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Encyclopedia > Aces High (song)
"Aces High"
"Aces High" cover
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Powerslave
B-side(s) "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover)
"The Number of the Beast" (live)
Released October 22, 1984
Format 7" and 12" Vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 4:31
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Peak chart positions
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"2 Minutes to Midnight"
(1984)
"Aces High"
(1984)
"Running Free (live)"
(1985)

"Aces High" is a song written by Steve Harris. It is Iron Maiden's eleventh single and the second from the 1984 album Powerslave. The song tells the story of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first battle to be completely fought in the skies of the UK. The song topped at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Image File history File links AcesHigh. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article is about the band. ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... If you want to read about Czech Republics beer Nektar. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Chemical structure of the vinyl functional group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... This article is about the band. ... 2 Minutes to Midnight is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album. ... Running Free is the third song on the heavy metal band Iron Maidens self-titled debut album, released in 1980. ... Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the year. ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... “RAF” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or   (German: air force, literally Air Weapon, pronounced lufft-va-fa, IPA: ) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ... Combatants United Kingdom Including combatants from:[1] Poland New Zealand Canada Czechoslovakia Belgium Australia South Africa France Ireland United States Jamaica Palestine Rhodesia Germany Including combatants from Italy Commanders Hugh Dowding Hermann Göring Strength 754 single-seat fighters 149 two-seat fighters 560 bombers 500 coastal 1,963 total... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The song was a frequent concert opener and it was usually preceded by "Churchill's speech", a part of a famous speech that the British Prime Minister gave during World War II, the 4th of June 1940, 2 days after the French defeat and general retreat from France's lost battlefield with French and Belgian remaining troops gathered at Dunkerque. Despite being popular amongst fans, the song is rarely played live. It has only been played during the World Slavery Tour and The EdHuntour. It is one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs. The We shall fight on the beaches speech was a famous speech made by Sir Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the British Parliament on 4 June 1940. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses of Dunkirk or Dunkerque, see Dunkirk (disambiguation). ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... Ed Hunter, a first-person shooter video game, was released in 1999, and is based on and accompanied by Iron Maidens music. ...


A cover version is found on the tribute album Numbers from the Beast, featuring Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Nuno Bettencourt on guitars, Billy Sheehan on bass guitar, and Vinny Appice on drums. Although following the original schema, the song is clearly marked by Bettencourts distinctive style, and he has added variations on the original guitar patterns in several places. The song has also been covered by many artists including Children of Bodom on the Iron Maiden tribute album Tribute to the Beast and Arch Enemy on the album Wages of Sin. Numbers From The Beast is a tribute album to Iron Maiden, performed by some of the leading names in heavy metal music. ... Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer best known for being vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteens first two albums. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Billy Sheehan (born on 1953 March 19 in Buffalo, NY) is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Niacin. ... Vinny Appice (born September 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is a rock drummer, best known for his work with the bands Dio and Black Sabbath. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1995 by ex Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. ... Wages of Sin is the fourth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. ...


The b-side "King of Twilight" is actually a cover of two songs by Nektar combined into one track. The two tracks are "Crying in the Dark" and "King of Twilight". Both songs appear on their "A Tab in the Ocean" EP.[1] The live version of "The Number of the Beast" was recorded on 18th December 1983 in Dortmund, Germany. It is the same version as the one found in 12 Wasted Years. If you want to read about Czech Republics beer Nektar. ... The Number of the Beast is Iron Maidens seventh single and the second single from Iron Maidens 1982 album of the same name. ... Dortmund is a city in Germany, located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. ... 12 Wasted Years is a video documentary of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, focusing on the history of the band from 1975-1987. ...


The music video for "Aces High" features archive footages of Winston Churchill's speech, Allied troops in everyday life, real dogfights between RAF and Luftwaffe, black & white animated battle maps and even a brief appearance of Hitler speaking.[2] Hitler redirects here. ...


The song is also in the game Carmageddon 2. Start of the Race West Side Gory in Maxs Junkyard Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now is the sequel to the computer game Carmageddon, released on November 30, 1998. ...


Track listing

  1. "Aces High" (Steve Harris) - 4:31
  2. "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover) - 4:54
  3. "The Number of the Beast (live)" (Harris) - 4:57

Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... If you want to read about Czech Republics beer Nektar. ... The Number of the Beast is Iron Maidens seventh single and the second single from Iron Maidens 1982 album of the same name. ...

Credits

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in Edmonton, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1952 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenience playing by a single drummer. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.maidenfans.com/imc/?url=single12_aceshigh/commentary12_aceshigh&lang=eng&link=singles#track2
  2. ^ http://www.ironmaiden.com/discography/video/aceshigh_128.wmv

 
 

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