Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
No Prayer for the DyingCD10
  • GB1990-10-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 79 5142 2077779514229
No Prayer for the Dying12" Vinyl10
  • GB1990-10-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)068-79 5142-1, EMD 1017
No Prayer for the DyingCD10
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C2 95142077779514229
No Prayer for the Dying12" Vinyl10
077779514212
No Prayer for the DyingCD10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)077779514229
No Prayer for the DyingCD10
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)79 5142 2, TOCP-64504988006651043
No Prayer for the dyingCD10
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 4690507464469052
No Prayer for the Dying (Limited edition)2×CD10 + 4
  • US1995-10-09
Castle RecordsCASTLE 110-2600234011027
No Prayer for the Dying2×CD10 + 4
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 35876 2 9724383587629
No Prayer for the Dying (Made in Holland)Enhanced CD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)496 8650, 7243 4 96865 0 2724349686502
No Prayer for the Dying (Printed in E.U.)Enhanced CD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)496 8650, 7243 4 96865 0 2724349686502
No Prayer for the DyingEnhanced CD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 4 96865 0 2724349686502
No Prayer for the DyingEnhanced CD12
  • US2002-03-26
Metal-is Records, Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007)CK 96216696998621626
No Prayer for the DyingEnhanced CD12
  • JP2006-09-06
EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013)TOCP-537654988006846838
No Prayer for the DyingDigital Media10
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)[none]
No Prayer for the Dying (remastered)12" Vinyl10
  • XE2017-05-19
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)01902958523510190295852351
No Prayer for the Dying12" Vinyl10
  • US2017-05-19
BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, use “BMG Rights Management”), Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)538276271075597937589
No Prayer for the DyingCD10
  • XE2019-03-29
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)01902955676820190295567682
No Prayer for the Dying (24-Bit 44.1 kHz)Digital Media10Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0825646129157

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter
Holy Smoke
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/19327 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qjqv [info]
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https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Iron_Maiden/No_Prayer_for_the_Dying/81 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000204748 [info]
Wikidata:Q206445 [info]

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Coinciding with the departure of long-term guitarist Adrian Smith and the recruitment of his replacement Janick Gers, (who had played on Bruce Dickinson's solo work, as well as stints with Gillan and Fish), No Prayer For The Dying sought to expand an already extensive following by toning up a bit of instrumental flab via shorter tunes suited-up in some radio-friendly threads. The chief culprit is the title track which mixes ''Kayleigh'' with Van Halen's spandex lope.

And where do you go when you've got to the top? Why, over the top of course, and they do just that big time with "Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter." A soundtrack tie-in to the devalued Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, this is a dumbed-down romp that's as camp as a row of tents. Remarkably enough, it got to number one when released as a single helped along no doubt by a credibility-restoring BBC ban.

Elsewhere it's business as usual, with episodic prog -rock tones creeping through in the opening passages of "Fates Warning", "The Assassin", and the epic album closer, "Mother Russia."

Having a pop at the religious right is meat and grist to rock bands of all shades and sizes but on "Holy Smoke" Bruce Dickinson has Jesus himself pointing the finger the hustlers and hypocrites. If it sounds a bit trite then the actual execution is better than you might think.

Similarly, "Tailgunner" pondering on the rights and wrongs of war that cheekily takes Biggles and Doctor Strangelove along for the ride, works unexpectedly well. A tight formation of terse basslines, sprightly solos, hooks, and last-minute precision twists that veer clear away off to the left field just when you think it's about to collide head-on with a HM cliche.

They're able to do this for the most part thanks to bassist Steve Harris's writing, and though overall No Prayer For Dying lacks the consistency of some of their earlier albums, there's more than a few worthwhile detours.