To me the best Iron Maiden era is the 1980's in general, I'm a huge fan of the band just as you should be (since you're looking at this product) and I always loved the rawer sound of the early years. Another thing worth mentioning is that I really enjoyed the Paul Di'Anno era of the band and the two albums Paul put out with Maiden back in the early 80's. Don't get me wrong I love just about anything Iron Maiden but I feel those earlier years capture the band at its best, there's something really special about that era for me. Having an entire two discs DVD focusing on those early years is a treat to me, there are some excellent live concerts with both Bruce Dickinson and Paul Di'Anno, a documentary on the early years, a TV documentary on the band, 5 of the band's videos and photo galleries that include tour guides, t-shirts, posters and more from the era. Oh and the years covered in "The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days" are 1980-1983 but in the centerpiece documentary they go way back in the mid 1970's when Steve Harris was just a young man full of ambition ready to bring his band's brand of rock' n 'roll to the world. Plus it has a fairly even representation of both the Di'Anno and Dickinson eras (Dickinson's gets a little more).
Here's exactly what you get:
-Live At The Rainbow 1981, 30 minutes, the band's first concert video (and one of the first concert videos, the sound is incredible for the time it was recorded)
-Beast Over Hammersmith 1982, 45 minutes, reconstructed footage and never before seen footage
-Live In Dortmund 1983, 45 minutes, rare, (the sound of this show is somehow not that great)
-The Early Days documentary, 90 minutes. The centerpiece of this DVD, goes into details and interviews just about everyone who ever had something to do with Maiden, if you're a hardcore fan this is fascinating.
-20th Century Box 1981, 20 minutes, rare television documentary of the band. This one has an interesting take on rock/metal music in general at the time and the various names ex: heavy metal. This documentary is really interesting and it's great to see the band at this time doing what they were doing and all the buzz and energy that was surrounding it.
-Live At The Ruskin, rare home movie footage directly from the band's archives.
-5 videos : Women In Uniform, Run To The Hills, The Number of The Beast, The Trooper and Flight of Icarus.
-Photo Galleries of tour programs, listings and other extras.
The Early Days Part 1 is a great look at the band's early years, the concerts and documentaries are really something to watch and own if you're a hardcore fan of the band or if you know someone who is. As the title suggests there is a part 2 to The Early Days and it can be found in the Live After Death DVD, it continues exactly where this one left off in 1983 and although I don't find it as good and less comprehensive than the first one it has some great concert footage and some cool interviews to watch. The History of Iron Maiden Part 1: The Early Days is worth every penny and has a lot to offer. 5 stars.