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Review: Iron Maiden - 12 Wasted Years
Iron Maiden
12 Wasted Years

Year released: 2002
Duration: 89 min.

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: November 23, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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12 Wasted Years

Rated 4.95/5 (98.95%) (19 Votes)

Another Brazilian DVD release of a Maiden VHS release. Like "Live After Death", it was distributed with the Brazilian magazine DVD World, so your best bet is to look for it on eBay.

The DVD contains 14 songs, with commentaries by band members and Maiden staff thrown in-between most of the songs. While it's pretty cool to have all these songs on one DVD, I found that the most interesting part of the DVD are the commentaries, which cover a lot of subjects from the beginnings of the band in 1975, up to around 1987 (this was produced before the "Seventh Son of a Son" album. Lots of information, including a few funny stories, make up a short biography of the band. Some former members are also interviewed.

The songs are usually videos, mostly from live footage, including some very early footage with Paul Di'Anno on vocals (three of the songs on the DVD are sung by Di'Anno.) One thing that annoyed me a bit was the "Wasted Years" performance. It's not the video, but rather an excerpt from a German TV show where the guys were lipsyncing and goofing around, exchanging instruments. It is a bit funny, but since this is one of my favourite songs, I would have preferred to see the real thing. The reason why they goofed around like that is explained just before the song - can't blame them, really. ;)

There are a few more songs that are not shown in their entirety, just excerpts: "Drifter", "Prowler", "Phantom of the Opera", "She's a Roller", "Caught Somewhere In Time" and "Run to the Hills". The DVD also include a short biography in Portuguese, as well as the discography and some band photos.

What I originally thought was just a collection of videos turned out to be a lot more, with all those commentaries in-between the songs. The English accent is a bit hard to understand at times, however. :) Get this if you can...

Track listing:

  1. Stranger in a Strange Land
  2. Charlotte the Harlot (with Di'Anno on vocals)
  3. Running Free (with Di'Anno on vocals)
  4. Women in Uniform (with Di'Anno on vocals)
  5. Murders in the Rue Morgue
  6. Children of the Damned
  7. The Number of the Beast
  8. Total Eclipse
  9. Iron Maiden
  10. Sanctuary
  11. The Prisoner
  12. 22 Acacia Avenue
  13. Waster Years
  14. The Trooper

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