Stunning copy of the original first pressing. A beautifully preserved copy of Maidens debut album which is becoming more and more difficult to find in decent condition with collectors now beginning to realise the value of this album. Now 40 years old, a new, commemorative picture disc is set for release next month which I would imagine will only serve to heighten interest in the original pressing. Recently featured in a blog of essential 1980 releases on discogs. Iron Maidens debut was part of the explosion of metal in England that soon took off around the world.
Its a heady mix of classic Sabbath-style metal, the aggression of punk and the virtuosic speed-based musicianship that was a hallmark of 80s metal. Perhaps most importantly it gave the world Eddie, the albums cover boy and the greatest mascot in rock and roll. The original UK vinyl pressing is one of the few with the full-length version of Phantom of the Opera but is getting more pricey every minute.
Value has remained lower than expected over the years due to some confusion about the first pressing as many later pressings retained the A1 B1 stamp on the runout. However, there are now a number of widely accepted 1st pressing attributes and prices are rising.
More difficult than many believe to find a true first press as later presses retained the A1 B1 matrices. On the bottom, the original labels have credits on two lines and no symbol is present. The original inner sleeve is black with plastic bag inside and patent no: 1,125,555 printed in white in tiny print to the bottom left corner. On the sleeve, the catalogue number "EMC 3330" is printed on the rear sleeve, spine and face labels.
"OC 062-07 269" is printed on the rear sleeve. This pressing, along with only a handful of others, features the complete version of "Phantom Of The Opera" which is 7:20 in length. The sleeve on this copy is in as close to MINT as I have seen. An insignificant hint of storage evidence but really, this is an immaculate sleeve. This sticker appears on some early copies but there is no difference to the release aside from the sticker.The original black inner with patent number in tiny white font is Near Mint - beautifully preserved. Some copies have white EMI inners with 480 or 680 date stamps. The vinyl is visually Mint. A stunning copy with no marks. Steve Harris was apparently unhappy with the production on this album but it sounds great here! The item "Iron Maiden S/T Debut EMC 3330 Vinyl MINT- Superb 1st Press" is in sale since Sunday, April 18, 2021. This item is in the category "Music\Vinyl Records". The seller is "supernaut_vinyl" and is located in London. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Bahrain, New Zealand, China, Israel, Norway, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay.