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(UK: Soundcheck Books, 2014; 208 pages, PB. ISBN: 978-0957570023)
This work is the first to concentrate on Iron Maiden's early years, and their first four albums (plus the rare Soundhouse Tapes). Formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975, by bassist Steve Harris, they went through loads of line-up changes before eventually finding charismatic singer Paul Di'Anno. Covering this in depth will be of great interest to fans as Di'Anno (convicted of benefit fraud in 2011!) is still remembered fondly by hardcore supporters, although he was sacked in 1981 due to his fondness for the white powder. The band looked set for success with their self-titled debut record and it's follow-up, Killers.
"By ending the story at the beginning of the band's massive success, Daniels has given the proper respect to a time period that needs more worldwide reverence. These guys were simply amazing on those first four albums, so reading about them and the events that occurred prior to their existence was extremely enjoyable."
Jeb Wright - Classic Rock Revisited (www.classicrockrevisited.com)
"There is no one writing today with more knowledge and insight about Iron Maiden, a band that continues to tour and record to this day. The information here was painstakingly gathered, then all that research was parsed and evaluated by Daniels in creating this virtual touchstone of all things Maiden."
Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (www.curledup.com)
"I cannot praise author Neil Daniels enough for writing this excellent and highly entertaining biography on the early days of Iron Maiden. Needless to say, Iron Maiden is one of the very best heavy metal bands of all time, and I do adore most of their work, but the first two albums featuring vocalist Paul Di'Anno, namely the self-titled debut album and the follow-up Killers, are masterpieces by my reckoning, and they are by far my personal favorites by the band. Let there be no doubt about that. Reading a book that focuses specifically on the early days of Maiden was therefore pure bliss from start to finish."
Jens Nepper – Eternal Terror (http://eternal-terror.com)
"Rare pictures, insightful interviews and an in depth discography and tour dates sections will appeal to fans of the band but the book itself will appeal to most readers who enjoy rock music.”
Alexandra Mrozowska – Hardrock Haven (http://hardrockhaven.net)
"If you think you know everything about Maiden, you could be wrong! Grab a hold of this book!"
Seb Di Gatto – The Mayfair Mall Zine (www.themayfairmallzine.com)
"The public insatiable demand for all things Maiden will be slightly appeased by this definitive documentation of the early days of the iconic band.
Joshua Woods – Metal-Rules (www.metal-rules.com)
"...if you thought you knew everything there was to know about Iron Maiden, then think again, as Daniels manages to turn up nugget after nugget of trivia and fact. This is a very rewarding read and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any rock music fan, in fact buy it now and pack it away in your suitcase for your summer holiday read."
Dave Farrell – Planet Mosh (http://planetmosh.com)
"And if there is a soulful takeaway from Killers, it is that any aspiring musician can read it and find the motivational push from Harris' golden attitude. But, in truth, the book is a must for any Maiden fan."
Patrick Prince – Powerline Mag (www.powerlinemag.com)
"...Neil Daniels has done a very good job of collecting many small stories and recording in detail every movement and change the course of the band, but at the same time trying to give explanations and meanings behind them. It also sets studied excerpts from interviews with band members, both at the time, and most modern. The book maintains a chronological order (though there are often flash forwards events associated with those recounted) and is divided into six main chapters."
Χρήστος Καραδημήτρης – Rocking.gr (www.rocking.gr)
"...this book is a perfect memento of the both of the band and NWOBHM for that matter."
Rob McKenzie – Fireworks
"Daniels has produced something few will have and many will see as indispensable; he keeps out of it for the most part, following the twists and turns to do the business, engaging those new fans, too."
Steve Swift – Powerplay
"Without doubt, the years 1975-83 cover some of the most interesting moments of Iron Maiden's career, taking the band from their formation, through myriad line-ups, settling on the classic configuration of Harris/Dickinson/Murray/Smith/McBrain, while also recording four albums now considered cornerstones of metal. For that reason this book is worth a read..."
William Pinfold – Record Collector
"Following his rather excellent Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast prolific English rock writer Neil Daniels has delivered his second book on Maiden. A lot to discover for real Maiden maniacs, 236 pages full of amazing details. Did you know that there are supposed to be demo recordings with Paul Di'Anno singing 'Run To The Hills' and 'Hallowed Be Thy Name'?"
Matthias Mader – Rock Hard