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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son [Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Iron MaidenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000063DI9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
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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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Maiden's Best... June 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I honestly don't know how anyone that appreciates good music can cut down this album. It's firmly situated in the upper-echelon of Maiden's best albums. The song writing is incredibly strong, despite some lack of cohesiveness in certain tracks. People dismissing the lyrics as corny are missing the point entirely. This is a CONCEPT's trying to tell a story, but too many pabulum-fed fools can't understand this. Maiden has never been about delivering astonishingly deep music with reams of depth and relevence to world issues or's about cheap-thrill metal that sounds great. As always, Bruce's urgent vocals are incredible and are sung with his ineffable intensity. Being a Maiden album, the music is awesome and intricately layered, with their powerful signature riffs and mind-bending solos. People complaining about synthed music are simply ignoring what this album is about...the use of synthed audio adds to the drama and the power of the story. It doesn't detract from the music in ANY way, but it isn't thoughtless either. Unfortunately, certain mindless people can't accept diversity and effect if it offends the sensibilities of THEIR ideal image for Maiden. Every song on 7th Son is excellent...some parts are slow, some are fast, but all are powerful. This is the pinnacle of the band's albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Melodic Progressive Metal September 14, 2002
By A.F.
Format:Audio CD
Iron Maiden's 1988 concept album SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON captures the metal legends at an artistic and commercial peak. Maiden has always had progressive elements in their music, especially on the epic tracks like "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," but by the time they released 7TH SON, they had become a full-blown progressive metal band. Certainly one of the originators of the genre, I might say (along with Rush and Queensryche).
Don't worry - the band's galloping musical attack is still present, but Maiden is experimenting quite a bit with their trademark sound. The band began using synthesizers rather lightly on their 1986 release SOMEWHERE IN TIME, but on this album the synths were more noticeable and there's even a couple of keyboards on there for good measure. I can't understand why Maiden fans said the band "sold out" with the synths. They didn't sell out. In fact, they enhanced their sound with the lush synth textures, which I found to be very creative. Also, this is the first Maiden album I've heard that has acoustic guitar in it. There's even some bluesy guitar parts courtesy of Adrian Smith which gives greater feel to the album.
Like many concept albums, SEVENTH SON tells a story. And what a compelling story it is! The plot focuses on a young man who keeps having strange prophetic visions in his dreams. It turns out that he was born with clairvoyant powers (a mix of psychic and healing powers) and has had them all his life. Angels and demons are having a power struggle with his soul, not knowing which route he will take. Apparently, the townspeople have known about his powers. That's why they are frightened of him. When he has a vision that the town will be destroyed by dark forces, he tries to warn them but they ignore his pleas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the greatest albums ever recorded!
Published 13 days ago by Joel Fielding
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest metal records out there
My favorite iron maiden album. this for me is when the band started to evolve its sound and themes in their work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jehuty101
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best cd's from Maiden I ever bought
Published 1 month ago by Miguel Exposito Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatest album ever made.
Published 1 month ago by charles mankey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good CD
Published 1 month ago by m w s
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brian E.Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Something important
A perfect album. One of the best. Why is this not in your collection??
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Metal Album from Classic Band
Originally released in 1988, “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” represented a new direction for Iron Maiden as keyboards were added to the mix. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin M. Derby
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Paul H Hollibaugh
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