And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more Death.
Neither sorrow, nor crying.
Neither shall there be any more Brain;
for the former things are passed away.
Revelations ch. xxi v. 1. (Quoted inside the Piece Of Mind sleeve)
What does it mean? It might be alluding to the eastern concept of nirvana, which when achieved features the extinction of individual consciousness and desire (hence, no 'Brain'). It could also be referring to Christianity, implying that it is for brainless morons. But it is most probably referring to the lobotomisation of Eddie... you can see on the album cover that he has had is brain removed and his skull is now screwed shut.
The original idea for the cover was to kill Eddie, but the band thought that it was too extreme. The trepanation is, according to a Bruce Dickinson interview, an allusion to an old Aztec ritual during human sacrifices. The album was originally going to be called Food For Thought, but they finally decided to give it a more subtle name.
Commercially Piece Of Mind was a huge success, and was even voted the number one metal LP of all time in a KERRANG! magazine poll. It was also the first album with drummer Nicko McBrain, completing a line-up which would last through four studio albums the longest stable line-up in Maiden history.
The comments by Steve Harris were taken from an interview with John Stix in July 1983.
16 May 1983
1. Where Eagles Dare 06:13
2. Revelations 06:48
3. Flight Of Icarus 03:51
4. Die With Your Boots On 05:26
5. The Trooper 04:12
6. Still Life 04:57
7. Quest For Fire 03:42
8. Sun And Steel 03:27
9. To Tame A Land 07:25
This album was also released as a Picture Disc (with different cover) only for USA and with the bonus track "Cross Eyed Mary".
Bruce Dickinson: Vocals
Steve Harris: Bass
Dave Murray: Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Adrian Smith: Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Nicko McBrain: Drums
The 1995 reissue comes with a bonus cd with the following track list:
01 - I've Got The Fire
02 - Cross Eyed Mary
The 1998 remaster version contains a special enhanced CD-ROM multimedia section with videos, exclusive photo galleries, biographies, internet links plus a deluxe 24 page colour booklet with full lyrics, Eddie art and photos..
Martin "Marvin" Birch
Compass Point, Nassau
Denis Haliburton, Frank Gibson
Electric Lady Sound Studios, New York
Assistant mixing engineer:
Simon Hayworth at Chop 'Em Out (1998 re-release)
All titles published by:
Zomba Music Publishers Ltd
Rod "Sheriff of Huddersfield" Smallwood for Sanctuary Music (overseas)Ltd. and Andy "I don't know about that" Taylor For Sanctuary Music Ltd.
Sleeve illustrations by:
Derek "Dr. Death" Riggs
Cover conception and design by:
Iron Maiden, Rod Smallwood and Derek Riggs
Simon "Bullseye" Fowler (original 1983 release)
Ross Halfin, Robert Ellis and Simon Fowler (1998 re-release)
Art continuation by:
Keith Peacock for The Artful Dodgers Ltd. (original 1983 release)
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