IRON MAIDEN TO ISSUE BOX SET:
Iron Maiden will issue Eddie’s Archive — a three double-CD set containing the band’s earliest live recordings from 1979 through to their headlining performance at Donington in 1988 — on November 5th through Columbia Records. In addition to this, the compilation The Best Of The B’sides will be made available for the first time as one collection.
Rod Smallwood, manager of the band since mid 1979, comments “We’ve been talking for a while about issuing a special release for our fans and I think the live recordings are very important to the history of the band. In fact, other than the Maiden Japan EP and a couple of live B-sides, there were no live recordings released until Live After Death in 1986. These recordings encompass the early days with Paul Di’Anno through to Bruce Dickinson’s arrival. Maiden’s career went on from one high to another — it really was a rollercoaster ride! I think they capture the essence of what the band was and still is all about: pure, raw energy, great musicianship and an in-your-face attitude. I’ve seen the casket and it looks fantastic. This is a great way to celebrate our history with the people who helped us make it.”
The set will be presented in a unique 270x190x60 mm limited edition silver Eddie embossed casket. Alongside the music, fans will find a crystal Eddie Head shot glass and an individually numbered Pete Frame family tree on parchment scroll, detailing the complete Iron Maiden history and rolled in a specially designed Eddie ring! Each of the three double CDs have full color 24 page booklets, two with new Eddie artwork with previously unseen photos of the various line ups and one based on the original classic ’82 tour program.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth