Heavy(weight vinyl) metal: An inside look at Iron Maiden's reissue process

Heavy(weight vinyl) metal: An inside look at Iron Maiden's reissue process

 

Maiden’s next set of vinyl reissues is underway. Delphine Nizet, production manager at Phantom, explains the hard work involved…

What are the challenges in collating two decades’ worth of music?

It’s basically finding all the parts. The artwork takes a long time, because in places you may need to recreate it.

For example, the ‘90s albums, we had to do a lot of research to recreate as much as we could because we found out that with the original parts either we didn’t have them anymore, or they weren’t usable any more.

Or they hadn’t been archived properly. Companies change hands, things get moved to various places, and sometimes you don’t have a trace of them.

Were there any other big challenges involved?

Another one is the sound. We’ve had to remaster some other albums, for example Death On The Road. Or even more recent things like En Vivo.

Death On The Road has been the biggest challenge because we’ve had problems locating the parts, and when we did locate them they weren’t usable.

It’s the same as the artwork, basically. You need to find parts that you can work from, and which have stood the test of time and evolving technology.

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