Have the heavy metal jug­ger­naut’s first four al­bums stood the test of time?

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New al­bums from Ri­val Sons, Thun­der, Venom, Within Temp­ta­tion, Slim Chance, Dog Eat Dog, John Gar­cia And The Band Of Gold, The Be­vis Frond… Reis­sues from Iron Maiden, Slip­knot, Europe, Sammy Hagar, Man, Fam­ily, Pro­col Harum, Ian Dury & The Block­heads… DVDs, films and books on Alice Cooper, Black Sab­bath, Fleet­wood Mac, Nightwish… Live re­views of Def Lep­pard, Cheap Trick, The Wild­hearts, Killing Joke, Dan Reed Net­work, Hawk­lords…

First four al­bums from heavy metal jug­ger­naut. For all punk’s much-vaunted un­com­pro­mis­ing stance, when Iron Maiden took to the Top Of

The Pops stage in Fe­bru­ary 1980 to pro­mote their de­but sin­gle

Run­ning Free they were, at their own in­sis­tence, the first band to play live on the show since The Who in ‘73.

For Maiden, ac­tions have al­ways spo­ken louder than swag­ger­ing PR hy­per­bole. Although never en vogue, the Irons’ in­gen­u­ous pas­sion’s al­ways been in fash­ion, and as a con­se­quence time has seen them emerge – first do­mes­ti­cally, then uni­ver­sally – as the peo­ple’s rock band of choice.

These largely frill-free digi­pack CD reis­sues (the first quar­tet of four, in a se­ries that over the next six months will ul­ti­mately con­sti­tute their en­tire 16-al­bum back cat­a­logue – as re­mas­tered for iTunes in 2015) cover their rough, raw‘n’ready Di’Anno fronted emer­gence – Iron Maiden, Killers (both 7/10) – and the ex­plo­sive and defin­ing hal­cyon days of Dick­in­son: The Num­ber Of The Beast (com­plete with Ed­die The Ed fig­urine and Devil patch, 9/10) and Piece Of Mind (8/10). Func­tional, hon­est, de­signed for ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at max­i­mum vol­ume, they’re very metal and very, very Maiden.

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