on 31 July 2012
This album is simply stunning, the songs are comprised of Maiden's early pub circuit material which is in itself powerful gritty street level metal laden with classic Iron Maiden credentials. Of course it is set aside from others in the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) pack by progressive elements (Time/Mood changes, softer meaningful areas and even a great instrumental) And Paul Di'anno's punky (yet awesome) vocals which complement the heavy traditional/speed metal vibe to produce a pack of outstanding songs which set Maiden on the right foot to world domination. Conclusively, this is a must have album for every Metal (even Rock) fan as it contains the right components and variety that makes this album so astounding without impeding the impeccable sonic high standard.
on 15 October 2014
Reissued in October 2014 this reprint is a straight copy of the original 1980 release. Adding a new barcode and a Internet address to the artwork. For me the new print in better quality but not by too much. Better printing techniques and higher resolution is most likely why it seems sharper. But the sleeve is also better quality cardboard, tougher and more durable. The print labels do look darker on this edition, not sure if it is a fault on production line but it is no real problem.
Printed from original masters (this is not the 1998 re master) on 180g black vinyl the album looks nice and new and glossy.
Now the sound, yes it is good and I think a nice like for like transfer. The band always were less positive on the first albums production but for me I love it. The drums sound great as do the guitars but for me the vocals was always the first albums plus point. Paul still sounds great and the feel is there. Turning the volume up and that bite the band always had is still there. Phantom of the Opera sounds terrific.
Like me if you want to replace those loved old vinyl albums then now is the time.
on 19 March 2014
Still sounds amazing ,we all love Bruce but d'iannos vocals really make this record and maiden what they were and were to become.great tracks every single one,there isn't a bad track on this record now how rare is that .i remember seeing the cover and nearly s***ting my pants ,I've loved maiden all my life but I still rate this record the highest.a must have in all collections
on 13 June 2012
i'l say it again it's better than the re-mastered version, why? well its not been turned up so loud on the CD that all the high end has beed compressed down and lost forever, meaning? that at high volume this version sounds a hell of a lot better with no distortion in the music!!
so if your gonna buy this make sure its the original, because originals are the best!!