Iron Maiden ‎– Iron Maiden

EMI ‎– EMC 3330, EMI ‎– 0C 062-07 269
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Prowler
A2 Remember Tomorrow
A3 Running Free
A4 Phantom Of The Opera
B1 Transylvania
B2 Strange World
B3 Charlotte The Harlot
B4 Iron Maiden

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This pressing features the complete version of "Phantom Of The Opera" which is 7:20 in length. This has a short coda/reprise at the end, separated from the rest of the song by a few seconds of silence. Most other vinyl pressings have the shortened version. Only the UK Fame-edition, the Japanese pressing, the Greek pressing and the later released Czech pressings have the full length track too.

Catalogue number "EMC 3330" is printed on the rear sleeve, spine and face labels. "OC 062-07 269" is printed on the rear sleeve.

On bottom, original labels have credits on two lines and no "℗" symbol is present.
Original inner sleeve is black with flipback and plastic bag inside. The original black inner sleeve has 'PATENT No 1,125,555 printed in tiny white font in the bottom left corner of one side.
Some copies have a company inner sleeve with date code "480" or "680".

Recorded at Kingsway Studios, London.
Mixed at Morgan Studios, London.
℗ 1980 Original sound recording made by E.M.I. Records Ltd.
All titles published by Sanctuary Music.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Printer's code): G.O. 8004 G.L.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 1): EMC 3330 A-1 5 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 1): EMC 3330 B-1 8 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 2): EMC 3330 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 2): EMC 3330 B-1 53
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 3): EMC 3330 A-1 17 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 3): EMC 3330 B-1 18 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 4): EMC 3330 A-1 21 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 4): EMC 3330 B-1 44 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 5): EMC 3330 A- 1 62
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 5): EMC 3330 B- 1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 6): EMC 3330 A-1 1 G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 6): EMC 3330 B-1 1 G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 7): EMC 3330 A-1 34
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 7): EMC 3330 B-1 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 8): EMC 3330 A-1 22 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 8): EMC 3330 B-1 62 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 9): EMC 3330 A1 12 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 9): EMC 3330 B1 21 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped Variant 10): EMC 3330 A-1 37 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped Variant 10): EMC 3330 B-1 16 (2scratched) 3

Other Versions (5 of 291) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BE.02.0012 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden(LP, Album) EMI BE.02.0012 Peru 1986 Sell This Version
2C 068 07269, 2C 068-07.269 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden(LP, Album) EMI, EMI 2C 068 07269, 2C 068-07.269 France 1980 Sell This Version
7243 8 21428 1 2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) EMI 7243 8 21428 1 2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
21 0095-1 311 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) Globus International (2) 21 0095-1 311 Unknown Sell This Version
CK 86051 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden(CD, Album, Enh, Ltd, RE, RM, Min) Sanctuary Records, Metal-Is Records CK 86051 US 2002 Sell This Version


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May 10, 2019
edited 10 months ago
Iron Maiden
Produced by Will Malone
Released April 1980, reached #4 in the UK (mostly ignored in the US)
Good Shit *****

Along with punk (which most everyone in America had unfortunately ignored--much more than history would lead us to believe), this Maiden album proved that rock wasn't ready to die (as the disco crowd had been suggesting throughout the late 70s). The excess elements of this debut, with the electric-guitar based instrumental "Transylvania" and such, might have been cliche at another time, but this was when punk had just declared war on excess and had caused most rockers to reexamine their delivery. Meanwhile, Maiden didn't seem to give a rat's ass.

Unlike much of their output, this also understands that all great rock has a raw delivery and at least a bit of the sloppy. The pounding rhythms and imperfect vocals of Di'Anno helped give this set some grit and a connection with the roots of rock. These elements also helped ground the set, both resonating with and contrasting the excesses of the axe-grinding.

Obviously inspired by the cream of the UK hard rock outfits of the 70s (Rainbow, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Hawkwind, Motorhead, UFO, a bit of Sweet's Desolation Boulevard on "Running Free" and perhaps Curved Air's Air Conditioning on "Phantom of the Opera"), as well perhaps some American influences (Montrose, Nugent, and even Chuck Berry) and showing early heavy metal influences on some cuts, this band might have been dismissed as derivative, but with Harris's booming bass and song-writing, they not only matched the power of their 70s forefathers but delivered their own blistering hard-rock sound.

The opening cut "Prowler" grabs you by the throat, sounding like a nod to all of Priest's -er suffix songs; the set then slows down for "Remember Tomorrow," which shows a Uriah Heep and Deep Purple influence. If it sounds like it's going to be a bit overblown and derivative, they get into the basic and give everyone a run for the money with "Running Free." That song alone should get their name in the books.

If the beginning of the flip side sounds like a bit much too much with the instrumental "Transylvania," and another moody number called "Strange World," they bring it back to earth and return to the juvenile outlaw theme, launching into "Sanctuary" before offering the hip-shaking classic "Charlotte the Harlot."

To conclude the set, they return to the horror rock established with the sleeve art/mascot and at the beginning of the set with "Prowler." This horror rock hints back to Alice Cooper (who also had a mascot and focused on horror rock). The delivery, outlaw and violent crime themes, and the fact that the bass player is obviously the leader of this group, perhaps reveals a Thin Lizzy influence. In fact, how could a hard rock UK outfit that formed in the late 70s not be influenced by Thin Lizzy, UFO, and Alice Cooper.

While they sport their influences on their tattered sleeves, they deliver the goods. They made some noteworthy music in the years that followed, but they never matched this debut.

-- winch (Winch Records: only the good ones...the good, the odd, and the wonderful)


April 2, 2019
I have the same pressing with the £3.99 Limited Edition Label. I’m thinking that if you have this along with the black inner plus the credits on two lines of text instead of three then you have the first issue of this album. Would like to know for sure though! A1, B1 on the runout is misleading as many subsequent pressings have the same.


March 11, 2019
To all Maiden's lovers, I pass on a great piece of information.
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December 13, 2018

Really poweful version! One of my favorite albums ever!


September 28, 2018
Was this album originally released as a limited edition pressing? I have a genuine copy of the EMC3330 first edition with a “Limited Edition, £3.99 RRP only” sticker. I k ie it’s original, had since 1980.


February 27, 2018
Paul Di´anno was a brilliant vocalist. He was the Bon Scott of Maiden until Dickinson took over. Great fucking album !!!


October 17, 2017

A truly impressive debut - 4th place in the British charts! Music Maiden has always been commercial, but it does not spoil the music. There is not a single weak track on the album. Of course, the band had a lot of time - some of the songs were written five years before the release, and all this time these songs are proved their quality on live shows of the band. So here are not just a songs, but in fact it is a hits compilation, and it's no wonder that it's hard to choose the best!


August 13, 2017
Just wandering, just listened to this album for the first time. With my copy on side A on the most inner run out groove I can clearly hear: Back at you lair. Anyone else have this?? Could it be a mispressing??


April 27, 2017

Is this release the original UK first pressing of this album? I


January 27, 2017
On the listing of songs for this album Sanctuary is missing from it.