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12-wasted-yearsThis video documents Iron Maiden's progress from their very beginnings in 1975, when they mainly played pub gigs, all the way to the Somewhere On Tour concerts. These are 90-odd minutes of rare footage and interviews, with full songs as well as excerpts of various other songs, including "She's A Roller" performed by Adrian Smith's first band, Urchin. A great video and a fascinating document about the rise of Maiden.
Be also aware that a bootleg DVD is available, distributed by a Brasilian company (see cover on the right). The sound is advertised on the box as Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1, but it is in fact a simple stereo sound, indicating that this is a mere copy of the original VHS on a DVD support. The quality is pretty low and I would suggest that you get hold of the official product on video tape, or simply wait until Sanctuary decide to release it as a DVD.

Track listing

  1. "Stranger in a Strange Land" - Video recorded in Sheffield, 15 October 1986
  2. "Charlotte the Harlot" - Live in London, 8 March 1980
  3. "Running Free" - Top of the Pops live performance 22 February 1980
  4. "Women in Uniform" - Promo video (Skyhooks Cover)
  5. "Murders In The Rue Morgue" - Live in London, 20 March 1982
  6. "Children of the Damned" - Live in London, 20 March 1982
  7. "The Number of the Beast" - Live in Los Angeles, 16 March 1985
  8. "Total Eclipse" - Live in London, 20 March 1982
  9. "Iron Maiden" - Live in Dortmund, 18 December 1983
  10. "Sanctuary" - Live in London, 20 March 1982
  11. "The Prisoner" - Live in London, 20 March 1982
  12. "22, Acacia Avenue" - Live in Dortmund, 18 December 1983
  13. "Wasted Years" - German TV playback performance, August 1986
  14. "The Trooper" - Live in Los Angeles, 16 March 1985