Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden - The Soundhouse Tapes (CDR bootleg)

1. "Prowler" (4:22)
2. "Invasion" (3:12)
3. "Strange World" (5:23)
4. "Iron Maiden" (4:03)

Well, other than expensive imports or saving all those stickers off the most recent batch of Iron Maiden releases, there was no way I was going to get an 'official' release of The Soundhouse Tapes. So, this CDR boot, complete with color inserts of the vinyl version of this early Maiden recording. will due just fine. The limited edition vinyl versions of this release are pure gold, since only a few thousand copies were ever printed. Apparently "Strange World" was not on the original release, but was recorded during the same sessions.

Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan (bootleg) 1981
Recorded live in Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 5/24/81

1. "Wrathchild" (2:58)
2. "Purgatory" (3:14)
3. "Sanctuary" (3:58)
4. "Remember Tomorrow" (5:21)
5. "Another Life (incl. Drum Solo)" (6:51)
6. "Genghis Khan" [instrumental] (2:54)
7. "Killers" (4:41)
8. "Innocent Exile" (4:04)
9. "Twilight Zone" (2:31)
10. "Strange World" (6:13)
11. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (3:02)
12. "Phantom of the Opera" (6:53)
13. "Iron Maiden" (4:02)
14. "Running Free" (3:02)
15. "Transylvania (incl. Guitar Solo)" [instrumental] (5:44)
16. "Drifter" (8:06)
17. "I've Got the Fire" (2:53)

AWESOME DISC! Iron Maiden's "Maiden Japan" captures one the NWOBHM band at their prime. Young, hungry and full of piss 'n' vinegar. Of course there is the official EP release of "Maiden Japan", but this bootleg includes the entire show. "Maiden Japan" was either recorded on 5/23 in Nagoya, Japan or the following night in Tokyo. Either way, this is a classic show with good sound quality. 

"I've Got the Fire" is not from this set though. Don't know exactly where it is from, but according to the one diehard fan, "'I've Got the Fire' sounds suspiciously similar to the B-side recording of the "Sanctuary" single!"

Maiden Killers Iron Maiden - American Killers (Faultline) 2013 
Live in Milwaukee, WI, June 26, 1981

1.   Ides of March (2:22)
2.   Sanctuary (4:30)
3.   Purgatory (3:50)
4.   Wrathchild  (3:14)
5.   Remember Tomorrow (5:58)
6.   Another Life (6:53)
7.   Genghis Khan (2:58)
8.   Killers (5:05)
9.   Innocent Exile (4:13)
10. Twilight Zone (2:52)
11. Murders in the Rue Morgue (4:36)
12. Phantom of the Opera (7:24)
13. Iron Maiden (5:21)
14. Running Freev4:04)
15. Transylvania (5:24)
16. Drifter (7:58)

Recorded live from the Rock Stage, Milwaukee, USA on 26 June, 1981, this is one of the more common Maiden bootlegs floating around. It's with good reason that this live recording is popular among fans, it features a charged-up British band hungry to conquer. Featuring the early Paul DiAnno version of the band, Maiden runs through just about every song off their first two classic albums at this performance. The recording was a live radio broadcast, so the sound is fantastic. 

Seven Deadly Sins Iron Maiden - Seven Deadly Sins (2CDR)
Recorded live in Gothenberg, Sweden, 10/1/88

1. "Moonchild" (5:41)
2. "The Evil That Men Do" (5:01)
3. "The Prisoner" (5:52)
4. "Wrathchild" (3:51)
5. "Infinite Dreams" (5:40)
6. "The Trooper" (4:32)
7. "Can I Play with Madness?" (3:10)
8. "Heaven Can Wait" (6:50)
9. "Die with Your Boots On" (5:24)
10. "Wasted Years" (4:33)
11. "Killers" (5:08)
12. "The Clairvoyant" (5:27)
13. "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (10:13)
1. "The Number of the Beast" (4:33)
2. "Still Life" (4:31)
3. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (7:01)
4. "Iron Maiden" (5:28)
5. "Run to the Hills" (3:47)
6. "Running Free" (4:47)
7. "Sanctuary" (5:36)
8. "22, Acacia Avenue" (5:57)
Bruce Dickinson live:
9. "Darkside of Aquarius" (8:12)
10. "Powerslave" (7:41)
11. "The Road to Hell" (4:37)
12. "Flight of Icarus" (4:49)

Sweet bootleg from a vintage tour. The majority of this show seems to be an audience recording, albeit with decent sound, but on a few tracks like "Killers" and "Die With Your Boots On", the recording suddenly changes to soundboard quality. These songs, however, are not listed on the back art and sound suspiciously like officially released "b-side" songs. The four Bruce Dickinson songs added to the end are a nice bonus. Don't have any information of these tracks at all.

Virtual Sanity Iron Maiden - Virtual Insanity (2CD)
Recorded Live in Osaka, Japan,12/21/98

1. "Opening" [instrumental] (1:55)
2. "Futureal" (2:46)
3. "The Angel and the Gambler" (7:34)
4. "Man on the Edge" (4:16)
5. "Lightning Strikes Twice" (4:42)
6. "Heaven Can Wait" (8:06)
7. "Clansman" (9:03)
8. "When Two Worlds Collide" (5:41)
9. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (6:13)
1. "The Educated Fool" (6:13)
2. "Sign of the Cross" (11:05)
3. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (6:25)
4. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (7:20)
5. "The Evil That Men Do" (4:12)
6. "Fear of the Dark" (7:12)
7. "Iron Maiden" (5:44)
8. "The Number of the Beast" (4:42)
9. "The Trooper" (3:50)
10. "Sanctuary" (8:09)

I had always heard that Blaze pulled off the Bruce Dickinson-era stuff quite well in concert. Hmmm, that is quite debatable, especially after hearing this bootleg from the "Virtual X" tour. Honestly I don't think that Blaze is a bad singer, but he was just the wrong singer for Iron Maiden. However, I am glad to have this bootleg which preserves a part of Maiden history as I doubt we shall see any officially released live Blaze Bailey recordings, other than from his own band Blaze. The sound quality here isn't perfect but is listenable. (B+) (Thanks Ken.)

Reunion Iron Maiden - Reunion (CDR bootleg)
Recorded live at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, 7/16/99

1."Intro (Transylvania)/
....Churchhill's Speech/Aces High" (8:37)
2."Wrathchild" (2:53)
3."The Trooper" (4:01)
4."2 Minutes to Midnight" (5:44)
5."The Clansman" (10:45)
6."Wasted Years" (5:02)
7."Killers" (4:25)
8."Stranger in a Strange Land" (5:47)
9."Futureal" (3:02)
1."Man on the Edge" (4:10)
2."Powerslave" (7:39)
3."Phantom of the Opera" (7:59)
4."The Evil That Men Do" (4:15)
5."Fear of the Dark" (6:28)
6."Iron Maiden" (7:57)
7."The Number of the Beast" (4:46)
8."Hallowed Be Thy Name" (7:33)
9."Run to the Hills" (4:53)

The first show of the 1999 U.S. "Ed Hunter" reunion tour. For the most part this show has a spectacular set list with all the classics, a few surprises and a few newer songs to boot. Nice to see "Killers" and "Phantom of the Opera" back in the set list. Bruce does an admirable job on those songs, however, hearing Bruce sing them just reinforces that Blaze wasn't the only problem with the Blaze-era discs. The songwriting just wasn't up to the standards of the Bruce Dickinson stuff. The crowd reacts with boo's when Bruce introduces "The Clansman" in which Bruce wittingly replies, "shut the F*@# up!" Pretty funny the first time I heard it. The sound quality here isn't bad but isn't album quality either. It sounds to me like this one is an audience recording.

Brixton Iron Maiden - Live at Brixton - 3rd Night (2CDR)
Recorded live at Brixton Academy, London, 3/21/02

1. "Intro" [instrumental] (1:33)
2. "The Wicker Man" (4:38)
3. "Ghost of the Navigator" (6:47)
4. "Brave New World" (6:35)
5. "Wrathchild" (2:52)
6. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (7:57)
7. "Blood Brothers" (7:32)
8. "The Clansman" (9:43)
9. "The Mercenary" (4:32)
10. "The Trooper" (5:54)
11. "Dream of Mirrors" (9:23)
1. "The Evil That Men Do" (4:41)
2. "Fear of the Dark" (7:36)
3. "Iron Maiden" (6:59)
4. "The Number of the Beast" (6:07)
5. "Children of the Damned" (4:49)
6. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (7:21)
7. "Run to the Hills" (8:02)
8. "Ending" (1:48)

Maiden performed a three show benefit for their original drummer Clive Burr, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This particular recording is from the third night and despite being a "soundboard recording" doesn't have very good sound. There are some bad dropouts, noise, static, etc. Basically something I would have expected from a 70's bootleg, not from a modern bootleg of the digital age. The set list is average. I would have expected a few more tracks from those early Clive Burr albums. (Iron Maiden, Killers and Number of the Beast.) Some funny stage banter from 'ol Bruce on this one. Almost makes it worth listening to.

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