Best and Worst Iron Maiden album covers

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Oh so many to choose from, but I'd have to go with this for their best....

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf100/f108/f10850d60hw.jpg

and this for their worst....., where Eddie -- after being an undead, axe-weilding killer, a puppeteer of evil, a lobotomized mental patient, an Egyptian pharoah, a cyborg and a myriad other cool incarnations -- comes back as a.....er.......tree!

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc300/c319/c319160tdo4.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 4 January 2003 12:34 (sixteen years ago) link

You're quite wrong Alex. The best is 7th Son of a 7th Son, partially because of all the references to previous covers and also because it's so white and chilly.

The worst has to be one of the non Derick Riggs ones recently. Yuk.

mei (mei), Saturday, 4 January 2003 12:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Ya mean this?

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd700/d731/d73161n1d4i.jpg

I dunno....it's a bit too Marillionesque for my taste.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 4 January 2003 12:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Killers. Eddie is much more appealing before he gets all mysetical. Though Piece of Mind is one of the all-time great evocations of the rubber-room cliche.

J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Saturday, 4 January 2003 13:32 (sixteen years ago) link

when was 12 i had a t shirt with this on:

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf300/f353/f35312e607k.jpg

Wyndham Earl, Saturday, 4 January 2003 13:33 (sixteen years ago) link

worst:

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf100/f117/f117453jij9.jpg

no eddy shock!

Wyndham Earl, Saturday, 4 January 2003 13:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually I got confused about the 7th Son cover, mine was tiny, on the cassete version. I might be thinking of my white T-shirt with the front and back prints taken together. I remember many more little details.

Loved the Somewhere in Time cover too and there was lots of promotional artwork around at the time, some from Japanese tours I think, that blew my mind.

mei (mei), Saturday, 4 January 2003 13:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Worst Eddie cover: Fear Of The Dark & Number Of The Beast

Best Eddie cover: Live After Death, Aces High & Killers

Siegbran (eofor), Saturday, 4 January 2003 15:20 (sixteen years ago) link

What, no love for Somewhere In Time?

original bgm, Saturday, 4 January 2003 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Somewhere in Time is the one with the references to previous albums, I think.

I went to Acapulco a few years ago, and they had a huge Walmart in the town that was eerily reminiscent to me of the Powerslave album cover. The thing looked like a goddamn temple, with a long ramp leading up to the entrance. I guess they haven't been subjected yet to commercials of old people chuckling "We got a marchin' band came through here yesterday!!"

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 5 January 2003 03:31 (sixteen years ago) link

The cover with Eddie on it!

Bush Doctor, Sunday, 5 January 2003 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
For Best Album Cover Ever, I'd vote Live After Death. Powerslave, with all its detail and clever jokes ("Indian Jones wuz here" "Wot? No Guiness?" etc) is pretty cool too.

For worst, I'd have to say Virtual XI. What the ---- is supposed to be going on with that one? The X Factor is pretty bad, too.

G. Marius, Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:05 (fifteen years ago) link

the new one is pretty bad too

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
ive got all the posters from the day reg size over sized door size all stored and some rare ones preserved

Bill Brady, Sunday, 7 May 2006 20:54 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/821/maidenfrontier.jpg

New one is not so good. (The album is, tho!)

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 01:54 (eight years ago) link

I don't know, I like that cover a lot! Not as good as their classic covers, not by a long shot, but miles ahead of the last couple.

This one is BY FAR the worst:

http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/iron_maiden-dance_of_death.jpg

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:02 (eight years ago) link

http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/i/iron-maiden/album-iron-maiden-a-matter-of-life-and-death-limited-deluxe-edition-with-bonus-dvd.jpg

I thought A Matter of Life and Death was not only their best album since the '80s, but also had one of the better covers.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:05 (eight years ago) link

But yeah, the cover of Dance of Death is an all-time low.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:05 (eight years ago) link

I guess it is better than I remembered, but I like the cartoonish aspect of the new one.

I think we can all agree on Dance of Death though, right? I mean, look at the baby!

(lol xpost)

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:05 (eight years ago) link

isnt the story behind dance of death that the designers accidentally sent over a work in progress and it got sent into production without being checked?

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:09 (eight years ago) link

Dance of Death should be subtitled "Oh Poser, so much to answer for..."

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:10 (eight years ago) link

Looking at the Dance of Death cover, you get the feeling none of those masked people, animals, etc., were there in the first version - that it was just Grim Reaper Eddie. And that would have been a pretty awesome cover. But then they threw all those smooth digital people in, got the perspective all wrong so none of them have any spatial relationship to any of the others, and...yeah, it's an atrocity.

Interestingly (okay, maybe only to me), my T-shirt from that tour is one of my favorite shirts, because it doesn't have Eddie on it - it's got a photo of the band on the front. I think that might be the only time they've ever done that.

My favorites are Powerslave and Live After Death, with The Number of the Beast and A Matter of Life and Death close behind. I like the cover to Piece of Mind a lot, though I don't love the album as much as many others do.

Born In A Test Tube, Raised In A Cage (unperson), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:11 (eight years ago) link

Dance of Death is so Eyes Wide Shut. Ick!

Matter of Life & Death cover was great, also liked Brave New World.

Of the old covers, Killers might be my favorite...sooo iconic!

Not an album cover, but this might be my alltime fave:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trooper.jpg

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:33 (eight years ago) link

Killers is iconic and hard to top, but I like all the Blade Runneresque aesthetic that they bought into for the Somewhere in Time era as well.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:35 (eight years ago) link

Agh forgot Somewhere in Time. As Mr Veg noted, that's the "lay on your bed kicking your feet studying the album cover for hours" cover

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 03:43 (eight years ago) link

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/Killers.jpg

(e_3) (Edward III), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:44 (eight years ago) link

how about the original cover for maiden japan, which their manager put the kibosh on when he found out they were planning to fire di'anno

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/DSCN0738.jpg

(e_3) (Edward III), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) link

^ cover of purgatory was favoritest metal tee for 8th grade me

(e_3) (Edward III), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:58 (eight years ago) link

thing'd prolly go for $200 on ebay now

(e_3) (Edward III), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:59 (eight years ago) link

that flight of icarus cover is awesome!

markers, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:07 (eight years ago) link

Purgatory is great!!!

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:07 (eight years ago) link

killers is pretty much unbeatable, but i've always loved number of the beast. the hierarchy of chaos, etc.

http://thedaysoflore.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/iron-maiden.jpg

pull the strings!

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:21 (eight years ago) link

unofficial, but competitively horrid:

http://www.ead666.com/Images/Boots%20Covers/1982/1982-04-03-MadridFront.jpg

a CRASBO is a "criminally related" ASBO (contenderizer), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:34 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

i wonder if this is where they got the font logo from?

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t_ku-xlarge/cqfkw2t5u36cmo8aumsf.jpg

gimme the lute (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 7 March 2014 19:49 (five years ago) link


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