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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son [Import]

Iron MaidenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Raw Power
  • ASIN: B00000BKDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moonchild
2. Infinite Dreams
3. Can I Play With Madness
4. The Evil That Men Do
5. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
6. The Prophecy
7. The Clairvoyant
8. Only The Good Die Young

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By the release of this landmark eighth album, Iron Maiden had settled into what's generally considered their classic lineup. With Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Nicko McBrain operating at the very peak of their form, bassist Steve Harris, the band's mastermind and main songwriter, decided to extend the Maiden remit yet further by unveiling their very first concept work. Contemporary critics scoffed in the face of such a grandiose gesture, but Seventh Son of a Seventh Son spawned no less than four British hit singles and remains an indomitable highlight of the Maiden's illustrious career. From the strident commercial metal of "Can I Play with Madness" through the keyboard-enhanced epic bombast of the title track to the fretboard intricacies and chest-beating machismo of "Only the Good Die Young," Seventh Son finds Iron Maiden at their most assured and creative. This is a spectacular example of 22-carat heavy metal. --Ian Fortnam

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hear those mandrakes scream January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It has been interesting to read the disparity of opinions held about this album. I bought this CD when it was released and have always enjoyed listening to it, but for some reason I have not yet familiarized myself with this band's other work. Thus, I can't put this particular album in any context when it comes to the history and evolution of Iron Maiden. All I can do is to comment on my own appreciation of each of the eight songs collected here in and of themselves. By my count, there are five really good songs and three absolutely great songs on this album; you won't have to go reaching across the dash to find the Next Track button when you have this CD rocking you down the road. My favorite has always been Can I Play With Madness. The band jumps right out at you from the very start with an a cappella delivery of the question at hand before proceeding with the heavy rock instrumentation. The lyrics are quite catchy, and the idea of playing with madness is not a novel concept to my somewhat abnormal mind. Infinite Dreams may really be the most impressive track here, however. The words of this song really carry a deep if not philosophical meaning, as the subject at hand deals with life's ultimate meaning. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is the third true standout track on the album; it is a lengthy musical tour de force that conveys the image of the ultimate archetypal battle between good and evil, helped immeasurably by a segment in which the lead singer speaks as if he is reading from some ancient tome of sinister origins.
The remaining five songs, as I said, are all keepers as well. Moonchild gets the album off to a terrific start, giving us none other than Lucifer himself making threats of Biblical proportions while conjuring up the musical accompaniment of screaming mandrakes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last in a String of Great Maiden Albums August 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this album first came out. I had just become a huge Maiden fan after the previous record Somewhere In Time. By this time, I had bought their back catalogue of studio albums and was swept up by the hype surrounding the release of Seventh Son. I remember Bruce Dickinson being interviewed on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and stating this album would be "quite popular to people who have never seen this band before" because it was the best album they had made to date and it was going to take Maiden in new, exciting directions. Then I saw the video for "Can I Play With Madness," and that whetted my appetite even more (O.K., many fans at the time thought the song was too commercial, but it is still awesome and one of their best singles ever!). I recall bugging the record store clerks many times with "Have you got the new Iron Maiden album in yet?" I don't think I have ever been so excited about an album release before or since! When I finally bought it (I wanted it on cassette, but the store was out so I opted for vinyl because I couldn't wait), I think I was slightly disappointed at first. My expectations were a bit too high. But the more I played it, the more I liked it. When I listen to it now, after all this time, I can really appreciate the genius of it. A true conceptual album about a child born with clairvoyant powers (the seventh son of a seventh son), who did not ask to be born this way and has problems dealing with the strange circumstances he finds himself in as well as the forces of good and evil battling for his soul. The music is brilliant, with accoustical guitar, keyboards and other additions to transform Maiden's sound. In retrospect, Seventh Son was the last great Maiden album. Instead of being a stepping stone to more Maiden innovations, it proved to be Maiden's peak. Things seemed to go down hill after this record, with Adrian Smith and Dickinson eventually leaving to work on their own projects.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic metal album! December 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I wouldn't give it a 5-star rating because I simply don't give 5-star ratings, unless a work is revolutionary or at least evolutionary in the rock realm.
Putting that aside, this is one of IM's finest albums. This was the THE album which baptized me as a metal lover. When I heard it for the first time at 16, I discovered that there was more to metal than just cacophonic string jamming and neck-cramps.
It's got some spectacular, gut-wrenching guitar riffs. And it's not just string-plucking, head-banging all the way. It's got a mesmerizing rhythm. Most of the tracks have that characteristic Maiden gothic hum; you can feel it in your bones. This is one of Iron Maiden's yesteryear works, before Janick Jers replaced Adrian Smith. The trio of Murray, Smith and Harris have produced some of the finest guitar-work I've heard in a life-time. And combined with Dickinson's powerful vocals, it's a masterpiece.
The album is very thematic -- all songs are actually chapters from a story, which unwinds. (Read the lyrics from each song and connect the dots.) From 'Moon Child', which tells the tale of a child with special powers, to 'Infinite Dreams', where he's haunted by his clairvoyance but doesn't know what it is. As he grows in 'Can I Play With Madness', these powers take on a stronger form and he begins to realize his mystique. In 'The Evil That Men Do', he falls in in love which ends in betrayal, followed by the title track, '7th Son Of A 7th Son'. In 'The Prophecy' and 'The Clairvoyant' he learns the purpose of his powers and what to do. In the last track, 'Only The Good Die Young', at all ends.
Definitely a collector's item for anyone who appreciates and sees a metal classic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like fine wine
I've been a big fan of Iron Maiden since 1984. My favorite album was, and still is, Piece of Mind. It was during my senior year in high school when the Seventh Son album was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake Elliot
5.0 out of 5 stars great Maiden
A top Iron Maiden album. It's just a shame that Amazon doesn't have Brave New World for download, its a shame...
Published 1 month ago by Paul H Hollibaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Iron Maiden Album Wooooo
Super Waooo Great Album one of The Best era in 80 sound music is a Art of album Magnifico Unico
Published 1 month ago by Felipe Rosado
5.0 out of 5 stars best recording band ever
The 2nd best album after poweslave here you got last album produce by Martin Birch after this album the following records do not have the magic once the band have.
Published 2 months ago by Marcos Molina
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the greatest album ever made by any band...EVER!
Stunning is an understatement if I were to use one word to describe this album. If you haven't heard it, it's a crime and your musically deprived. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kyleklikes
5.0 out of 5 stars great
my sons love this purchase they said they have no complaints and I would buy this again for others. very good music.
Published 2 months ago by jeanne hairston
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Where I grew up, you never heard any heavy metal, no one talked about heavy metal and I was never exposed to it. My childhood and teenage years were incomplete. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This album is classic metal and a must for any metal collection. I prefer the first Bruce Dickinson era and this is one of Maiden's best within that era. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mindbender
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Dickenson is the MAN!
Not Maiden's best album but still great music from when I was a kid. The CD was sealed and in perfect shape. Excellent deal!
Published 4 months ago by R. Mumma
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaches a kind of purity of it's own.
Iron Maiden reached some kind of a peak with this album. Where so many, even in the field of Heavy Metal, want a more basic or alternative, authentic or independent, or 'live'... Read more
Published 5 months ago by King of Controversy
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