Iron Maiden’s celebrated 1980s catalog is set for another re-release this fall. UPDATED August 27!
Yes, you might exclaim “WTF?” … It’s been less than two years since the band rolled out their 1980s records on picture disc vinyl. But the recent aquisition of EMI by industry juggernaut Warner Music Group might have led to another couple of ideas further up the chain.
September 22 will see the release of the band’s debut album Iron Maiden, along with Killers and The Number Of The Beast, this time hopefully on 180g black vinyl.
The next three records follow on October 20: Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Live After Death.
The big question is whether these vinyl versions will be printed from the original masters or the much loathed 1998 remasters. The 2012-13 picture discs were original masters, but the sound quality of picture discs doesn’t do them justice anyway.
What do you think? Money, money, money? Or happy to finally have a decent vinyl re-release to spin?
(There are also unconfirmed rumors that the early 1980s singles will see a vinyl re-release this fall.)
UPDATE AUGUST 27: The official site now confirms that the reissues will be 180g black vinyl printed from the original analogue master tapes, and that all the 1980s singles will be reissued on 7” vinyl. They also give updated release info – the first three records are out on October 13, the next three on October 27, and then Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son round it off on November 24.