Not really part of my series of Iron Maiden reviews.
There are a few Iron Maiden musical items that I’ll probably never own. I know I won’t own all the singles, but that’s OK — The First Ten Years set, and the first 10 albums with bonus discs takes care of those songs. There are rarer things to be discussed. As I pause between Live After Death and Somewhere In Time in my review series, this is a good time to talk about a couple items.
IRON MAIDEN – Live!! +one (EP, 1980 Japan, 1984 Greece reissue)
This four song EP was released in Japan shortly after the “Women In Uniform” single came out. It contains two songs from that single: the title track, and the live version of “Phantom of the Opera” from the Marquee.
It also contains two live songs not available anywhere else: “Sanctuary” and “Drifter” from the same Marquee show. They’re awesome of course, if you’ve heard the early live Di’Anno stuff that I talked about in my Maiden reviews, then you can imagine these are just as good. Di’Anno does his “yo, yo yo yo” thing on “Drifter”.
I have seen them go for around $100 on eBay. This is definitely on my current “Holy Grail” list.
IRON MAIDEN – Best of the Beast (1996 four-LP box set)
For this, I’m going to take a moment and slide into a Record Store Tale because this is one of those moments that I wish I could change!
RECORD STORE TALES PART 123: Missing Maidens!
Trevor and I frequented record shows several times a year. On one such excursion, we were in a Dr. Disc store. It was in Hamilton, Ontario. That same visit, the same Dr. Disc store even had Chikara, a rare Japanese Kiss compilation, on CD. But I passed on that, and I passed on the vinyl edition of Best of the Beast, too….
You know those high shelves where they put the expensive items? And you have to ask someone to get it down for you? And they’d go to the back room and get a step ladder? That’s where Best of the Beast was.
Back then, information about such sets wasn’t readily available. I didn’t know it existed until I saw it. If I did, I would have known that the vinyl version had an exclusive live cut of “Revelations”… not the live version from Live After Death! This wasn’t immediately obvious from the back cover. It is only today that I know this!
The vinyl version had plenty more music as well, including album cuts such as “Where Eagles Dare” and “The Prisoner”. It also had the only official re-release of The Soundhouse Tapes ever, since the original 5000. I had that bootleg copy of The Soundhouse Tapes and More so I deemed this to be a less essential purchase. Especially for the $200 that Dr. Disc was asking. But it was sealed, mint, brand new.
I recently saw one in questionable shape on eBay for $240. Some joker on Amazon is asking $900 for sealed copies right now.
So, right now, odds do not seem to be in my favour of lightning striking twice. I don’t know if I will ever have another chance to own this at a decent price in good condition. Alas. I wish I could turn back time!