Song Of The Day - 17 Nov 2008: Powerslave (AotY 1984)


Dic 1 2008, 3:12

Iron Maiden / Powerslave / Powerslave (7) / Sep 1984

sablespecter's Album of the Year for 1984 (RDF: 100%)

Is Maiden going to get the AotY award for every year they released an album?? No! I'll tell you now that the streak ends here. But no way this couldn't be my AotY for 1984! The only perfect 100% RDF from my all-time favorite band, so there's no denying it. And in fact, even objectively speaking, this has to be the best metal album of that year - and what a damn incredible year 1984 was! - because they were doing far beyond what the contemporaries were doing. Look through the rest of this list: it would be hard to make a case for any of those albums as surpassing this one.

And that's in all aspects beyond the music, too! The first album cover to have the humorous hidden pictures & messages ("Wot? No Guiness") from Derek Riggs, the precursor to the fantastic detail that would delight us at great length on the next album. But most especially in terms of the live show! Something like 18 trucks of gear, and covering like 60 countries over the course of the year they toured? Including behind the Iron Curtain and going to countries that no one had even taken a metal tour to before? Oh yeah, unparalleled.

And still doing that kind of thing today! But of course having graduated to their own 757! Seeing them this year brought back so many great memories of the World Slavery Tour since most of the set was dominated by elements of that original set. Still gladly a powerslave after all these years!

Rounding out the Top Five of 1984 (in order of descending RDF):

Dio: The Last In Line (89% RDF): Dio gets trumped by Maiden again, though it's not a close contest this time around. Dio's second album is also second-best. Not quite as strong as the debut but lots of interesting stuff here. Better album cover, too.

Van Halen: 1984 (100% RDF): The second time in the 1980s that we have two 100% RDF albums in a single year. This was another of my record club selections, only this one wasn't an accident and I ordered it right away. It was also when I realized another one of the issues with those clubs: the waiting for your order to arrive. After hearing this at a friend's house, I could hardly wait for this to get to me, and I still get that same impatience when I order something hard-to-find over the internet these days! (These kids today with their iTunes and instant gratification...they don't get to experience what that's like!) Still love the video for "Hot for Teacher."

Metallica: Ride the Lightning (94% RDF): Though I actually like Kill 'em All better, they were getting stronger, almost bringing three 100% RDF albums in a single year. (Falls just shy because "Escape" gets only a pink dot.) The trend is clear, out!

Queensrÿche: The Warning (83% RDF, 85% for the remaster): I don't use terms like under-rated, but I might call this one "overlooked." After Empire and O:M, the early works are generally fogotten, ignored, or maybe just unknown. There is so much to like here, though. After Mindcrime, my favorite Qÿ album.

Honorable Mentions (in not-entirely-correct alphabetical order by band/artist name):
Anthrax: Fistful of Metal
Armored Saint: March of the Saint
Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi
Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers
Dokken: Tooth and Nail
Don Henley: Building The Perfect Beast
Grim Reaper: See You in Hell
Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith
Krokus: The Blitz
Mercyful Fate: Don't Break the Oath
Ratt: Out of the Cellar
Roger Waters: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Sammy Hagar: VOA
Scorpions: Love at First Sting
Steve Perry: Street Talk
The Cars: Heartbeat City
The Pretenders: Learning to Crawl
Triumph: Thunder Seven
Trouble: Psalm 9
W.A.S.P.: W.A.S.P.
Yngwie J. Malmsteen: Rising Force

Is your favorite album from 1984 on this list? Are there any others you would add?

\m/ (ò_ó) \m/


  • Sureker

    Iron Maiden went behind the Iron Curtain on World Slavery Tour, where no metal tours had been held before and on Somewhere Back In Time World tour they did a show in India, where no international metalband had played before.. Coincidence?

    Dic 2 2008, 21:45
  • sablespecter

    No coincidence! Always blazing trails and pushing into new frontiers! One reason why they continue to be legends thirty years on! They have my bet to be the first metal band to play the Moon!

    Dic 7 2008, 7:33
  • GrantRS

    I've just spotted the glaring lack of Stevie Ray Vaughan in these lists. Couldn't Stand The Weather must surely warrant at least an honourable mention. Personally I'd put it comfortably in my top 5 of '84. I understand it may not be as appealing to you, but surely it doesn't deserve to be in complete absence of your list?

    Lug 6 2009, 10:53
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