Maiden Japan

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This article is about the Iron Maiden EP. For the Monday Michiru album, see Maiden Japan (album). For the anime licensing company, see Section23 Films.
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
Maiden Japan
No More Lies - Dance of Death Souvenir EP
Alternative cover
Alternate "Venezuelan" cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[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 in Kosei Nenkin Hall in Nagoya on 23 May 1981. It was lead singer Paul Di'Anno's final recording with the band, and features a maximum of 5 tracks. The original Japanese pressing features only 4 tracks and the record speed is 45RPM. 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]

Standard edition[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free" Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno 2:48
2. "Remember Tomorrow" Harris, Di'Anno 5:27
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Killers" Harris, Di'Anno 4:39
2. "Innocent Exile" Harris 3:44
Total length: 16:38

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

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free" Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno 2:48
2. "Remember Tomorrow" Harris, Di'Anno 5:27
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wrathchild" Harris 2:52
2. "Killers" Harris, Di'Anno 4:39
3. "Innocent Exile" Harris 3:44
Total length: 19:30


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

Iron Maiden

Chart performance[edit]

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


  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. ^ "UK Albums Archive- 10 March 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 October 2011.