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