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Accident Of Birth (Expanded Edition) [2 CD] Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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This Box 2 Disc Cd's is from my personal collection and is in Like New condition it has been stored well.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Freak
  2. Toltec 7 Arrival
  3. Starchildren
  4. Taking the Queen
  5. Darkside of Aquarius
  6. Road to Hell
  7. Man of Sorrows
  8. Accident of Birth
  9. The Magician
  10. Welcome to the Pit
  11. Omega
  12. Arc of Space

Disc: 2

  1. The Ghost of Cain [*]
  2. Accident of Birth [*][Demo Version]
  3. Starchildren [*][Demo Version]
  4. Taking the Queen [*][Demo Version]
  5. Man of Sorrows [Radio Edit][*]
  6. Man of Sorrows [Orchestral Version][*]
  7. Man of Sorrows [Spanish Version][*]
  8. Darkside of Aquarius [*][Demo Version]
  9. Arc of Space [*][Demo Version]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2008)
  • Rmst DLX ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0009NCP9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a great album, though not quite as good as Bruce's next solo project the masterpiece "The Chemical Wedding".

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.

Strange...........

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.
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I hate to commit blasphemy, but Accident of Birth ranks right up there with Number of the Beast and Piece of Mind.

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?
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Dickinson delivers another stunning collection of songs and shows the world why Iron Maiden has never be the same without him. Brutal, electrifying, heavy, numbing, adventurous, brilliant. Dickinson's song writting and vocal talents bleed through on every track.

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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This album is one of the best from Bruce. Music is very varied still not out of the heavy metal range.Which is great cause he knows how to rock hard. My favorite song is the same as the albums name.Story telling as ever. Myths and adventure In every song. It is as good as Iron Maiden yet in his own style. It deserve the 5 stars rating and the money paid.
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known for his distinctive vocals of Iron Maiden, Bruce's previous solo works had been outings in some interesting but rather flat experiments in alternative rock. but with Accident Of Birth, he returns to the sound that best suits his air raid siren of a voice. the guitar team of Adrian Smith and Roy Z is the perfect frontal assault to match the solid backdrop of the bass and drums. their seems to be alot more of an influence of old hard rock bands like Rainbow or Deep Purple on this album, compared to Maiden's strong galloping metallic sound. these songs reveal a powerful and strong unit that would go on to make an even better follow up, the great Chemical Wedding album. i wouldn't recommend getting your hopes up if you are looking for some hidden treasures in these b-sides represented here on disc 2. there is nothing here that is particularly memorable, which is ok, because the original album alone holds enough power and strength to justify the purchase. one more thing i do not like about this re-issue is the fact that they used a different cover art than the original. the new artwork looks like a goofy outtake from the Aliens film, showing the crazed puppet popping out of a belly. haha--yea, we get it.."accident of birth" eeerggh. cool album title...but we didn't need that stupid art to prove the meaning. way too tacky, in my opinion and the original was just far more superior. but oh well...what can ya do?
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