This is the European release of "Piece of Mind" by "Iron Maiden". This release can be identified by bottom left text printed on the album back cover, the rim-text of the label being printed in white and the "Made in EEC" printed near 3'o clock, also on the record's label
"Piece of Mind" is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was originally released in 1983 on EMI, and on Capitol in the US; It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden's drummer ever since.
This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.
"Iron Maiden" is one of the most iconic heavy metal bands in history, and their 1983 album "Piece of Mind" is considered by many fans to be one of their best. Released in 1983, the album featured the classic line-up of Bruce Dickinson on vocals, Steve Harris on bass, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith on guitars, and Nicko McBrain on drums.
"Piece of Mind" was a critical and commercial success for Iron Maiden, reaching #3 on the UK Albums Chart and #14 on the US Billboard 200. The album features some of the band's most iconic songs, including "Flight of Icarus," "The Trooper," and "Where Eagles Dare." The album's sound is defined by the band's signature blend of heavy metal and progressive rock, with intricate guitar work, galloping basslines, and Dickinson's soaring vocals.
In terms of cultural impact, "Piece of Mind" helped cement Iron Maiden's place as one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history. The album's artwork, featuring the band's iconic mascot Eddie as a lobotomized mental patient, became an instant classic and remains one of the most recognizable album covers in metal. The album also marked the first appearance of Nicko McBrain on drums, who would go on to become a fixture of the band's sound for decades to come.
"Piece of Mind" is widely considered to be one of Iron Maiden's best albums, and its impact on the band's discography cannot be overstated. The album marked a significant departure from the band's previous sound, with a greater emphasis on melody and intricate song structures. It also represented a turning point in the band's career, as they moved away from the punk-influenced sound of their early albums and towards a more polished, prog-influenced style.
In terms of the band's legacy, "Piece of Mind" is often cited as one of the albums that helped define the sound of heavy metal in the 1980s. Its influence can be heard in countless metal bands that followed, from the thrash of Metallica to the progressive metal of Dream Theater. More than 30 years after its release, "Piece of Mind" remains a beloved classic of the genre.
British Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
EMI – 1A 064-07724
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
1983 Manufactured in the EEC, album cover manufactured in Uden, Netherlands
How does the album back cover be different from other versions
Record label information:
This 12" LP black vinyl music record comes comes in a Fold Open Cover (FOC), which is also also known as a Gatefold cover. The inner pages of this album cover contains photos, artwork, album production details and lyrics of all the songs.
Martin "Black Night" Birch - Producer
Martin Birch Martin Birch was an English music producer and engineer who was active from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. He was born on 26th June 1948 in East Molesey, England, and began his career as a producer and engineer in the late 1960s, working with several notable British bands of the time, including Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple.
Birch's biggest contributions to music came in the 1970s and 1980s, when he worked as a producer and engineer for several of the most influential and popular heavy metal bands of the era, including Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and most notably, Iron Maiden. He was an important figure in the development of the heavy metal genre, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and important producers of heavy metal music.
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Bruce Buchhalter - Sound Engineer
Denis Haliburton - Sound Engineer
Frank Gibson - Sound Engineer
This album was recorded at: Compass Point Studios
Derek Riggs - Album Cover Artwork
Derek Riggs an English artist best known for creating the iconic artwork "Eddy" for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Born in 1958 in Portsmouth, England, Riggs showed an early talent for drawing and went on to study illustration and design.
In the late 1970s, Riggs was approached by Iron Maiden to create artwork for the band's first album, "Iron Maiden." The album's cover, which featured a zombie-like figure known as "Eddie the Head," became a defining image for the band and helped to establish their visual style. Riggs continued to create artwork for Iron Maiden throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and his distinctive and often macabre illustrations have become synonymous with the band.
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Iron Maiden - Album Cover Artwork
Rod Smallwood - Album Cover Artwork
Simon "Bullseye" Fowler - Photographer
Simon Fowler is a British photographer mainly known for photographing "Iron Maiden". For the album "Piece of Mind" he was called: Simon "Bullseye" Fowler.
Bruce Dickinson (real-name: Paul Bruce Dickinson) an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He was born on 7 August 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He first rose to prominence as the lead singer of Iron Maiden in 1981, and was with the band for over a decade, contributing to many of their most popular and critically acclaimed albums, including "The Number of the Beast," "Powerslave," and "Fear of the Dark."
In addition to his work with Iron Maiden, Dickinson has also pursued a successful solo career, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and performing in a variety of styles, including heavy metal, hard rock, and classical music. He has been praised for his powerful and distinctive voice, as well as his versatility as a singer, songwriter, and performer.
Some of the other bands he has performed in are: Samson from 1977 to 1981, Speed late 1970s, Shots in the Dark early 1980, and solo recordings.
Aside from his musical career, Dickinson is also known for his entrepreneurial ventures and his interests in a variety of other pursuits. He is a licensed pilot, and has flown a number of historic aircraft, including the Spitfire, a World War II fighter plane. He is also an author and public speaker, and has been involved in various humanitarian and environmental causes over the years.
Overall, Bruce Dickinson is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented musicians of his generation, and his impact on the world of heavy metal music will continue to be felt for many years to come. Here is a summary of his career.
Dave Murray (Full-name: David Michael Murray ) is an English guitarist best known as a member of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He was born on December 23, 1956 in London, England and is one of the founding members of Iron Maiden, along with bassist Steve Harris. Murray is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in heavy metal music and has been a member of Iron Maiden since their inception in 1975.band.
Adrian Smith (Full-name: Adrian Frederick Smith) an English musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He was born on February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England.
Smith joined Iron Maiden in 1981 and has been a member of the band ever since. He has played a key role in the development of the band's sound and style, and has contributed numerous iconic and enduring guitar riffs and solos to their songs. Some of his most famous contributions include the guitar work on classics such as "Hallowed Be Thy Name," "Two Minutes to Midnight," and "The Trooper."
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Steve Harris (Full-name: Stephen Percy Harris ) an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the bassist and primary songwriter for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He was born on March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, East London, England.
Harris formed Iron Maiden in 1975 and has been a member of the band ever since. He has been the driving force behind the band's success, and has played a key role in the development of their sound and style. As the band's bassist and primary songwriter, he has written many of their most famous and enduring songs, including "The Trooper," "Hallowed Be Thy Name," and "Fear of the Dark."
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Nicko McBrain (real-name: Michael Henry McBrain) Nicko McBrain is an English drummer, best known as the drummer for the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He joined the band in 1982 and has been with them ever since, playing on many of their most famous albums including "Powerslave" and "The Number of the Beast". McBrain was born Michael Henry McBrain on 5 June 1952, in London, England. He began playing the drums at a young age and went on to play with several other bands before joining Iron Maiden. He is widely regarded as one of the best heavy metal drummers of all time, known for his precise and powerful drumming style. He continues to tour and record with Iron Maiden to this day.
McBrain's drumming style is characterized by its speed, precision, and power, making him a popular and influential figure in the world of heavy metal. He has also been praised for his ability to incorporate complex rhythm patterns and fills into his playing, which has helped to elevate Iron Maiden's music to a new level. In addition to his work with Iron Maiden, McBrain has also collaborated with a number of other musicians and bands over the years, including Gary Moore and Pat Travers.
Throughout his career, McBrain has received numerous awards and accolades for his drumming, including several from Modern Drummer magazine. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in recognition of his contributions to the world of rock and roll music.
Nicko McBrain played with several other bands. Some of his earlier musical endeavors include the bands Streetwalkers, Trust , and Pat Travers Band. He also played with a band called Rock Therapy, which was formed by future Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. McBrain's experience playing with these and other bands helped him to develop his skills as a drummer and laid the foundation for his future success with Iron Maiden.
In addition to his musical pursuits, McBrain is also known for his philanthropic work, including his support of several charitable organizations that benefit children and animals. He is an advocate for animal rights and has used his platform to raise awareness about important social and environmental issues.
Overall, Nicko McBrain is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential drummers of his generation, and his impact on the world of heavy metal music will continue to be felt for generations to come.
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