Building my Iron Maiden's vinyl collection

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DoF, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. DoF

    DoF Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hey guys, Merry Christmas!!!!!:hugs:
     
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  2. steveharris

    steveharris Forum Resident

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    Mass
    I have the 80`s records, Iron Maiden self titled up to Seventh Son.I`ve changed gear and rooms a few times so I need to do an updated vinyl comparison soon.I own the 2014 reissues,first Japanese,also a mix of US and UK.I have several 7 and 12 "singles as well as The First Ten Years EPs from 1990.I don`t remember any pressing sounding particularly bad,other than # Of The beast reissue being very flat.
    Merry Christmas!:cheers:
     
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  3. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    They sound fantastic. They play at 33 1/3 and not 45. EMI were still pressing superb quality vinyl at their own plant in 1990.
     
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  4. tinnox

    tinnox Well-Known Member

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    Maryland
    Just ordered A Matter Of Life And Death vinyl awesome LP
     
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  5. Jam757

    Jam757 Forum Resident

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    Seattle
    Awesome news as I already ordered one set, Tooper and Flight of Icarus. I might also get the one wth Maiden Japan. Interesting that they play at 33, I actually seem to prefer that. 12 inch singles have unleashed a whole new level of pain on my bank account!
     
  6. GyroSE

    GyroSE Well-Known Member

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    Sweden
    I've that Dutch pressing you write about and I also have UK, JPN and CAN first pressings as well and to these ears they all sound better than the Dutch pressing. This pressing doesn't sound bad in any way but the other ones sound a bit better with more drive and punch.
     
  7. Jam757

    Jam757 Forum Resident

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    Yeah, I'll most likely pick one of those up eventually. The Japanese ones I do own are incredible (Iron Maiden, Killers, Number of The Beast, Powerslave) and I have noticed they are cut at slightly lower volume but because the vinyl is so quiet cranking it is no problem. I am not sure I can strongly agree with the punch statement though as I think with the great sounding ones it's really splitting hairs. To me, the Japanese ones sound a bit more clinical or detailed if you will while some of the others (such as my Canadian Powerslave) sound a bit more raw and thunderous. The drums seem to really shine at times on the Japan pressings. I would just say that Piece of Mind being such a well mastered and great sounding album (best in my opinion) you really can't go wrong. My U.S pressing and Dutch pressing both sound fantastic.
     
  8. GyroSE

    GyroSE Well-Known Member

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    I believe this depends on what kind of sound system you play these albums on.
     
  9. Jam757

    Jam757 Forum Resident

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    Absolutely true, for me it's the M97xe and headphones 95% of the time. Still, I am I'm agreement the if I had to pick it would be the Japanese ones. I have a DMM UK Somewhere in Time coming so hopefully that easily beats the US club version.
     
  10. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

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    South Bend, IN
    I built my early years collection from discogs and went for the Russian Gala label. Uses UK original metals. Pressing is good to great, depending on the album. I have the debut, Powerslave, Piece of Mind, Somewhere in Time, and Killers from that series. Bear in mind, they come in the absolute flimsiest, cheapest sleeve you can imagine. Artwork is fine, but it's what's on the discs that matters. None were more than $20, but they did take about 6-8 weeks to get here from Russia. I have an EMI UK Number of the Beast and it's just ok, but from what I understand there really isn't a "knock you out" pressing of Number on vinyl. I'm sure some are better than others, but if an early UK isn't one of those, I'm not sure what would be.
     
  11. tinnox

    tinnox Well-Known Member

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    Maryland
    Received AMOLAD and it is a great listen
     
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  12. Jam757

    Jam757 Forum Resident

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    Seattle
    Well, I received a NM UK DMM Somewhere In Time and a UK VG+ Seventh Son and not overly blown away by them. The Somewhere in Time sounds very good but as was previously mentioned most of these pressings sound great. I will have to A/B the US club copy that I have. The Seventh Son also did not overly impress compared to my Holland pressing. It didn't sound bad, I just feel that one was not the best vinyl mastering compared to their older albums. One thing I did notice, my Holland copy has the most vibrant blue incredible cover and the UK version is completely whitewashed. The Holland cover easily wins against all other copies I have seen, great job on that! I also own the reissues of these two which were actually pretty good and done better than the older album reissues.
     

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