Maiden Japan

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Maiden Japan
Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan.jpg
EP by
Released14 September 1981 (1981-09-14)
Recorded23 May 1981
VenueAichi Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan
GenreHeavy metal
  • Iron Maiden
  • Doug Hall
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Brazilian and Venezuelan alternate cover
Brazilian and Venezuelan alternate cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Maiden Japan, released as Heavy Metal Army in Japan, is a live EP by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The title is a pun of Deep Purple's live album Made in Japan.


There are at least two different versions of this EP; all tracks were recorded at the Aichi Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on 23 May 1981. It was lead singer Paul Di'Anno's final recording with the band. The original Japanese pressing features only 4 tracks and the record speed is 45RPM, but the other version has 5 tracks. It was never the band's intention to release this album, but Toshiba-EMI wanted a live album.

Cover art[edit]

The original cover depicted the band's mascot, Eddie, holding the severed head of singer Paul Di'Anno.[3] The replacement cover was done on very short notice after Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, received a proof for review, and became agitated at Di'Anno's depiction because the band were looking to replace him. Maiden Japan was released in Venezuela in 1987 with the original cover and has become a collector's item.[citation needed]


The Rolling Stone Italia named Maiden Japan EP as "The most important and the best metal's live EPs ever".[4] Ultimate Classic Rock placed Maiden Japan on Top 40 Best 1981 Albums List.[5] Maiden Japan EP went platinum in Canada and made it to the charts in many other countries around the world. In 1990, it was reissued for the last time as part of 20 maxi-singles collection spanning band's all official releases of 1980 - 1990 decade.

Track listing[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the EP liner notes.[6][7]

European and Japanese edition[edit]

All tracks are written by Steve Harris and Paul Di'Anno, except where noted.

Side one
1."Running Free"2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"5:27
Side two
3."Killers" 4:39
4."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:16:38

International edition[edit]

Side one
1."Running Free"2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"5:27
Side two
4."Killers" 4:39
5."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:19:30



Chart performance[edit]

Title Chart (1981) Peak
"Maiden Japan" UK Singles Chart 43[8]
"Maiden Japan" Billboard 200 89[9]
Title Chart (1990) Peak
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan" UK Albums Chart[note 1] 5[10]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Platinum 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Re-release of both titles as part of "The First Ten Years" box set. Exceeded the length limit of the UK Singles chart.


  1. ^ Book, John. Iron Maiden – Maiden Japan at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (2006). Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs. Aardvark Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 1-4276-0538-6.
  4. ^ "The best and most important metal's live Eps ever" (in Italian). 15 November 2020.
  5. ^ "1981 Rock Albums". 15 November 2020.
  6. ^ Maiden Japan (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 14 September 1981.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Maiden Japan (Media notes). Iron Maiden. Harvest Records. 14 September 1981.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ "Iron Maiden- UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Iron Maiden Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  10. ^ "UK Albums Archive- 10 March 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Iron Maiden – Maiden Japan". Music Canada.