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Encyclopedia > Killers (Iron Maiden album)
Killers
Killers cover
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released March 1981 (U.K.)
June, 1981 (U.S.)
Recorded Battery Studios, 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 43:53
Label EMI (U.K.)
Harvest/Capitol (U.S. original)
Sanctuary/Columbia (U.S. reissue)
Producer(s) Martin "Headmaster" Birch
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
Live!! +one
(1980)
Killers
(1981)
Maiden Japan
(1981)

Killers, released in March of 1981 on EMI in the UK, was the second album by Iron Maiden. It was the first of their albums to feature guitarist Adrian Smith, and the last to feature vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who left the band mid-tour due to problems with alcohol and cocaine. This was also the first album produced by veteran producer Martin Birch who went on to produce their next eight albums before retiring after Fear of the Dark in 1992. Image File history File links Iron_Maiden_-_Killers. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Motto: (Royal) (French) God and my right Anthem: God Save the Queen  United Kingdom() – on the European continent() – in the European Union() [] Capital London Largest Most populous conurbation Greater London Urban Area Official languages English Government  -  Monarch Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair Formation  -  24 March 1603   -  Acts of Union... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1969 and 1974. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is an English music company comprising the major record company, EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... Harvest Records was a record label, formed by EMI in 1969 to promote progressive rock music and to compete with Philips Vertigo label and Deccas Deram labels. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Sanctuary Records is the largest independent record label in the United Kingdom, and the largest music management company in the world, looking after around 120 acts. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 2_stars. ... Sputnikmusic is an website and online community archiving user-submitted compact disc reviews and music-related aids articles. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Live!! +one is a live EP that was initially released only in Japan on November 1980 by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Maiden Japan, also known as Heavy Metal Army, is a live EP by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Killers is a greatest hits album by American hard rock group Kiss. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is an English music company comprising the major record company, EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Paul DiAnno Paul Andrews (born 17 May 1958, in Chingford, Essex), better known as Paul DiAnno, was the first prominent vocalist in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 1978 to 1981. ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ... Cocaine (or crack) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


The album is an unusual one in it that it features two instrumentals and was written almost exclusively by Steve Harris with only minor assistance from the rest of the band. All of the songs, with the exception of "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "Killers", were written before the release of their debut album (they could not fit all of them on one album, and the songs were later re-recorded anyway to feature Adrian Smith); an early version of "Wrathchild" was featured on the Metal for Muthas compilation. Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Killers is the title-track for the second album by Iron Maiden. ... Metal for Muthas is the name given to two heavy metal compilations made during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ...


The U.S. edition, which came out a few months after its UK release, was initially released on Harvest Records/Capitol Records and subsequently on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records. "Twilight Zone" was also added to the album. Harvest Records was a record label, formed by EMI in 1969 to promote progressive rock music and to compete with Philips Vertigo label and Deccas Deram labels. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Sanctuary Records is the largest independent record label in the United Kingdom, and the largest music management company in the world, looking after around 120 acts. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Twilight Zone was the fourth single by Iron Maiden. ...


The song "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is based on the story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. "Rue Morgue" is the name of a fictitious street in Paris, it translates in English as "Mortuary Street". The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


The song "Wrathchild" was redone on the Iron Maiden all-star tribute album Numbers from the Beast featuring Di'anno on vocals, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar, Chris Traynor on rhythm guitar, Frank Bello on bass, and John Tempesta on drums. Numbers From The Beast is a tribute album to Iron Maiden, performed by some of the leading names in heavy metal music. ... Alex Skolnick Alex Skolnick (born September 29, 1968, grew up in Berkley, Califnornia) is a noted jazz and rock guitarist. ... Chris Traynor (b. ... Frank Bello replaced Dan Lilker on bass guitar in Anthrax, a thrash metal band, on the Spreading the Disease album. ... John Tempesta John Tempesta is a rock drummer, that has worked with a few bands, namely Exodus, Testament, and White Zombie. ...


Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider calls Killers his favorite album. Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from New York City. ... Dee Snider (on right) Dee Snider in his Twisted Sister persona Daniel Dee Snider (born March 15, 1955 in Massapequa, New York, United States). ...

Contents

Track listing

Original UK release

All songs written by Steve Harris, unless indicated otherwise. Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

  1. "The Ides of March" – 1:46
  2. "Wrathchild" – 2:54
  3. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" – 4:18
  4. "Another Life" – 3:22
  5. "Genghis Khan" – 3:06
  6. "Innocent Exile" – 3:53
  7. "Killers" (Di'Anno, Harris) – 5:01
  8. "Prodigal Son" – 6:11
  9. "Purgatory" – 3:20
  10. "Drifter" – 4:48

Killers is the title-track for the second album by Iron Maiden. ... Categories: | | ...

Original U.S. release

  1. "The Ides of March" – 1:45
  2. "Wrathchild" – 2:54
  3. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" – 4:19
  4. "Another Life" – 3:22
  5. "Genghis Khan" – 3:06
  6. "Innocent Exile" – 3:53
  7. "Killers" (Di'Anno, Harris) – 5:01
  8. "Twilight Zone" (Harris, Murray) – 2:34
  9. "Prodigal Son" – 6:11
  10. "Purgatory" – 3:21
  11. "Drifter" – 4:48

Twilight Zone was the fourth single by Iron Maiden. ...

Remastered release

  1. "The Ides of March" – 1:45
  2. "Wrathchild" – 2:54
  3. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" – 4:19
  4. "Another Life" – 3:22
  5. "Genghis Khan" – 3:06
  6. "Innocent Exile" – 3:53
  7. "Killers" (Di'Anno, Harris) – 5:01
  8. "Prodigal Son" – 6:11
  9. "Purgatory" – 3:21
  10. "Twilight Zone" (Harris, Murray) – 2:34
  11. "Drifter" – 4:48

1995 reissue bonus disc

  1. "Women in Uniform" (Skyhooks cover)
  2. "Invasion"
  3. "Phantom of the Opera (live)"
  4. "Running Free (live)" (Harris, Di'Anno)
  5. "Remember Tomorrow (live)" (Harris, Di'Anno)
  6. "Wrathchild (live)"
  7. "Killers (live)" (Harris, Di'Anno)
  8. "Innocent Exile (live)"

Women in Uniform was the third single by Iron Maiden. ... Skyhooks was an Australian rock band of the 1970s, sometimes classified as a glam rock band, although this is mainly the result of the bands flamboyant costumes and makeup. ...

Credits

Paul DiAnno Paul Andrews (born 17 May 1958, in Chingford, Essex), better known as Paul DiAnno, was the first prominent vocalist in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 1978 to 1981. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in Edmonton, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Clive Burr (b. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ...

Additional personnel

  • Martin "Headmaster" Birch – producer, engineer
  • Nigel Hewitt – second engineer
  • Rod Smallwood – band manager
  • Derek Riggs – cover illustration
Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Janick Gers | Adrian Smith | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
List of past and present Iron Maiden members
Discography
Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | A Real Live Dead One | Rock in Rio | The BBC Archives | Beast Over Hammersmith | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: The First Ten Years | Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | Best of the B'Sides | The Essential Iron Maiden
Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes | Live!! +one | Maiden Japan | No More Lies
Singles
"Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live '85)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live '01)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | "The Number of the Beast (2005)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" | "Different World"
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