Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was originally released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) on EMI, and on Capitol in the US; it was reissued later on Sanctuary/Columbia Records. It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust.
"The Trooper" remains as one of the most popular songs in the band's history, and has been included in the set list of all of the band's concert tours since the album's release. During the Blaze Bayley era, it was used as the closing song for the lineup's tours.
This is the first Maiden album that was not named after a song featured on the album itself (though the words "peace of mind" appear prominently in the album's sixth song, "Still Life"). In its earliest phase the album was named Food for Thought but was changed so it would suit the artwork more. The name of the last track was meant to be "Dune," but Frank Herbert, who disliked heavy rock bands, denied permission to use his book's name and thus a new name had to be chosen.
Included in the liner notes is a slightly altered version of a passage from the Book of Revelation. As printed in the liner notes, it reads:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more Death. Neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there be any more brain; for the former things are passed away."
The actual text (from Chapter 21, Verse 4) is nearly identical, except that it says "neither shall there be any more pain..." . This change can be seen either as a reference to the album's name, or the removal of Eddie's brain on the cover, or to drummer Nicko McBrain's inception into the band for this album.
The album ranked 21 on IGN's list of the top 25 metal albums.
|1983||UK Albums Chart||3|
|Billboard Hot 200||70|
|1983||"Flight of Icarus"||UK Singles Chart||11||"Piece of Mind"|
|"Flight of Icarus"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||8|
|"The Trooper"||UK Singles Chart||12|
|"The Trooper"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||28|
|1990||"Flight of Icarus"||UK Singles Chart||7||"The First Ten Years"|
|2005||"The Trooper" (live)||Canadian Singles Chart||5||"Death on the Road"|
|"The Trooper" (live)||Greece||9|
|"The Trooper" (live)||Spain||1|
|"The Trooper" (live)||Sweden||5|
|"The Trooper" (live)||Switzerland||61|