Iron Maiden - The Soundhouse Tapes (CDR bootleg)
Well, other than expensive imports or saving all those stickers off the most recent batch of Iron Maiden releases, there was no way I was going to get an 'official' release of The Soundhouse Tapes. So, this CDR boot, complete with color inserts of the vinyl version of this early Maiden recording. will due just fine. The limited edition vinyl versions of this release are pure gold, since only a few thousand copies were ever printed. Apparently "Strange World" was not on the original release, but was recorded during the same sessions.
Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan (CDR)
AWESOME DISC! I am so glad to finally have a copy of this. Of course I had the 'official' Maiden Japan release, but it's even better to have the complete show. According to the trader I got this disc from, "Maiden Japan" was either recorded on 5/23 in Nagoya, Japan or the following night in Tokyo. Either way, this is a classic show with good sound quality. There are a few spots of static, but not that much to speak of. "I've Got the Fire" is not from this set though. Don't know exactly where it is from, but according to the trader, "'I've Got the Fire' sounds suspiciously similar to the B-side recording of the "Sanctuary" single!"
Iron Maiden - Seven Deadly Sins (2CDR)
Sweet bootleg from a vintage
tour. The majority of this show seems to be an audience recording, albeit with
decent sound, but on a few tracks like "Killers" and "Die With Your Boots On",
the recording suddenly changes to soundboard quality. These songs, however,
are not listed on the back art and sound suspiciously like officially released
"b-side" songs. The four Bruce
Dickinson songs added to the end are a nice bonus. Don't have any information
of these tracks at all.
Iron Maiden - Virtual Insanity (2CD)
I had always heard that Blaze pulled off the Bruce Dickinson-era stuff quite well in concert. Hmmm, that is quite debatable, especially after hearing this bootleg from the "Virtual X" tour. Honestly I don't think that Blaze is a bad singer, but he was just the wrong singer for Iron Maiden. However, I am glad to have this bootleg which preserves a part of Maiden history as I doubt we shall see any officially released live Blaze Bailey recordings, other than from his own band Blaze. The sound quality here isn't perfect but is listenable. (B+) (Thanks Ken.)
Iron Maiden - Reunion (CDR bootleg)
The first show of the 1999 U.S. "Ed Hunter" reunion tour. For the most part this show has a spectacular set list with all the classics, a few surprises and a few newer songs to boot. Nice to see "Killers" and "Phantom of the Opera" back in the set list. Bruce does an admirable job on those songs, however, hearing Bruce sing them just reinforces that Blaze wasn't the only problem with the Blaze-era discs. The songwriting just wasn't up to the standards of the Bruce Dickinson stuff. The crowd reacts with boo's when Bruce introduces "The Clansman" in which Bruce wittingly replies, "shut the F*@# up!" Pretty funny the first time I heard it. The sound quality here isn't bad but isn't album quality either. It sounds to me like this one is an audience recording.
Iron Maiden - Live at Brixton - 3rd Night (2CDR)
Maiden performed a three show benefit for their original drummer Clive Burr, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This particular recording is from the third night and despite being a "soundboard recording" doesn't have very good sound. There are some bad dropouts, noise, static, etc. Basically something I would have expected from a 70's bootleg, not from a modern bootleg of the digital age. The set list is average. I would have expected a few more tracks from those early Clive Burr albums. (Iron Maiden, Killers and Number of the Beast.) Some funny stage banter from 'ol Bruce on this one. Almost makes it worth listening to.