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3.08 | 26 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Iron Maiden (4:01)
2. Invasion (3:07)
3. Prowler (4:20)


Total Time 11:28

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Line-up / Musicians


- Paul Di'Anno / vocals
- Dave Murray / guitar
- Steve Harris / bass guitar
- Doug Sampson / drums

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EP Rockhard (1979)

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IRON MAIDEN The Soundhouse Tapes ratings distribution


3.08
(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(35%)
35%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (15%)
15%
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)
4%

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Review by Modrigue
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4 stars 70s' Iron Maiden demos ! The Iron Maiden song is interpreted by Harris and delivers a more 70s' feel with its downtempo. It still rocks ! The main novelty here is the song Invasion which carries well its name. Agressive and catchy mini-epic song with great solos and lots of changements for 3 minutes ! You could easily imagine invaders and knights while listening to it. The last song is Prowler, which, as for Iron Maiden, is slower than in the album version, but still interesting as it sounds 70s'.

Although I prefer the album versions, these demos are worth a try, especially for early Iron Maiden and heavy metal fans.

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Send comments to Modrigue (BETA) | Report this review (#107757) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Review by UMUR
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2 stars The Soundhouse Tapes is the first ever recording from Iron Maiden. Itīs a three track EP where two of the songs: Iron Maiden and Prowler would also appear on the debut album from Iron Maiden.

The music is early eighties british heavy metal ( or NWOBHM if you will) greatly influened by seventies hard rock acts like Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Rainbow. There is also a minor influence from punk on The Soundhouse Tapes as well as on the debut album mainly due to how Paul Di'Anno sings. His raw vocal style sounds a bit like Ian Gillian gone punk ( Paul Di'Anno is not in the same league as Gillian though)

This recording is very raw and it wouldnīt be wrong to call this demo sound quality. There is still great power in the songs though. Even though Invasion is the weakest track on here itīs still one of the more rarely played Iron Maiden tracks and of course a great addition to any Iron Maiden collection.

The musicianship is not as accomplished as it would be later but the interplay between the musicians is still enjoyable. The playing is rough and unpolished. Note that a guy named Doug Sampson played the drums on the earliest releases from Iron Maiden. Clive Burr would not be the drummer in Iron Maiden until the debut album.

The cover art isnīt that exiting. Eddie is nowhere to be seen. There is a red background with a picture in the middle of the band playing live.

This is a groundbreaking release for british heavy metal and of course this one has got to be in your collection if youīre a hardcore Iron Maiden fan. For us regular folks who love Iron Maidenīs studio albums but donīt consider ourselves hardcore fans this is a curiosity that is enjoyable but quite frankly a bit unneccessary. This one is worth 2 stars as it is a fan thing only.

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Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#179377) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

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2 stars I found this album during my obsession with Iron Maiden a few months ago. It obviously wasn't the most appealing album, but if it was Iron Maiden, I wanted to have it. Bottom line, it's not very good. The Music is not very well played, The Drummer is off time, which slows the whole song down [ ... (read more)

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