Hi-res Maiden – Iron Maiden albums now available in lossless audio
The first album I bought was Live After Death and my first large gig experience was seeing Iron Maiden on their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour so this news, for me at least, is great as Onkyo & Pioneer Innovations have announced that they have exclusively released the Iron Maiden albums in hi-res audio.
The exclusive release comes from the continued partnership between the mighty Maiden and Onkyo and is available through the latter’s high res audio download service, OnkyoMusic. The nineteen Iron Maiden albums have been encoded from 24-bit high resolution masters and promises to deliver the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended.
These are brand new re-masters from their original analogue and digital sources and is the next phase in Iron Maiden’s ongoing catalogue upgrade to make their music digitally accessible to fans on their preferred devices globally. Maiden have also been mastering their albums for iTunes.
All fifteen studio albums, 2 ‘Best Of’ compilations and 2 live albums were personally selected by Maiden’s founder member, and one of my bass heroes, Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique.
The album list is as follows:
- Iron Maiden
- The Number Of The Beast
- Piece Of Mind
- 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
- The Final Frontier
- Somewhere Back In Time
- From Fear To Eternity
- Live after Death
- Rock In Rio
The high res mastering procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The high res mastering process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve. For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we’ve remastered them all digitally and I’m really happy with the results.”
Engineer and Producer, Tony Newton adds:
The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital converter was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band. When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980’s, early days of digital and only 44.1kHz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D convertors are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”
The entire catalogue of high res releases is available exclusively from OnkyoMusic.
PS: Bruce – keep fighting! Here’s to your continued recovery back to full health!