Learn how to play The Legacy by Iron Maiden, released in 2006 on the album A Matter Of Life And Death.
The Legacy is the closing track from the album.
It was the first album in Iron Maiden’s career to enter the US Billboard charts in the top 10, achieving significant chart success in many other countries as well.
The Legacy clocks in at just over 9 minutes long. The song was written by Janick Gers and Steve Harris.
Iron Maiden began writing new songs near the end of 2005, after a break following their hugely successful festival dates in the US and Europe during the Eddie Rips Up the World Tour. After taking time off over Christmas, the songs were completed and the band began recording at Sarm West Studios in London, with their regular producer, Kevin Shirley. The album was recorded from 1 March to 4 May 2006.
To provide a more “live” sound, the album was not mastered. Shirley said, “Spoke to ‘Arry (Steve Harris) on Friday, who has decided against mastering the Iron Maiden album … It means that you will get to hear the new album exactly as it sounded in the studio, no added EQ, compression, analogue widening, etc., and I must say, I am pretty happy with the end result.”
A Matter Of Life & Death is the band’s fourth studio record not to share its name with a song, following Piece of Mind, The X Factor and Virtual XI. Drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers claim that the band originally intended to name the album after one of its tracks, with both “The Pilgrim” and “The Legacy” being considered. According to Gers, “sometimes a title will just leap out at you as the obvious choice, but it didn’t this time for some reason”, so the band decided on A Matter of Life and Death, which, according to McBrain, was amongst “two or three ideas which we were kicking around”. Neither Gers or McBrain can remember who came up with the title, which they state was thought up by either Harris, Rod Smallwood (the band’s manager) or “Drew” (an engineer at Sarm West Studios).
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