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Album Review

When Sony reissues a title on Legacy, it usually means that the album has some type of historic value — something that has withstood the test of time and is considered a classic in its genre. In 2002, Columbia/Sony reissued Bruce Dickinson's first solo album, Tattooed Millionaire, on Legacy and added five bonus tracks. By that time, Tattooed Millionaire was 12 years old, and the question is: Does this album (originally released in 1990) deserve to be called a classic? Absolutely. Dickinson's solo career got off to an excellent start with Tattooed Millionaire, and the interesting thing is that this CD was such a departure from the singer's work with Iron Maiden. In the '80s, Iron Maiden was the essence of larger-than-life fantasy metal — the Brits' lyrics often dealt with the supernatural, and Maiden fans tended to crave equally fantasy-oriented headbangers like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, and Queensrÿche. But Tattooed Millionaire isn't fantasy metal; instead, Dickinson surprised listeners with an unexpected pop-metal direction. This time, Dickinson is more Steven Tyler than Rob Halford — more Jon Bon Jovi than Ronnie James Dio. And he is obviously enjoying this pop-metal/hard rock direction a great deal; the British singer certainly sounds inspired on gems like the Aerosmith-influenced "Lickin' the Gun" and the power ballad "Son of a Gun." The bonus tracks (mostly B-sides of early-'90s singles) are also excellent, and they range from a gutsy cover of AC/DC's "Sin City" to the contemplative ballad "Winds of Change" (which has a somewhat Bob Dylan-ish quality and hints at what Dylan might sound like if he embraced hard rock instead of folk-rock). Some of Dickinson's fans prefer him as a supernatural-minded fantasy metaller, but from a hard rock/pop-metal standpoint, this reissue is a treasure.

Customer Reviews

My Review

1st Dickinson solo album..... if you haven't listened to this one yet...Dive...Dive...Dive !!!!!! It's a treat !!!

awsome but maiden is better

this album is great but he is better in maiden. best songs on this album tatooed millionair and born in '58 it is autobiographal


Born: August 07, 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Perhaps second only to Rob Halford, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson was the most acclaimed and instantly recognizable vocalist to emerge from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the early-'80s. Born Paul Dickinson on August 7, 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, he adopted the first name Bruce as a youngster for reasons unknown. Shortly after relocating to Sheffield as a teenager, Dickinson became enamored of such '70s heavy metal bands as Deep Purple, and after an attempt at becoming a...
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