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A Real Live Dead One

22nd March/18th October 1993

CD 1 (A Real Dead One)
1. The Number Of The Beast (Harris)
2. The Trooper (Harris)
3. Prowler (Harris)
4. Transylvania (Harris)
5. Remember Tomorrow (Harris, Di'Anno)
6. Where Eagles Dare (Harris)
7. Sanctuary (Harris, Di'Anno, Murray)
8. Running Free (Harris, Di'Anno)
9. Run To The Hills (Harris)
10. 2 Minutes to Midnight (Smith, Dickinson)
11. Iron Maiden (Harris)
12. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Harris)
CD 2 (A Real Live One)
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead (Dickinson, Gers)
2. From Here To Eternity (Harris)
3. Can I Play With Madness (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
4. Wasting Love (Dickinson, Gers)
5. Tailgunner (Harris, Dickinson)
6. The Evil That Men Do (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
7. Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Harris)
8. Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter (Dickinson)
9. Heaven Can Wait (Harris)
10. The Clairvoyant (Harris)
11. Fear Of The Dark (Harris)

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A Real Live Dead One is the 1998 re-released version of what was formerly two separate albums: A Real Live One and A Real Dead One. They are a collection of some of the best recordings from 17 separate concerts in the Fear Of The Dark Tour and Real Live Tour. The following introduction can be found in the original CD booklet for A Real Live One:

I'm writing these notes having just finished selecting and mixing the best songs from some 12 shows that were recorded in Europe during the last tour. We all thought it was about time to release another live album as in the eight years since LIVE AFTER DEATH, there's been lots of new material and our shows have changed quite a bit since 1985.

This album contains what the Band and I consider to be our best live material since 1986 and the next volume A REAL DEAD ONE features our live favourites up to 1985. We thought carefully about the track selection for both albums and hope that you like them. Thanks to all the fans who participated at the shows, you know who you are!

By the time you read this we'll be about to start touring again, so thanks for all your support over the years and we'll see you soon.


Steve Harris, Christmas 1992

These recordings been much maligned for alleged bad sound quality and poor mastering, though in my opinion the sound quality is not as bad as some people claim. However, there are some significant differences between this and the legendary Live After Death.

Firstly, the guitars do seem a bit less crisp and distinct. On Live After Death, you can hear each guitar individually and distinctly, while on A Real Live Dead One the guitars seem a bit more muted and tend to merge together into the background. Simply saying it makes it seem worse than it really is, but still there is a noticeable difference from Live After Death. Secondly, the crowd noise seems to be mixed quite a bit louder than on Live After Death. This is however not really a problem, since it gives the album a good "live" feel. And thirdly, most of the songs on A Real Live Dead One were recorded at a different European venues, and although the crowd noise between songs is blended together, the album still seems to somewhat lack the continuity of a complete live concert.

In general, the songs are performed well. For me the highlights of this album are 'Prowler', 'Transylvania', and 'Where Eagles Dare', which were previously not available live except on a few bootlegs. And possibly the best track on the album is 'Fear Of The Dark', which is actually superior live as compared to its studio version.

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