No Prayer For The Dying was the first Maiden album I bought upon release. I became a fan through listening to Live After Death on MC (that’s right, dinosaurs) in 1988, and I quickly rushed out to buy their then latest album, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. Between these two records I was hooked for life.
At the age of 12 I consciously anticipated this new album release. I remember seeing the newspaper ad where Eddie’s hand reaches out of a grave to spray paint the title and release date on his headstone. It was magic, and I was all ready for another mystical journey.
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But even at such a young age, I remember feeling distinctly disappointed in the new release. I’d heard the completely underwhelming single Holy Smoke on the radio, and the rest of the album didn’t quite make up for it. The Maiden I fell in love with, the band of Powerslave and Somewhere In Time, was already a thing of the past.
Even so, there are many Maiden fans who hold this record in high regard, and whatever one thinks of it there is no question that 1990 was a watershed in the band’s history. The following features take a look at different aspects of the 1990-91 period that brought many changes to Iron Maiden and their fans.
Here is a retro review of the album, Maiden’s first effort of the 1990s: No Prayer For The Dying.
And here is an in-depth discussion of the making of the album, a process which saw Adrian Smith leave the band and Janick Gers join in his place: Times of Change, 1990-91.
The scaled back production values of the record would be reflected in the scaled down production of the stage show, and here’s a full concert from the tour: Live in Philadelphia 1991.
Happy birthday, No Prayer!