The First Ten Years (boxed set)

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The First Ten Years
Box set by Iron Maiden
Released 24 February- 28 April 1990
Genre Heavy metal
Label EMI
Iron Maiden box sets chronology
The First Ten Years
(1990)
Eddie's Head
(1998)

The First Ten Years is a series of 10 CDs and double 12" singles by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released between 24 February and 28 April 1990, in commemoration of the band's ten-year recording anniversary.[1]

Each CD/double 12" contains two singles, complete with original B-sides and artwork, as well as an edition of "Listen with Nicko", a spoken-word track in which drummer Nicko McBrain would recount the history behind each song specific to that release.[1] Each part in the series included a special voucher, all ten of which could be exchanged by mail order for a limited edition storage box.[2]

Iron Maiden also released The First Ten Years: The Videos on VHS videotape and laserdisc, containing all 16 of the band's promotional music videos up to and including 1990's "Holy Smoke".[3]

Track Listings[edit]

"Running Free / Sanctuary"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free"   Paul Di'Anno, Steve Harris 3:18
2. "Burning Ambition"   Harris 2:41
3. "Sanctuary"   Di'Anno, Harris, Dave Murray 3:14
4. "Drifter (live)"   Harris 6:03
5. "I've Got the Fire (live)" (Montrose cover) Ronnie Montrose 3:14
6. "Listen with Nicko! Part I"   Nicko McBrain 9:29

"Women in Uniform / Twilight Zone"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Women in Uniform" (Skyhooks cover) Greg Macainsh 3:10
2. "Invasion"   Harris 2:39
3. "Phantom of the Opera (live)"   Harris 7:12
4. "Twilight Zone"   Harris, Murray 2:35
5. "Wrathchild"   Harris 2:56
6. "Listen with Nicko! Part II"   McBrain 8:02

"Purgatory / Maiden Japan"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Purgatory"   Harris 3:22
2. "Genghis Khan"   Harris 3:07
3. "Running Free" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 3:08
4. "Remember Tomorrow" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 5:46
5. "Killers" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 4:51
6. "Innocent Exile" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Harris 4:02
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part III"   McBrain 7:42

"Run to the Hills / The Number of the Beast"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Run to the Hills"   Harris 3:55
2. "Total Eclipse"   Clive Burr, Harris, Murray 4:28
3. "The Number of the Beast"   Harris 4:52
4. "Remember Tomorrow (live)"   Di'Anno, Harris 5:27
5. "Listen with Nicko! Part IV"   McBrain 8:23

"Flight of Icarus / The Trooper"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Flight of Icarus"   Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith 3:54
2. "I've Got the Fire" (Montrose cover) Montrose 2:40
3. "The Trooper"   Harris 4:14
4. "Cross-Eyed Mary" (Jethro Tull cover) Ian Anderson 3:55
5. "Listen with Nicko! Part V"   McBrain 9:49

"2 Minutes to Midnight / Aces High"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "2 Minutes to Midnight"   Dickinson, Smith 6:07
2. "Rainbow's Gold" (Beckett cover) Terry Slesser, Kenny Mountain 4:56
3. "Mission From 'Arry"   Harris, McBrain 6:43
4. "Aces High"   Harris 4:33
5. "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover) Nektar 4:53
6. "The Number of the Beast (live)"   Harris 4:59
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VI"   McBrain 9:45

"Running Free (live) / Run to the Hills (live)"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free (live)"   Harris 3:28
2. "Sanctuary (live)"   Di'Anno, Harris, Murray 4:40
3. "Murders in the Rue Morgue (live)"   Harris 4:32
4. "Run to the Hills (live)"   Harris 4:06
5. "Phantom of the Opera (live)"   Harris 7:28
6. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) (live)"   Harris 4:15
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VII"   McBrain 11:54

"Wasted Years / Stranger in a Strange Land"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wasted Years"   Smith 5:08
2. "Reach Out"   Dave Colwell 3:30
3. "Sheriff of Huddersfield"   Iron Maiden 3:35
4. "Stranger in a Strange Land"   Smith 5:44
5. "That Girl" (FM cover) Andy Barnett, Goldsworth, Jupp 5:04
6. "Juanita" (Marshall Fury cover) Steve Barnacle, Derek O'Neil 3:46
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VIII"   McBrain 12:20

"Can I Play with Madness / The Evil That Men Do"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can I Play with Madness"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith 3:32
2. "Black Bart Blues"   Dickinson, Harris 6:40
3. "Massacre" (Thin Lizzy cover) Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey 2:53
4. "The Evil That Men Do"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith 4:34
5. "Prowler 88"   Harris 4:07
6. "Charlotte the Harlot 88"   Murray 4:11
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part IX"   McBrain 10:46

"The Clairvoyant / Infinite Dreams"[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Clairvoyant (live)"   Harris 4:27
2. "The Prisoner (live)"   Harris, Smith 6:08
3. "Heaven Can Wait (live)"   Harris 7:09
4. "Infinite Dreams (live)"   Harris 6:02
5. "Killers (live)"   Di'Anno, Harris 5:01
6. "Still Life (live)"   Harris, Murray 4:38
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part X"   McBrain 11:18

Chart Positions[edit]

Single Chart (1990) Position
"Running Free / Sanctuary"
  • Released: 24 February 1990
Irish Singles Chart 23[4]
UK Albums Chart 10[5]
"Women in Uniform / Twilight Zone"
  • Released: February 1990
10[6]
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan"
  • Released: March 1990
5[7]
"Run to the Hills / The Number of the Beast"
  • Released: March 1990
3[8]
"Flight of Icarus / The Trooper"
  • Released: March 1990
7[9]
"2 Minutes to Midnight / Aces High"
  • Released: March 1990
11[10]
"Running Free (live) / Run to the Hills (live)"
  • Released: March 1990
9[11]
"Wasted Years / Stranger in a Strange Land"
  • Released: April 1990
9[12]
"Can I Play with Madness / The Evil That Men Do"
  • Released: April 1990
10[13]
"The Clairvoyant / Infinite Dreams"
  • Released: April 1990
11[14]

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