, but its missed by many.



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post Jan 27 2009, 08:03 PM
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I've listened to some of his solo stuff. One song that I listened to countless times was "Tears of the Dragon"


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post Jan 27 2009, 08:08 PM
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As a huge maiden fan I listened to most of Bruce's work. In my eyes he is doing a bloody good job solo. I like everything Bruce has ever made solo, but I cannot help thinking what he would have come up with if he was in Maiden in the 1994 - 1998 period smile.gif smile.gif
None the less, thanks for bringing this up. it's been a while since i listened to his songs smile.gif


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post Jan 27 2009, 08:09 PM
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Yeah, I have my own "Accident Of Birth" and I love his playing there biggrin.gif


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post Jan 27 2009, 10:22 PM
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i love his solo stuff! almost more than iron maiden just because it incorporates so many different styles....its just pure fun!


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post Jan 27 2009, 11:22 PM
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Bruce Dickinsons solo albums are aweeesome smile.gif
Thanks for sharing though, more people needs to hear this!!
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post Jan 27 2009, 11:33 PM
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I've listened to all of his solo stuff, and I like it very much. It's great music, and songs are modern and awesome sounding. Chemical wedding, The Tower, River of no return, Gates of Urizen, Man Of Sorrows, Road To Hell- all epic songs IMO.


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post Jan 27 2009, 11:39 PM
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Love his solo stuff !! Gonna listen to it more now...Thanks for reminding me! smile.gif


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I gotta admit I`ve not heard too much of his solo stuff, "Accident of Birth" though is probably the one I`m most familiar with and I totally agree with you its right up there with some of the best metal albums ever, a recomended buy for anyone !

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post Jan 28 2009, 07:00 AM
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I really love "Tears of the Dragon", "Road to Hell", "The Tower", "Chemical Wedding" and "Broken". His best of cd is really good so at least get that. smile.gif

Cd1:
    1. "Broken" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:00
    2. "Tattooed Millionaire" (Dickinson, Gers) – 4:25
    3. "Laughing in the Hiding Bush" [live] (Dickinson, Dickson, Z) – 4:09
    4. "Tears of the Dragon" (Dickinson) – 6:19
    5. "The Tower" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:43
    6. "Born in 58" (Dickinson, Gers) – 3:36
    7. "Accident of Birth" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:28
    8. "Silver Wings" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:16
    9. "Darkside of Aquarius" (Dickinson, Z) – 6:50
    10. "Chemical Wedding" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:05
    11. "Back from the Edge" (Dickinson, Dickson) – 4:16
    12. "Road to Hell" (Dickinson, Smith) – 3:58
    13. "Book of Thel" [live] (Casillas, Dickinson, Z) – 8:27

Cd2:
    1. "Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter (Original Soundtrack Version)" (Dickinson) – 5:00
    2. "Darkness Be My Friend" (Dickinson) – 2:00
    3. "Wicker Man (recorded 97)" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:40
    4. "Real World" (Dickinson, Z) – 3:55
    5. "Acoustic Song" (Dickinson, Z) – 4:23
    6. "No Way Out... Continued" (Baker, Crichton, Dickinson) – 5:18
    7. "Midnight Jam" (Dickinson, Smith, Z) – 5:11
    8. "Man of Sorrows" (Dickinson) – 5:15
    9. "Ballad of Mutt" (Dickinson, Gers) – 3:33
    10. "Re-Entry" (Dickinson, Dickson) – 4:03
    11. "I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer" (Dale) – 3:52
    12. "Jerusalem" [live] (Dickinson, Z) – 6:43
    13. "The Voice of Crube" – 13:45
    14. "Dracula" (D.Siviter, A.Siviter) – 3:45


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Yeah, this looks really interesting smile.gif
As I own only "Accident...." and heard some of the rest, maybe I should watch my store for that compilation biggrin.gif


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his solo stuff is just great. My keyboard player played on one of his albums - MISTHERIA


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QUOTE (Emir Hot @ Jan 28 2009, 08:12 AM) *
his solo stuff is just great. My keyboard player played on one of his albums - MISTHERIA

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Many thanks for this recommendation, always nice to find new, great songs:)


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HUGE respect!
"Tears of the Dragon" and "The Tower" were the songs that brought me into rock and metal.

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QUOTE (Canis @ Jan 28 2009, 09:45 AM) *
"Tears of the Dragon" and "The Tower" were the songs that brought me into rock and metal.


hehe....
For me it was "Metal heart" of Accept... heard it as a child. I didn't know what it was though, then found Metallica, King Diamond and Kreator... years later I found this Accept biggrin.gif
That was 80's... wink.gif


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wow.. that was a WHOOOOLE lot of videos.. smile.gif

btw.. fly to iceland (from copenhagen) and if you are lucky Bruce will be your captain.. biggrin.gif
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Awesome post,
this collection of videos is worthy of our wiki!
Thanks so much for sharing these, I really love Bruce's voice.
Sacred Cowboy is an awesome riff also. :-)



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