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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 (295 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 (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,386 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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23 of 26 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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12 of 13 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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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece slaughtered by the "loudness war" September 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
All Iron Maiden albums from "The Number Of The Beast" to "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" are absolute classics and timeless masterpieces. I grew up listening to these records, and I know every lyric, every pause, every guitar tone and every tempo change by heart. So, more than sad, I'm really angry to have to say that all the "enhanced" 1998 releases are complete sonic disasters, "loudness war" productions with the audio dynamic range slaughtered by whoever was responsible for doing the remastering. It seems that the idea was to turn all the way up the sound of every single instrument and vocal line with no regard to the equilibrium between them within the music's context. I almost cried in anger when I heard those guitar chords at the start of the song "Moonchild", with the originally carefully distorted tone turned into a mass of just plain annoying, pointless distortion, and all the feeling lost.

Every time I get to write about a dear album destroyed by a "loudness war" remaster, I ask people to go to a search engine like Google and look up the expression (between quotes for an exact match). There are over 47,000 results for it on Google alone. The "loudness war" refers to a trend which started in the late nineties in the music industry to record CD's at increasingly higher volume levels, in an attempt to lure buyers into believing that they were getting a better product because it's a "remaster" and it sounds louder. What happens most of the time is the exact opposite - masterpieces like this album are sonically cannibalized, and often (although not the case here) the audio volume is pushed beyond the limits of the CD format's specifications, which causes parts of the sound to get "clipped" (cut off, lost) because they don't "fit" within the available range.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 days 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 4 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by King of Controversy
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say? Classic Rock At Its Best
"Iron Maiden" is one of those timeless classics in the genre, my favorite thing about Iron maiden is that they maintain the classic sound of the eighties even to this very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bobby Ford
1.0 out of 5 stars whats all the fuss about?
i don't get what all the fuss was about, there is no epic metal here, its nothing like powerslave its all endless noise, its one of those things i hate but everyone else loves
Published 5 months ago by zac
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked album- classic Iron Maiden sound!
I know that the tour was cancelled due to poor album sales, but, as an Iron Maiden fan, I love the music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charles J. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Iron Maiden must-have for the metal connoisseur
If you're a fan of hard shreddin' and the melodic literature of Steve Harris (bassist, frontman) then "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" is certain to leave you spellbound!
Published 7 months ago by Alli Hrybyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another immensely impressive I.M. effort
Iron Maiden's seventh full-length effort, "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son," is one of the most overlooked and/or underrated installments in the band's discography. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Stutheit
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