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VIRTUAL XI

 

Původní celosvětové vydání:

 

  1. "Futureal" (Steve Harris, Blaze Bayley) – 2:55

   2. "The Angel and the Gambler" (Harris) – 9:52

   3. "Lightning Strikes Twice" (Dave Murray, Harris) – 4:50

   4. "The Clansman" (Harris) – 8:59

   5. "When Two Worlds Collide" (Murray, Bayley, Harris) – 6:17

   6. "The Educated Fool" (Harris) – 6:44

   7. "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger" (Harris) – 8:03

   8. "Como Estais Amigos" (Janick Gers, Bayley) – 5:30

 

Remaster 1998:

 

   1. "Futureal" (Steve Harris, Blaze Bayley) – 2:55

   2. "The Angel and the Gambler" (Harris) – 9:52

   3. "Lightning Strikes Twice" (Dave Murray, Harris) – 4:50

   4. "The Clansman" (Harris) – 8:59

   5. "When Two Worlds Collide" (Murray, Bayley, Harris) – 6:17

   6. "The Educated Fool" (Harris) – 6:44

   7. "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger" (Harris) – 8:03

   8. "Como Estais Amigos" (Janick Gers, Bayley) – 5:30

 

 

Texty

 

1. Futureal

 

[Harris/Bayley]

 

I'm running of my time, I'm running out of breath

And now it's getting, so I can't sleep at night

in the day, I feel like death

 

I'm getting in far too deep, I feel they closing in

I've got to say that I'm scared, I know they'll win

Even so, I prepared

 

[refrén:]

Do you believe, what you hear

Can you believe, what you see

Do you believe, what you feel

Can you believe

 

What is real?

Futureal

What is real?

Futureal

 

Wherever anyone seems to treat me like a freak

It makes me see I'm only one who feels

That I know what is real

 

Sometimes it feels like a game of deadly hide and seek

And when you reading this, then I will be gone

Maybe then, you will see

 

[refrén 2x]

 

2. The Angel And The Gambler

 

[Harris]

 

Roll of the dice

Take a spin of the wheel

Out of your hands now

So how do you feel but you're never gonna win

You'd better go back again

 

Do you feel lucky?

Or do you feel scared

Take that luck brings

And the devil may care

But you're down on your luck

Will the next day bring?

 

Adrift on the ocean

Afloat on the daydream

Or lost in a maze

Or blind in the haze

So what does it matter

So why don't you answer

So why did you send

An angel to mend

 

Best make decisions

Before it's too late

Take all your chances

Take all hold of the reins

A roll of the dice

Ahead of the game again

 

Nothing to lose

But so much to gain

A little danger

It goes without saying

But what do you care

You're gonna go in the end

 

Gate open to heaven

Is ready and waiting

Or straight down to hell

Can go there as well

 

I'll suffer my craving

My soul not worth saving

So why don't you go

Just leave well alone

 

Don't you think I'm a saviour

Don't you think I could save you

Don't you think I could save your life

 

There's like a hunger

That knocks on your door

You've had a taste of it

Still you want more

You've made your mistakes

Won't play it same again

 

You have been warned

But still you plunge in

You play high stakes

But there's nothing to win

You've only one life

And so many things to learn

 

The angel on one side

The devil the other

Which path do you take

Decisions to make

 

Arrive on the crossroads

You know where you're going

And what if you wait

It maybe too late

 

Don't you think I'm a saviour

Don't you think I could save you

Don't you think I could save Your life

 

3. Lightning Strikes Twice

 

[Murray / Harris]

 

I feel the breeze on my face in expectance

Not very long before the storm reaches here

Off in the distance the lightning is flashing again

Feel something strong as the power draws near

 

Is it the rolling thunder that scares you

Is it the crashing of clouds that hold fear

But all I know as I sit in a corner alone

It takes me back to my childhood again

 

And as I wait and look for an answer

To all the things going round in my head

I ask myself could it be a disaster and when

It's maybe threatening to happen again

 

As the ominous light draws near

There's a lone dog howls in the park

All the people hurry inside

As the lightning flash lights dark

The storm is nearly here

Only god will know

 

You're sitting alone you watch

As the wind is blowing treetops

And the swaying rusting of leaves

Plenty all time to perceive

As you wait for rain to fall

Only god knows

The whole sky glows

 

Maybe lightning strikes twice

Maybe lightning strikes Twice

 

4. The Clansman

 

[Steve Harris]

 

Wake alone in the hills

With the wind in your face

It feels good to be proud

And be free and a race

That is part of a clan

And to live on highlands

And the air that you breathe

So pure and so clean

 

When alone on the hills

With the wind in your hair

With a longing to feel

Just to be free

 

It is right to believe

In the need to be free

It's a time when you die

And without asking why

Can't you see what they do

They are grinding us down

They are taking our land

That belongs to the clans

 

Not alone with a dream

Just a want to be free

With a need to belong

I am a clansman...

 

Freedom [x4]

 

It's a time wrough with fear

It's a land wrough with change

Ancestors could hear

What is happening now

They would turn in their graves

They would all be ashamed

That the land of the free

Has been written in chains

 

And I know what I want

When the timing is right

Then I'll take what is mine

I am the clansman

 

And I swear to defend

And we'll fight to the end

And I swear that I'll never

Be taken alive

And I know that we'll stand

And we'll fight for our land

And I swear that my bairns

Will be born free

 

And I know what I want

When the timing is right

Then I'll take what is mine

I am the clansman...

 

Freedom [x4]

 

[x2]

No, no we can't let them take anymore

No we can't let them take anymore

We've the land of the free

 

No, no we can't let them take anymore

No we can't let them take anymore

No we can't let them take anymore

We've the land of the free

 

Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

 

Freedom [x4]

 

It is right to believe

In the need to be free

It's a time when you die

And without asking why

Can't you see what they do

They are grinding us down

They are taking our land

That belongs to the clans

 

Not alone with a dream

Just a want to be free

With a need to belong

I am a clansman...

 

And I know what I want

When the timing is right

Then I'll take what is mine

I am the clansman...

 

Freedom [x4]

 

And I know what I want

When the timing is right

Then I'll take what is mine

I am the clansman...

 

5. When Two Worlds Collide

 

[Dave Murray, Blaze Bayley and Steve Harris]

 

My telescope looks out

Into the stars tonight

A little speck of light

Seems twice the size tonight

The calculations are so fine

Can it be growing all the time?

 

Now I can't believe it's true

And I don't know what to do

For the hundredth time

I check the declination

 

Now the fear starts to grow

Even my computer shows

There are no errors in the calculations

 

Now it's happened take no other view

Collision course, you must believe it's true

Now there's nothing left that we can do

 

When Two Worlds collide

The anger and the pain

Of all those who remain

Two Worlds collide

Who will be left alive

No place to hide

 

When Two Worlds collide

The anger, the pain

Of those who remain

When Two Worlds collide

So who will survive

There's no place to hide

When two worlds collide

 

Now it's happened take no other view

Collision course, you must believe it's true

Now there's nothing left that we can do

 

When Two Worlds collide

The anger, the pain

Of all those who remain

Two Worlds collide

Who will be left alive

No place to hide

There's no place to hide

When Two Worlds collide

 

6. The Educated Fool

 

[Steve Harris]

 

I am an educated fool

So I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do

About this awkward situation

That's been forced down right upon me

 

As I'm walking down into

On my own into the Valley of life

Got a lifetime of experience

Yeah I've got so much to give

 

Open the page at chapter one

Could this just be that life's just begun

Forever within your darker thoughts

Reflecting on everything you've been taught

 

Never felt this way before

Seems that somebody's just opened the door

To the book of life... or is it death

Is there ever anyway out

 

Someone's looking down on me

To the very inner core of my soul

They won't tell me what they see

But I really want to know

 

I want to leave my life on my own

I want to lift the unturned stone

I want to walk right into the fire

I want to live out all my desires

I want to go and see the fire burn

I want to see and feel my world turn

I want to know what more there's to learn

I want to pass the point of no return

 

Do you really wanna be

Just another one statistic or feel

That you really should aspire

That you really do deserve more

 

Do you ever really feel

That you have so much potential inside

What you really have to give

Could be realised so much more

 

I want to leave my life on my own

I want to lift the unturned stone

I want to walk right into the fire

I want to live out all my desires

I want to go and see the fire burn

I want to see and feel my world turn

I want to know what more there's to learn

I want to pass the point of no return

 

Time will flow

And I will follow

Time will go

But I will follow

 

I want to feel what life's like respond

I want to meet my father beyond

I want to walk right into the light

I want to feel no fear but delight

 

I want to leave my life on my own

I want to lift the unturned stone

I want to walk right into the fire

I want to live out all my desires

 

Time will flow

And I will follow

Time will go

But I will follow

 

The educated fool

 

7. Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger

 

[Steve Harris]

 

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Don't look through the eyes of a fool

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Somebody's watching when the light goes down

 

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Don't look through the eyes of a fool

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Somebody's watching when the night comes down

 

Feel someone's watching you

You gotta get away

It is the first time

You've ever felt this scared

 

Feel the adrenalin pump

Your heart begins to race

Begin to run now

The sweat runs down your face

 

Don't know which way to run

You'd better hide yourself

He's getting closer now

You'd better improvise

 

Just hope you never reach

The point of no return

Could be the last time

You see the light of day

 

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Don't look through the eyes of a fool

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Somebody's watching when the night comes down

 

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Don't look through the eyes of a fool

Don't look to the eyes of a stranger

Somebody's watching when the light goes down

 

8. Como Estais Amigos

 

[Janick Gers and Blaze Bayley]

 

Como esta amigo

For the death of those we don't know

Shall we kneel and say a prayer

They will never know we care

Shall we keep the fires burning

Shall we keep the flames alight

Should we try to remember

What is wrong and what is right

 

No more tears, no more tears

If we live for a hundred years

Amigos no more tears

 

If we do forget them and

The sacrifice they made

Will the wickedness and sadness

Come to visit us again

Shall we dance a dance in sunlight

Shall we drink a wine of peace

Shall our tears be of joy

Shall we keep at bay the beast

 

No more tears, no more tears

If we live for a hundred years

Amigos no more tears

 

Inside the scream is silent

Inside it must remain

No victory and no vanquishment

Only horror, only pain

 

No more tears, no more tears

If we live for a hundred years

Amigos no more tears

 

 

Původní obal

Datum vydání

23.3.1998

 

Doba nahrávání

podzim 1997 - únor 1998

 

Místo nahrávání

Barnyard Studios, Essex, Anglie

 

Celková délka

53:06 min

 

Vydavatelství

EMI

 

Producent

Nigel Green, Steve Harris

 

Manažer

Rod Smallwood

 

Umístění v UK charts

16.

 

Sestava

Blaze Bayley - zpěv

Steve Harris - baskytara, doprovodný zpěv, klávesy

Dave Murray - kytara

Janick Gers - kytara, doprovodný zpěv

Nicko McBrain - bicí

 

Singly k albu

The Angel and the Gambler

 

Futureal

 

Ilustrátor obalu

Melvyn Grant

 

Tour

Virtual XI World Tour 1998

 

Předkapely Iron Maiden


Dio, W.A.S.P., Helloween, Dirty Deeds

 

Setlist tour

Intro: Romeo And Juliet Theme
Futureal
The Angel And The Gambler
Man On The Edge
Lightning Strikes Twice
Heaven Can Wait
The Clansman
When Two Worlds Collide
Lord Of The Flies
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Educated Fool
Sign Of The Cross
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
The Evil That Men Do
The Clairvoyant
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
The Number Of The Beast
The Trooper
Sanctuary
Running Free
Sanctuary

Videa

The Angel and the Gambler

 


 

 

Futureal


 

Jedenácté studiové album Iron Maiden vychází v březnu roku 1998. Jedná se o druhé a zároveň i poslední, na kterém se objevuje Blaze Bayley. Po mnoha letech jsou zde opět použity klávesy, tentokrát je nenahrál Michael Kenney jako na albu "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son", ale přímo Steve Harris.

Při následné tour se kapela zúčastnila mnoha fotbalových utkání a této oblíbené hře je také věnována značná část bookletu CD, kde je vyfocen třeba tým Iron Maiden (počítačově upraven) s takovými hvězdami tehdejší britské kopané, jako Stuart Pearce, Faustino Asprilla, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Wright, Patrick Viera či Marc Overmars. Stejně jako v případě tour k albu "The X Factor" muselo být toto zkráceno v důsledku alergií, kterými v té době Blaze trpěl.

Album sklidilo celkem tvrdou kritiku a nepodařilo se mu dostat výše, než na 16. příčku UK Charts, na což skupina nebyla v dobách Bruce Dickinsona zvyklá. Také texty na kterých se značnou měrou podílel i Blaze byly tvrdě kritizovány, jako v případě refrénu "The Angel And The Gambler", který se v písni opakoval 22krát. Zajímavostí celého projektu je poslední píseň "Como Estais Amigos", což v překladu znamená "Jak se vede kamarádi" a jedná se o žalozpěv o válce na Falklandách a zároveň se jedná o poděkování argentinským fanouškům, kteří byli i v této pro Iron Maiden temné době kapele nakloněni a překvapili Blaze svým přátelským chováním.

Celkově se z alba uchytila pouze jedna skladba "The Clansman", kterou při následných tour využila kapela do setlistu, avšak už v podání navrátivšího se staronového zpěváka, Bruce Dickinsona. Písně byly též využity v počítačové hře "Ed Hunter", kde vystupuje samotný maskot skupiny.

Blaze sužovaný zdravotními problémy je koncem devadesátých let nahrazen Brucem a nic nebrání gigantickému comebacku, který nemá ve světě heavymetalu obdoby.

 

 

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