"Wasted Years" is the fourteenth single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Somewhere in Time album. It's the only song on the album that features no synthesizers. Released in 1986, it was the first single solely written by guitarist Adrian Smith. It reached number 18 in the UK Singles Charts.

  The cover depicts the band mascot Eddie's point of view as he flies a spaceship chasing the Doctor's TARDIS. A similar Doctor Who reference can be seen on the back of the album's sleeve, where the Doctor's TARDIS is parked on a rooftop.

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IRON MAIDEN - Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single  album front cover

Album Production Information:


Rare 12" EP

Music Genre:

NWOBHM New Wave of British Heavy Metal 

Album Production information:


The album: "IRON MAIDEN Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single" was produced by: Martin Birch

  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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Album cover illustration by: Derek Riggs

  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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Photography Aaron Rapoport

Record Label Information:

EMI 1C K 060-20 1417 6

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: xxx gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in Germany
Track Listing of: IRON MAIDEN Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single

The Song/tracks on "IRON MAIDEN Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single" are

    Side One:
  • Wasted Years
    Side Two:
  • Reach Out
  • Sheriff of Huddersfield


Front Cover Photo Of IRON MAIDEN - Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single


IRON MAIDEN - Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single  album front cover

Photo Of The Back Cover IRON MAIDEN - Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single


IRON MAIDEN - Wasted Years 12" Maxi-Single  album back cover

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