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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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01. Moonchild ( Smith, Dickinson )
02. Infinite Dreams ( Harris )
03. Can I Play With Madness ( Smith, Dickinson, Harris )
04. The Evil That Men Do ( Smith, Dickinson, Harris )
05. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son ( Harris )
06. The Prophecy ( Murray, Harris )
07. The Clairvoyant ( Harris )
08. Only the Good Die Young ( Harris, Dickinson )

Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is a special album. It is the last of the great classic albums and represents the culmination of the creative evolution that began with Somewhere In Time. It's also Iron Maiden's seventh studio album, which makes a neat tie-in with the album's title and the subject. The guitar and bass synths are still present, but are somewhat less intrusive and seem to complement the music more effectively than before. For Maiden, guitar synth is like a woman's make-up if you specifically notice it, then there's too much of it. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son seems to have achieved a good synth balance in most songs.

Other albums have had the feel of concept albums, most notably Killers because of the incredible cohesiveness and similar feel of its songs. However, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is the first album with a definite theme and story that carries through the songs. Although all of the songs have mysterious, magical, and occultic themes, the true story is told on the last half of the album, beginning with 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son'. It might be possible to tie in the earlier songs, but not without wild speculation.

The story that unfolds along the various songs on this album can possibly be summarised as follows:

  • 'Moonchild': the Devil addresses the parents of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, mostly the mother, and warns them that "all resistance is futile."
  • 'Infinite Dreams': the Seventh Son's father, himself a Seventh Son, has visions he does not understand and that torture him.
  • 'Can I Play With Madness': the Seventh Son's father looks for an explanation of his visions and consults a prophet; he doesn't like what he's told.
  • 'The Evil That men Do': the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is conceived; the father possibly dies.
  • 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son': birth of the child with supernatural powers; Good and Evil both try to take him over.
  • 'The Prophecy': the young man has harnessed his powers to discover that disaster looms; naturally, no one listens to him and the village is destroyed.
  • 'The Clairvoyant': the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is now a seer who has control of his powers, although they quickly submerge him and are probably the cause of his death.
  • 'Only The Good Die Young': bitter reflection on the events; was it all worth it? Back to square one.

Straight in at number 1

Released: 10th, April 1988

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