First time on black vinyl remastered re-release of the fourteenth full-length studio album by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.It was released on 25 August 2006 in Italy and Finland, and 28 August worldwide, excluding the United States, Canada and Japan on 5 September 2006. “A Matter Of Life And Death” puts emphasis on creating atmospheres befitting the darker lyrical themes and long sprawling epics with changes in tempo and dynamics, in contrast to the riff-driven music of the band's early days. This darker direction of the lyrical viewpoint can even be seen in the shorter songs "Different World" and "The Pilgrim".In order to provide a more "live" sound, the album was not mastered. No added EQ, compression, analog widening, etc.At 72 minutes, “A Matter Of Life And Death” is the band's second longest album, exceeding 1995's “The X Factor” by approximately one minute, and exceeded by 2010's “The Final Frontier” by approximately four minutes.It is the first album in Iron Maiden's career to enter the U.S. Billboard charts in the top 10, achieving significant chart success in many other countries as well. Metal Hammer 10/10; Kerrang! 5/5.First time on black vinyl, 2015 remastered, this double 180 g vinyl release includes hardcover inner sleeves with band photos.Iron Maiden LLP/Parlophone Records Ltd., 2006/2017 (0190295851958). Made in Germany. First press on black vinyl.
Side One1. Different World 4:172. These Colours Don't Run 6:523. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns 8:44
Side Two1. The Pilgrim 5:072. The Longest Day 7:483. Out Of The Shadows 5:36
Side Three1. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg 7:212. For The Greater Good Of God 9:24
Side Four1. Lord Of Light 7:232. The Legacy 9:20
Total playing time: 71:52 min.