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PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD IRON MAIDEN RECORDING BELOW


Many believe that Iron Maiden’s recordings started with The Soundhouse Tapes.  That memorable New Year ’s Eve in 1978 at the Spaceward Studios is ingrained in Maiden folklore and the recordings even have their own Wikipedia page.  But what if Harris, Sampson, Di’anno, Murray (and Cairns?) were not the first recorded in Iron Maiden’s history?
What if there was another recording, at an earlier date, taken at a rehearsal by the band members themselves?  Clearly, this wouldn’t be of studio quality but it would shed a light, and a sound, on an era of Iron Maiden that many denied existed and many others were not even aware did exist.

Now for the first time, these recordings have been proved as being in existence as a respected former band member, has admitted he made the recording just two weeks after he joined the band and it is the only known recording of this line up, which he made at Scarf Studios.


The recordings were made and owned by Barry Purkis, who is the legendary drummer Thunderstick. Barry said he spoke to Steve Harris backstage at the British Lion’s gig in Folkestone on 2nd December 2016 – “.......mentioned the tape I own. Iron Maiden circa 1977 to Steve on Friday night... He smiled and said `Really?. `Yeah...Fantastic !'...”

THE FULL NEVER-BEEN-SEEN-BEFORE SET LIST

IRON MAIDEN 1977
AT A
SCARF STUDIO
REHEARSAL
IRON MAIDEN'S 1977 RECORDING LINE-UP

This is the only known recording, to date, of the line-up, pictured above, featuring Steve Harris, Tony Moore, Terry Wapram, Barry 'Thunderstick' Purkis and Dennis Willcock.  


The set Thunderstick recorded was also used earlier in the year by the line-up of Harris, Willcock, Sawyer, Matthews and Murray before Thunderstick and Tony Moore both answered this advert below.
DOUBTS OF RECORDINGS BEFORE THE SOUNDHOUSE TAPES

Maiden77 a fan based facebook page with good connections to earlier members of The Irons, have alluded to the existence of tapes and recordings prior to The Soundhouse Tapes. Now with the evidence in broad daylight, it appears the abuse they got from Maiden fans denying their authenticity, was totally unjustified. They also say on their facebook page, there may be more recordings out there from an earlier time.

THUNDERSTICK'S NEW ALBUM

Thunderstick is currently raising money for his forthcoming 2017 album.  Take a look at his Pledge page and see how you can become part of Iron Maiden's Legacy, you can even get your name on the album cover - take a look here Thunderstick Pledge

SEE WHAT THESE FORMER IRON MAIDEN LEGENDS DOING NOW?

Doug Sampson Iron Maiden's The soundhouse tapes drummer Airforce
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Iron Maiden guitarist, Bob Sawyer a.k.a Rob Angelo Nitro, Praying Mantis
Terry Wapram Iron Maiden guitarist V1 and Buffalo Fish





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