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Virtual Xi Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 26, 2002
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000063DGM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Customer Reviews

Educated Fool is perhaps the weakest; its not 'bad' but it isn't good either.
Suetonius Paullinus
One thing you'll walk away remembering is, "Don't you think I'm a saviour? Don't ya think I can save ya? Don't you think I can save your life?"
Stanley Runk
It's a bit closer to the Maiden sound than the X Factor, but it's NOT teh Iron Maiden we all know and love.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge maiden fan and if your like me you should like this album. I've read some harsh reviews but it's easy to say it's a bad album when your given a copy of the album for free and be paid to review it even if you've never heard maidens work. Personally I think virtual 11 is better than the x factor. It sounds more like maiden(the x factor is good but the sound they were going for didn't suit them)

Futureal is a great album opener thats very short and snappy. nothing complicated just a very solid rock song.I give this song 10/10

The Angel And The Gambler is a good song but it's a bit dragged out.Half the song is Dont You Think I'm A Saviour..........etc.

It's Different which is good so i give it 7/10

Lightning Strikes Twice is one of the best songs.Very catchy. It starts of with a very sorrowful intro but soon gets heavy.I give this song 10/10

The Clansman Is The epic of The Album based In Medievil

Scotland.Bruce Does A great version of this song.Not That It's better ,the two versions are equally great. I give this song 10/10 (obviously).

When Two Worlds Collide is good. It Starts Of similiar to lightning strikes then goes into the famous galloping guitar riffs. I give this song 7/10

The Educated Fool Is In my opinion the best song on the album. I Cant Say More Than it's very catchy. I can't explain it,the lyrics and the music just struck a chord with me. I give this song 11/10.

Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger Is A Good song. Not My Favourite but it's still a good song. I give it 6.5/10

Como Estais Amigo is the final track which Opens with a very sorrowful melody.but as usual the distortion comes in.I give this song 8/10

Don't take any notice of any other reviews. if your a true maiden fan you'll like this album. stop bitchin about blaze. He's an extraordinarly talented vocalist and he made two great albums with maiden
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Axel Law on May 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After the introduction of vocalist Blaze Bayley, they recorded X Factor in 1995 and got mixed results from fans. The band continued with Virtual XI in 1998, which is now considered one of the worst albums in Maiden's career. Here's the lowdown:
Futureal - This opening track is not bad at all. A good, solid rocker. I think it opens the album well.
The Angel and the Gambler - The hit off of this album, but unfortunately, it isn't that great at all. Not really Blaze's fault, but the chorus is weak.
Lightning Strikes Twice - The best track on the album. This one's a midtempo rocker/"gloom and doom" ballad hybrid. It's pretty good and Murray's blistering solo is brilliant.
The Clansman - The big epic of the album. I have absolutely no complaints with this song and Blaze's vocals are excellent.
When Two Worlds Collide - This song is just bizarre to me. After hearing the previous two tracks, Blaze just doesn't sound good here at all. I wonder if perhaps this was last minute?
Educated Fool - Ugh, the weakest song on the album. Kind of has a galloping structure, but doesn't quite come off well.
Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger - Not bad, but Blaze's vocals kind of derail this one. He's certainly not a bad vocalist, but he sings this one rather lowkey. You have to wonder if Steve Harris wrote this one with Bruce in mind.
Como Estais Amigo - The ballad of the album. The instrumentation is quite good and Blaze's vocals are good, but this one has some poor lyrics in my opinion.
The problem with this is not Blaze's fault. Virtual XI maintains the sound of Maiden (which X Factor didn't), but X Factor seemed tailor made to fit Blaze's singing style.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jared W. Gifford on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Alright in this review I'll not only(dare I say it)praise blaze for his efforts in maiden I.E. x factor and virtual XI I'll also leave a note for all you "so called" Maiden fans out there.

First off I'd like to say that I think bayley's vocals are solid and he was just what they needed at the time, blaze brings a darker element to maiden and I think it's a great thing, yes I will admit here that Bruce is the best one but don't overlook bayley, he brought some very solid material to the band.

Secondly quit dissing Janick gers, apparently I must be hearing a whole different set of albums then some of you are cause in my opinion Janick is an awesome guitarist who's helped to write some very good material, hell I was happy to hear that he would be working with adrian in the later albums.

Lastly if you don't like all the albums after seventh son of a seventh son then quit listening to them and save us "true fans" the headache of all your bitching, you say if your a true fan then you'll only like the 80's stuff, well I contest that, I say if your a "true fan" then you stick by the band now matter what, being a fan means you love the band for what the band is not for what you think it should be.

in my opinion maiden will always rule the heavy metal airwaves, viva la maiden.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chanman on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I preordered this cd because I couldn't find it anywhere. I was greatly anticipating this cd because I already had X Factor. That cd blew me away. I was very impressed. This was my last installment of Maidens' studio albums. I will say I didn't have as high of hopes for it as the other cds because of all the bad things I heard about it. Believe me when I say that Blaze does not dissapoint at all as many of the fake Maiden fans like to say. Sure, this cd is no Powerslave or Piece of Mind, but it is so much different from them and that is what makes it so great. So many people won't accept the change, but why not change and get some more variety. Who wants to hear the same thing time after time. Change is not always good, but many times it is. And this is deffinitely one of those times. Just imagine if Blaze didn't come around, there would be no epic Sign Of The Cross or Clansman. Between Blaze's two cds with Maiden, X Factor is the darker of the two. Virtual XI is more upbeat and fast-paced. Hear's how I rate each song individually.

Futureal- 10/10-One of Maiden's best songs with Blaze. Fast-paced, all around rocker. The entire way through quick and never lets down. One of their shortest songs clocking in at 2:55.

The Angel and the Gambler- 7/10-This songs starts out quite diff. from anything Maiden has ever done. The song would be very good if not for the major downfall. While my friend and I were listening to this song, we were hoping and wishing that Blaze would not keep repeating the same words over and over again. He does though and that is the thing that really kills this song.

Lightning Strikes Twice- 9.5/10- Great piece of work. Starts out with a great, slow-paced guitar riff and then gets extremely heavy as the song goes further on.
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