FUN FACTS: The Soundhouse Tapes recorded as a five piece?

Outside the local pub, The Clarendon Arms Iron Maiden, December 31st 1978, right next to Spaceward Studios were The Soundhouse Tapes were recorded. From left to right: Paul Di'Anno, Paul Cairns with his dog, Nelson, Dave Murray, Steve Harris and Doug Sampson.

Iron Maiden outside The Clarendon Arms, December 31st 1978, right next to Spaceward Studios were The Soundhouse Tapes were recorded. From left to right: Paul Di’Anno, Paul Cairns (with his dog, Nelson), Dave Murray, Steve Harris and Doug Sampson. Photo: Spaceward Studios

The official story is that the legendary Spaceward demo was Iron Maiden‘s only recording as a four piece. Recent information suggest that it isn’t really so.

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MAIDEN HISTORY: Birth of the Iron Maiden Sound, 1980-81

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With this first chapter in our study of Iron Maiden History, we take a closer look at how the Maiden sound came into being with the release of Iron Maiden and Killers. Two producers worked on these albums, but only one of them really mattered in the end. Continue reading