Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time

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by Iron Maiden
     
 

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With such superb albums as Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave, Iron Maiden had forged a completely original heavy metal sound. Feeling that they'd taken it as far it could go, the band decided to broaden their sound with the use of synthesizers for their sixthSee more details below

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With such superb albums as Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave, Iron Maiden had forged a completely original heavy metal sound. Feeling that they'd taken it as far it could go, the band decided to broaden their sound with the use of synthesizers for their sixth studio album, 1986's Somewhere in Time. While many other metal bands used synths in the '80s to appeal to the pop audience, Maiden wisely did not overindulge. Instead, they used them to create textures, and were rewarded with one of their most commercially successful releases. And although Maiden's next album, 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, would perfect this new approach, Somewhere contains many a highlight. Both the "do it now" rocker "Wasted Years" and the more melodic "Stranger in a Strange Land" were successful singles/videos, while other prominent tracks included the album-closing epic, "Alexander the Great," the frenzied opener, "Caught Somewhere in Time," and the singalong concert fave, "Heaven Can Wait." Although not quite as substantial as its predecessors (filler crops up here and there), Somewhere in Time succeeded in broadening Maiden's sound without alienating their longtime metal fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0696998621428
catalogNumber:
86214
Rank:
6705

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Performance Credits

Iron Maiden   Primary Artist
Bruce Dickinson   Vocals
Adrian Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Steve Harris   Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Nicko McBrain   Drums
David Murray   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Dave Murray   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar

Technical Credits

Barry Guy   Contributor
Martin Birch   Producer,Engineer
Albert Boekholt   Engineer
Steve Harris   Composer
Ronald Prent   Engineer
David Murray   Composer
Sean Burrows   Engineer
Rod Smallwood   Concept,Management,Sleeve Design,Sleeve Idea
Derek Riggs   Concept,Sleeve Design,Sleeve Idea,Sleeve Illustration
Barrie Stjohn Jones   Contributor
AMX Studios   Producer
Ian Shurmer   Contributor

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