What is the Best Maiden Album?

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What is your Favorite Maiden Album?

  1. Iron Maiden

    9 vote(s)
    4.1%
  2. Killers

    30 vote(s)
    13.7%
  3. The Number of the Beast

    51 vote(s)
    23.3%
  4. Piece of Mind

    52 vote(s)
    23.7%
  5. Powerslave

    45 vote(s)
    20.5%
  6. Somewhere in Time

    14 vote(s)
    6.4%
  7. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

    17 vote(s)
    7.8%
  8. No Prayer for the Dying

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Fear of the Dark

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  10. The X Factor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. BenF

    BenF Silver Supporting Member

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    Favorite is probably Powerslave - great songs from top to bottom and I like the way it sounds - the production seemed to bridge the 70s sound and what would become the 80s metal sound (which I always think of as "scooped."). First one I got was Piece of Mind on cassette and was blown away - Flight of Icarus, to this day, is my jam. I really love Number of the Beast and Killers (Wrathchild into Murders in the Rue Morgue might be my favorite 1-2 punch on a Maiden album.)
     
  2. T Dizz

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    I voted for POM. It was the first Maiden I had ever heard ,so it made a big impression. I borrowed the tape from my friend's brother and the artwork scared me. I'll never forget it!
     
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  3. Drewstunes

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    I'd say Piece of Mind but I also love A Matter of Life and Death - very underrated album.
     
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  4. Slash

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    Did you notice I put Best in the title but in the poll question I used Favorite... There's a reason for that ;)
     
  5. MkIII Renegade

    MkIII Renegade Member

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    Very hard to say between Piece of Mind, Powerslave, and Seventh for me. Highly honorable mention for Somewhere in Time and the first two.

    All of these have some great epic masterpieces and some every day songs. I have recorded instrumental versions of numerous Maiden songs in my studio, but especially from Seventh:

    Seventh Son....
    Only the Good Die Young
    Infinite Dreams
    The Prophecy
    The Evil That Men Do

    These are GREAT fun to play, and you realize the genius of Maiden when you take the time to figure them out. I love their limited use of keys after '86, which is an essential part of of a lot of my favorite '80s metal. Done right, it increases Epicness bigly. :cool:
     
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  6. Thwap

    Thwap Silver Supporting Member

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    Killers.
    A little less raw than Iron Maiden, not too rough, not too smooth....juuuuuuuust right.
     
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  7. seantk

    seantk Supporting Member

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    Tough choice, I voted Piece of Mind, but I pretty much love everything from the first record to Seventh Son.
     
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  8. cbell2112

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    Killers, followed closely by the self titled and Piece of Mind.
     
  9. Microdot

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    This was my experience as well. Saw the same tour '82.
     
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  10. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    i voted Killers, but honestly, there isn't a bad one in their catalog imho.
     
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  11. Nyarlathotep

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    Voted Powerslave. For me it's either that or The Final Frontier.
     
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  12. Bankston

    Bankston Supporting Member

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    I voted for Powerslave. It's Maiden at the peak of their powers, with all the elements of their music that made them great, from the breakneck tempo gallops to the time signature changing epic masterpieces.

    But I pretty much love all the Bruce and DiAnno albums for different reasons.

    The rest of my Top 5:

    Number of the Beast
    Brave New World
    Piece of Mind
    Somewhere in Time
     
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  13. GuitarMakerNyc

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    Favorite maiden albums-

    Charlie Parker-The Immortal Charlie Parker

    Steve Vai-Flexable

    Allan Holdsworth-IOU
     
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  14. Hammers and chords

    Hammers and chords Supporting Member

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    Love them all (less so Virtual XI and X Factor) but voted for PoM as myu favorite. Somewhere in Time might be #2.
     
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  15. ronmail65

    ronmail65 Supporting Member

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    Those recording years Killers to Powerslave was when they really established themselves. That was when they really grew into themselves with changes in line up, writing, and production / sound.
     
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  16. strattitude

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    I voted Powerslave.

    My rating would probably be so.ething like this

    Powerslave
    Somewhere in time
    The number of the beast
    Seventh son...
    Killers
    Piece of mind
    Iron Maiden

    Love all of the classic albums though!
    Their later stuff after those albums, not quite so much, even though there still is good songs.
    But I think Martin Birch brought out the best in Maiden, even though I dont rate No prayer... and Fear of the dark as highly as the everything up to (and including) Seventh son.
     
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  17. GuitarGuy66

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    I seen the cassette first. I thought Eddie looked like a bird in a cage lol
     
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  18. fl00dsm0k3

    fl00dsm0k3 Supporting Member

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    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.
     
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  19. DrSax

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    I’ve changed my vote twice already. Depending on the day, NoTB, POM, Powerslave, SSOASS.
     
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  20. vortexxxx

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    I prefer the first 2 by a large margin. There was also a live EP after Killers called Maiden Japan.
     

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