Winter Albums

I sometimes find myself craving music that puts me in a winter state of mind without any Christmas over- and undertones. After all, it does get tiring to listen to the same Christmas songs during November, January, February and parts of March. Therefore I have compiled a list of albums that have a winter atmosphere.

Martin Birch (1948-2020)

His production on the Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow albums are some of my favourites. No matter how many instruments are playing simultaneously, everything is perfectly audible and balanced. “The Clairvoyant” from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is a fast paced song with drums, bass, two guitars, vocals and keyboards, yet everything is perfectly balanced in the mix.

Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time (1986)

This album was somewhat controversial among Iron Maiden fans at the time for introducing guitar controlled synthesizers (guitar synths) into their sound. I had listened to all the Iron Maiden albums leading up to Somewhere in Time before listening to it, and I don’t think it’s a departure from the sound they established on Number of the Beast in 1982