Second re-release of the ninth single by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.
It's the second single from the band's fourth full-length studio album, "Piece of Mind" (1983).
"The Trooper". Song has some really recognizable riff structure. Nice trills, good note-crawling riffs. It's almost a Thrash song, about as close as Maiden really tries to get. Musically, it's a mind-blower. The drums are nice and audible; good fills, showing that Nicko will forever change the beat behind the band from the day he arrived. Bass line are fairly complicated as far as fills go, but much of the verses and chorus lines are thrown into the standard "Harris Gallop" where he makes 3 notes work on an entire verse. The joint solos seem to follow the standard for this period of Maiden. If you listen to the album in its whole, it would seem as if the guitars were trying to make similar patterns throughout, and basically tie together all the leadwork. The vocals... Bruce really knocks it up a notch on the new album, and no song proves it like "The Trooper" does. The high-flying wails and vibrating lows are all dramatic and powerful, fitting the song. Good stuff, a great cohesive song.
"Cross Eyed Mary". Jethro Tull was a great band, and there is a lot of proof (especially if you listen to Steve Harris talk) that Jethro Tull influenced Iron Maiden in a profound way. So, this is a fitting cover, as it's one of the Tull songs that displays the bands ties to Heavy Metal in later years. The flute solo at the beginning is replaced with guitars, and definitely has the maiden sound... clank bass, guitar trebled to maximum sharpness, drums patterned strangely in the Nicko standard. The song is faster than the original, and if you haven't heard said original, you would probably fall in love with this song.
All together this single is worth buying if you get a chance!!
It was one of only a few songs to get much radio airplay in the US, thus peaking at No. 28 on the US Mainstream Rock charts. It also achieved success in the UK, peaking at No. 12 in the UK Singles Charts as well as gaining a much better reception than the band's previous single, "Flight Of Icarus".
Recorded from the original analogue master tapes.
Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1983/2014 (2564624875). Made in EU.
1. The Trooper 4:12
2. Cross Eyed Mary 3:52
Total playing time: 8:04