Fear of the Dark, Side A

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Ed and Stu are talking Side A of Fear of the Dark, which starts off with the ripping single “Be Quick or Be Dead” and . . . continues from there. The guys discuss everything from the many, um, “controversies” of the Maxwell family, to the numerous underwhelming B-sides off the album’s singles, to the surprising discovery of Bruce at the bottom of one of Ed’s many adventures down a research rabbit hole.

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Side A
1. Be Quick or Be Dead
2. From Here to Eternity
3. Afraid to Shoot Strangers
4. Fear is the Key
5. Childhood’s End
6. Wasting Love

Album Personnel

Bruce Dickinson – vox
Dave Murray – guitars
Janick Gers – guitars
Steve Harris – bass guitar
Nicko McBrain – drums

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