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Encyclopedia > Powerslave (album)
Powerslave
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 3 September 1984
Recorded Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, 1983–July 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 51:01
Label EMI
Producer Martin Birch
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
Piece of Mind
(1983)
Powerslave
(1984)
Live After Death
(1985)

Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. It is notable for its Egyptian theme displayed in the album art, as well in the title track's musical style. It contains a musical re-telling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", which uses pieces of the original poem as lyrics, and is the longest song Iron Maiden have ever recorded at a length of 13 minutes and 38 seconds. The album is also notable amongst the band's albums as being the first album to feature the same lineup as the previous one. As of 2007, this is the last of the band's albums to contain an instrumental track: "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)." It is often considered one of their finest albums by fans and critics alike. Image File history File links Iron_Maiden_-_Powerslave. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article is about the band. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Compass Point Studios is located in The Bahamas. ... For other uses of Nassau, see Nassau (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... 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. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the band. ... Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... This article is about the band. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... One of a set of engraved metal plate illustrations by Gustave Doré: the Mariner up on the mast in a storm. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ...


"2 Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High" were released as singles. 2 Minutes to Midnight is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album. ... Aces High is a song written by Steve Harris. ...


The 1995 re-release contains a bonus disc, which contains the b-sides of the original singles. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


It was re-released in 1998 with an extra multimedia section, which featured the music videos for "Aces High" and "2 Minutes To Midnight".


On the 1998 remastered re-release, the songs "Back in the Village" and "Powerslave" were separated in a different place, with the intro of "Powerslave" being attached to the end of "Back in the Village". The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Powerslave is the title track on fifth album by heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Aces High" (Steve Harris) – 4:29
  2. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith) – 5:59
  3. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" (Instrumental) (Harris) – 4:12
  4. "Flash of the Blade" (Dickinson) – 4:02
  5. "The Duellists" (Harris) – 6:06
  6. "Back in the Village" (Dickinson, Smith) – 5:00 (5:20 on the 1998 re-release)
  7. "Powerslave" (Dickinson) – 7:07 (6:47 on the 1998 re-release)
  8. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (Harris) – 13:40

Aces High is a song written by Steve Harris. ... Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... 2 Minutes to Midnight is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album. ... For the record producer in the Saturday Night Live skit, see More cowbell. ... This article is about the Iron Maiden guitarist. ... Powerslave is the title track on fifth album by heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

Bonus disc (1995 reissue)

  1. "Rainbow's Gold" – 4:57
  2. "Mission From 'Arry" – 6:42
  3. "King of Twilight" – 4:53
  4. "The Number of the Beast (Live)" (Harris) – 4:57

The Number of the Beast is Iron Maidens seventh single and the second single from Iron Maidens 1982 album of the same name. ...

Personnel

with For the record producer in the Saturday Night Live skit, see More cowbell. ... 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). ... This article is about the Iron Maiden guitarist. ... A backup vocalist or background 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. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) 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, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ...

  • Martin Birch - producer, engineer
  • Frank Gibson – assistant engineer
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Simon Heyworth – remastering
  • Derek Riggs – artwork, design, sleeve design, sleeve idea, sleeve illustration
  • Rod Smallwood – design, sleeve design, sleeve idea
  • Ross Halfin – photography
  • Moshe Brakha – photography

Derek Riggs is a British artist best known for creating the heavy metal band Iron Maidens mascot, Eddie. ...

Album cover trivia

Some of the hieroglyphs on the album cover have a modern twist to them. The details are easier to see on the vinyl record cover than the CD, due to the larger size: Egyptian hieroglyphs, which have their origins as logograms. ...

  • The album cover was the first to have the "Iron Maiden"-logotype in a smaller size, just covering the upper left corner.
  • On the bottom left corner of the cover, just behind the first lion are the words "Indiana Jones was here 1941"
  • Next to that is a drawing of Mickey Mouse
  • Above that (past the statues' heads) are the words "WOT A LOAD OF CRAP"
  • On the bottom right of the cover, just below the right foot of the large seated lion, we see a drawing of Chad peering over the wall, with the words "WOT? NO GUINESS"
  • Also on the right side, above the statues' heads, the word "BOLLOCKS" appears.
  • At the pyramid's entrance, Derek Riggs' insignia appears right where Eddie's crotch should be.

Dr. Henry Walden Jones, Jr. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... Derek Riggs is a British artist best known for creating the heavy metal band Iron Maidens mascot, Eddie. ...

Additional notes

  • Catalogue – (1984 LP) EMI 1-12321, (1984 CD) Capitol C2-46045, (1998 CD) EMI 96920

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada 2x Platinum[1] 200,000

References

  1. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for October 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Daily Vault Album Reviews : Powerslave (866 words)
Powerslave is first noteworthy because it marked the first time in the band's recorded history that they kept the exact same line-up two albums in a row.
The remaining tracks on Powerslave have occasionally taken heat from the fans, and on first listen, one thinks that Iron Maiden took Dickinson's hobby of fencing a little too close to their hears with songs like "The Duelists" and "Flash Of The Blade".
Powerslave marked a special time in Iron Maiden's career: it was the album that set them on the path to becoming superstars, and quite possibly the spokespeople for heavy metal at that time.
Progressive Ears Album Reviews (730 words)
Powerslave showed the band building on the epic style touched on in previous pieces like "To Tame a Land" from Piece of Mind and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from The Number of the Beast.
Powerslave was quite the news when it was released, mainly because it contained a 13 minute piece on it!
It is another rather grand album in the vein of this one, but lacks some of the spark that is here on Powerslave.
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