Friday, October 12, 2018

Iron Maiden to reissue studio albums in digipack series

Iron Maiden will reissue their complete catalog of 16 studio albums in a newly-announced series of digipack editions.

A continuation of the veteran metal band’s remastered Studio Collection project – which saw 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project – the digipacks will present the track listing matching the original UK releases using audio taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases.

The albums will be released chronologically in batches of four across a nine month period beginning November 16 (see schedule below), when fans can pick up the group’s first four records: 1980’s self-titled debut, 1981’s “Killers”, 1982’s “The Number Of The Beast” and 1983’s “Piece Of Mind.”

As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch; in the first batch this will be 1982’s “The Number Of The Beast.”

“We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015,” says founder and bassist Steve Harris. “I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”

Iron Maiden recently completed the first leg of their Legacy Of The Beast tour, playing sold-out stadium, arena and headline festival shows across Europe to over 750,000 fans.

The trek will continue into 2019 with a headline show at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival recently announced and more dates to follow.

Iron Maiden
“The Studio Collection”
2018/2019 digipack series

Batch No. 1 – November 16

(1980) Iron Maiden
(1981) Killers
(1982) The Number Of The Beast
(1983) Piece Of Mind

Batch No. 2 – February 2019

(1984) Powerslave
(1986) Somewhere In Time
(1988) Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
(1990) No Prayer For The Dying

Batch No. 3 – April 2019

(1992) Fear Of The Dark
(1995) The X Factor
(1998) Virtual XI
(2000) Brave New World

Batch No. 4 – June 2019

(2003) Dance Of Death
(2006) A Matter Of Life And Death
(2010) The Final Frontier
(2015) The Book Of Souls*

*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time

See also:

VIDEO: Iron Maiden celebrate end of Legacy Of The Beast tour
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VIDEO: Iron Maiden stream UK tour preview
Search Iron Maiden at hennemusic