Maiden Japan

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Maiden Japan
Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan.jpg
EP by Iron Maiden
Released 14 September 1981
Recorded 23 May 1981
Venue Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan
Genre Heavy metal
Length 16:38[1]
Label EMI,[1] Harvest[2]
Producer Iron Maiden, Doug Hall
Iron Maiden EPs chronology
Live!! +one
(1980)Live!! +one1980
Maiden Japan
No More Lies - Dance of Death Souvenir EP
(2004)No More Lies - Dance of Death Souvenir EP2004
Alternative cover
Alternate "Venezuelan" cover
Alternate "Venezuelan" cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[4]

Maiden Japan, also known as Heavy Metal Army, 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 the 23rd 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.[5] 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

Track listing[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the EP liner notes.[1][2]

Japanese original EP pressing[edit]

Side One
1."Running Free"Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"Harris, Di'Anno5:27
Side Two
1."Killers"Harris, Di'Anno4:39
2."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:16:38

US, Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil EP pressings[edit]

Side One
1."Running Free"Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno2:48
2."Remember Tomorrow"Harris, Di'Anno5:27
Side Two
2."Killers"Harris, Di'Anno4:39
3."Innocent Exile"Harris3:44
Total length:19:30



Chart performance[edit]

Title Chart (1981) Peak
"Maiden Japan" UK Singles Chart 43[6]
"Maiden Japan" Billboard 200 89[7]
Title Chart (1990) Peak
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan" UK Albums Chart[note 1] 5[8]


  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. ^ a b c Maiden Japan (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 14 September 1981.
  2. ^ a b Maiden Japan (Media notes). Iron Maiden. Harvest Records. 14 September 1981.
  3. ^ Book, John. Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 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.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (2006). Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs. Aardvark Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 1-4276-0538-6.
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden- UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "UK Albums Archive- 10 March 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2011.