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Fun little EP - 81%

Mungo, April 21st, 2007

This EP was released in the same year as Maiden's debut, and so it contains two songs off that ('Sanctuary' and 'Phantom of the Opera'), the song 'Drifter' which would appear as a studio recording on 'Killers', and 'Women in Uniform' from the previously released single of the same name.

The performances on the live recordings are fairly good and sound a lot like in the studio. Paul Di'Anno's voice is in top form and he hits every note perfectly, while the two guitarists play every riff to perfection and improvise on the soloing. The drums are competent as is the bass. While they have too long a silence in the middle of Sanctuary and they extend the soft part in Drifter for far too long, they still play to perfection most of the time.

The extra studio track, Women in Uniform, is a fun rocker which is fairly typical of the NWOBHM movement. It has some great riffing combined with catchy choruses. It does get a bit repetitive but overall it's a good track.

As for the production, it brings the EP down a bit. While this is not as prominent on the studio recording, it affects the live recordings to some degree. The sound is muffled and doesn't really capture the live atmosphere that well. Crowd noise is kept to a minimum, which can either be a good or bad thing depending on preference. I myself don't mind it much, so that aspect is fine. The mix is similar to what was seen on Killers, with all instruments being heard clearly.

If you happen to stumble across this (which would be unlikely nowadays) I would definitely recommend purchasing it. It shows a young energetic band fresh off the release of their debut album tearing it up in a small club with an energetic crowd. A fun little EP from one of the masters of the NWOBHM movement.