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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cmc International
  • ASIN: B0000061R9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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1. Futureal
2. The Angel And The Gambler
3. Lightning Strikes Twice
4. The Clansman
5. When Two Worlds Collide
6. The Educated Fool
7. Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger
8. Como Estais Amigos

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The songs here are just a little shorter and not quite as "epic" as the last one, which is why I like it better.
Rob Michaels
Blaze Bayley, while a competant lead singer, does not have the power or passion that Dickinson or Di'Anno had, vocals that a band like Iron Maiden requires.
David Girod
I knew that Blaze bailey had weaker vocals than Bruce but I never expected it to drop this low, people say that futureal is a great song, since when?
"phoenix45000"

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on October 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I could live with X Factor, you could tell that it was an Iron Maiden album with a different lead singer. Musically, X Factor followed the Iron Maiden formula, and though not every song worked there was some enjoyable music found on the disk. But on Virtual XI you would have a hard time identifying what band it is playing this music! None of the songs have the familiar Maiden sound, and Maiden trademarks, like Steve Harris' standout bass lines, and the great back and forth between guitarists found on all other Maiden albums, the bands signature is absent. Blaze Bayley, while a competant lead singer, does not have the power or passion that Dickinson or Di'Anno had, vocals that a band like Iron Maiden requires. The songs are repetitive and Blaze's weaknesses shine on songs like "Lightning Strikes Twice" and "Angel and the Gambler". Repetitive choruses, 3 minute songs stretched to 6 minutes plus, make Virtual XI a bore to listen to. I am sure I will get slammed by a handful of Maiden loyalists who think simply because the name of the band is on the disk it rates higher than 1 star...but...as a true fan of the band, and being honest with myself, I would never recommend this disk to anyone, unless you feel you have to own every album the band produced.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peterton on December 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Even guided by a perseverant, charismatic, authentic and no nonsense leader, bassist Steve Harris, Maiden did not manage to escape the trap so many great bands entered: that of an almost unbeliavable loss of creativity in songwriting. In Maiden's case, the history is even sader, since this band was present for so long time in the hearts of so many people (myself included). So, I watched in disbelieve when events unfolded in a disaster. (...)In came another polemic choice by Harris, anonymous singer Blaze Bayley, whose, worst than his studio performances, delivered ludicrous stage live performances. But the lack of good material to sing was not his fault. I don't know what went on through the Maiden's guys heads when recording this thing...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "phoenix45000" on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Oh christ what are maiden thinking of! Having heard their classic albums (number of the beast, piece of mind, powerslave, somewhere in time, seventh son of a seventh son and Brave new world) I must say this now... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS! I knew that Blaze bailey had weaker vocals than Bruce but I never expected it to drop this low, people say that futureal is a great song, since when? This could have been done by some juvenile Nu-metal band like Papa Roach (vomits at the thought). I paid £9.99 for this, and even that was waayyy to expensive, how could steve harris, dave murray and nicko mcbrain justify this as a Maiden album after the classics before it. They all worked on the 1980's era and surely they should have canned production and started again as this is pathetic! On a par with Reload by Metallica for a band developing suicidal tendancies after making classics beforehand. I have most of the other albums (only missing the live ones) and I must say this ranks at the bottom alongside No prayer for the dying. I am thankful that Smith and Dickinson responded to the distress signal as this was unjusticifiable. Only buy this if you wish to complete the collection (and you may wonder why you bothered upon hearing it!), if you have not listened to IM before don't be tricked by the cover art! This album is a shambles and you are far better off with one of the six mentioned at the top. Overall A disaster and hopefully people will soon forget it ever existed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on June 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I believe this album had a lot of expectations from the critics, and there was a lot of hype and promotion put into this album because the record company was still worried about the loss of Bruce Dickenson in the Line up. It was undue pressure, because I believe Maiden already showed the world that life without Dickenson existed, and X Factor was great. This album is no Exception. Shorter, with only 8 songs, but full of faster songs (Angel and the Gambler and Future Real), and instant classics still in the set list today (THE CLANSMAN). This work is on par with the stuff relesed on brave new world and or Dance of Death, but some people do not give it credit because of this being Blaze. This is a great album, and was the first Maiden CD format I purchase (also my first enhanced CD), and I am very pleased. Now I own about 3 versions of this album, and it makes regular turns in my play cycle. Check this out, you will not be dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Golcher Quiros on November 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It is just lame how people attack either Janick, Blaze, Virtual XI and/or X Factor.

This CD holds it own against maiden's albums, yes not the best but as I said it holds its own!

After the dark X-Factor sound Blaze and the lads come back with a more maiden-esque sound.

1) Futureal: Great fast rocker, awesome solo. 7.5

2) Angel and the gambler: I have a soft spot for this one, though yes, it drags a bit. 7

3) Lightning strikes twice: Good but not my fav. great guitars again as usual ! 7

4) The clansman: Someone wrote about the lyrics being lame or something, I just don't think that way, this is just the kind of interesting maiden song and lyrics that sets them apart from the rest of today's music. On par with Bruce's live version, though the intro sounds better live. 8.5

5) When two worlds collide: Just not my fav, not bad though. 6

6) Educated fool: Love this song but it is not maiden's best, the mood it has... soft spot for me so this one is kinda subjective. 7

7) Don't look to the eyes of a stranger: Good song, the band sounds great and the melody is really interesting, but again not one of my favs 6

8) Como estais amigo: Awesome way to end the album y really like this one, no complains. 8

If you open you mind and ears you might enjoy a 26 year or so maiden catalog instead of just sticking to the 83-88 period and whining about everything since.

Blaze is great, Janick has earned his place in maiden, he brought diversity and imagination to the guitar structures and his abilities are nothing to sneeze about.

X-factor and Virtual XI are good to great albums, period !

At least in my opinion... listen to them and don't look for Bruce, just listen to the songs.

Bruce came back and we all happy, but those Bruce-less years were not a waste.

Cheers !!!
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