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Maiden Japan

Maiden Japan

14th September 1981

1. Running Free (live) (Harris, Di'Anno)
          Running Free (live) – Commentary Running Free (live) – Lyrics
2. Remember Tomorrow (live) (Harris, Di'Anno)
          Remember Tomorrow (live) – Commentary Remember Tomorrow (live) – Lyrics
3. Killers (live) (Di'Anno, Harris)
          Killers (live) – Commentary Killers (live) – Lyrics
4. Innocent Exile (live) (Harris)
          Innocent Exile (live) – Commentary Innocent Exile (live) – Lyrics

Lyrics Listen With Nicko – Part III
Various Pressings

Album Commentary

Maiden Japan was recorded on Iron Maiden's first Japanese Tour (21st–24th May 1981) and was released as an EP, with the American version containing 'Wrathchild' as a bonus track. It was moderately successful, reaching 43 in the U.K. charts. Apparently there is no easy way to translate the pun "Maiden Japan" ("Made In Japan", for those who are not familiar with the English language) into Japanese, so the Japanese version of the EP was instead entitled Heavy Metal Army.

In my opinion, the Maiden Japan EP is excellent. All of the songs sound great, although there isn't as much guitar separation between the left and right channels as I'd probably prefer. Paul Di'Anno sounds good too, which is ironic since these were his last days with Maiden, during which is voice was continually giving out and causing problems. An extremely rare Venezuelan pressing of the EP actually shows a Riggs painting of Eddie holding Paul's decapitated head, confirming his departure from the band. In any case, for me the Maiden Japan EP is the highlight of the First Ten Years box set.


Heavy Metal Army
Japanese Heavy Metal Army version
Venezuelan pressing of Maiden Japan
Venezuelan cover sleeve of Maiden Japan
Thanks to Chris of Trooper Sounds
for his kind permission to use his scan of the cover


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