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Uploaded on Apr 5, 2010
Bass has gotten a bad reputation as being boring and simple, and to be fair it's not completely undeserved. However, there are times when the bass outshines the guitar, and if you blindly avoid bass these are some songs that you're missing out on.
This is more a subjective entry, but for those 95% (completely made up statistic) of us that aren't capable of pulling off a difficult Iron Maiden guitar solo the bass in this song is probably superior. Has much more flourishes than your average bass song, and even has what could be considered a bass solo (~2:45) while the guitar solo is going on. The only thing the guitar has going for it that bass doesn't in this song is the blindingly fast solo that I can't do and chords, and in my opinion chords are overrated. =P
No, the master version of this song doesn't deserve a spot on this series. Why? Because it's completely lacking any hammer ons or pull offs. Maybe that's more authentic to the way it's actually played but it doesn't make for a more fun song. Just imagine this chart, but you have to strum everything. I was disappointed when it came out. Fake Iron Maiden bassist, I salute you.
Oh, fun fact, if you play the intro to this many times trying to FC it eventually your eyes lose focus and you're playing more by instinct than by sight.