Learn how to play the actual song Iron Maiden written by Iron Maiden from theie 1980 debut Album, Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden is the debut studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was issued by EMI on 14 April 1980 in the UK, and a few months later in North America, originally on Harvest/Capitol Records and subsequently Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records in the US.
The North American version also included the song “Sanctuary”, previously released in the UK as a non-album single. In 1998, along with the rest of the band’s pre-1995 releases, Iron Maiden was remastered with “Sanctuary” added in all territories (but 2015 digital releases and all vinyl reissues use original tracklisting around the globe). It is the band’s only album to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton.
Although Iron Maiden have since criticised the quality of the album’s production, the release was met with critical and commercial success, peaking at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart as well as achieving prominence for the band in mainland Europe.
When first issued in 1980, the album received immediate critical acclaim, with Geoff Barton, reviewing the album in Sounds, writing, “Heavy metal for the ’80s, its blinding speed and rampant ferocity making most plastic heavy rock tracks from the ’60s and ’70s sound sloth-like and funeral-dirgey by comparison.”
Since its release, Iron Maiden has continued to receive praise from reviewers, with AllMusic proclaiming that the album “would still rank as a landmark even if the Dickinson years had never happened” as well as “no better place to hear how both punk and prog rock informed the new wave of British heavy metal”. In addition, Sputnikmusic describes it as “one of the top debut albums in the world of heavy metal”, containing “the raw, aggressive power [which] defines the early years of the band”.
Iron Maiden is one of two Iron Maiden albums listed in Robert Dimery’s book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (The Number of the Beast is the other). In 2017, it was ranked 13th on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”
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