BMG will release Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter on November 17, 2017. This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during The Book Of Souls World Tour, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over 2 million fans.
We here at HRAC are pleased to note The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will be available in hi-res at 48/24. (Iron Maiden has a long history of releasing their albums in hi-res, in fact, many of them at 96/24.)
The album package will replicate The Book Of Souls original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase book, a regular 2 CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and a Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) digital download version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere (details below about the latter).
Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founding member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s setlist and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from The Book Of Souls, the band’s most recent studio album from 2016, along with many other classics and fan favorites.
Harris comments, “We spent a huge amount of time working on this, as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular [locale] favorites as Donington or Wacken.”
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, “The Book Of Souls World Tour was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce [Dickinson, Maiden’s vocalist], who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747, so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement, bringing us our most successful North American and U.K. tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways, so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world, and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to The Book Of Souls release.”
Smallwood continues, “On top of all that, the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it, as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”
More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com shortly.
“If Eternity Should Fail” – Sydney, Australia
“Speed of Light” – Cape Town, South Africa
“Wrathchild” – Dublin, Ireland
“Children of the Damned” – Montreal, Canada
“Death or Glory” – Wroclaw, Poland
“The Red and the Black” – Tokyo, Japan
“The Trooper” – San Salvador, El Salvador
“Powerslave” – Trieste, Italy
“The Great Unknown” – Newcastle, UK
“The Book of Souls” – Donington, UK
“Fear of the Dark” – Fortaleza, Brazil
“Iron Maiden” – Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Number of the Beast” – Wacken, Germany
“Blood Brothers” – Donington, UK
“Wasted Years” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil