The Angel and the Gambler

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"The Angel & The Gambler"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Virtual XI
B-side 7" Picture Disc
"Blood on the World's Hands" (live)
CD Part 1
"Blood on the World's Hands" (live)
"Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (video)
CD Part 2
"The Aftermath" (live)
"Man on the Edge" (video)
Released 9 March 1998[1]
Format CD single
Picture disc
Genre Heavy metal
Length 9:56 (Part 1)
6:05 (Part 2)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Virus"
(1996)
"The Angel and the Gambler"
(1998)
"Futureal"
(1998)

"The Angel and the Gambler" is a single from the Iron Maiden album Virtual XI, released in 1998. It preceded the release of Virtual XI by two weeks.

Synopsis[edit]

It is the first Iron Maiden single to feature a video as a B-side. The singles includes two audio tracks recorded live at Kåren, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1995 on the "The X Factour" tour in support of The X-Factor album.

To support the single with more airplay, the band also released a music video, which featured the shortened version of the song. In an almost Star Wars fashion, the video features an entirely computer-generated world filled with aliens of varying quality. The concept for the video, particularly Blaze walking in to the bar with a brown hat and a long jacket were taken from concept art designed for the Somewhere in Time album, specifically the single "Stranger in a Strange Land".

The single was released in four parts: CD part 1 contains a poster, with the "Virtual XI Fixture List 1998" on one side and the band posing in Maiden football gear with some of their favourite players on the other side. CD part 2 contains three double-sided cards with the musicians posing in Maiden football gear and also has a shortened version of "The Angel and the Gambler". The third was a 7" picture disc and the fourth was a CD maxi-single with both b-side live tracks on it. The picture disc and maxi-single both had the edited version of the title track.

B-sides[edit]

The 7" picture disc had "Blood On The Worlds Hands" live; cd 1 had "Blood On The Worlds Hands" also and "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" video; cd 2 had "The Aftermath" live and "Man on the Edge" video; the maxi-single had both live b-sides but only "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" video for some reason.

Track listing[edit]

7" picture disc[edit]

  1. "The Angel & The Gambler" (edited version) (Steve Harris) - 6:05
  2. "Blood on the World's Hands (live - Karen, Gothenburg, Sweden 1 November 1995)" (Harris) - 6:07

CD part 1[edit]

  1. "The Angel & the Gambler" (full album version) (Harris) – 9:56
  2. "Blood on the World's Hands" (live - Karen, Gothenburg, Sweden 1 November 1995) (Harris) - 6:05
  3. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (live video) (Harris)

CD part 2[edit]

  1. "The Angel & the Gambler" (edited version) (Harris) – 6:05
  2. "The Aftermath" (live - Karen, Gothenburg, Sweden 1 November 1995) (Harris, Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers) – 6:45
  3. "Man on the Edge" (live video) (Bayley, Gers) – 4:12

CD Maxi-Single[edit]

  1. "The Angel & the Gambler" (edited version) (Harris) – 6:05
  2. "Blood on the World's Hands" (live - Karen, Gothenburg, Sweden 1 November 1995) (Harris) - 6:05
  3. "The Aftermath" (live - Karen, Gothenburg, Sweden 1 November 1995) (Harris, Bayley, Gers) – 6:45
  4. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (live video) (Harris)

Personnel[edit]

Production credits are adapted from the CD Single cover.[2]

Iron Maiden
Production

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart 52[3]
Finnish Singles Chart 3[4]
German Singles Chart 61[5]
Swedish Singles Chart 29[6]
UK Singles Chart 18[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Angel & the Gambler". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. 
  2. ^ "The Angel and the Gambler" (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 9 March 1998. 
  3. ^ "Discografie Iron Maiden" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Iron Maiden discography". The Official Finnish Charts. Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Iron Maiden Single-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden discography". Sverigetopplistan. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 21 March 1998". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 October 2011.