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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

An honor

To be the first person to write a review for this great album. Bruce is one of the most prolific voices in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, and his first solo album is definitely a masterpiece. Some of the better songs are Lickin' The Gun, Hell on Wheels, and Darkness Be My Friend. You won't be disapointed with any of these tracks should you purchase the whole thing. \m/ METAL \m/

One of the best voices in metal

All of the vocals on this album are amazing. The downside is the songwriting which seems contrived even for 1990. The timing of the release of this album must have made it difficult to sell. It may have been completely overshadowed by the coming grunge era. I bought a few of the tracks on the record. I felt like four or five of these could have been left off of the album to make it a stronger offering for less. Son of a Gun, Tattooed Millionaire, Born in '58, and Gypsy Road were the tracks that I liked the most. Bruce should hook up with a producer/ band that can do his incredible vocal ability justice for a solo project.


As a 12-year old girl and a true Maiden fan, I am so thankful and happy to be exposed to this music. My favortie artists/bands such as the Stones, Guns 'n Roses, and Joan Jett are so amazing and a huge part in my music life. The music age from the 60's-90's were my favorite time in music, I wish we would go back to rock n roll and metal, rather than all the bubble gum Justin Beiber crap everyone loves these days.


Born: August 7, 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England

Genre: Rock

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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