Let me start off by saying that I LOVE LIVE ALBUMS!!!! Especially Iron Maiden live albums. They’re like a visit from an old friend every couple of years. Believe it or not, my favorite is STILL “Rock In Rio” from 2002. I know, I know, “ANOTHER live album from them?!?”. YIS, dammit!
Recorded on November 27th and 28th, 1988 at the NEC in Birmingham, England, this was released on VHS back in ’89, and now has been remixed by Kevin Shirley in a longer version with the original encores. These were left off due to space limitations back then, and you know what? They make all the difference in the world! “Run To the Hills”, “Running Free”, and “Sanctuary” completely round out the Iron Maiden live experience, and I for one am glad they’re there.
There’s not too much more to say about this. Kevin Shirley and Andy Matthews did a fantastic job updating the sound on this, and it’s crystal clear, which is a blessing and a curse. Bruce Dickinson struggles mightily at times on this album, likely due to Maiden’s rigorous touring schedule in the 80’s.
Overall though, this is a nice vehicle for reminiscing about a time in music when all the Big Boys got down to business and gave the fans their money’s worth with epic production, and powerhouse performances.
Standout Tracks: “Running Free”, “Die With Your Boots On”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “Moonchild”