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Encyclopedia > Somewhere in Time (album)
Somewhere in Time
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 29 September 1986
Recorded Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands, 1986
Genre Heavy metal
Length 51:20
Label EMI (UK)
Capitol (U.S. original)
Castle (U.S. first reissue)
Sanctuary/Columbia (U.S. latest reissue)
Producer Martin Birch
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
Live After Death
(1985)
Somewhere in Time
(1986)
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
(1988)

Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986. The studio follow-up to the hugely successful Powerslave/Live After Death pair, it was the first Iron Maiden album to feature guitar synths. Bruce Dickinson's song material was refused in favour of the songs of guitarist Adrian Smith, who wrote the bulk of the songs identified with the album (including the singles "Wasted Years" and "Stranger in a Strange Land"). Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time album cover Used on Wikipedia under fair use guidelines: Low resolution copy of the album cover RedWolf 17:26, Aug 19, 2004 (UTC) This is an album cover. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article is about the band. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Compass Point Studios is located in The Bahamas. ... For other uses of Nassau, see Nassau (disambiguation). ... is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... 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. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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 3. ... This article is about the band. ... Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the band. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ... 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. ... Wasted Years was the fifteenth single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Somewhere in Time album. ... Stranger in a Strange Land is the sixteenth single released by Iron Maiden, written by guitarist Adrian Smith for the 1986 Iron Maiden album Somewhere in Time. ...


Most of the songs from Somewhere in Time have disappeared from the band's live shows over the years, although "Wasted Years" and "Heaven Can Wait" have been consistent mainstays of the band's live setlist. Performances of "Heaven Can Wait" have featured a group of local fans and celebrities invited onstage to sing along during the song's middle section.


The album also marked a change for Iron Maiden, as it was their first album to introduce synth in one of their albums, although this style was expanded upon in their next album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. This is also their first studio album not to be released a year after their previous one. The band has never released a studio album a year after the previous again as of 2007. The band began to put more time into writing and recording their albums as well as touring for an extensive time after the release of Powerslave. This article is about the band. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ...

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Caught Somewhere in Time" (Steve Harris) – 7:25
  2. "Wasted Years" (Adrian Smith) – 5:07
  3. "Sea of Madness" (Smith) – 5:42
  4. "Heaven Can Wait" (Harris) – 7:21
  5. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (Harris) – 6:31
  6. "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Smith) – 5:44
  7. "Déjà Vu" (Harris, Dave Murray) – 4:56
  8. "Alexander the Great" (Harris) – 8:37

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wasted Years was the fifteenth single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Somewhere in Time album. ... 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. ... Stranger in a Strange Land is the sixteenth single released by Iron Maiden, written by guitarist Adrian Smith for the 1986 Iron Maiden album Somewhere in Time. ... 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. ... Alexander the Great is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

1995 reissue bonus CD

  1. "Reach Out"
  2. "Juanita"
  3. "Sheriff of Huddersfield"
  4. "That Girl"

Credits

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... 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). ... A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitarist to play synthesizers. ... 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 guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitarist to play synthesizers. ... 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ...

Production

  • Martin Birch – producer, engineer, mixing, tape operator
  • Albert Boekholt – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Ronald Prent – engineer, assistant engineer

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. ...

Album cover trivia

The cover for Somewhere in Time displays a cyborg-enhanced Eddie in a futuristic, Blade Runner-type environment. Much like the visual richness of the cover of Powerslave, the wrap-around album cover holds a plethora of references to earlier Iron Maiden albums and songs. The cover was originally created for use as the cover to the authorized biography of the band, Iron Maiden - Running Free: The Official Story Of IRON MAIDEN by Garry Bushell and Ross Halfin and therefore made many references such as: This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blade Runner is a 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir American film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... Garry Bushell (born May 13, 1955 in Woolwich, South East London) is a newspaper columnist, rock music journalist, television presenter and author. ... Ross Halfin is a well known English music photographer. ...

  • What appears to be an "Acacia" street sign on the right ("22 Acacia Avenue").
  • Below "Acacia" is a poster of Eddie from the first album.
  • The torn poster below "Acacia" is the one that appears on the Sanctuary and Women in Uniform singles.
  • Eddie appearing in a similar posture as on the Killers album cover. His victim is killed with a futuristic weapon, as opposed to the axe seen on the Killers cover.
  • A banner with the words, "This is a very boring painting" is displayed backwards within the lobby of the Bradbury Towers Hotels International. This can be seen to the left of Eddie's right leg.
  • In the very center, just above the "Department" ad and behind the cable going to the cyborg's weapon, there is a small vertical ad with red glyphs. The text of this ad is Russian, it is "Меня Рвёт", [Menya Rvet] - "I'm vomiting", which also literally translates as "It's tearing me up", depending on the context.
  • An Eye of Horus neon sign at the top of a building.
  • Below Eddie, there is a model in the department store window. Some fans believe this is former Maiden singer, Paul Di'anno.

References on the back include: 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 U.S. (now on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records), and is widely considered to be one of the... Sanctuary is a single and a song released by Iron Maiden in 1980. ... Women in Uniform was the third single by Iron Maiden. ... For the Kiss album, see Killers (Kiss album). ... The Eye of Horus The Eye of Horus (originally, The Eye of Ra) is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and Royal Power, from the deity Horus or Ra. ... Neon signs are often used to advertise for hotels, bars and entertainment venues. ...

  • A clock reading 23:58 ("2 Minutes to Midnight").
  • Below the clock there is a sign that reads "Phantom Opera House" in reference to to the song "Phantom of the Opera" from the first Iron Maiden album.
  • On the left side, the "Aces High Bar" ("Aces High" song).
  • Above the "Aces High Bar", flies a Spitfire-shaped plane.
  • To the left of the "Aces High Bar", there are four letters in yellow and green. These are hebrew letters spelling out the name of God, namely יהוה, Jehovah/Yahweh (really it is not read, as it is not known exactly how, and, usually, the word אֲדֹנָי, Adonai, the LORD is pronounced on its place in Jewish religious practices.
  • Below the "Aces High Bar", is a sign that says "Sand Dune" ("To Tame A Land" song, based on a novel "Dune").
  • Pyramids in the background (Powerslave cover).
  • Among the pyramids, a grim reaper.
  • The marquee for the Movie Theater reads Blade Runner, the film which is the obvious inspiration for the futuristic scene. It also reads "Live After Death", the name of the live album released in 1985.
  • The cinema is named "Phillip K. Dick Cinema", named after the author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the book on which the movie Blade Runner was based.
  • More Blade Runner references include "Dekkers Department Stores" and a "Tyrell Corp" sign.
  • In the background can be seen "Bradbury Towers" (a likely reference to the Blade Runner prominent Bradbury Building) and The Million Dollar Movie Theater, both located in Los Angeles.
  • To the right of the clock is a neon sign that reads "Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant," a reference to the song "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" from the Powerslave album.
  • On the bottom left hand side of the cover is "The Ruskin Arms", famous for being one of the first venues performed at by Iron Maiden.
  • Just above "The Ruskin Arms", there is a neon sign that reads "RAINBOW", another famous venue for Iron Maiden.
  • On the second floor of the "Ruskin Arms" building is a woman sitting in a red lit room which is a reference to "Charlotte", a repeated theme in Iron Maiden songs.
  • On the roof of the same building is a police telephone box; this is likely a reference to the time-traveling TARDIS of the BBC TV series Doctor Who.
  • Above the Bradbury Towers neon sign is Icarus in flames falling from the sky, in the same style of the cover for the band's 1983 single "Flight of Icarus".
  • On the walkway above the clock is an electronic sign that says "LATEST RESULTS.......WEST HAM 7........ARSENAL 3," a nod to bass guitarist Steve Harris who is a West Ham supporter, a team known as the "Irons", who have partially given the name to the band.
  • At the right edge below, just near the band, there is another Russian ad - Кефир, "KEFIR", which means - "fermented milk drink".
  • Just above the Russian ad for "KEFIR" there is the street sign for "Upton Park" - this is where West Ham United play their home games.
  • In the band group, Bruce Dickinson is carrying a brain, the main symbol from the Piece of Mind album.
  • There is a sign that says "Gypsy's Kiss" which was the first band Steve Harris ever played with.
  • On the right side, above "Bradbury Towers" sign, there is a Japanese ad "浅田 彰." This refers to a notable Japanese philosopher, economist and critic, Akira Asada.
  • Right of the pyramids there is a sign where "Long Beach Arena" is written. The Live After Death album was mostly recorded at Long Beach Arena.
  • The neon sign above the band reads "Maggies Revenge" and refers to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and also references the cover of the Sanctuary and Women in Uniform singles.
  • One of the buildings is labeled "Asimov Foundation", a reference to the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
  • Batman stands above the walkway's right side.
  • The cat from Live After Death is on the sidewalk, behind Eddie.
  • Just below Batman, just above the "Latest Results" is the bracket that held Eddie's skull together from the "Piece of Mind" album on, including this album.
  • The windows of the Ruskin Arms Hotel, at the far left, are similar to those on the cover of Killers.
  • Derrick Riggs' artistic signature symbol can be found on Eddie's chest.

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. ... Spitfire may refer to: Supermarine Spitfire, a single-seat fighter plane used in World War II Triumph Spitfire, a small two-seat British sports car from Triumph Motor Company Spitfire, a slang term for a highly-excitable or passionate person, especially a woman. ... It has been suggested that Yahweh be merged into this article or section. ... At the bottom of the hands, the two letters on each hand combine to form יהוה (YHWH), the name of God. ... To Tame a Land is a song by heavy metal band Iron Maiden on their Piece of Mind album. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... Death, personified is an anthropomorphic figure or a fictional character who has existed in mythology and popular culture since the earliest days of storytelling. ... Blade Runner is a 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir American film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a 1968 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. ... Front entrance of Bradbury The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Illustration by Gustav Dore. ... Charlotte the Harlot is the name of a song and a (presumably fictional) character who features in various tracks by the heavy metal group Iron Maiden. ... The current TARDIS prop as seen at the BBC Wales reception in 2005. ... For other uses, see Doctor Who (disambiguation). ... Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ... Flight of Icarus is a 1983 song by Iron Maiden. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... Piece of Mind is the name of several albums, including: 1983 Piece of Mind by Iron Maiden 1996 Piece of Mind by Tela 1999 Piece of Mind by David McMurray 2003 Piece of Mind by Robin Lane This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages... Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ... Ajax prepares to violate the sanctuary of Athena by abducting Cassandra by force: red-figure vase, c. ... Women in Uniform was the third single by Iron Maiden. ...

Ed Hunter

  • In the Iron Maiden computer game Ed Hunter, one of the levels has the player walk through the scene depicted on the Somewhere In Time album cover while eliminating enemies.

A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Ed Hunter, a first-person shooter video game, was released in 1999, and is based on and accompanied by Iron Maidens music. ...

Additional notes

  • Catalogue: (LP) Capitol 12524, (CD) Capitol C2-46341

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IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time reviews and MP3 (1987 words)
Albums like “Somewhere In Time” (this album) and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” are definitely progressive enough to be included here, as well as the rest of their discography, concidering that their post-“Fear of The Dark” albums all featuring strong progressive elements to them.
Released at the top of their carrer, “Somewhere In Time” was stepping even further into progressive terretory and saw Iron Maiden experimenting with guitar synths, giving the music a dark and spacey atmosphere throughout the album.
Some Maiden fans found this album irretating and “cheesy” because of that when it was released back in 1986, but I think it works extremely well, especially on the album opener “Caught Somewhere In Time” which sets the mood for the album perfectly.
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