Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster

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Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, originally released in September 1986 via EMI Records in the UK and Capitol Records in the US.

Iron Maiden formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US platinum and gold albums. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity. Despite little radio or television support. Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, selling over 90 million albums worldwide.

 

The studio follow-up to the hugely successful Powerslave and Live After Death pair, it was their first album to feature guitar synthesisers. The album followed the extensive World Slavery Tour of 1984-85, which was physically draining for the group, lasting 331 days and comprising 187 concerts.

The resulting exhaustion is credited as the main factor in the complete lack of songwriting contributions from lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson, whose material was rejected by the rest of the band. Dickinson had written several "acoustic-based" songs, explaining that "I felt we had to come up with our Physical Graffiti or Led Zeppelin IV ... we had to get it onto another level or we'd stagnate and drift away," although bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris "thought he'd lost the plot completely," surmising that "he was probably more burnt out than anyone at the end of that last tour." On the other hand, the record is also notable for the number of "fully formed" songs written by guitarist Adrian Smith, who wrote both of the album's singles: Wasted Years and Stranger in a Strange Land, the former of which is the only song on the record not to feature guitar synthesisers.

Although "Space and Time" are common themes through the album, the band never intended for it to be a concept album and much of the material has disappeared from their live shows with the exception of Wasted Years and Heaven Can Wait. Performances of Heaven Can Wait have sometimes even featured groups of local fans and celebrities invited on stage to sing along during the song's middle section.

The wraparound album cover artwork features a cyborg-enhanced Eddie in a futuristic, Blade Runner-inspired environment that holds a plethora of references to earlier Iron Maiden albums and songs.

Check out a couple tracks from the album:  Wasted Years, Stranger in a Strange Land, and Heaven Can Wait.

This LP record is a reissue (November 2014) on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl featuring remastered audio with printed inner sleeve, pressed in Europe via Parlophone Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

A1

Caught Somewhere In Time

7:22

A2

Wasted Years

5:06

A3

Sea Of Madness

5:52

A4

Heaven Can Wait

7:24

B1        

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner                      

6:31

B2

Stranger In A Strange Land

5:43

B3

Deja-Vu

4:55

B4

Alexander The Great (356-323 B.C.)

8:35

SKU 825646248544
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 2564624854
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 21 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 29 September 1986
Barcode # 825646248544
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Heavy Metal
Format VINYL LP

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