- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 21, 2005
- Label: Sanctuary Records
Q - 6/97, p.1303 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Roy Z's full-bodied production and his and Smith's guitar solos, give the album a '90s freshness, and it boasts some strong songs- 'Man Of Sorrows' and 'Magician' are magnificent heavy metal anthems..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Toltec 7 Arrival
- 4.Taking the Queen
- 5.Darkside of Aquarius
- 6.Road to Hell
- 7.Man of Sorrows
- 8.Accident of Birth
- 9.The Magician
- 10.Welcome to the Pit
- 12.Arc of Space
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.The Ghost of Cain
- 2.Accident of Birth - (Demo)
- 3.Starchildren - (Demo)
- 4.Taking the Queen - (Demo)
- 5.Man of Sorrows - (Radio Edit)
- 6.Man of Sorrows - (Orchestral Version)
- 7.Man of Sorrows - (Spanish Version)
- 8.Darkside of Aquarius - (Demo)
- 9.Arc of Space - (Demo)
Personnel: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Roy Z (guitar, piano, mellotron); Adrian Smith (guitar); Sylvia Tsai (violin); Rebecca Yeh (cello); Richard Baker (piano); Eddie Casillias (bass); David Ingraham (drums).
Engineers: Stan Katayama, Joe Floyd, Roy Z.
Recorded at Silver Cloud Recording and Sound City Recording, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Bruce Dickinson (vocals); Silvia Tsai (violin); Richard Baker (piano); Eddie Casillas (bass guitar); Roy Z (guitar, piano, Mellotron); Adrian Smith (guitar); Rebecca Yeh (cello).
Audio Mixers: Joe Floyd; Stan Katayama.
Recording information: Silver Cloud Recording; Sound City Recording, Los Angeles, CA.
Illustrator: Derek Riggs.
Of all of Bruce Dickinson's solo albums, Accident of Birth sounds the most similar to Iron Maiden, which isn't surprising since former Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith co-wrote many of the songs and plays on the record. The album is better than many latter-day Maiden efforts, and though the songwriting is occasionally uneven, the best moments (including "Man of Sorrows") make it an intriguing album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine