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POWERSLAVE

 

POWERSLAVE

Původní celosvětové vydání:

1. "Aces High" (Steve Harris) – 4:29

   2. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith) – 6:02

   3. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" (Instrumental) (Harris) – 4:12

   4. "Flash of the Blade" (Dickinson) – 4:02

   5. "The Duellists" (Harris) – 6:07

   6. "Back in the Village" (Dickinson, Smith) – 5:02

   7. "Powerslave" (Dickinson) – 7:07

   8. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (Harris) – 13:40

 

Znovuvydání 1995 s bonusy:

    1. "Rainbow's Gold" – 4:57

   2. "Mission From 'Arry" – 6:42

   3. "King of Twilight" – 4:53

   4. "The Number of the Beast (Live)" (Harris) – 4:57

 

Remaster 1998:

    1. "Aces High" (Steve Harris) – 4:29

   2. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith) – 6:02

   3. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" (Instrumental) (Harris) – 4:12

   4. "Flash of the Blade" (Dickinson) – 4:02

   5. "The Duellists" (Harris) – 6:07

   6. "Back in the Village" (Dickinson, Smith) – 5:20 (*)

   7. "Powerslave" (Dickinson) – 6:46 (*)

   8. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (Harris) – 13:40

 

(*) Na remasterované verzi alba jsou písně Back In The Village a Powerslave odděleny jinak, než na původním vydání. Začátek písně Poweslave je vložen na konec skladby Back In The Village.

 

Texty

 

1. Aces High

 

[Harris]

 

There goes the siren that warns off the air raid

Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak

Out for the scramble we've got to get airborne

Got to get up for the coming attack.

 

Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines

Remove all the wheel blocks

there's no time to waste

Gathering speed as we head down the runway

Gotta get airborne before it's too late

 

Running, scrambling, flying

Rolling, turning, diving, going in again

Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die

Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high

 

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers

Let off a sharp burst and then turn away

Roll over, spin round and come in behind them

Move to their blindsides and firing again

 

Bandits at 8 o'clock move in behind us

Ten ME-109's out of the sun

Ascending and turning out spitfires to face them

Heading straight for them I press my guns.

 

Rolling, turning, diving

Rolling, turning, diving, goin' again

Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die

Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high.

 

2. 2 Minutes To Midnight

 

[Smith/Dickinson]

 

Kill for gain or shoot to maim

But we don't need a reason

To Golden Goose is on the loose

And never out of season

Blackened pride still burns inside

This shell of bloody treason

Here's my gun for a barrel of fun

For the love of living death

 

The killer's breed or the Demon's seed,

The glamour, the fortune, the pain,

Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain

Don't you pray for my soul anymore?

 

2 minutes to midnight,

The hands that threaten doom.

2 minutes to midnight,

To kill the unborn in the womb.

 

The blind men shout "Let the creatures out

We'll show the unbelievers."

The napalm screams of human flames

Of a prime time Belsen feast ... yeah!

As the reasons for the carnage cut their meat and lick the gravy

We oil the jaws of the war machine and feed it with our babies.

 

The killer's breed or the Demon's seed,

The glamour, the fortune, the pain,

Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain

Don't you pray for my soul anymore.

 

2 minutes to midnight,

The hands that threaten doom.

2 minutes to midnight,

To kill the unborn in the womb.

 

The body bags and little rags of children torn in two

And the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you

As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song

To the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun.

 

The killer's breed or the Demon's seed,

The glamour, the fortune, the pain,

Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain

Don't you pray for my soul anymore.

 

2 minutes to midnight,

The hands that threaten doom.

2 minutes to midnight,

To kill the unborn in the womb.

 

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

It's all night

 

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

It's all night

 

3. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)

 

[Harris]

 

[instrumentální skladba]

 

4. Flash Of The Blade

 

[Dickinson]

 

As a young boy chasing Dragons

with your wooden sword so mighty,

You're St. George or you're David and you always

killed the beast

Times change very quickly

And you had to grow up early

A house in smoking ruins and the bodies at your feet

 

[refrén:]

You'll die as you lived

In a flash of the blade

In a corner forgotten by no-one

You lived for the touch

For the feel of the steel

One man, and his Honour.

 

The smell of resined leather

The steely iron mask

As you cut and thrust and parried at the

fencing master's call

He taught you all he ever knew

To fear no mortal man

And now you'll wreak your vengeance in the

Screams of evil man.

 

[Refrén:]

[Opakovat refrén]

 

5. The Duellists

 

[Harris]

 

He threw down a glove you made the mistake

Of picking it up now you're gone

The choosing of guns or fighting with swords

The choice of weapons is gone

He'll tear you apart as soon as you start

You know you don't have a chance

 

[Refrén:]

OH...OH... Fight for the Honour

Fight for the Splendour

Fight for the Pleasure

OH...OH... Fight for the Honour

Fight for the Splendour

Fight for your Life!

 

Ready to start the duel begins

the best man wins in the end

A lunge and a feint, a parry too late

A cut to the chest and you're down

Seeing the stain then feeling the pain

Feeling the sweat on your brow

 

[Refén:]

The fighting resumes, a silence looms the

Swordsman move 'gainst each other

A cut and a thrust, a parry, a blow

a stab to the heart and you're down

The Angel of Death hears your last breath

Meanwhile the reaper looks on

 

OH...OH... Fought for the Honour

Fought for the Splendour

Fought for the Pleasure

OH...OH... Fought for the Honour

Fought for the Splendour

Fought to the Death

 

6. Back In The Village

 

[Smith / Dickinson]

 

Turn the spotlights on the people

Switch the dial and eat the worm

Take your chances, kill the engine

Drop your bombs and let it burn

 

White flags shot to ribbons,

The truce in Black and Burned.

Shellshock in the kitchen.

Tables overturned

 

[Refrén:]

Back in the village again

In the village,

I'm back in the village again.

 

Throwing dice now, rolling loaded

I see sixes all the way,

In a black hole and I'm spinning

As my wings get shot away.

 

Questions are a burden

And answers are a prison for oneself

Shellshock in the kitchen

Tables start to burn.

 

[Refrén:]

Back in the village again

In the village,

I'm back in the village again.

 

No breaks on the inside,

Paper cats and burning barns,

There's fox among the chickens,

And a killer in the hounds.

 

Questions are a burden

And answers are a prison for oneself

Shellshock in the kitchen

Tables start to burn.

 

[Refrén:]

Back in the village again

In the village,

I'm back in the village again.

 

But still we walk into the valley

And others try to kill the inner flame

We're burning brighter than before

I don't have a number, I'M A NAME!

 

Back in the village again

In the village

I'm back in the village again

Back in the village again

In the village

 

I'm back in the village

Back in the village

Back in the village again.

 

7. Powerslave

 

[Dickinson]

 

Into the Abyss I'll fall - the eye of Horus

Into the eyes of the night - watching me go

Green is the cat's eye that glows -

In this Temple

Enter the risen Osiris - risen again.

 

[Refrén:]

Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave

I don't wanna die, I'm a God,

Why can't I live on?

When the Life Giver dies,

All around is laid waste,

And in my last hour,

I'm a Slave to the Power of Death.

 

When I was living this lie - Fear was my Game

People would worship and fall -

Drop to their knees.

So bring me the blood and

Red wine for the one to succeed me,

For he is a man and a God -

And He will die too.

 

[Refrén:]

 

Now I am cold but a ghost lives in my veins,

Silent the terror that reigned -

Marbled in stone

A Shell of a man God preserved -

For thousand ages,

But open the gates of my hell -

I'll strike from the grave

 

[Refrén:]

Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave

I don't wanna die, I'm a God,

Why can't I live on?

When the Life Giver dies,

All around is laid waste,

And in my last hour,

I'm a Slave to the Power of Death.

Slave to the Power of Death...

Slave to the Power of Death...

 

8. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

 

[Harris]

 

Hear the rime of the Ancient Mariner

See his eye as he stops one of three

Mesmerises one of the wedding guests

Stay here and listen to the nightmares

of the Sea

 

And the music plays on, as the bride passes by

Caught by his spell and

the Mariner tells his tale.

 

Driven south to the land of the snow and ice

To a place where nobody's been

Through the snow fog flies on the albatross

Hailed in God's name,

hoping good luck it brings.

 

And the ship sails on, back to the North

Through the fog and ice and

the albatross follows on

 

The mariner kills the bird of good omen

His shipmates cry against what he's done

But when the fog clears, they justify him

And make themselves a part of the crime.

 

Sailing on and on and North across the sea

Sailing on and on and North 'till all is calm

 

The albatross begins with its vengeance

A terrible curse a thirst has begun

His shipmates blame bad luck on the Mariner

About his neck, the dead bird is hung.

 

And the curse goes on and on and on at sea

And the thirst goes on and on for them and me

 

"Day after day, day after day,

we stuck nor breath nor motion

As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean

Water, water everywhere and

all the boards did shrink

Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

 

[SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)]

 

There, calls the mariner

there comes a ship over the line

But how can she sail with no wind

in her sails and no tide.

 

See... onward she comes

Onwards she nears, out of the sun

See... she has no crew

She has no life, wait but there's two

 

Death and she Life in Death,

they throw their dice for the crew

She wins the Mariner and he belongs to her now.

Then ... crew one by one

They drop down dead, two hundred men

She... She, Life in Death.

She lets him live, her chosen one.

 

[Vyprávění]

"One after one by the star dogged moon,

too quick for groan or sigh

Each turned his face with a ghastly pang

and cursed me with his eye

Four times fifty living men

(and I heard nor sigh nor groan),

With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,

they dropped down one by one."

 

[SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)]

 

The curse it lives on in their eyes

The Mariner he wished he'd die

Along with the sea creatures

But they lived on, so did he.

 

And by the light of moon

He prays for their beauty not doom

With heart he blesses them

God's creatures all of them too.

 

Then the spell starts to break

The albatross falls from his neck

Sinks down like lead into the Sea

Then down in falls comes the rain.

 

Hear the groans of the long dead seamen

See them stir and they start to rise

Bodies lifted by good spirits

None of them speak

and they're lifeless in their eyes

 

And revenge is still sought, penance starts again

Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

 

Now the curse is finally lifted

And the Mariner sights his home

Spirits go from the long dead bodies

Form their own light and

the Mariner's left alone

 

And then a boat came sailing towards him

It was a joy he could not believe

The Pilot's boat, his son and the hermit

Penance of life will fall onto Him.

 

And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea

And the hermit shrives the mariner of his sins

 

The Mariner's bound to tell of his story

To tell his tale wherever he goes

To teach God's word by his own example

That we must love all things that God made.

 

And the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man

And the tale goes on and on and on.

 

 

 

Původní obal

 

Datum vydání

3. 9. 1984

 

Doba nahrávání

prosinec 1983 - červenec 1984

 

Místo nahrávání

Compass Point Studios, Nassau (Bahamy)

 

Celková délka

50:26 min

 

Vydavatelství

EMI (Británie, Evropa)

Capitol Records (USA)

 

Producent

Martin Birch

 

Manažer

Rod Smallwood

 

Umístění v UK charts

2.

 

Sestava

Bruce Dickinson - zpěv

Steve Harris - baskytara, doprovodný zpěv

Dave Murray - kytara

Adrian Smith - kytara, doprovodný zpěv

Nicko McBrain - bicí

 

Singly k albu

Aces High

 

2 Minutes To Midnight

 

Ilustrátor obalu

Derek Riggs

 

Tour

World Slavery Tour 1984/85

Předkapely Iron Maiden


Paul Samson's Empire, Bad News, Accept, Rock Goddess, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Queensrÿche, Ratt, Warrior, Mama's Boys

Setlist tour

Intro: Churchill's Speech
Aces High
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Trooper
Revelations
Flight Of Icarus
Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
Powerslave
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
22, Acacia Avenue
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills
Running Free
Sanctuary
Children Of The Damned
Die With Your Boots On
Wrathchild
Murders In The Rue Morgue
Phantom Of The Opera

 

Videa

Aces High

 


 

 

2 Minutes To Midnight

 


 

 

Powerslave

 


 

 

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

 


 

 

V pořadí páté studiové album Iron Maiden "Powerslave" spatřuje světlo světa v září roku 1984 a stejně jako předchozí deska "Piece Of Mind" je natáčeno v nádherném prostředí studia Compass Point v Nassau na Bahamách.

Následná celosvětová "World Slavery Tour" se stala největší a nejúspěšnější, jakou skupina uspořádala. Iron Maiden procestovali za třináct měsíců 28 zemí a odehráli přes tři sta vystoupení, včetně legendární cesty za železnou oponu, aby na konci oné pouti skončili ve stavu naprostého fyzického i psychického vyčerpání. Bruce k tomu říká: "Bylo to nejlepší turné, jaké jsme kdy udělali, a zároveň nejhorší, moc nechybělo, aby nás to zabilo".

Výprava také překonala vše, co doposud Iron Miaden ve své historii předvedli a motiv "Ancient Egyptian", který by si v té době netroufla použít žádná rocková formace, byl s citem přenesen z obalu alba na pódium takovým způsobem, že pouze podtrhoval vyjímečnost této britské metalové formace. Megalomanská show plná pyrotechnických efektů, zakončená zjevením velkého Eddieho ve stylu mumie, vystupujícího ze zlatého sarkofágu, byla do té doby něčím naprosto jedinečným. Celá tour pak měla dva vrcholy a to vystoupení na festivalu "Rock In Rio" před 300 000 diváky a sérii čtyř legendárních koncertů v Long Beach Aréně, z nichž vzniklo živé dvojalbum a videokazeta s názvem "Live After Death".

Zajímavostí je, že obal alba ztvárněný opět Derekem Riggsem byl pojat netradičně a nápis IRON MAIDEN byl umístěn nikoli přes celou šíři, nýbrž pouze do levého horního rohu. Navíc tento ilustrátor zabudoval do hyeroglifického písma různé vzkazy a nápisy jako: "Indiana Jones byl zde 1941", kresbu Mickey Mouse, "žádný Guiness" a další.

Album kromě hitů jako "Aces High" či "2 Minutes To Midnight" obsahuje také několik ne zrovna povedených skladeb, ale celkově je hodnoceno jako zadřilé a zejména v USA dosáhlo velice slušné prodejnosti. Titul "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" je epickou, více než 13 minutovou skladbou z pera Steva Harrise, jež si vzala za vzor báseň anglického básníka Samuela Taylora Coleridge, napsanou v roce 1798 pod originálním názvem "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" a dodnes patří k tomu nejlepšímu, co v celé své historii Iron Maiden vypustili do světa.

 

 

 

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