Accident Of Birth (Expanded Edition) [2 CD] Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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But it does see Bruce returning to more of a straight ahead metal sound rather than the experimental hard rock tendences on his his previous 2 underrated solo projects "Balls to Picasso" and "Skunkworks".
Accident of Birth was most notable however in that ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith who left the band in 1990 (3 years prior to Bruce leaving the band) joined in on guitar duties with producer/guitarist Roy Z. and this album benefits from it. These guys make a mammoth guitar duo and even though I'm really glad that Bruce re-joined Maiden eventually in 1999 (along with Adrian), I also kind of wish they would just quit Maiden and do a band with Roy Z. full time instead.
The strange thing about this re-issue is that for whatever unknown reason they moved the track "Ghost of Cain" from disc 1 of the original American release to the extra disc 2.
Maybe if was meant to be a throwaway track on the original release or whatever but I don't know why they just didn't leave it on the main CD as it's a great song and was part of the original CD track listing.
the other stuff on Disc 2 is mostly just rarities and demos...nothing too special.
If you have the original CD, don't bother with getting this one as the sound is exactly the same and the extra stuff doesn't warrant a new purchase.
But since Bruce's 90's solo output has been out of print for a while, anyone who either wasn't aware or wasn't able to find his solo stuff from that period would do wise to pick all 4 of them up as they are great albums.
Adrian Smith returns to his rightful place at Bruce's side; Roy Z stuns with awesome guitar talent; and they're backed by Ed Casillias (bass) and Dave Ingraham (drums) who keep head banging, foot stomping time all the way through this disk.
Man, I'll never forget the first time I threw this disk into my player back in 1997....It begins with a rocker called Freak that immediately makes the statement that Bruce and Adrian are back and that they clearly were the backbone for the driving 80s Maiden years.
Anthem choruses. Pounding, heavy, melodic, clearly sung metal. Welcome Home, Bruce. It's Been Too Long. We've Missed You.
I admit that I was apprehensive prior to my first listen based on Bruce's Skunkworks, Balls and Millionaire solo stuff that was far below expectation. But that apprehension was quickly reversed to excitement after the first track on Accident of Birth. And there was no let down...tracks 2 - 13 indeed kept the momentum going with standout tracks Starchildren, Darkside of Aquarius, Road to Hell, Accident of Birth, The Magician and The Ghost of Cain.
Maiden fans had cause to rejoice in 1997 over Accident of Birth. And last year the re-release of Accident remastered with bonus material revitalized this great CD.
Unfortunately the effort has not been matched with any of Bruce's subsequent solo releases. But the good news is that Bruce and Adrian are back with Maiden and Maiden's 2000 reuniting release Brave New World is also right up there with any of the Maiden disks and Accident of Birth...but that's entirely another story for another review.
Buy Accident of Birth.
Footnote: That funny looking little guy's name on the CD cover, according to Bruce's website back during the release of this disk, is Edison...clever, no?
The bonus cd give listeners an insight to the evolution of a handful of songs with demo versions, and for Man Of Sorrow there is an orchestal, a radio edit, and a spanish version which shows how many different directions this song can go and still hold up.
Great job of remastering, great packaging, cool new art work. A must for any metal head.
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Bruce's best work, with excellent musicians and production; nicely packaged and brought to my door by Amazon and its associates! Perfect.Published 28 days ago by Thomas R. Anderson
Got this recently when I purchased Book of Souls. I never heard it before. Great albumPublished 6 months ago by a reader
If you like Bruce's Solo work this will tickle your ear drums.Published 21 months ago by Gary D. Payne
Taking the Queen, Darkside of Aquarius, Road to Hell, Man of Sorrows, Accident of Birth, need I say more? Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Patricia C.
another killer CD of Bruce Dickinson. His voice is awesome. love the whole compact disk. a must buy if you like good heavy rock.Published on January 28, 2014 by minda