Live After Death
I bought this album because I lurve me some double live albums. I already had Rock In Rio, and I saw that this one had Rime of the Ancient Mariner on it (which I was obsessing on at the time). Of course, after I put this in my cd player for the first time Aces High became my favorite Maiden song. I love the Churchill speech opening, mostly because of my fascination with the battle of Britain.
2 Minutes to Midnight is great as the 2nd song. It keeps the energy from Aces High going. Anything from Poweslave is as good as gold in my opinion. Steve Harris kicks some big bottom on this song. The Trooper! Hrm... Aces, Midnight, Trooper... I sense a theme here. Power metal songs about various millitary campaigns = awesome. Dueling solos are always awesome too.
The middle of the set gives doesnt disappoint either-- Revelations, Flight of Icarus, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Powerslave-- all high energy tunes. Leading right into the big hits Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name.
After that short break with Hallowed, if you can call it a break... Maiden churns out two more power songs Iron Maiden and Run to the Hills. What follows next is the greatest part of the album. Bruce works the crowd over in one of the best breakdowns ever recorded smack in the middle of Running Free. Steve and Nico keep the beat while Bruce shows why he is the best metal frontman in the game.
Disc two adds some great live work as well, and certainly doesnt disappoint. Live After Death is definately Maiden's best double live album. It follows (and is taken from the tour supporting) their best album, Powerslave. Its a high energy, power packed show that rocks hard from the propeller sound effect opening to the last beat.