Iron Maiden fans have had their own community and fervor for the band since the early days in the UK before they were recording and touring. That commitment only grew when they began to release studio albums and we got our first glimpse of Eddie the Head. Since that time, every true Iron Maiden fan has a favorite album cover and can remember where they 1st saw the art, bought the record, and dropped the needle. The interesting thing here is two of Iron Maiden’s most popular versions of Eddie, and favs here at KnuckleBonz®, where not album covers at all…they were covers on singles. “The Trooper” off Iron Maiden Piece of Mind 1983 and “Aces High” from Powerslave 1994 were released first as sleeves on these amazing single tracks, back when there where singles on Vinyl. We must admit, we never really bought singles so the first time we saw these iconic images was in the press and on tour merch going to the shows…so much to enjoy from Edward the Great and Iron Maiden. Drop the needle today!
Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind Album Anniversary fell this past Sunday. It was release on May 16th, 1983. This was a great record with many tracks that are still included in nay Iron Maiden live set today. It’s also the first record to feature new drummer Nicko McBrain. Also notable is the title which does not come directly from a song title on the record. In fact, Iron Maiden’s perhaps most notable version of Eddie spawns from this album. The single cover for “The Trooper” is one of the most celebrated images in music.
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind is certified Platinum in both the UK and North America.
Piece of Mind is sandwiched between another (2) heavy metal classic albums, as The Number of the Beast released in 1982, and Powerslave dropped to us in 1984…not a bad 3-year run for Iron Maiden, ehh?
- “Where Eagles Dare” 6:08
- “Revelations” 6:51
- “Flight of Icarus” 3:49
- “Die with Your Boots On” 5:22 (This is a Knucklebonz Fav track!!)
- “The Trooper” 4:10
- ”Still Life” 4:37
- “Quest for Fire” 3:40
- “Sun and Steel” 3:25
- “To Tame a Land 7:26
Total length: 45:28….of Pure Metal Classics!
Lots for work for KnuckleBonz to do at some point for the 3D Vinyl® and Rock Iconz On Tour™ Collectors Series.
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What if KnuckleBonz were to create something for the Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® or On Tour™ Series with Iron Maiden? What would Maiden Superfans want to see and collect?
So much stuff has been created for Iron Maiden’s “Eddie” over the years, a lot of it really nice. The assumptions are that the band would not OK the use of their image and likenesses for what we do, so that’s off the table. They leave all that work to “Edward the Great.”
Sound off metal Superfans…As always, KnuckleBonz is listening!
Up the Irons!!!
Rock Hard this Monday! Kbonz