IRON MAIDEN ‘WORLD SLAVERY TOUR 84-85’ XL 1625-6 + a short excursion into the ‘Day Side / Night Side’ European bootleg label



Japan: 1986

Source: Long Beach Arena, 16 March 1985, one of four shows that had to be arranged due to “unprecedented demand” (see ad below).

1625 A: Aces high / Two minutes to midnight / The trooper / Revelation
1625 B: Losfer words / Flight of Icarus / Rime of the ancient mariner
1626 A: Powerslave / Dave Murray solo / Number of the beast / Hallowed be thy name
1626 B: Iron maiden /Run to the hills /Running free /Sanctuary

This used to be one of the more sought after XL releases, going for $500+/GBP 350/Eu 425 in 2009.




Connections to officially recorded material as well as other vinyl bootlegs:

For the Live After Death video, the band hired director Jim Yukich to film two shows of their four night run at Long Beach Arena, California from 14 to 17 March 1985. The double LP release was also recorded at Long Beach, although side four contains additional tracks, recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London on 8, 9, 10 and 12 October 1984. According to bassist Steve Harris, while the video used footage from two nights at Long Beach, the audio version is only made up of one performance, although no exact dates are specified.” [source: Wikipedia entry for Live After Death]

The release dates are: 14 October 1985 (for the vinyl album); 23 October 1985 (on VHS/Betamax) and 21 July 1986 (on Laserdisc)

The Japan release shares the exact same title (just with an added VOLUME ONE/TWO) with a European bootleg recorded in Essen, Germany in October of 1984 (BUSTA BROS. K 012 / 013).



Interesting to see release dates mentioned on a bootleg (see above) – I wonder if they were accurate.


Another European – Dutch in fact – underground vinyl release were the better sounding WORLD SLAVERY TOUR Volume 1/2 (PF100 / 101), recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on 12 October 1984.





[Other bootlegs produced by this (Spanish – I believe the names thanked under the Iron Maiden Vol. 2 LP are a good and valid clue) label, which was very active in ’84/’85 are:  AC/DC BON-SCOTT’s LAST OUI-OUI (Paris, 9 December ’79 – a copy of ?); Big Country “LIVE”; King Crimson RHAPSODY (Tokyo, 3 May ’84); KISS UNMASKED 2LP (Ottawa, 15 November ’83); a Marillion title; the Police LIVE IN BARCELONA! (1 October ’83 – their first release?), Lou Reed METAL MACHINE SOUND (compilation) and OLDER THAN YESTERDAY (Belgium July ’84).

17 Rolling Stones titles (A FAIR TO REMEMBER (Seattle 4 June ’72), ABANDONED IN DETROIT (6 July ’78), CAJUN QUEEN’S AFTERNOON DELIGHT (Baton Rouge, 1 June ’75 – 1st show), DRIPPIN’ HONEY, DRIVE CAREFULLY (Boulder, 4 October ’81), HOLD ON TIGHT (NY, 27 June ’75), ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY (various live ’81), PLUG IN FLUSH OUT (Ft. Worth, Houston & Philadelphia ’72), SATELLITE DELAYED (4 tracks from Wembley, 9 September ’73 + Brussels, 17 October ’73), SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL, STANDING AT THE KITCHEN DOOR (Toronto, 15 July ’72), THE BREAKFAST SHOW (Gimme Shelter sound track), THE BRIAN JONES MEMORIAL ALBUM (studio compilation), THE UDDER SHOW (San Francisco, 16 July ’75), TIGHT DRESSES AND TAMPAX (Chicago, 8 July ’78), WHORES IN THE NIGHT (Baton Rouge, 1 June ’75 – 2nd show) and YEAH BABY YEAH (Frankfurt, June ’82)). Slayer VIOLENT BRAINS (Eindhoven, 28 June ’85), Bruce Springsteen CASTAWAY 2LP compilation and perhaps a few others I’m missing.]

Finally, the Japanese ETS bootleg label would release a title called World Slavery Tour 85 (ETS 2569-70) around this time, supposedly recorded at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on 21 January ’85


  1. Andrew Molloy said:

    I have a Lou Reed 2-lp set titled Older Then Yesterday (their misspelling) on the “Day Side/Night Side” label. On the back cover at the bottom it says “Printed in Belgium. A Flits-Record-Product is licensed by SABAM.” It’s a good audience recording from Torhout, Belgium 7/7/84, with two songs from Werchter 8/7/84 at the end of Side Four.

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