For you folks that bought Iron Maiden’s ‘Piece of Mind‘ album in 1983; Are you feeling old yet? The album was recorded January – March 1983 and released May 16, 1983.
‘Piece of Mind’ was Maiden’s fourth studio album released by EMI and by Capitol Records in the US, where it was reissued later by Sanctuary/Columbia Records. This was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since.
The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification in the UK and North America.
If you have forgotten the track listing, here you go:
- “Where Eagles Dare“
- “Flight of Icarus“
- “Die with Your Boots On“
- “The Trooper“
- “Still Life“
- “Quest for Fire“
- “Sun and Steel“
- “To Tame a Land“
At the beginning of the sixth track, “Still Life”, the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Iron Maiden of being Satanic.