Maiden Japan is legendary. It is a crucial EP for all Iron Maiden fans, but also a good solid find for any metal fan in general. It was recorded May 23 1981 in Nagoya Japan. The live bootleg that we are looking at today also claims to be from that same show. That claim appears to be bogus. An A/B test on the track “Remember Tomorrow” reveals they are definitely not the same vocal performance. Maybe this CD is taken from a show on the same tour, such as Osaka or Tokyo.
Regardless of the whens and wherefores, Another Live presents a rare treat indeed, a live CD featuring Paul DiAnno on lead vocals. It is the Killers lineup: Paul, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Clive Burr. A young Iron Maiden just before hitting the crest of their wave…there isn’t much out there officially released besides Maiden Japan. There are a number of tracks on the rare and expensive box set Eddie’s Archive, and a handful B-sides. For that reason, if you stumble upon Another Live, you may as well go for it!
The audio is surprisingly great for a boot, almost official quality, except scratchy in some places. It might be a rip from a previous vinyl edition. Unfortunately the set (wherever it was) has a few songs chopped out for time, and therefore you’re missing some of the best. “Running Free”, “Prowler” and “Phantom of the Opera” would have been nice to have. On the other hand there is the track “Another Life”. You will not find any official live versions of it with Paul singing. The only officially released ones have Bruce: one from Beast Over Hammersmith and one from “The Trooper” 2005 7″ single. Then we have “Twilight Zone” which you won’t find in live audio form anywhere officially. There is definite value here in the way of rarer songs.
The performance is stellar. A serious highlight is Dave Murray’s guitar solo on “Strange World”. Each member has the energy of a teenager and they just blast through. The only speedbumps really are the awkward edits between songs. They are not done well and it’s too bad because the CD is only 51 minutes. However if Another Live did come from an earlier vinyl bootleg, that would explain the shorter running time.
Get it if you find it. You may not play it often, but your Maiden collection will be that much cooler.