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Iron Maiden
Iron-Maiden (album)
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released April 14, 1980
Genre NWOBHM, Heavy metal
Label EMI
Producer Will Malone
Iron Maiden chronology
The Soundhouse Tapes
(1979)
Iron Maiden
(1980)
Live!! +one
(1980)

Iron Maiden is the self-titled debut album of heavy metal group, Iron Maiden, released in 1980. It was released in the UK by EMI, and later in the U.S. including Sanctuary, which had been released in the UK only as a single. A number of the songs from this debut album remain on Iron Maiden tour set lists.

Track listingEdit

Original UK releaseEdit

All songs written by Steve Harris, unless indicated otherwise.

  1. "Prowler" – 3:55
  2. "Remember Tomorrow" (Paul Di'Anno, Harris) – 5:27
  3. "Running Free" (Di'Anno, Harris) – 3:17
  4. "Phantom of the Opera" – 7:20
  5. "Transylvania" – 4:05
  6. "Strange World" – 5:45
  7. "Charlotte the Harlot" (Dave Murray) – 4:12
  8. "Iron Maiden" – 3:35

Original US releaseEdit

  1. "Prowler" – 3:52
  2. "Remember Tomorrow" (Paul Di'Anno, Harris) – 5:27
  3. "Running Free" (Di'Anno, Harris) – 3:14
  4. "Phantom of the Opera" – 7:20
  5. "Transylvania" – 4:19
  6. "Strange World" – 5:40
  7. "Sanctuary" (Dave Murray, Di'Anno, Harris) – 3:12
  8. "Charlotte the Harlot" (Murray) – 4:10
  9. "Iron Maiden" – 3:31

Remastered releaseEdit

  1. "Prowler" (3:56)
  2. "Sanctuary" (Dave Murray, Paul Di'Anno, Harris) (3:16)
  3. "Remember Tomorrow" (Di'Anno, Harris) (5:27)
  4. "Running Free" (Di'Anno, Harris) (3:17)
  5. "Phantom Of The Opera" (7:07)
  6. "Transylvania" (4:19)
  7. "Strange World" (5:32)
  8. "Charlotte The Harlot" (Murray) (4:12)
  9. "Iron Maiden" (3:38)

ReviewsEdit

Iron Maiden's self-titled album, as well as its follow up, Killers, are the only two albums that would feature Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals. His voice, as well as the music, feature a raw, punk-like feel, but is still metal overall. Iron Maiden would also mark the first and only appearance of Dennis Stratton on guitars; he would be replaced by Adrian Smith.

The album opener "Prowler" is a certified Maiden classic. The main riff to the song is great, and Di'Anno's vocals are perfect. "Sanctuary" is a pretty catchy tune, and the main riff to the song is good too. "Remember Tomorrow" has some variation to it, compared to the first two tracks. The song starts out with a slow and gloomy melody, but picks up after the verses. The song escalates into a frenzy in the middle of the song. "Running Free" has a catchy drum beat and a catchy chorus.

"Phantom of the Opera" is a fantastic track that is also the longest on the album; it's one of the best songs of the Di'Anno era. The solos featured in the song are amazing. As the band progressed, they made more songs like this one. "Transylvania" is a rocking instrumental that demonstrates that talent of Maiden's rhythm section. "Strange World" is much different than the rest of the album; it has a fairly slow tempo to it. Not a bad track at all though. "Charlotte the Harlot" is another catchy rocker; the lyrics revolve around a prostitute named Charlotte (obviously). Her story would be revisted a few more times. The album closer is also a classic Iron Maiden track. "Iron Maiden" is a fantastic closer, with the lyrics depicting death by the iron maiden torture device. The song is still played at Iron Maiden shows to this day.

Iron Maiden is a great debut from the band and features many great tracks. The production on the album is a bit weak, but it kind of fits in with the raw quality of the music. The remaster features the addition of "Sanctuary" to the album's canon, as well as a new, improved front cover. Also, the CD, when played on a computer, has videos for "Iron Maiden" and "Phantom of the Opera".

I would recommend checking out other albums in Iron Maiden's discography before checking out either of the Di'Anno era albums. Of the two albums, Iron Maiden is the superior one, as it is a lot more consistent than Killers.

Highlights: "Prowler", "Phantom of the Opera", "Iron Maiden" --User:RabidChild


Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Members
Current Members: Bruce Dickinson - Steve Harris - Dave Murray - Adrian Smith - Janick Gers - Nicko McBrain
Iron Maiden Discography
Albums: Iron Maiden (album) - Killers - The Number of the Beast - Piece of Mind - Powerslave - Live After Death - Somewhere in Time - Maidenmania - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - The First Ten Years - No Prayer for the Dying - Fear of the Dark - A Real Live One - A Real Dead One - Live at Donington - The X Factor - The Story So Far (Part One) - The Story So Far (Part Two) - Best of the Beast - Virtual XI - A Real Live Dead One - Eddie's 'Ed - Ed Hunter - Brave New World - Rock in Rio - Edward the Great - Eddie's Archive - Dance of Death - Death on the Road - The Essential Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes - Live!! +one - Maiden Japan - No More Lies
Singles: Running Free - Sanctuary (song) - Women in Uniform - Twilight Zone - Purgatory - Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast (song) - Flight of Icarus - The Trooper - 2 Minutes to Midnight - Aces High - Running Free (live) - Run to the Hills (live) - Wasted Years - Stranger in a Strange Land - Can I Play with Madness - The Evil That Men Do - The Clairvoyant - Infinite Dreams - Holy Smoke - Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter - Be Quick or Be Dead - From Here to Eternity - Wasting Love - Fear of the Dark (live) - Hallowed Be Thy Name - Man on the Edge - Lord of the Flies - Virus - The Angel and the Gambler - Futureal - The Wicker Man - Out of the Silent Planet - Run to the Hills (live '01) - Wildest Dreams - Rainmaker - The Number of the Beast (live) - The Trooper (live) - The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg - Different World
Iron Maiden Videography
Videos: Live at the Rainbow - Video Pieces - Behind the Iron Curtain - Live After Death (video) - 12 Wasted Years - Maiden England - The First Ten Years: The Videos - From There to Eternity - Donington Live 1992 - Raising Hell - Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast - Rock in Rio (video) - Visions of the Beast - The Early Days - Death on the Road (video)

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