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June 16, 2005

Iron Maiden to Release 2-CD Compilation The Essential Iron Maiden via Sanctuary Records on July 12, 2005

Legendary Metal band Iron Maiden will release the career-spanning, two-CD compilation The Essential Iron Maiden through Sanctuary Records on July 12, 2005.

The Essential Iron Maiden features some of the greatest heavy metal music ever recorded. Iron Maiden have had huge worldwide impact these past 25 years thanks to all-time classic albums like Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Live After Death, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance Of Death and other live albums.

Every studio album and lineup of Iron Maiden is represented here. The package also includes sleeve notes from noted journalist Lonn Friend.

A sneak preview of the upcoming double live DVD and CD Death On The Road is provided thanks to the inclusion of “Iron Maiden” from this CD/DVD. The current, longtime lineup of vocalist Bruce Dickinson, guitarist Dave Murray, guitarist Adrian Smith, guitarist Janick Gers, bass guitarist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain recorded and filmed Death On The Road in Germany in 2003 on the ‘Dance Of Death’ tour.

The songs on The Essential Iron Maiden are:

Disc One – “Paschendale,” “Rainmaker,” “The Wicker Man,” “Brave New World,” “Futureal,” “The Clansman,” “Sign Of The Cross,” “Man On The Edge,” “Be Quick Or Be Dead,” “Fear Of The Dark (Live),” “Holy Smoke,” “Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter” and “The Clairvoyant.”

Disc Two – “The Evil That Men Do,” “Wasted Years,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “2 Minutes To Midnight,” “Aces High,” “Flight Of Icarus,” “The Trooper,” “The Number Of The Beast,” “Run To The Hills,” “Wrathchild,” “Killers,” “Phantom Of The Opera,” “Running Free (Live)” and “Iron Maiden (Live).”

Iron Maiden will be touring North America again this summer as co-headliners with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest 2005, the 10th anniversary of the enormously popular festival.

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