April 14, 1980: Iron Maiden releases debut album

Iron_Maiden_(album)_coverIron Maiden is the eponymous debut studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was issued by EMI in the UK, and a few months later in North America. The North American version also included the song “Sanctuary“, previously released in the UK as a non-album single. In 1998, along with the rest of the band’s pre-1995 releases, Iron Maiden was remastered with “Sanctuary” added in all territories. It is the band’s only album to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton.

When first issued, the album received immediate critical acclaim, with Geoff Barton, reviewing the album in Sounds, writing, “Heavy metal for the ’80s, its blinding speed and rampant ferocity making most plastic heavy rock tracks from the ’60s and ’70s sound sloth-like and funeral-dirgey by comparison.”

Although Iron Maiden have since criticised the quality of the album’s production, the release was met with critical and commercial success, debuting at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart as well as achieving prominence for the band in mainland Europe. [Wikipedia]

Listen to Iron Maiden on Spotify.

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Iron Maiden in 1980 (l-r):

Clive Burr – drums; Dave Murray – guitar; Steve Harris – bass, backing vocals; Paul Di’Anno – lead vocals; Dennis Stratton – guitar, backing vocals

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