Metal for Muthas was a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) compilation album from breaking bands in the first months of the new decade. Metal for Muthas was released in February 1980 and amongst others, contained a track by Samson and 2 classic tracks by Iron Maiden, Sanctuary and Wrathchild.
In iron Maiden's early years 1975 - 1981 there is a lot of talk about the instability of the numerous members of the band who came and went, whilst Steve Harris remained. Here is a perfect example of the transcient nature of British Heavy Metal, particularly London, back in those early years.
This recording of Wrathchild was made by Barry Graham Purkis at a 1977 Iron Maiden rehearsal session at Scarf Studios. It appeared on Metal for Muthas recorded by a 1979 line-up. Samson also appear on the compilaion album amd Barry Graham Purkis was to leave Iron Maiden and move to Samson, appearing as the drummer Thunderstick who played in a leather mask. Clive Burr went in the opposite direction and left Samson to play drums with Iron Maiden. And a singer, known as Bruce Bruce, swapped Samson for Iron Maiden and also changed his name. Welcome Bruce Dickinson - see his first Iron Maden gig here
See our Youtube playlist has all the clips that have been released so far on the Iron Maiden 1977 rehearsal tape