Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 June1986. The studio follow-up to the hugely successful Powerslave/Live After Death pair, it was the first Iron Maiden album to feature guitar synthesizers. Bruce Dickinson's song material was refused in favour of the songs of guitarist Adrian Smith, who wrote the bulk of the songs identified with the album (including the singles "Wasted Years" and "Stranger in a Strange Land").
While many of the songs fromSomewhere in Time have all but disappeared from the band's live shows over the years, "Wasted Years" and "Heaven Can Wait" have been consistent mainstays of the band's live setlist. Performances of "Heaven Can Wait" have featured a group of local fans and celebrities invited onstage to sing along during the song's middle section.
The album also marked a change for Iron Maiden, as it was their first album to introduce synth, although this style was expanded upon in their next album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. This is also their first studio album not to be released a year after their previous one. The band has never released a studio album a year after the previous again as of 2008. The band began to put more time into writing and recording their albums as well as touring for an extensive time after the release of Powerslave.
The 2008 tribute CD Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden released by Kerrang! magazine features covers of two songs from this album: "Wasted Years" by Devildriver and "Caught Somewhere in Time" by Madina Lake.
Somewhere On Tour was the tour supporting the album.
- "Caught Somewhere in Time" (Steve Harris) – 7:25
- "Wasted Years" (Adrian Smith) – 5:07
- "Sea of Madness" (Smith) – 5:42
- "Heaven Can Wait" (Harris) – 7:21
- "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (Harris) – 6:31
- "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Smith) – 5:44
- "Déjà Vu" (Dave Murray, Harris) – 4:56
- "Alexander the Great" (Harris) – 8:37
1995 reissue bonus CD
- "Reach Out" (originally written by Dave Colwell - Bad Company Guitarist, Lead Vocal by Adrian Smith)
- "Juanita" (originally written by S. Barnacle / D. O'Neil and Originally Recorded by Marshall Fury)
- "Sheriff of Huddersfield" (Written by Iron Maiden and dedicated to Rod Smallwood)
- "That Girl" (originally written by Merv Goldsworth/Pete Jupp/Andy Barnett)
- Martin Birch – producer, engineer, mixing, tape operator
- Albert Boekholt – engineer, assistant engineer
- Ronald Prent – engineer, assistant engineer
Album cover trivia
The cover for Somewhere in Time
displays a cyborg-enhanced Eddie
in a futuristic, Blade Runner
-type environment. Much like the visual richness of the cover of Powerslave
, the wrap-around album cover holds a plethora of references to earlier Iron Maiden
albums and songs. The cover was originally created for use as the cover to the authorized biography of the band, Running Free
by Garry Bushell
and Ross Halfin
and therefore made many references such as:
- What appears to be an "Acacia" street sign on the right ("22 Acacia Avenue").
- Below "Acacia" is a poster of Eddie from the first album.
- The torn poster below "Acacia" is the one that appears on the Sanctuary and Women in Uniform singles.
- Eddie appearing in a similar posture as on the Killers album cover. His victim is killed with a futuristic weapon, as opposed to the axe seen on the Killers cover.
- A banner with the words, "This is a very boring painting" is displayed backwards within the lobby of the Bradbury Towers Hotels International. This can be seen to the left of Eddie's right leg.
- In the very center, just above the "Department" ad and behind the cable going to the cyborg's weapon, there is a small vertical ad with red glyphs. The text of this ad is Russian, it is "Меня Рвёт", [Menya Rvet] - "I'm vomiting", which also literally translates as "It's tearing me up", depending on the context.
- An Eye of Horus neon sign at the top of a building.
- Below Eddie, there is a model in the department store window. Some fans believe this is former Maiden singer, Paul Di'Anno.
References on the back include:
- A clock reading 23:58 ("2 Minutes to Midnight").
- Below the clock there is a sign that reads "Phantom Opera House" in reference to the song "Phantom of the Opera" from the first Iron Maiden album.
- On the left side, the "Aces High Bar" ("Aces High" song).
- Above the "Aces High Bar", flies a Spitfire-shaped plane.
- Just below the "Aces High Bar" sign, there is a neon sign representing a plane, apparently in battle, formed by two glasses of stemware.
- To the left of the "Aces High Bar", there are four letters in yellow and green. These are Hebrew letters spelling out the name of God, namely יהוה, Jehovah/Yahweh (really it is not read, as it is not known exactly how, and, usually, the word אֲדֹנָי, Adonai, the LORD is pronounced on its place in Jewish religious practices.
- Below the "Aces High Bar", is a sign that says "Sand Dune" ("To Tame A Land" song, based on a novel "Dune").
- Pyramids in the background (Powerslave cover).
- Among the pyramids, a grim reaper.
- The marquee for the Movie Theater reads Blade Runner, the film which is the obvious inspiration for the futuristic scene. It also reads "Live After Death", the name of the live album released in 1985.
- The cinema is named "Phillip K. Dick Cinema", named after the author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the book on which the movie Blade Runner was based.
- More Blade Runner references include "Dekkers Department Stores" and a "Tyrell Corp" sign.
- In the background can be seen "Bradbury Towers" (a likely reference to the Blade Runner prominent Bradbury Building) and The Million Dollar Movie Theater, both located in Los Angeles.
- To the right of the clock is a neon sign that reads "Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant," a reference to the song "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" from the Powerslave album.
- On the bottom left hand side of the cover is "The Ruskin Arms", famous for being one of the first venues performed at by Iron Maiden.
- On the second floor of the "Ruskin Arms" building is a woman sitting in a red lit room which is a reference to "Charlotte", a repeated theme in Iron Maiden songs.
- Just above "The Ruskin Arms", there is a neon sign that reads "RAINBOW", another famous venue for Iron Maiden.
- Above and to the left of the "Rainbow" sign is a neon sign reading "L'AMOURS Beer Gardens," a reference to the "L'Amours" rock venue Iron Maiden once played in Brooklyn, New York.
- On the roof of the same building is a police telephone box; this is likely a reference to the time-traveling TARDIS of the BBC TV series Doctor Who.Or more likely to be a reference to the WHO shop opposite east ham tube station 600 Yards up the road from the Ruskin Arms in East Ham
- Above the Bradbury Towers neon sign is Icarus in flames falling from the sky, in the same style of the cover for the band's 1983 single "Flight of Icarus".
- On the walkway above the clock is an electronic sign that says "LATEST RESULTS.......WEST HAM 7........ARSENAL 3," a nod to bass guitarist Steve Harris who is a West Ham supporter, a team known as the "Irons", who have partially given the name to the band.
- At the right edge below, just near the band, there is another Russian ad - Кефир, "KEFIR", which means - "fermented milk drink".
- Just above the Russian ad for "KEFIR" there is the street sign for "Upton Park" - this is where West Ham United F.C. play their home games.
- In the band group, Bruce Dickinson is carrying a brain, the main symbol from the Piece of Mind album.
- There is a sign that says Gypsy's Kiss which was the first band Steve Harris ever played with.
- On the right side, above "Bradbury Towers" sign, there is a Japanese ad "浅田 彰." This refers to a notable Japanese philosopher, economist and critic, Akira Asada.
- Right of the pyramids there is a sign where "Long Beach Arena" is written. The Live After Death album was mostly recorded at Long Beach Arena.
- The neon sign above the band reads "Maggies Revenge" and refers to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and also references the cover of the Sanctuary and Women in Uniform singles.
- One of the buildings is labeled "Asimov Foundation", a reference to the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
- Batman stands above the walkway's right side.
- The cat from Live After Death is on the sidewalk, behind Eddie.
- Just below Batman, just above the "Latest Results" is the bracket that held Eddie's skull together from the "Piece of Mind" album on, including this album.
- The windows of the Ruskin Arms Hotel, at the far left, are similar to those on the cover of Killers.
- Derrick Riggs' artistic signature symbol can be found on Eddie's chest.
- In the Iron Maiden computer game Ed Hunter, one of the levels has the player walk through the scene depicted on the Somewhere In Time album cover while eliminating enemies.
- Catalogue: (LP) Capitol 12524, (CD) Capitol C2-46341