12 Wasted Years

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12 Wasted Years
Video by
ReleasedOctober 1987 (1987-10)
GenreHeavy metal
Iron Maiden chronology
Live After Death
12 Wasted Years
Maiden England

12 Wasted Years is a video documentary of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, focusing on the history of the band from 1975 to 1987. It includes several rare videos and interviews from the band's career, some of which were later included on the 2004 documentary The Early Days.

The video was released on laserdisc and VHS tape.

In March 2013, Iron Maiden included the full documentary in a reissue of their 1989 concert film, Maiden England.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores

AllMusic describes it as a "highly recommended documentary".[2]

Track List[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally FromLength
1."Stranger in a Strange Land" (Promo Video)Adrian Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time 
2."Charlotte the Harlot" (Live in 1980)Dave Murray1980 ~ Iron Maiden 
3."Running Free" (Top of the Pops, 1980)Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno1980 ~ Iron Maiden 
4."Women in Uniform" (Promo Video)Greg Macainsh1980 ~ Women in Uniform 
5."Murders In The Rue Morgue" (Live in 1982)Harris1981 ~ Killers 
6."Children of the Damned" (Live in 1982)Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
7."The Number of the Beast" (Live in 1985)Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
8."Total Eclipse" (Live in 1982)Harris, Murray, Clive Burr1982 ~ Run to the Hills 
9."Iron Maiden" (Live in 1983)Harris1980 ~ Iron Maiden 
10."Sanctuary" (Live in 1982)Harris, Murray, Di'Anno1980 ~ Sanctuary 
11."The Prisoner" (Live in 1982)Smith, Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
12."22 Acacia Avenue" (Live in 1983)Harris, Smith1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 
13."Wasted Years" (German TV Playback Performance, 1986)Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time 
14."The Trooper" (Live in 1985)Harris1983 ~ Piece of Mind 

Additional Tracks[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally FromLength
1."Drifter" (Live in 1980)Harris1981 ~ Killers 
2."Prowler"Harris1980 ~ Iron Maiden 
3."Phantom of the Opera" (Live in 1980)Harris1980 ~ Iron Maiden 
4."She's a Roller" (Live in 1977) (Performed by Urchin)SmithPreviously Unreleased 
5."Caught Somewhere in Time" (Studio Version) (Video Clips Taken in Japan, 1987)Harris1986 ~ Somewhere in Time 
6."Run to the Hills" (Live in 1984)Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Hartmann, Graham (12 February 2013). "Iron Maiden to Release Maiden England '88 Concert DVD With Never-Before-Seen Footage". Loudwire. Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg. Iron Maiden - 12 Wasted Years at AllMusic
  3. ^ "American video certifications – Iron Maiden – 12 Wasted Years". Recording Industry Association of America. 5 January 1989. Retrieved 26 April 2013.