Label: Not On Label (Iron Maiden) - none • Format: Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release Purple Vinyl • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
The year of was a total success for Iron Maiden, they released their debut record in April, had a couple songs on the Metal For Muthas compilation and played dates supporting KISS on their European tour and played as support to boyhood heroes UFO at the prestigious Reading Festival. They had actually tried to get him in the band in but he wanted to keep the course with his band of several years, Urchin.
Now with that band defunct, Adrian was ready to go all in, the history with Dave made for an easy transition, his musical taste was similar to the others and when one considers what he would bring to the table throughout the next decade, it was perhaps the defining moment of the year.
I grew up going to see gigs at the Rainbow. But the show that night was filmed and when I watched it, sure enough, there I was. This is big time! The balance is perfect with all instruments and vocals being well defined and the audience noise near the taper is Phantom Of The Opera - Iron Maiden - Live At The Rainbow enough to capture the vibe without becoming intrusive.
The recording begins with the Ides Of March intro, I would like to hear the original recording of this music as this is not the version found on Killers, same structure but with no leads added in, hopefully someday it will appear on a box set or something. Sanctuary is the opener. The band engages the audience instantly and they respond vocally and by clapping along, the twin guitar work from Dave and Adrian is spot on.
The band slows it down with a typically brilliant version of Remember Tomorrow, while the version found on the first record is somewhat tame, live versions never fail to impress just listen to the versions on Maiden Japan or on the B-side to The Number Of The Beast single recorded live in Italy…incredible!
Paul is also in great shape vocally, he wails like some old school Ian Gillan. Charlotte would be dropped in favour of the newer material but in these early shows it was a superb start of the set with is catchy chorus made it easy to sing along, as evident here.
Another great early version of Killers follows, the music is together yet the lyrics are not quite finished, but are getting closer as evident by the latter chorus, Dave rips a blistering solo and the song is very aggressive Note, your stereo should be turned up LOUD by this point.
Another Life is introduced as being from the second record, yet is another that has been in the set Phantom Of The Opera - Iron Maiden - Live At The Rainbow for sometime, the audience is familiar with it and clap along as it starts. Paul takes a minute to introduce Adrian Smith, to a nice ovation, and tells the audience he will shown them what he can do and again to a loud ovation, introduces Transylvania.
Their earliest and beloved instrumental piece, by this time live it is a powerhouse, the playing is superb and the band play tight and very focused, the twin harmony playing by the two guitarists is unmatched and sorry Dennis, you are not missed.
Just like on the first LP, the song is followed by Strange World. Slow with a bit of ambient playing by Dave, his guitar mourns in a most sorrowful way. This is one of four songs recorded in late at Spaceward Studios of what would eventually become The Soundhouse Tapes, to hear this early version look Je TAime, Je Te Veux - Le Trio Monterey - Pour La Danse, Vol.2 the out of print Best Of The Beast Castle Records set from Paul asks the A Warm Wall - DoF - Mine Is May to move back, their response was a rather non empathetic NO, Paul tells them there are some ladies down front who will be flat chested as they are getting squished, typical Cockney charm.
Steve asks the audience if its loud enough, their response is of course a very loud NO! A nice early version of Innocent Exile is next, very much like the official version, it has the Purple like swagger to it and is a superb version. This song is a superb example of prototype speed or thrash metal, the speed and intricate time changes found within the songs 8 minute structure are mind blowing and are the definitive versions of this song. The song is a pure metal celebration, the audience sings in unison with the band, and I have to again acknowledge the wonderful playing of Clive, his drumming all night has been great but he really gives it percent on this song….
The encores are standard beginning with Running Free, by this time there is a fever pitch in the Rainbow, the audience is ready as soon as Clive starts the drums and again sing on the chorus, definitely one of the best versions of the song I have heard. At the songs conclusion Paul tells the audience of some technical difficulties with the recording and that they are taking a beer break The End Is Near - Various - Delirium Tremens 1. will be back to replay a few songs, according to legend not a single fan left, sadly the recording does not contain these songs.
After listening to concerts like this it is no wonder why Phantom Of The Opera - Iron Maiden - Live At The Rainbow band rose to the top of the NWOBHM 緊張の夏 - Taisho-9nenn* - 九階に在る食堂, they had no real peers who could compete with them on this level.
The packaging Conquest Of You (Part II) - Kid Creole & The Coconuts* - The Conquest Of You the mini LP style adorned with wonderful black and white live shots of the band from the era. There is an insert with liner notes and a couple of color posed shots where the band looks very young.
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