Iron Maiden are to release their complete catalogue of studio albums from their 1980 debut up until 2015's 'The Book Of Souls', in Digipack remastered CD format. The set, which is the first time that the catalogue has been reissued on CD since 1998, will arrive in batches, with the first lot set to drop on 16th November 2018.
Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, 'The Studio Collection – Remastered' will be released on the Digipak CD format, with the track listing matching the original UK releases. The recordings are taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums will be released chronologically in batches of four, across a nine month period superseding the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms. As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the November 16th batch, this will be 'The Number Of The Beast'.
Maiden founder member and bassist Steve Harris says, “We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”
All four albums in this first batch are available for pre-order now from studiocollection.ironmaiden.com.
1st batch: November 16th
Iron Maiden / Killers / The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors boxset edition including TNOTB Eddie figurine and patch) / Piece Of Mind
2nd batch: Feb 2019 date TBC
Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying
3rd batch April 2019 date TBC
Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors) / The X Factor / Virtual XI / Brave New World
4th batch June 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls*
*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time.
Iron Maiden recently completed the first leg of their Legacy Of The Beast tour, playing sold-out stadium, arena and headline festival shows across Europe to over 750,000 fans. The tour, which was hailed by fans and media alike as the must-see show of the summer, will continue into 2019 with a headline show at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival recently announced and more dates to follow. See www.ironmaiden.com for updates.
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