Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has slated the sound of the band's self-titled debut album, branding it "fucking awful."
But he still looks back warmly at the 1980 release and its follow-up Killers, which he recorded before leaving the band in 1981.
Di'Anno is currently touring Europe with Greek pick-up band Sorrowful Angels, and he's working on an album with German outfit Architect To Chaos.
He tells Rock Overdose: "Iron Maiden was always a heavy metal band with a punk kid – that was me – but the sound of the first album was fucking awful.
"There were some of the best songs on the first album, and on the second one. Somebody should re-mix that. It would sound fantastic with a really good sound behind it."
The vocalist last year announced he was "pulling the plug" on his career – but later said he only meant he was going to stop playing Maiden tracks live. Now he adds: "I'm going to get my knee fixed up at some point – it's absolute agony every day, but it's okay because the crowd don't want to fucking see me, they want to hear the voice.
"Once the album is out we'd be happy to come out on the road and tour around the world again."
Maiden are the cover stars of the latest edition of Metal Hammer, on sale now. They headline Sonisphere on the weekend of June 4-6.
From East End pubs to worldwide stadiums, via sackings, squabbles and 'inventing new business models'. The Iron Maiden story according to the three 'control freaks' responsible.
Iron Maiden frontman will take part in 12-minute WWI air display before headlining Knebworth festival
Bruce says Donington and Knebworth trump capital every time
Heavy metal's greatest band wrap up Maiden England in style
On August 28, 2006, Iron Maiden released A Matter Of Life And Death. Shortly after, they played the whole album live in Japan. Classic Rock was there
The Irons show off their brilliance in Brum
Guitar icon will apply unique Zoso stamp to copies of his picture book at London fans' event
Keyboardist says mix of new material and unused Chinese Democracy cuts are “fantastic”
Guess who's back?
Quo revisit psychedelic classic with new clip