Iron Maiden ‎– The X Factor

EMI United Kingdom ‎– 7243 8 35819 2 4
CD, Album

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1 Sign Of The Cross
Choir [Gregorian Chants] – The Xpresion ChoirWritten-By – Harris*
2 Lord Of The Flies
Written-By – Gers*, Harris*
3 Man On The Edge
Written-By – Bayley*, Gers*
4 Fortunes Of War
Written-By – Harris*
5 Look For The Truth
Written-By – Bayley*, Gers*, Harris*
6 The Aftermath
Written-By – Bayley*, Gers*, Harris*
7 Judgement Of Heaven
Written-By – Harris*
8 Blood On The World's Hands
Written-By – Harris*
9 The Edge Of Darkness
Written-By – Bayley*, Gers*, Harris*
10 2 A.M.
Written-By – Bayley*, Gers*, Harris*
11 The Unbeliever
Written-By – Gers*, Harris*

Companies, etc.



Printed in U.K. (back cover)

Management for Sanctuary Music Management Ltd.

Total running time: 70:54

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24383 58192 4
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0542
  • Other (Distribution Code): I: 070
  • Other (Distribution Code): UK: CDEMD 1087
  • Other (Distribution Code): F: PM 520
  • Matrix / Runout (2 a symbol or sign 2.): 835819 2 (?) 2 2 -1 - 1-NI
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 835819 2 @ 2 2-1-2 NL
  • Mould SID Code (Logo): ifpi 1507

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EMD 1087, 7243 8 35819 1 7 Iron Maiden The X Factor(2xLP, Album, Gat) EMI United Kingdom, EMI United Kingdom EMD 1087, 7243 8 35819 1 7 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CMC 8003 Iron Maiden The X Factor(Cass, Album) CMC International Records CMC 8003 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 35819 2 4 Iron Maiden The X Factor(CD, Album) EMI United Kingdom 7243 8 35819 2 4 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
7243 8 35819 2 4 Iron Maiden The X Factor(CD, Album, RP) EMI 7243 8 35819 2 4 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
0190295852009 Iron Maiden The X Factor(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Parlophone 0190295852009 Europe 2017 Sell This Version


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September 25, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
Not in List

This CD not in List : IRON MAIDEN The X Factor (US) Cat# 7243 8 35819 2 4 - it's similar to : (this link says: Country : Europe), the US Edition have the same Cat#, the same Barcode, but have different Matrix / Runout, and different country. The complete info is :

Cat# 7243 8 35819 2 4
Barcode: 7 24383 58192 4
Label : EMI United Kingdom
Matrix / Runout: 83581924
Made in USA (printed on CD)
Total running time: 70:54

1995 Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd. 1995 Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd.


January 8, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

The thing about Iron Maiden fans is that (and I can't remember which band member said this) every one of them has a different favourite album - and if two fans do have the same favourite then they're bound to have a different favourite song.
That is probably why Iron Maiden are such a great and enduring band - and The X Factor is an example of an album that illustrates how they once did things just a little bit differently.
For those not in the know, X Factor was their first release with Blaze on vocals. Traditionalists hated his deep, brooding vocals and rejected this album as "not" being one to bear a true Iron Maiden sound.
Well codswallop to that I say! Personally this is one of my favourite albums ever. As far as Iron Maiden releases go it certainly is their darkest, with some inredibly dark subject matter and moody song arrangements (even the art work and the band photos got a facelift on the more sinister side of things). Unlike Bruce's colourful vocal style, I felt that Blaze's vocals worked just as well, though in a different way.
Definitely a unique album where they also tried a couple of new things (Steve Harris really shows us why he's a first rate bass player on the track "Blood On The World's Hands").
But who am I to say that my opinion is better than anybody's? As I said before, being a Maiden fan is very much a personal experience. To each their own I say. I got into them just before they released this and I've loved them ever since. I'm sure the same holds true for fans who did the same 15 years before me.
Regardless, I think this is a great album.