Purgatory (song)

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"Purgatory"
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Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Killers
B-side "Genghis Khan"
Released15 June 1981
Recorded1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length3:22
Songwriter(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Twilight Zone"
(1981)
"Purgatory"
(1981)
"Run to the Hills"
(1982)

"Purgatory" is Iron Maiden's fifth single, released on 15 June 1981, and would be their last with singer Paul Di'Anno. It served as the second single from Killers , though the preceding single, "Twilight Zone", was not included on the album's original pressings outside from the US. The single was reissued in 1990, on the same CD and 12" vinyl as the EP Maiden Japan , in the First Ten Years box set.

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History

According to drummer Nicko McBrain, the track is a remake of one of the band's earlier songs, entitled "Floating", of which "Purgatory" is a faster re-arrangement. [1] It was the group's least successful single as it failed to break into the Top 50 in the UK charts, although the group's manager, Rod Smallwood, states that this was because "it wasn't really a single, it was just lifted off the album which the fans already had." [2]

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Rod Smallwood British music manager

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Most notably, the single's original cover artwork was withdrawn for use on the band's next studio album, The Number of the Beast . [2] Smallwood recalls that, on being presented with the original cover, "we said, 'No, that's much too good,' so we kept it for the album. We had the artwork months before we had the music." [3] This meant that the band's artist, Derek Riggs, had to come up with a replacement, this time illustrating the Devil's face rotting away to reveal the band's mascot, Eddie's, face underneath. [4]

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Derek Riggs is a contemporary British artist best known for creating the band Iron Maiden's mascot, "Eddie".

Eddie (mascot) mascot for Iron Maiden

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Track listing

7" single
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Purgatory" Steve Harris 3:22
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."Genghis Khan"Harris3:10

Personnel

Production credits are adapted from the 7 inch vinyl cover. [5]

Iron Maiden
Paul DiAnno English singer

Paul Andrews, better known by his stage name Paul Di'Anno, is a British singer who was the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1977 to 1981.

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

Dave Murray (musician) British musician

David Michael "Dave" Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and, along with the group's founder, bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris, has appeared on all of the band's releases.

Production

Martin Birch is a British former music producer and sound engineer, who became renowned for engineering and producing albums by the British rock bands Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Cover art artwork on the outside of a published product

Cover art is a type of artwork presented as an illustration or photograph on the outside of a published product such as a book, magazine, newspaper (tabloid), comic book, video game, DVD, CD, videotape, or music album. The art has a primarily commercial function, for instance to promote the product it is displayed on, but can also have an aesthetic function, and may be artistically connected to the product, such as with art by the creator of the product.

Chart performance

SingleChart (1981)Peak
position
Album
"Purgatory" UK Singles Chart 52 [6] Killers
SingleChart (1990)Peak
position
Album
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan" UK Albums Chart [note 1] 5 [7]

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

  1. McBrain, Nicko; Iron Maiden. "Listen with Nicko! Part III". The First Ten Years: Part 3.
  2. 1 2 Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 100. ISBN   0-946391-84-X.
  3. Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 190. ISBN   1-86074-542-3.
  4. Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 101. ISBN   0-946391-84-X.
  5. "Purgatory" 7 Inch Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 15 June 1981.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  7. "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive 10 March 1990". Official Charts Company . Retrieved 10 October 2011.Cite web requires |website= (help)