Maiden Japan

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Maiden Japan
Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan.jpg
EP by
Released14 September 1981 (1981-09-14)
Recorded23 May 1981
VenueAichi Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan
Genre Heavy metal
Length16:38
Label EMI
Producer
  • Iron Maiden
  • Doug Hall
Iron Maiden EPs chronology
Live!! +one
(1980)
Maiden Japan
(1981)
No More Lies
(2004)
Alternative cover
MaidenJapan-alt.jpg
Brazilian and Venezuelan alternate cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10 [2]

Maiden Japan, released as Heavy Metal Army in Japan, is a live EP by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The title is a pun of Deep Purple's live album Made in Japan .

Contents

Release

There are at least two different versions of this EP; all tracks were recorded at the Aichi Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on 23 May 1981. It was lead singer Paul Di'Anno's final recording with the band. The original Japanese pressing features only 4 tracks and the record speed is 45RPM, but the other version has 5 tracks. It was never the band's intention to release this album, but Toshiba-EMI wanted a live album.

Cover art

The original cover depicted the band's mascot, Eddie, holding the severed head of singer Paul Di'Anno. [3] The replacement cover was done on very short notice after Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, received a proof for review, and became agitated at Di'Anno's depiction because the band were looking to replace him. Maiden Japan was released in Venezuela in 1987 with the original cover and has become a collector's item.[ citation needed ]

Track listing

Production and performance credits are adapted from the EP liner notes. [4] [5]

European and Japanese edition

All tracks are written by Steve Harris and Paul Di'Anno, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Running Free"2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"5:27
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Killers" 4:39
4."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:16:38

International edition

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Running Free"2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"5:27
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Wrathchild"Harris2:52
4."Killers" 4:39
5."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:19:30

Personnel

Production

Chart performance

TitleChart (1981)Peak
position
"Maiden Japan" UK Singles Chart 43 [6]
"Maiden Japan" Billboard 200 89 [7]
TitleChart (1990)Peak
position
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan" UK Albums Chart [note 1] 5 [8]

Notes

  1. Re-release of both titles as part of "The First Ten Years" box set. Exceeded the length limit of the UK Singles chart.

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References

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  2. Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 170. ISBN   978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. Popoff, Martin (2006). Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs. Aardvark Publishing. p. 40. ISBN   1-4276-0538-6.
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  5. Maiden Japan (Media notes). Iron Maiden. Harvest Records. 14 September 1981.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  7. "Billboard Chart History". Billboard . Retrieved 29 May 2018.
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