'All In Your Mind' was originally recorded by the British band
Stray for their 1970
self-titled debut album. The original version is actually quite different from Maiden's version,
assentially in the multipart harmony vocals of the verse and slightly different harmonics in
the opening-section. Steve Harris was a big fan of the band used to go to their gigs regularly.
"Blanckenheimer", who is mentioned in the lyrics, was an old school friend of Stray's
(whose real name was Gerald Blankensee) and later became the band's first roadie (Many thanks to
The Iron Maiden Cover Originals page for this info!).
The song seems to advance the somewhat cynical idea that everything is
imaginary – love, politics and even Chairman Mao! Musically, it has the driving rhythm and
heavy guitar that typified early 70s hard rock, perhaps somewhat ahead of its time, yet certainly
not remarkable by Iron Maiden standards. Still, it does make for an interesting B-side.
A song from a great band called Stray, this was another of Steve's favourite bands at the time,
bass player Gary Giles being