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I've always loved the self-titled and rated it as a 5 fist album from day one.


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It sounds like shit, but there is plenty of magic to it. Has a special atmosphere.

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^ Exactly that.

My new updated Maiden ratings, based on some re-listenings:

1) AMOLAD 5
2) SIT 5
3) DOD 5
4) The X Factor 5
5) Iron Maiden 5
6) SSOASS 5
7) NOTB 5
8) Powerslave 5
9) FOTD 5
10) BNW 4
11) TFF 4
12) POM 4
13) NPFTD 3
14) TBOS 3
15) VXI 3
16) Killers 3

Just to note that you couldn't put a blade of grass in between the debut, 7th Son, NOTB, Powerslave or FOTD - those records are pretty much at the same level, so the preference order for that section is a bit meaningless.


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*Sees Killers at the bottom*

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It's a standard rule: CE is Wrong About Maiden. Look where The X Factor is, for fuck's sake.

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I can't be that wrong about them if I gave all their 80s albums 5 fists apart from Killers and POM.

On the subject of Killers, I dug it out again the other week and gave it an objective listen. I still wouldn't give it more than 3.5 fists. The first two Maiden albums are comprised of the songs the band had been writing in the period before they were signed, for the most part, and it's very clear to me that they put nearly all of the strongest ones on the debut and with some exceptions (Wrathchild, title track) most of the lesser ones ended up on Killers. Now these songs aren't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but to me they sound more like B-side cuts than the prime meat put on the debut.

I'm sure Harris himself has mentioned this fact somewhere, but I will have to look it up. I think it was in the official biography of Maiden.

However, I will stick up for Prodigal Son, which is rather unusual compared to most of the other songs in that it is complete Jethro Tull worship - and it works really well.

Also, additional note - even the lesser Killers songs sound amazing when performed live by the band, as Beast Over Hammersmith demonstrates.


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I agree that "Killers" is Maiden's weakest 80's album & would also give it a 3.5/5 rating but "Prodigal Son" was the only weak track on the album for mine. It simply stands out like a sore thumb & intrudes on an otherwise fairly focused tracklisting. The reason I rate "Killers" lower than other 80's albums though is primarily due to the lack of obvious highlight tracks. On paper I should like it much more than that the debut. I mean it's heavier, more progressive, the musicianship is improved, it's more consistent, it's got a more suitable production, etc... but I do think that the more expansive production has sucked a little bit of the life out of the guitars. They sound a bit washed out to me. "Killers" is a solid album but it doesn't reach the heights of Maiden's other 80's albums for mine. I still have a lot of time for it though.


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