Our Sunrise Records had only one copy of this CD left (they didn’t have the DVD), so of course I snapped it up. It’s Bruce!
It’s a sweet set, 14 tracks from the soundtrack for the documentary of the same name. Basically, in 1994 Bruce and his band at the time made massive arrangements to play Sarajevo for a one-off show. Sarajevo was under violent siege during civil wars, at the time, as you’ll recall. The idea of putting on a rock/metal show in the middle of it was, frankly, crazy…
Personally, I’m torn by the idea – one part of me knows their heart was in the right place, wanting to bring some much needed sanity and metal to a place tearing itself apart at the seams. The other part of me (probably the parental, practical side of me) knows they put a lot of people at unnecessary risk for this gig, and spent a lot of military and monetary resources that could have seen better use elsewhere, in order to make this all happen. The whole story is in the included (excellent) 23-page booklet in the CD case and, of course, in the documentary (which I will be buying shortly, as by all reports online, it’s a brilliant doc).
Sitting here in my peaceful Man Cave in peaceful Canada, I can just enjoy the well-chosen music on this CD, and it’s friggin’ brilliant. Of course! I’ve broken out the tracks found here (below), which include (mostly) album tracks from Bruce’s solo career, as well as a couple of rarities for those of us who haven’t collected up everything (yet).
Change Of Heart^
Tears Of The Dragon^
Gods Of War^
Darkside Of Aquarius~
Navigate The Seas Of The Sun@
Road To Hell~
Arc Of Space~
River Of No Return@
Power Of The Sun@
Strange Death In Paradise*
^ Balls To Picasso
~ Accident Of Birth
@ Tyranny Of Souls
@@ Tyranny Of Souls Japanese bonus track
** Skunkworks 2005 expanded edition
# Best Of Bruce Dickinson 2cd bonus track (from Chemical Wedding session)