Sunday, February 17, 2019

Iron Maiden announce latest releases in album reissue series

Iron Maiden have announced details for the second batch of releases in their album reissue series.

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.

Issued chronologically in batches of four across a nine month period, the series launched last fall with 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.”

On March 22, the remastered series will continue with 1984’s “Powerslave”, 1986’s “Somewhere In Time”, 1988’s “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” and 1990’s “No Prayer For The Dying.”

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 latest batch this will be 1986’s “Somewhere In Time.”

“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 will continue their Legacy Of The Beast world tour with a North American leg that opens in Sunrise, FL on July 18.

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