Formed in London bang in the middle of the 1970s, Iron Maiden are one of the most hard-working and highly regarded metal bands in the history of rock. With some forty albums to their credit, the band kick-started the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early 1980s and have never stopped kicking.
From making their live debut at the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford (the Eastenders one, not the town where Shakespeare lived) to filling enormo-domes world wide, Iron Maiden’s reputation is built upon relentless touring and a fusillade of live albums. There are thirteen of these (ain’t that lucky?) including one released in late 2020 recorded before 20,000 sweating fans in Mexico City.
With such a significant catalogue of albums, it can be tricky to find an entry point. The self-titled debut is a great place to start, while for those who like to survey the territory, the 2011 compilation “From Fear To Eternity” will get your ears bleeding. Both are approved by Eddie and Discrepancy Records.