May 16, 1983: Iron Maiden give us a Piece Of Mind

Iron_Maiden_-_Piece_Of_MindPiece of Mind is the fourth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since.

Piece of Mind was a critical and commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification.

Lyrically, the album largely reflects the group’s literary interests, such as “To Tame a Land”, inspired by Frank Herbert‘s 1965 science fiction novel Dune; “Sun and Steel”, based on Yukio Mishima’s 1968 essay about samurai Miyamoto Musashi; “Still Life”, influenced by Ramsey Campbell’s 1964 short story “The Inhabitant of the Lake”, and “The Trooper”, inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854). Film influences are also present, such as “Where Eagles Dare“, based on the Brian G. Hutton 1968 film, scripted by Alistair MacLean, and “Quest for Fire“, based on the 1981 film by Jean-Jacques Annaud. On top of this, “Revelations”, includes lines from G. K. Chesterton’s hymn O God of Earth and Altar, while the remainder of the song is influenced by Aleister Crowley. More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered, for “Flight of Icarus”. “To Tame a Land” was meant to be entitled “Dune” after the novel. But after seeking permission from Frank Herbert’s agents, the band received a message which stated, “Frank Herbert doesn’t like rock bands, particularly heavy rock bands, and especially bands like Iron Maiden” and were forced to change the name. [Wikipedia]

Two singles were released: “The Flight Of Icarus” and “The Trooper“.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

Iron-Maiden-1983

On the album were (l-r): Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass guitar; Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals; Nicko McBrain – drums; Adrian Smith – guitar.

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