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Disc Two complements these live sets with a mix of archival material (including home video footage of one of their first gigs, back in 1979 at East London's Ruskin Arms) and exclusive new material. The centrepiece is a 90-minute documentary where band members past and present give candid and entertaining interviews, charting the birth and subsequent rise of these metal titans. Non-fans will probably find much of the material here a bit silly (the spandex and leather look hasn't aged well), but this DVD isn't for them anyway. But people who love Iron Maiden will find evidence here that the band loves them, too. --Robert Burrow
The real treasures are found on the second disc, with 90mins of interviews with almost every member of iron maiden from the time (a lot more than you may think!), some great little stories about the band's rise to fame, very Spinal Tap in places! Also some old footage from the band in its earliest days, and although this is very poor quality its still a piece of history!
Amazing purchase, can't wait for the next in the series..!
There is lots of very interesting live stuff on the discs but it is with the documentaries that we get the reals goods that all Maiden fans so deserve. The documentary on NWOBHM is interesting and captivating and the new documentary with the members of the band from the early years as well as friends and tour members is an absolutely must see alone. At the price charged for this you are realy getting a treat because as a double disc collection it could have easily been harshly over-priced like other Maiden items but this is unique.
Sure Maiden fans will love this the most and it will inevitably only really appeal to big fans but for a new band starting up wanting to know the reality of getting started this will prove very educational. Buy it now!
Some of the concert footage is re-issued but there is lots of new stuff too. Unfortunately the quality is only middling as this footage is 20+ years old but you won't see anybody give a better performance. The Marquee footage is an absolute classic.
The documentary is all new and does a great job describing the early days. This is the star of the show.
If you remember Maiden from the early 80's then you know how good they were. This DVD captures a lot of that atmosphere.
the first concert allows you to almost "introduce" yourself to Paul Dianno, their deep, powerful singer and gives you an experience for what a gig with him is like.
The second gig introduces you to "Bruce Dickinson", their 2nd singer and gives you yet another fantastic and totally new experience that will blow you away.
And the final concert has Maidens permanent drummer, "Nicko McBraine" and yet again, provides a new experience for you to enjoy.
Besides the mind-blowing gigs and the documentary, you get videos from Maiden early songs, including their Top of the Pops appearences. you also get a funny TV interview and lots of other extras. A brilliant investment for any fan of Heavy Metal.