Iron Maiden Picture Disc (vinyl) collection
I’ll be the first to admit it: I was a very late bloomer for getting into Iron Maiden. As mentioned in my post about what I was listening to growing up and my journey into metal, I did have Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast album (well, on tape), given to me the same time as Guns N’ Roses’ Lies and Metallica’s …And Justice For All. The thing was, besides the art, I didn’t like it when I was eight or nine, like I did the other albums I was given.Fast forward many, many years and one of my best buddies, bless his persistent soul, finally got me into them. He is REALLY into Maiden. It’s his favourite band of all time and he tried time and time again throughout our teenage years/early 20s to get me into them. I could appreciate it, but it really wasn’t more than background tunes for me or something I would listen to with people, but never go out and buy on my own.
Then for some reason, some day, everything clicked. I went back and got their discography on CD and let it all absorb in. I’m sure I have favourite tunes from different albums that the most hardcore fan would disagree with (and rank these albums differently), but that’s the fun of music, right? I still love Killers the best.
Although I didn’t dig the band back in the day, I could ALWAYS appreciate the artwork and their mascot, Eddie. It seemed like Maiden could do no wrong with album covers, T-shirt designs, and whatever else they would put their design stamp on thanks to artist Derek Riggs in the 80s. So when this picture disc collection was announced, I knew I had to snag it. Not to just have to listen to on vinyl, but just for the art itself.
The records in this picture disc collection featured the first eight Iron Maiden albums that were released in the 80s and were released in 2012/2013. I know these records had a limited release, but I’m not sure of the numbers. Here in Canada, you could buy the first two albums together and receive this collector’s box to store them in for free. So, I was one of the lucky ones that got to snag this box at my Sunrise Records. The other picture discs were then released two at a time a couple of months apart
Anyway, this isn’t a biography or history piece, so let’s take a look at each of the albums and their gate-fold covers that were special for these releases.
Iron Maiden (1980)
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “Sanctuary” and “Running Free.”
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “Twilight Zone/Wrathchild” and “Purgatory.”
The Number of the Beast (1982)
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “Run to the Hills” and “The Number of the Beast.”
Piece of Mind (1983)
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “The Trooper” and “Flight of Icarus.” (*I took a picture with the Icarus album slanted and didn’t catch it – I hope to take another one and replace it soon).
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “Aces High” and “2 Minutes to Midnight.”
Live After Death (1985)
A two LP set! The artwork on one side the picture discs (bottom right) comes from the single for “Run to the Hills (Live). The one to the left of it comes from art inside the album. I’m not sure where the art for the picture disc in the middle comes from (as in, what it was originally used for). Hopefully my buddy will be able to tell me. If you know, email me and I’ll edit it and give you credit!
Somewhere In Time (1986)
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “Stranger in a Strange Land” and “Wasted Years.”
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
The artwork on the picture disc comes from the covers for the singles of “The Clairvoyant” and “Can I Play With Madness”
There’s my rundown and photos of the albums in this collection! I’ll end by saying that he music quality on these vinyls wasn’t the best. I tried spinning the first two albums, but I found the surface noise that’s related to picture discs to be just too much for my ears. I ended up getting the Iron Maiden vinyl collection that came out about a year (year and a half?) after these all came out that was on black vinyl so I could enjoy the music. I’ll look at that set down the road!