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Favorite Iron Maiden Album Cover? Maybe Not an Album Cover at All…

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!

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Iron Maiden Piece of Mind Anniversary…

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?

Side 1

  1. “Where Eagles Dare” 6:08
  2. “Revelations” 6:51
  3. “Flight of Icarus” 3:49
  4. “Die with Your Boots On” 5:22 (This is a Knucklebonz Fav track!!)

Side 2

  1. “The Trooper” 4:10
  2. ”Still Life” 4:37
  3. “Quest for Fire” 3:40
  4. “Sun and Steel” 3:25
  5. “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.

Check out all the currently announced and shipping KnuckleBonz Collectibles here: https://www.knucklebonz.com

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Number of the Beast Anniversary – The 2nd coming of Iron Maiden’s Eddie

In 1982, after the moderate success of their debut album “Killers,” Iron Maiden took a big chance, hiring a new singer and frontman, Bruce Dickinson. Uhh, things worked out pretty well for Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Clive Burr and Dickinson as Iron Maiden “Number of the Beast” cracked the Top 10 UK charts and got global radio play with the single “Run to the Hills.”

This was the 2nd time Eddie, Iron Maiden’s mascot, was summoned to grace an album cover, and it remains one of the most enduring images for the band. The exaggerated perspective of Eddie and muted colors of the sky are set off by the fantastic flames that dance around Eddie and the scarlet devil at his feat.

It’s just a matter of time before KnuckleBonz and the Iron Maiden camp get together…hang in there Superfans.

Rock Hard! Kbonz