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Piece of Mind cover art
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released - May 16, 1983
Recorded - Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, January - March 1983
Genre - Heavy metal
Length - 45:50
Label - EMI
Producer - Martin Birch
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Singles from Piece of Mind
1. "Flight of Icarus"
Released: 11 April 1983
2. "The Trooper"
Released: 20 June 1983
Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was originally released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) on EMI, and on Capitol in the US; it was reissued later on Sanctuary/Columbia Records. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust.
The album ranked 21 on IGN's list of the top 25 metal albums.
• 1 Background
• 2 Hidden message
• 3 Track listing
o 3.1 1995 reissue bonus CD
• 4 Cover versions
• 7 Personnel
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Lyrically, the album reflected the 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. "Still Life" is inspired by fantasy/horror writer Clark Ashton Smith's pre-World War II short story Genius Loci. Other inspirations include "Where Eagles Dare", a film, a novel by Alistair MacLean; "Quest for Fire", based on the film by Jean-Jacques Annaud; the writer G. K. Chesterton who is quoted at the beginning of "Revelations", and "Sun and Steel", based on Japanese writer Mishima's eponymous essay about samurai legend Miyamoto Musashi. More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered for "Flight of Icarus". Aleister Crowley influenced a good piece of the remaining lyrics of "Revelations," which was written by Dickinson.
This is the first of four Iron Maiden albums that were 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 so it would suit the artwork more. The name of the last track was meant to be titled "Dune," but Frank Herbert, who disliked heavy rock bands, denied 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:
"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..." . This change can be seen either as a reference to the album's name, or the removal of Eddie's brain on the cover, or to drummer Nicko McBrain's inception into the band for this album.
World Piece Tour was the tour supporting the album.
At the beginning of the sixth track, Still Life, the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Maiden of being satanic. The backwards-message features Nicko McBrain mimicking Idi Amin (or rather mimicking John Bird mimicking Idi Amin) uttering the following phrase "What ho said the t'ing with the three "bonce", do not meddle with things you don't understand...", followed by a belch. The phrase itself is taken from the satirical album The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin by Bird and Alan Coren. "What ho" and "What ho said the t'ing" are phrases that also crop up regularly on McBrain's "Listen With Nicko!" tracks from the First Ten Years collection.
1. "Where Eagles Dare" (Steve Harris) – 6:10
2. "Revelations" (Bruce Dickinson) – 6:48
3. "Flight of Icarus" (Dickinson, Adrian Smith) – 3:51
4. "Die With Your Boots On" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 5:28
5. "The Trooper" (Harris) – 4:15
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
1995 reissue bonus CD
10. "I Got the Fire" (Montrose cover)
11. "Cross-Eyed Mary" (Jethro Tull cover)
Two songs were covered for the 2008 tribute album Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden; "The Trooper" by Coheed and Cambria and "To Tame a Land" by Dream Theater.
• Bruce Dickinson – vocals
• Dave Murray – guitar
• Adrian Smith – guitar, backing vocals
• Steve Harris – bass guitar, backing vocals
• Nicko McBrain – drums
Notes on this release:
New vinyltransfer using the original first Dutch pressing (EMI - Uden catalognumber: 1A 064-07724 - stampers: 07724-A1 JC + 07724-B1 JC). If my mind serves me right, I believe the pressing of vinyl already had stopped at the Dutch plant in Uden by the time this one came out. Though the cover states it was manufactured in the Netherlands it’s more likely it was made in West Germany.
Quality of record is reasonably good – same as with ‘The Number Of The Beast’, there's a very faint notion of crackle throughout this one, best noticeable on the quiet parts, though nothing too distracting. The image itself seems not affected, nothing I can detect of damaged grooves. It's just been played a lot when I was a D.J., though always with great care.
All my releases are straight rips - unless otherwise noted - and I never use any EQ - NR - or level changes on my rips.)
I think this sounds two hairs better* than the japanese 'Black Triangle' CD pressing (and probably all other CD pressings) though I must admit it's a bit hot on the high frequencies and Martin Birch could have used some more oomph. But that’s his signature sound I guess. In comparison to both my earlier rip as well as the Japanese Black Triangle CD release (considered to be the best digital source by many) this now does sound the most faithful or linear to my ears. (Again, no effects EQ or whatever was used anywhere on this transfer! The only sound shaping tool I used is the amazing ‘trainable’ Noise Reduction in iZotope’s RX. Whenever the vinyl is humming (or murmuring as I can best describe it) because of the friction between the stylus and the vinyl, I ‘learn’ this program what to remove and use that on the spots where it’s noticeable the most. In this case I used it on the reversed message before ‘Still Life’. With the right settings you barely can hear it was ever there! Oh, joy! :^D)
EddylitE - december 2009
* better is a personal related discription. It's not really better, it's got pros and cons compared to other pressings. It's just that I like it better because it has more headroom and more detail. Staging is also a notch better. All in all I can conclude that this version, although a very faint notion of crackling is present, beats all CD versions that exsist. But don’t take my word for it, listen for yourselves!
©2009 - Hipper than Hell Records * Eddy_litE appears courtesy of himself * You have been Aped
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