To work oneself back through the catalogue of a favorite composer or band and find out that their early work already was full of substance and on moments eclipsed the music that would save their names for posterity. It happened with Richard Wagner (I like his first two operas, Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot, both more than Rienzi, his most famous pre-Fliegende Holländer opera) and it happened with Iron Maiden. Their debut album is a fresh heap of metal in a punk coat and I prefer it over a lot of their later output. Singer Paul Di'Anno sounds more pop and punk than metal. We're still a few years away from the band that would grow into a football stadium rock act. Compared to the Bruce Dickinson-years Maiden sounds on their debut album like a band that still has to make up their mind on a lot of things but the signature sound (with Steve Harris' galloping bass and the brazing guitar appergios) is already there.
Remember Tomorrow (covered by Metallica on their latest album "Hard Wired, Deluxe edition) is a song of superb schizophrenia. It carries its teenage resentment with a mature attitude. It's the highlight of this album and one of my favorite metal/rock songs ever. (WdM)
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