The First Ten Years

Box set
Box set by Iron Maiden
Released 24 February - 28 April 1990
Genre Heavy metal
Label EMI

The First Ten Years is a series of 10 CDs and double 12" singles by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released between 24 February and 28 April 1990, in commemoration of the band's ten year recording anniversary.

Each CD/double 12" contains two singles, complete with original B-sides and artwork, as well as an edition of "Listen with Nicko", a spoken-word track in which drummer Nicko McBrain would recount the history behind each song specific to that release. Each part in the series included a special voucher, all ten of which could be exchanged by mail order for a limited edition storage box.

Iron Maiden also released The First Ten Years: The Videos on VHS videotape and laserdisc, containing all 16 of the band's promotional music videos up to and including 1990's "Holy Smoke".

Track Listings

"Running Free / Sanctuary"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free" Paul Di'Anno, Steve Harris 3:18
2. "Burning Ambition" Harris 2:41
3. "Sanctuary" Di'Anno, Harris, Dave Murray 3:14
4. "Drifter (live)" Harris 6:03
5. "I've Got the Fire (live)" (Montrose cover) Ronnie Montrose 3:14
6. "Listen with Nicko! Part I" Nicko McBrain 9:29

"Women in Uniform / Twilight Zone"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Women in Uniform" (Skyhooks cover) Greg Macainsh 3:10
2. "Invasion" Harris 2:39
3. "Phantom of the Opera (live)" Harris 7:12
4. "Twilight Zone" Harris, Murray 2:35
5. "Wrathchild" Harris 2:56
6. "Listen with Nicko! Part II" McBrain 8:02

"Purgatory / Maiden Japan"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Purgatory" Harris 3:22
2. "Genghis Khan" Harris 3:07
3. "Running Free" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 3:08
4. "Remember Tomorrow" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 5:46
5. "Killers" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Di'Anno, Harris 4:51
6. "Innocent Exile" (live at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan 23-5-81) Harris 4:02
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part III" McBrain 7:42

"Run to the Hills / The Number of the Beast"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Run to the Hills" Harris 3:55
2. "Total Eclipse" Clive Burr, Harris, Murray 4:28
3. "The Number of the Beast" Harris 4:52
4. "Remember Tomorrow (live)" Di'Anno, Harris 5:27
5. "Listen with Nicko! Part IV" McBrain 8:23

"Flight of Icarus / The Trooper"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Flight of Icarus" Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith 3:54
2. "I've Got The Fire" (Montrose cover) Montrose 2:40
3. "The Trooper" Harris 4:14
4. "Cross-Eyed Mary" (Jethro Tull cover) Ian Anderson 3:55
5. "Listen with Nicko! Part V" McBrain 9:49

"2 Minutes to Midnight / Aces High"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "2 Minutes to Midnight" Dickinson, Smith 6:07
2. "Rainbow's Gold" (Beckett cover) Terry Slesser, Kenny Mountain 4:56
3. "Mission From 'Arry" Harris, McBrain 6:43
4. "Aces High" Harris 4:33
5. "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover) Nektar 4:53
6. "The Number of the Beast (live)" Harris 4:59
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VI" McBrain 9:45

"Running Free (live) / Run to the Hills (live)"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Free (live)" Harris 3:28
2. "Sanctuary (live)" Di'Anno, Harris, Murray 4:40
3. "Murders In The Rue Morgue (live)" Harris 4:32
4. "Run to the Hills (live)" Harris 4:06
5. "Phantom of the Opera (live)" Harris 7:28
6. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) (live)" Harris 4:15
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VII" McBrain 11:54

"Wasted Years/ Stranger in a Strange Land"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wasted Years" Smith 5:08
2. "Reach Out" Dave Colwell 3:30
3. "Sheriff Of Huddersfield" Iron Maiden 3:35
4. "Stranger in a Strange Land" Smith 5:44
5. "That Girl" (FM cover) Andy Barnett, Goldsworth, Jupp 5:04
6. "Juanita" (Marshall Fury cover) Steve Barnacle, Derek O'Neil 3:46
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part VIII" McBrain 12:20

"Can I Play with Madness / The Evil That Men Do"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can I Play with Madness" Dickinson, Harris, Smith 3:32
2. "Black Bart Blues" Dickinson, Harris 6:40
3. "Massacre" (Thin Lizzy cover) Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey 2:53
4. "The Evil That Men Do" Dickinson, Harris, Smith 4:34
5. "Prowler 88" Harris 4:07
6. "Charlotte the Harlot 88" Murray 4:11
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part IX" McBrain 10:46

"The Clairvoyant / Infinite Dreams"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Clairvoyant (live)" Harris 4:27
2. "The Prisoner (live)" Harris, Smith 6:08
3. "Heaven Can Wait (live)" Harris 7:09
4. "Infinite Dreams (live)" Harris 6:02
5. "Killers (live)" Di'Anno, Harris 5:01
6. "Still Life (live)" Harris, Murray 4:38
7. "Listen with Nicko! Part X" McBrain 11:18

Chart Positions

Single Chart (1990) Position
"Running Free / Sanctuary"
  • Released: 24 February 1990
Irish Singles Chart 23
"Running Free / Sanctuary"
  • Released: 24 February 1990
UK Albums Chart 10
"Women in Uniform / Twilight Zone"
  • Released: February 1990
UK Albums Chart 10
"Purgatory / Maiden Japan"
  • Released: March 1990
UK Albums Chart 5
"Run to the Hills / The Number of the Beast"
  • Released: March 1990
UK Albums Chart 3
"Flight of Icarus / The Trooper"
  • Released: March 1990
UK Albums Chart 7
"2 Minutes to Midnight / Aces High"
  • Released: March 1990
UK Albums Chart 11
"Running Free (live) / Run to the Hills (live)"
  • Released: March 1990
UK Albums Chart 9
"Wasted Years/ Stranger in a Strange Land"
  • Released: April 1990
UK Albums Chart 9
"Can I Play with Madness / The Evil That Men Do"
  • Released: April 1990
UK Albums Chart 10
"The Clairvoyant / Infinite Dreams"
  • Released: April 1990
UK Albums Chart 11





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