The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days

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The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days
Iron Maiden - The Early Days.jpg
Video by Iron Maiden
Released 8 November 2004
Recorded 1980–83
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:30:00
Label EMI
Director Matthew Amos
Iron Maiden chronology
Visions of the Beast
(2003)Visions of the Beast2003
The Early Days
Death on the Road
(2006)Death on the Road2006

The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days is a DVD video by Iron Maiden, released in 2004. It features the first part of The History of Iron Maiden series, a 90-minute documentary which describes their beginnings in London's East End in 1975 through to the Piece of Mind album and tour in 1983. The second part of the series was included on disc 2 of the Live After Death DVD release in 2008. The set also features a large collection of rare videos and concert footage, as well as interviews with former members such as Paul Di'Anno, Clive Burr, Dennis Stratton, Dave Sullivan, Terry Rance, Doug Sampson, Ron Matthews, Terry Wapram and Bob Sawyer.

The DVD won a 2004 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Home Video/DVD of the Year.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 5/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! 5/5[4]

The Early Days was met with critical acclaim, with AllMusic describing it as "A masterpiece."[2] Classic Rock gave the DVD 5 out of 5, calling the live footage "fascinating," while stating that "the tales of Maiden's early birth pains are utterly compelling."[3] Kerrang! also gave it full marks, describing the feature documentary as "a brilliantly realised and completely absorbing ride from the downtrodden boozers of East London to the heady heights of a Number One album and massive world tours" and the concerts as "magnificently rendered to DVD," overall deeming the release "Awesome and unmissable."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Live at the Rainbow (21 December 1980)[edit]

  1. "The Ides of March"
  2. "Wrathchild"
  3. "Killers"
  4. "Remember Tomorrow"
  5. "Transylvania"
  6. "Phantom of the Opera"
  7. "Iron Maiden"

Beast over Hammersmith (20 March 1982)[edit]

  1. "Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  2. "Run to the Hills"
  3. "Children of the Damned"
  4. "The Number of the Beast"
  5. "22 Acacia Avenue"
  6. "Total Eclipse"
  7. "The Prisoner"
  8. "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
  9. "Iron Maiden"

Live in Dortmund (18 December 1983)[edit]

  1. "Sanctuary"
  2. "The Trooper"
  3. "Revelations"
  4. "Flight of Icarus"
  5. "22 Acacia Avenue"
  6. "The Number of the Beast"
  7. "Run to the Hills"

Disc two[edit]

The Early Days[edit]

(90 minutes)
Feature-length documentary.

20th Century Box[edit]

(20 minutes)
Rare TV documentary from 1981

Live at the Ruskin Arms (1980)[edit]

(45 minutes)

  1. "Sanctuary"
  2. "Wrathchild"
  3. "Prowler"
  4. "Remember Tomorrow"
  5. "Running Free"
  6. "Transylvania"
  7. "Another Life"
  8. "Phantom of the Opera"
  9. "Charlotte the Harlot"


(40 minutes)

  1. "Running Free" (Live on Top of the Pops, 22 February 1980)
  2. "Women in Uniform" (Live on Top of the Pops, 13 November 1980)
  3. "Running Free" (Live on Rock and Pop, Germany, 1980)

Promo Videos[edit]

  1. "Women in Uniform"
  2. "Run to the Hills"
  3. "The Number of the Beast"
  4. "Flight of Icarus"
  5. "The Trooper"

In addition, the DVD set includes a photo gallery featuring more than 150 pictures, images and artwork, full tour listings, discography and tour programmes.


Production and performance credits are adapted from the DVD liner notes.[5]

Iron Maiden

Chart performance[edit]

Country Chart (2004) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts 32[6]
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 1[7]
Germany Media Control Charts 76[8]
Netherlands MegaCharts 23[9]
Norway VG-lista 2[10]
Portugal AFP 12[11]
Spain PROMUSICAE 1[11]
United Kingdom UK Video Charts 3[11]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 17,500^
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 2× Platinum 20,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[14] Platinum 12,940[14]
France (SNEP)[15] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Metal Edge, June 2005
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b Barton, Geoff (November 2004). "Any Old Iron". Classic Rock. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b BeeBee, Steve (November 2004). "The Early Days". Kerrang!. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 8 November 2004. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts Week Commencing 22 November 2004" (PDF). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Suomen virallinen lista - Musiikki DVD:t 45/2004" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Iron Maiden- Longplay-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "DVD Music Top 30 13/11/2004". MegaCharts (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Topp 10 DVD Audio- Uke 46 2004" (in Norwegian). VG-lista. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Iron Maiden: Early Years DVD European Chart Positions Updated". 11 November 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Canadian video certifications – Iron Maiden – The Early Days". Music Canada. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Iron Maiden" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "French video certifications – Iron Maiden – The History of Iron Maiden" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "British video certifications – Iron Maiden – The Early Days". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 January 2013.  Enter The Early Days in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American video certifications – Iron Maiden – The Early Days". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 28 January 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH