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Encyclopedia > Piece of Mind (Iron Maiden)
Piece of Mind
Piece of Mind cover
Album by Iron Maiden
Released May 16, 1983
Recorded Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, 1983 (?)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 45:51
Label EMI (UK), Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records (US)
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
The Number of the Beast
(1982)
Piece of Mind
(1983)
Powerslave
(1984)

Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) originally on Capitol in the US and re-issued on Sanctuary/Columbia in the US whilst released on EMI elsewhere. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind album cover Used on Wikipedia under fair use guidelines: Low resolution copy of the album cover 223x222 RedWolf 06:19, Aug 19, 2004 (UTC) This is an album cover. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (137th in leap years). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Compass Point Studios is located in The Bahamas. ... For other uses, see Nassau (disambiguation). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... Sanctuary Records is the largest independent record label in the United Kingdom, and the largest music management company in the world, looking after around 120 acts. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... The Number of the Beast is a heavy metal album released in 1982 (see 1982 in music) by Iron Maiden on EMI in the UK and originally Harvest Records/Capitol Records in the US (now on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records), and is widely considered to be one of the most... Powerslave is a studio album by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in 1984. ... Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band from East London. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1954 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The album reflected group's interest in books and film. For example, To Tame a Land is based on Frank Herbert's novel Dune, The Trooper is inspired by Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. Other inspirations include Where Eagles Dare, a film, and a novel by Alistair MacLean; Quest for Fire; the hymn writer G.K. Chesterton who is quoted at the beginning of Revelations. More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered for Flight of Icarus, and samurai legend Miyamoto Musashi (Sun and Steel). Aleister Crowley influenced a good piece of the remaining lyrics of Revelations, which was written by Dickinson. Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... Tennyson may refer to: A placename: In Australia: Tennyson, Queensland Tennyson railway station, Brisbane Tennyson, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney Tennyson Point, New South Wales a suburb of Sydney Tennyson, South Australia, a suburb of Adelaide Tennyson, Victoria In the United States of America: Tennyson, Wisconsin Tennyson, Indiana... Charge of the Light Brigade, Painting by Richard Caton Woodville (1825-1855) The Charge of the Light Brigade was an ill-advised cavalry charge, led by Lord Cardigan, which occurred during the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. ... Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 movie directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, and Mary Ure. ... Alistair Stuart MacLean (April 28, 1922 - February 2, 1987) was a Scottish novelist who wrote successful thrillers or adventure stories, the best known of which are perhaps The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare. ... Quest for Fire (French La Guerre du feu after an eponymous novel) is a 1981 fantasy film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. ... For the town of Chesterton in Cambridgeshire, see Chesterton (Cambridge). ... // Greek mythology consists in part in a large collection of narratives that explain the origins of the world and detail the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines. ... Icarus and Daedalus In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek Íkaros, Etruscan Vicare, German Ikarus) was the son of Daedalus (Daídalos). ... Japanese samurai in armour, 1860s. ... Miyamoto Musashi killing a nue, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). ... Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an occultist, prolific writer, mystic, hedonist, and sexual revolutionary. ...


This is the first Maiden album that was not named after a song featured on the album itself (though the words "peace of mind" appear prominently in the album's sixth song, Still Life). In its earliest phase the album was named Food for Thought but was changed most likely because it was not catchy enough. Last track's name was meant to be "Dune" but Frank Herbert did not give a permission to use his book's name and thus a new name had to be chosen.


Included in the liner notes is a slightly altered version of a passage from the Book of Revelation. As printed in the liner notes, it reads: Visions of John the Evangelist, as depicted in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. ...

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more Death. Neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there be any more Brain; for the former things are passed away."

The actual text (from Chapter 21, Verse 4) is nearly identical, except that it says "neither shall there be any more pain..."


The album also includes some of Iron Maiden's most iconic artwork, including an image of Eddie as "the Trooper", which would become a successful poster.


Track listing

  1. "Where Eagles Dare" (Steve Harris) – 6:10
  2. "Revelations" (Bruce Dickinson) – 6:48
  3. "Flight of Icarus" (Adrian Smith, Dickinson) – 3:51
  4. "Die With Your Boots On" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) – 5:28
  5. "The Trooper" (Harris) – 4:10
  6. "Still Life" (Dave Murray, Harris) – 4:53
  7. "Quest for Fire" (Harris) – 3:41
  8. "Sun and Steel" (Dickinson, Smith) – 3:26
  9. "To Tame a Land" (Harris) – 7:27

Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, UK) is the bass player and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... Flight of Icarus was released in 1983 by Iron Maiden. ... Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The Trooper is a song by Iron Maiden from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. ... Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

Credits

Bruce Dickinson For the record producer Bruce Dickinson featured in Saturday Night Lives skit, see More Cowbell. ... Dave Murray of Iron Maiden David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in England) is a founding guitarist in the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, UK) is the bass player and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1954 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

External links

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Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Adrian Smith | Janick Gers | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
List of past and present Iron Maiden members
Discography
Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | Rock in Rio | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | The Essential Iron Maiden
Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
EPs and singles: The Soundhouse Tapes | "Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | Live!! Plus One | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | Maiden Japan | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams (live)" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | No More Lies | "The Number of the Beast (live)" | "The Trooper (live)"
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