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Movie · 2004

Filed under NWoBHM


Disc one:

Live at the Rainbow (21 December 1980) (30 mins)
1. The Ides of March
2. Wrathchild
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Transylvania
6. Phantom of the Opera
7. Iron Maiden

Beast over Hammersmith (20 March 1982) (45 mins)
1. Murders in the Rue Morgue
2. Run to the Hills
3. Children of the Damned
4. The Number of the Beast
5. 22 Acacia Avenue
6. Total Eclipse
7. The Prisoner
8. Hallowed Be Thy Name
9. Iron Maiden

Live in Dortmund (18 December 1983) (45 mins)
1. Sanctuary
2. The Trooper
3. Revelations
4. Flight of Icarus
5. 22 Acacia Avenue
6. The Number of the Beast
7. Run to the Hills

Disc two:

The Early Days (feature length documentary) (90 minutes)
20th Century Box (rare TV documentary from 1981) (20 minutes)

Live at the Ruskin Arms (1980) (45 minutes)
1. Sanctuary
2. Wrathchild
3. Prowler
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Running Free
6. Transylvania
7. Another Life"
8. Phantom of the Opera
9. Charlotte the Harlot

Extras (40 minutes)
1. Running Free (Live on Top of the Pops 1980)
2. Women in Uniform (Live on Top of the Pops 1980)
3. Running Free (Live on Rock and Pop, Germany 1980)
Promo Videos
4. Women in Uniform
5. Run to the Hills
6. The Number of the Beast
7. Flight of Icarus
8. The Trooper

+ a photo gallery, full tour listings, discography, tour programmes and more.


- Bruce Dickinson / vocals
- Paul Di'Anno / vocals
- Dave Murray / guitars
- Adrian Smith / guitars, backing vocals
- Dennis Stratton / guitars, backing vocals
- Steve Harris / bass, backing vocals
- Nicko McBrain / drums
- Clive Burr / drums

About this release

2 DVD, EMI, 2004.

The first part of The History of Iron Maiden DVD series.

Thanks to Pekka, Lynx33, adg211288 for the updates


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Iron Maiden - The Early Days (2004), subject (1976-1983)

Such an amazing band!

I'm in love with Iron Maiden now for 10 years, it al started when I was eleven years old. I saw the band live once, during the tour to promote this dvd. This was the best show I've ever seen and might see in my live.

On this super-complete dvd we've got lot's of interesting Iron Maiden material, covering the first four albums and some footage of the band before the first album.

The Early Days documentary. This 90 minutes of documentary that shows the prehistoric times of Iron Maiden. All former band members are discussed, the reason line-up changed, the circumstances they were in, who the material came to be, etc. This way we learn that there was an Iron Maiden that only had Steve Harris playing in it of all the current members. Interviews with the now unknown former members (1976-1979) are done in nice settings and it's nice to hear their stories. Steve Harris reflects on a lot of subjects and early member Dave Murray is also to be seen in some interviews. The old footage and photo's are nice for Iron Maiden fans. This documentary also shows a short making of of the first four albums and the line-up changes that occurred during that period. This dvd is a real threat for fans and it's fun to watch for people who are new to the band. The process of the creation of such an important band is interesting and fun to watch.

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW, Filmed at The Rainbow, London, December 1980 This is pure gold! This set shows Iron Maiden playing seven songs from their first two albums, though Killers wasn't record yet. This particular part of dvd is mega-essential because of the wild performance of lead singer Paul di'Anno. There isn't any better footage of the band in this phase of the band! Iron Maiden plays very motivated, the songs are great and the people enthusiastic. They were so good in their early days! As I said, essential for both fans and people who like the metal/hard rock genre.

BEAST OVER HAMMERSMITH, Filmed at Hammersmith Odeon, London, March 1982 One of the early shows Iron Maiden performed during the time Bruce Dickinson had joined the band and The Number of the Beast came to be. Iron Maiden plays unbelievably motivated and this can be seen as the one of the highlights of Iron Maiden's and vocalist Bruce Dickinson's career! Most tracks are from The Number of the Beast and the material is fresh! It's also nice the band included the important b-side Total Eclipse in their set. Essential metal footage.

LIVE AT DORTMUND, Filmed at Rock and Pop Festival, Dortmunde, Westenfalle, Germany, 1983 This concert was recorded during the Piece of Mind tour. Most songs originate from this album. Though the footage is almost as good as the Beast over Hammersmith from 1982, it's lacks some of it's bombastic enthusiastic power of Hammersmith. Still this is a very interesting show and fans will appreciate this very much!

EXTRA'S The first five clips of Iron Maiden and some top of the pops performances are nice, but they are less hard to find then the gigs on dvd one. Still a great bonus to complete the release.

LIVE AT THE RUSKIN, Home Video filmed at The Ruskin Arms, 1980 This is home video footage of the band in an early stage. This might only appeal to hard-core Iron Maiden fans for it's historical value.

Conclusion. This is the meaning of completeness! This is everything I could ever ask for, concerning the theme of this dvd. Five stars without doubt. Every fan should own this and others might be surprised on how energetic and complete this release is.

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  • karolcia
  • Vim Fuego
  • feagles76
  • sensedatum
  • MrMan2000
  • Bloodred
  • Fido73
  • powermetal2000
  • Pekka
  • Lynx33
  • eduardofoxx13
  • 666sharon666
  • miguellangell
  • Vic
  • IndianaJones
  • adg211288
  • Bartje1979

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