Iron Maiden Enhanced, Import
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This opening sonic salvo from Steve Harris's East End stalwarts pretty much defined the late-1970s post-punk rebirth of rock traditionalism known as the new wave of British heavy metal. Featuring the strident cockney roar of original lead vocalist Paul Di'Anno, Iron Maiden capitalized on the band's enormous grassroots following by storming immediately into the upper reaches of the album charts. A perfect balance of the irresistibly catchy ("Running Free"), the intricately epic ("Phantom of the Opera"), and the roguishly profane ("Charlotte the Harlot"), it's an assured debut, albeit one that's superficially marred by somewhat pedestrian production. Still, Iron Maiden--specifically the blazing, fretboard ferocity of its closing title track--is an utterly essential element of any self-respecting metal-head's collection. Furious, whiplash headbanging is not so much recommended as completely unavoidable. --Ian Fortnam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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EMI TO RELEASE OF A SERIES OF HEAVYWEIGHT GATEFOLD VINYL PICTURE DISCS STARTING IN OCTOBER 2012
IRON MAIDEN / KILLERS / THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST / PIECE OF MIND / POWERSLAVE / LIVE AFTER DEATH / SOMEWHERE IN TIME / SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON --This text refers to the LP Record edition.
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Prowler: 4.8/5 - Good, solid opener for the album, really shows what's yet to come. The music is awesome as well as the lyrics.
Sanctuary: 5/5 - The first of this album's best songs. Fast, catchy and awesome lyrics(though I had trouble understanding them at first). Has a sort of heavy feeling but I can't seem to figure out what it is!
Remember Tomorrow: 5/5 - My favourite slow song of this era. Not really a ballad as it goes from soft to heavy, but it's an incredible song.
Running Free: 5/5 - Three straight full-mark songs already? This is the punkest song on the album, a favourite to many fans, and my second favourite song on this album.
Phantom Of The Opera: 5/5 - The longest and greatest song on this album. My favourite track features an opera-like intro which sets the tone for this masterpiece. The first of two masterpieces actually(from this era).
Transylvania: 4.9/5 - The full-mark streak ends with my favourite instrumental. Like one reviewer(who earned my respect) said, it has a transylvanian sound to it. This song would've gotten full marks if it was a bit longer, just in case Metallica's Orion might have wanted to compete.
Strange World: 4/5 - Not my favourite track but deserves some recognition for being a good, slow song.
Charlotte The Harlet: 5/5 - The full marks return with Dave Murray's first(and I think only)solo written song. The start of four amazing songs in the Charlotte The Harlot series. DO NOT skip this song! Also has a cool instrumental sound in the middle.
Iron Maiden: 5/5 - The album ends with the band's 'street theme'.Read more ›
After a much-requested (by the fans) Soundhouse Tapes release, Maiden knew they had their work cut out for them to make their debut LP. So they did, recording it in 1979 and making it ready for release by early 1980. It was an awsome fusion of melodic rock, punk, and heavy metal, and it certainly showed what was to come for Maiden- if their debut was this good, what could come next? This lineup was one of Maiden's earliest album-wise, it had the rough and tumble Paul Di'Anno vocals (no high pitched stuff here- well, maybe a little, hehe) and original guitarist Dennis Stratton and drummer Clive Burr. Sadly this would be Stratton's last LP with Maiden. I usually don't do track-by-track reviews, but since this album is so good, I think I will.
Prowler- An awsome opener! Wouldn't think of anything else opening off this terrific CD. It's fast, tough, and has good guitar licks courtesy of Dave Murray and Maiden's old guitarist Dennis Stratton. Features some ripping solos in the middle. Funny but questionable lyrics, has a good song title though. Maiden hooks you with this song, and sets the tempo for the rest of the record. Greatness. 5/5
Sanctuary- Originally released shortly after this album as a single, Sanctuary is sometimes cut down by fans, but I, for one, love it. It just chugs along with some good backbone by drummer Clive Burr and bassist (our man!) Steve Harris. I like the lyrics alot- ("Out of the winter came a warhorse of steel, I'd never killed a woman before but I know how it feels"). Don't know why this song is so cut down by some people.Read more ›
In 1979, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal took England by storm. Hundreds of hard-rocking bands emerged overnight, and every one of them was excellent. Unfortunately, very few of these bands found success in their music, and an even smaller number of them found success outside their native United Kingdom. Iron Maiden is a rare example of one of the genre's bands that achieved worldwide success. Through the course of the mid and late seventies, Iron Maiden had a number of line-up changes. They had recorded a demo collection and several tracks for compilations. Finally, come 1980 and the band was ready to release it's first full-length LP. With vocalist Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dave Murray and Dennis Strattion, drummer Clive Burr, and bassist Steve Harris, their debut was recorded. How does their 1980 self-titled debut, recorded before legendary metal vocalist Bruce Dickinson joined the band, measure up? Read on and find out.
The first thing I need to state about this album is that it is NOTHING like the material that the band recorded with their most famous vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. The Di'Anno era of the band differs from those days drastically, but that doesn't mean the musical quality from this era was any worse. One of the band's finest early songs, Prowler, kicks off the album. Fast-paced punk-metal rock never sounded better, and the rather comical lyrics only add to the experience. Remember Tomorrow comes next. It slows things way down in the verses, but the chorus is the kind of hard and heavy stuff you'd expect from Maiden. The instrumental interlude between the second and third verses is particuarly memorable. Next comes the classic mid-paced hard rocker Running Free.Read more ›
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If you're going to re-issue a catalog on vinyl, these guys figured out how to do it well. I was an Iron Maiden fan from back in hte day and still have all my original records in... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2013 by LC9000
Any Iron Maiden fan needs these original D.Riggs works of art...
now only wish they'd re-realease the old tour books from back in the day...
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excellent choice as a christmas gift or for any occassion if you have a die hard iron maiden fan inyour family.Published on Dec 27 2012 by Myra Brophy
The subject says it all. The picture discs have fantastic visual artwork, but unfortunately the sound quality is absolutely atrocious.Published on Dec 9 2012 by Brendan Shaw
So far I have received 2 items like this one. Both arrived mint and sealed as advertised. Will be ordering more titles in the future.Published on Nov. 17 2012 by axeman85
The last of the great Metal bands from the early 70's to the early 80's. Both Iron Maiden and Killers feature the non commercial radio play band that Bruce Dickinson turned them in... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by SEYDLITZ
I still love to pop this in to hear "Transylvania". I love this record and find it still gets some rotation in the ol deck. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Lotus Scrum