Maiden England

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Maiden England
Original 1989 VHS
Video & live album by Iron Maiden
Released 8 November 1989 (1989-11-08)
Recorded National Exhibition Centre, on 27–28 November 1988
Genre Heavy metal
Length 1:35:00 (1989 VHS)
1:50:00 (2013 DVD)
Label PMI
Director Steve Harris
Producer Martin Birch
Iron Maiden video chronology
12 Wasted Years
(1987)
Maiden England
(1989)
The First Ten Years: The Videos
(1990)

En Vivo!
(2012)

Maiden England '88
(2013)

Iron Maiden live albums chronology
Live at Donington
(1992)
Maiden England
(1994)
A Real Live Dead One
(1998)

En Vivo!
(2012)

Maiden England '88
(2013)

Singles from Maiden England
  1. "Infinite Dreams (live)"
    Released: 6 November 1989
Alternative cover
2013 DVD reissue cover

Maiden England (re-released in 2013 as Maiden England '88) is a live video by the band Iron Maiden during their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son world tour, which was dubbed Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour.

It was recorded at the NEC in Birmingham, England on 27 and 28 November 1988,[1] released on VHS in November 1989, followed by a limited VHS/CD edition in 1994. The CD in this package does not include two songs that are in the video ("Can I Play with Madness" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name"), due to space limitations. In 2013, the full concert footage, including encores which were not featured in the original VHS, was reissued on DVD, CD and LP under the new title, Maiden England '88.

The video was directed and edited by Steve Harris, Iron Maiden's founder and bassist.[2]

Background[edit]

After sitting in on the editing process of their music videos, and having been less involved in their previous concert video, Live After Death, the band's bassist, Steve Harris, decided that he would direct and edit their next film.[3][4] According to Harris, the band decided to document the Birmingham concerts because he "wanted to film with 10 cameras so we needed to do it in a place where that amount of equipment wouldn't get in the way of the paying punters."[3] This narrowed the band's options down to the NEC and Wembley Arena, but eventually chose the former as they were more "amenable about the idea".[3] According to manager Rod Smallwood, Harris' briefing to the camera crew was to try and film "as the fans saw it",[4] with Harris arguing that this would be a good way to capture the concert's atmosphere.[3]

So that he could edit the video at his own pace, Harris bought all of the necessary equipment himself and installed it at his home in Essex, where he worked on the film for six months.[3] Although they occasionally visited Harris to check on his progress, the rest of the band were largely uninvolved in the project, although, at his insistence, a piece of footage showing guitarist Dave Murray mouthing the lyrics to the opening song was removed.[3]

A DVD re-issue of the concert film was first mentioned by Iron Maiden in September 2007, with a release date set for 2008, but was later delayed.[5] In an interview with German magazine Rock Hard in August 2012, Harris confirmed that Maiden England will be re-released in 2013, with the concert footage expanded to comprise the show's encores which were not included in the original VHS.[6] On 12 February 2013, Iron Maiden announced that Maiden England would be re-released on DVD, CD and picture disc on 25 March 2013 under the title Maiden England '88. Along with the aforementioned encores, the new video also includes the third part of the "History of Iron Maiden" documentary series (continuing from 2004's The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days and 2008's Live After Death re-issue) as well as promo videos and the 1987 documentary 12 Wasted Years.[7]

In 2012 and 2013, Iron Maiden undertook the Maiden England World Tour, which is largely based around the original video in setlist and stage design.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]
Classic Rock 8/10[10]
PopMatters 7/10[11]

AllMusic gave the original VHS 4 out of 5, deeming it "a strong effort", but also stating that it is "risky... because it doesn't rely on hits" and that it "doesn't have the seminal power of [their] own extraordinary Live After Death from four years earlier".[9] They also gave four marks to the 2013 reissue, arguing that the additional songs "help to turn the live set into a more well-rounded listening experience", concluding that it is "a solid concert that shows one of the most influential bands in heavy metal getting down to business and bringing some epic metal to an enthralled crowd".[12]

Classic Rock gave the 2013 DVD a score of 8 out of 10, remarking that the concert footage is "a succinct encapsulation of how great Maiden are when all the gears mesh together", concluding that "when it comes to creating a fan-pleasing effort, no one does it with quite the same degree of thought as Maiden."[10]

Track listing[edit]

1989 VHS track listing[edit]

  1. "Moonchild" (Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson)
  2. "The Evil That Men Do" (Smith, Dickinson, Steve Harris)
  3. "The Prisoner" (Harris, Smith)
  4. "Still Life" (Dave Murray, Harris)
  5. "Die with Your Boots On" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
  6. "Infinite Dreams" (Harris)
  7. "Killers" (Harris, Paul Di'Anno)
  8. "Can I Play with Madness" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
  9. "Heaven Can Wait" (Harris)
  10. "Wasted Years" (Smith)
  11. "The Clairvoyant" (Harris)
  12. "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (Harris)
  13. "The Number of the Beast" (Harris)
  14. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Harris)
  15. "Iron Maiden" (Harris)

1994 CD track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moonchild" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson 5:45
2. "The Evil That Men Do" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 4:16
3. "The Prisoner" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris, Smith 5:57
4. "Still Life" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Murray, Harris 4:32
5. "Die with Your Boots On" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 5:10
6. "Infinite Dreams" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 5:53
7. "Killers" (from Killers, 1981) Harris, Di'Anno 4:54
8. "Heaven Can Wait" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Harris 7:32
9. "Wasted Years" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Smith 4:54
10. "The Clairvoyant" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 5:42
11. "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 10:11
12. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 4:46
13. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris 5:01
Total length:
1:14:35

2013 DVD track listing[edit]

DVD 1[edit]

  1. "Moonchild" (Smith, Dickinson)
  2. "The Evil That Men Do" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
  3. "The Prisoner" (Smith, Harris)
  4. "Still Life" (Murray, Harris)
  5. "Die with Your Boots On" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
  6. "Infinite Dreams" (Harris)
  7. "Killers" (Harris, Di'Anno)
  8. "Can I Play with Madness" (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
  9. "Heaven Can Wait" (Harris)
  10. "Wasted Years" (Smith)
  11. "The Clairvoyant" (Harris)
  12. "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (Harris)
  13. "The Number of the Beast" (Harris)
  14. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Harris)
  15. "Iron Maiden" (Harris)
  16. "Run to the Hills" (Harris)
  17. "Running Free" (Harris, Di'Anno)
  18. "Sanctuary" (Harris, Murray, Di'Anno)

DVD 2[edit]

  1. "The History of Iron Maiden" - Part 3 (40 minutes approximately)
  2. 12 Wasted Years (90 minutes approximately)
    • 1987 film documenting the band's first 12 years with interviews and live footage.
  3. Promotional clips for "Wasted Years", "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Can I Play with Madness", "The Evil That Men Do" and "The Clairvoyant".

2013 CD track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Moonchild" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson, 6:23
2. "The Evil That Men Do" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 4:18
3. "The Prisoner" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Smith, Harris 6:00
4. "Still Life" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Murray, Harris 4:32
5. "Die with Your Boots On" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 5:19
6. "Infinite Dreams" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 5:53
7. "Killers" (from Killers, 1981) Harris, Di'Anno 4:57
8. "Can I Play with Madness" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson, Harris 3:25
9. "Heaven Can Wait" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Harris 7:43
10. "Wasted Years" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Smith 5:06
Total length:
53:36
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Clairvoyant" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 4:30
2. "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris 10:08
3. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 4:47
4. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 7:22
5. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris 5:12
6. "Run to the Hills" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 4:02
7. "Running Free" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris, Di'Anno 5:34
8. "Sanctuary" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris, Murray, Di'Anno 5:25
Total length:
47:00

Personnel[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the VHS cover,[13] reissue DVD and CD,[14][15] and AllMusic.[16]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[51] Gold 5,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

External links[edit]

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