Iron Maiden – Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City

I was waiting for the outcome of our second Christmas to see if I needed to buy this record. Of course, this ultimately meant waiting until February to get a copy, but better late than never!

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This is a first impressions review:

You can read all about the background with the video game here. But you’re here for the music (of course)! 

This kicks ass. Seriously, this band in a live setting is monumental, epic… pick your superlatives, they might not even big enough. Having seen them in concert (once, in 2016) myself, I can now confirm that this band can back up their studio efforts with live mayhem brilliance.

Recorded over three nights in May, 2019, this is a Maiden spectacular. The crowd is always 100% invested, knows every word and note, and stays engaged full-on the entire time. You can feel the love. Bruce’s vocals soar with power that seemingly ought not to emanate from any man. And the band… You might think they’d be tired of playing Run To The Hills, but the band rips through tracks on a level beyond playing them by rote. They achieve greatness with passion and energy, and really letting the songs live and breathe. Glory.

The setlist is interesting too. Yes, they play many of the hits you’d expect to hear. But they also play tracks that haven’t seen the light of day in a while (Flight Of Icarus) some Blaze Bayley-era tracks (Sign Of The Cross, and The Clansman). It’s also the first wide-release live recording of For The Greater Good Of God.

In Sum: 

\m/  Up The Irons!  \m/

 

PS: I paid $10 more (on limited sale, it’s usually more) for the Deluxe CD edition. It came in the same hardcover book as my Book Of Souls and Book Of Souls: Live Chapter sets. Now, I’d bought those two in the fancier sets because I saw that tour (and love that album). On this one, while it’s nice to have bigger pages in the book, and it looks good on the shelf beside the others, there’s really nothing else makes it Deluxe in any way. For this one, I would probably have been fine with the CD-sized regular edition and saved $10.

Tracks:

CD1: Churchill’s Speech (Intro) / Aces High / Where Eagles Dare / 2 Minutes To Midnight / The Clansman / The Trooper / Revelations / For The Greater Good Of God / The Wicker Man

CD2: Sign Of The Cross / Flight Of Icarus / Fear Of The Dark / The Number Of The Beast / Iron Maiden / The Evil That Men Do / Hallowed Be Thy Name / Run To The Hills

 

And hey, lucky you, the whole thing is on the Tubes Of You! Try it, then buy it!

36 thoughts on “Iron Maiden – Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City

  1. Lana Teramae says:

    Tubes Of You, haha that’s funny! I’m not a live albums person, so I won’t be getting this either, at least not for a while. I’m more of a visual person, especially because Iron Maiden is such a visual band (I’d much rather buy a concert DVD from the tour or wait for the real thing once covid is done). I’ll give the boys props for doing “Flight of Icarus,” though, as it is a banger!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah I’ve been saying Tubes Of You for a long while, not even sure how that started. Don’t even think it’s something I came up with. Anyway, I prefer studio tracks too, but when it comes to Maiden, the more the merrier!

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      1. Lana Teramae says:

        It’s clever I like it, even if you never came up with the term. If I could, I’d buy all Maiden releases (including the live albums), but my budget won’t allow me to do so lol. I need to save up for other artists.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          You and John Snow, both talking about needing/wanting all the Maiden albums! I just bought mine on CD, used, over time. $5-$7 each, and yeah it took a long while but who cares? It gave me time to enjoy what I had before bringing in more. They’re the kind of band you keep forever anyway, a collection cornerstone, so who cares how long it takes – not me!

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          1. Lana Teramae says:

            That is true, better late than never! I bought Somewhere in Time for $5 – $7 on Amazon, so if I find more Maiden albums that are cheap, I’ll consider buying them. I did buy their first two albums for $15 each at a local record store, not the cheapest, but I’m glad to have them in my collection.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Is it that you tried it and didn’t like it? Or just so much else to hear and you haven’t gotten there yet? I’m a later convert, but my excuse was jazz, probably lol. Anyway, if you ever do get to them in a focussed way, I’ll warn you that it is a slippery slope with their discography. Once you fall in love you’ll need (not just want) it all. 🙂

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      1. 2loud2oldmusic says:

        Never got in to them in the past and now it is too daunting with all the material. Their albums on vinyl are so expensive so I didn’t really want to go down that rabbit hole yet. I wish they had a fairly complete box set on CDs that I could get, but they don’t even have that. One day I will do as I am doing with Priest and just dive in, but not there yet.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          That’s cool, they do have a ton of stuff. I started late (as I mentioned), and just picked up CDs used, as I found them. Mostly through Mike’s old store, actually, their prices were generally good. It didn’t take me that long to get all the main studio albums, that way. I do have a couple of LPs here, I think, but mine are predominantly CD.

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  2. deKE says:

    Better late then never that’s for sure. I have told people that when I hear certain tracks like The Wicker Man on here I can hear that exact same drum mix when I caught em live in Vancouver.
    Dude you got Lord of the Flies on here?? hahaha I got ripped off..

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah their current live sound is amazing. Good catch on LotF, it’s not on there (you’re right). I added that from stuff I was reading and shouldn’t have. I even typed out the track list and didn’t catch myself. Go figure.

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