I hope you all join with me for the Maiden Review Series 1980-88. I’m basically just going to be writing about my discovery point of when Maiden came into my world. I won’t be doing a song by song breakdown as I have done that already and there are a million reviews out there. So I thought I would change it up for these Maiden reviews.
Still remember like it was yesterday.
Dateline Septemeber 1981:
Starting our second week of school (Grade 10) in September of 81 it was a cool fall day on that Monday when I bumped into Muk in the hallways of our high school (Lakeview).
The conversation went something like this-
“Hey Muk how was the weekend?”
“deKe! I got the new Maiden!” Muk said excitedly.
“Cool, Muk you bought Killers?” I responded. (If you recall I had just gotten Killers two months earlier in July 81)
“No deKe, not Killers but the live album Maiden Japan!”
(Muk and his family went to Duluth that weekend and Muk saw the Maiden EP on the new release rack so of course, he would grab it!)
Muk must have thought he was looking at a deer in headlights at that exact moment! I probably dropped my binder and math books to the floor as well by that point.
I went home that day and pretty much asked my parents for an early adavnce allowance so I could boogie down to the record shops and get my own copy of Maiden Japan.
Once I secured my own copy. My eyes scoured that album cover of Eddie brandishing a sword. A quick flip over of the cover and it was an EP. Five songs. All Maiden. All Live! (Maiden did put on the back cover that there were a few overdubs but who gives a shit right?!)
Upon spinning Maiden Japan. Side One features “Running Free” and “Remember Tomorrow”. Two songs that came from the self-titled Iron Maiden debut(1980) which I still hadn’t heard.
“Running Free” begins with Clive Burr laying down that drumbeat that is wicked quick which leads into Bassist Steve Harris joining in. “Running Free” lifts off at hyper speed. Paul Di’Anno drops the gauntlet vocally on the tune.
I’ve got nowhere to call my own, hit the gas, and here I go
I’m running free yeah, Oh I’m running free
Side Two features three songs from the current Killers release”(Wrathchild”, “Killers”, and “Innocent Exile)”. With Maiden going live the tempo of course is sped up. (not that the studio versions lagged mind you)
Maiden as they would tend to do would release some of there studio output in September which would derail me big time as I would be home studying Maiden covers and lyrics when I should have been doing my homework!
Maiden Japan got me even more hyped up over what lay ahead for Iron Maiden.
A big change was coming in the band which I had no idea about.
Maiden Japan released September 14,1981.
Canadian Sales- Platinum.