The Angel and the Gambler

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"The Angel & The Gambler"
The Angel and the Gambler.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Angel & The Gambler"
CD 2 cover
Picture Disc

"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.


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 X Factour, their tour in support of The X-Factor album.

At 9:56 minutes in length, it was the band's longest single at the time and the only one to exceed the 9-minute mark, until it was surpassed by the 18-minute "Empire of the Clouds", released 18 years later as the second single from their 2015 album The Book of Souls.

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 into 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.


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)


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

Iron Maiden

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
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]


  1. ^ "The Angel & the Gambler". 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. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Iron Maiden Single-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden discography". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 21 March 1998". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 October 2011.