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Iron Maiden
The Book Of Souls-Live Chapter
December 2017
Released: 2017, Parlaphone
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

It was no surprise to anyone that (as of the time of writing) Iron Maiden has just released yet another Double Live album to document and compliment with the Book Of Souls World tour cycle. THE BOOK OF SOULS-LIVE CHAPTER is the band 9th Double Live album.

The band have delivered, yet again, another beautiful two disc package. I bought the regular jewel-case version but there is a mega-version with a big book. The 24-page booklet is full colour with about 100 photos, tour dates and a brief essay from Rod Smallwood. It looks great. Mind you, the quality of these albums is so high and so consistent that really, nay of the last half-dozen Iron Maiden double Live Albums are pretty interchangeable.

The design of this album is one of those albums where they add one song from various nights and various cities around the globe and blend it all seamlessly together. 13 nations get represented from all over the place… North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, this really is a documentation of a world tour. The sound quality is superb, the crowd nice and loud and everything well mixed.

I feel the setlist/tracklist was one of the stronger ones in recent memory. Thankfully the band are not afraid to play new tracks and this album has no less than five tracks from BOOK OF SOULS. Maiden are also not afraid to let it stretch out and play longer songs. Seven of the 15 cuts clocking in at 7:00 minutes or longer. They like to let their prog flag fly! It was also nice to hear a slightly adrenalized live version of ‘Children Of The Damned’, the first time it has been on a Maiden Live album in over 30 years.

I was recently chatting to a colleague about this album. Of course I bought it right away like any loyal Maiden foot-soldier, but we were discussing the issue and asking ourselves if we REALLY need yet ANOTHER Double Live Iron Maiden album in our collection? Our conclusion was… probably not. THE BOOK OF SOULS-LIVE CHAPTER will get spun a few times and get put on the shelf. However, based on the strength of the track list and sequencing, this might be one of the better Iron Maiden Double Live albums of recent memory
Track Listing

Disc One

1. If Eternity Should Fail
2. Speed of Light
3. Wrathchild
4. Children of the Damned
5. Death or Glory
6. The Red and the Black
7. The Trooper
8. Powerslave

Disc Two

1. The Great Unknown
2. The Book of Souls
3. Fear of the Dark
4. Iron Maiden
5. The Number of the Beast
6. Blood Brothers
7. Wasted Years


Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Dave Murray Guitar
Adrian Smith Guitar
Janick Gers Guitar
Steve Harris Bass
Nicko McBrain Drums



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