Rainmaker (Iron Maiden song)

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"Rainmaker"
Rainmaker Single Cover I (UK).jpg
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Dance of Death
B-side
  • "Dance of Death (orchestral version)"
  • "More Tea Vicar"
Released24 November 2003
Genre Heavy metal
Length3:48 [1]
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Dave Murray
Steve Harris
Bruce Dickinson
Producer(s) Steve Harris
Kevin Shirley
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Wildest Dreams"
(2003)
"Rainmaker"
(2003)
"The Number of the Beast (Reissue)"
(2005)
DVD cover
Maidenrain2.jpg

"Rainmaker" is the 37th single by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released on 24 November 2003 as the second single from their 13th studio album, Dance of Death (2003). It was written by Dave Murray, Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson, and produced by Harris and Kevin Shirley.

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Synopsis

The song was largely written by long-time guitarist Dave Murray. The lyrics were inspired by vocalist Bruce Dickinson's comment that the intro riff made him think of raindrops. The song has no connection with the 1995 novel written by John Grisham of the same name.

The guitar solo in "Rainmaker" is played by Dave Murray.

The cover is a still taken from the music video directed by Howard Greenhalgh. This single also contains a double-sided poster.

"More Tea Vicar" is a recording of a jam session (similar to "Pass the Jam") with Bruce Dickinson trying his hand at rapping, which is clearly a parody of the genre.

Track listing

CD single

  1. "Rainmaker" (Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson) – 3:48
  2. "Dance of Death (orchestral version)" (Janick Gers, Harris) – 8:37
  3. "More Tea Vicar" (Dickinson, Gers, Harris, Nicko McBrain, Murray, Adrian Smith) – 4:37

Japanese CD

  1. "Rainmaker" (Murray, Harris, Dickinson) – 3:48
  2. "Dance of Death (orchestral version)" (Gers, Harris) – 8:37
  3. "More Tea Vicar" (Dickinson, Gers, Harris, McBrain, Murray, Smith) – 4:37
  4. "The Wicker Man (Live at Brixton Academy, London - 19–21 March 2002)" - 4:38
  5. "Children of the Damned (Live at Brixton Academy, London - 19–21 March 2002)" - 5:02

Japanese CD Extras:

  1. "Rainmaker" (Video) - 3:50
  2. "Wildest Dreams" (Video) - 3:39

Pock iT! Mini CD

  1. "Rainmaker" (Murray, Harris, Dickinson) – 3:48
  2. "Dance of Death (orchestral version)" (Gers, Harris) – 8:37

7" Vinyl

  1. "Rainmaker" (Murray, Harris, Dickinson) – 3:48
  2. "Dance of Death (orchestral version)" (Gers, Harris) – 8:37

DVD

  1. "Rainmaker" (video) (Murray, Harris, Dickinson) – 3:48
  2. "The Wicker Man (Live at Brixton Academy, London - 19–21 March 2002)" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) - 4:35
  3. "Children of the Damned (Live at Brixton Academy, London - 19–21 March 2002)" (Harris) - 5:03
  4. "Rainmaker Video – The Making Of"

Personnel

Production credits are adapted from the CD, [1] DVD, [2] and picture disc covers. [3]

Iron Maiden
Production

Chart performance

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