Iron Maiden - Empire Of The Clouds - 2016 RSD Metal - Sealed Pic Disc 12" EP

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Iron Maiden - Empire Of The Clouds

Label: BMG
– 4050538187670
Format: Vinyl, 12", 33 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered, Picture Disc
Country: US
Released: 16 Apr 2016
Genre: Rock
Style: Heavy Metal

2016 Record Store Day release, released in die-cut gatefold cover. Limited to 6000 copies.
Made in the EU, but released for the USA and Canada. Copyright is for US release only.

A Empire Of The Clouds

B Maiden Voyage

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Iron Maiden LLP

Co-producer – Steve Harris (tracks: A)
Mastered By – Ade Emsley (tracks: A), Tony Newton (5) (tracks: B)
Mixed By, Producer – Kevin Shirley (tracks: A)
Recorded By, Producer, Mixed By – Paul Anthony (tracks: B)

At 18:01, this is the longest song Iron Maiden has ever recorded. "[Bruce Dickinson] was working on ['Empire Of The Clouds'] for about a month on his own," guitarist Adrian Smith recalled to Total Guitar magazine. "Every single day we'd be in the studio blasting out stuff and he'd be in the soundproof glass booth playing piano. Like Beethoven with his ear to the piano, concocting this masterpiece. I think he wrote every single note in it."

"We interpreted it and we did it in sections," Smith continued. "Kevin [Shirley, producer] and Bruce would be in the control room and say, 'That's too bluesy, can you make it a bit more classical sounding?' He recorded all the piano from start to finish and then we played along to that. Then I think they put on all the orchestration afterwards. It's a bit of a story on its own that one."
Lyrically, the song is about the ill-fated British airship, R101, which when built was the world's largest flying craft. It crashed in France on its maiden overseas voyage on October 5, 1930, killing 48 of the 54 passengers on board, a greater toll than the better known Hindenburg tragedy, seven years later.

Dickinson told Classic Rock magazine: "Originally I was going to write a song about World War I and the soldiers who operated the dawn patrols – something a bit atmospheric. Then I went round to Adrian's house and we wrote this song 'Death Or Glory,' which kind of covered that subject in a slightly different way. So I started thinking about the R101."

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Condition New
Format LP, EP , 12, 12"
Label BMG Music
Color Black