- Product Code: 2564625171
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First re-release of the fifth single by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.
Released on 15 June 1981, it was band's last release with singer Paul Di'Anno. It is the only single from "Killers" as the preceding release, "Twilight Zone", was not included on the album's original pressing.
According to drummer Nicko McBrain, the track is a remake of one of the band's earlier songs, entitled "Floating", of which "Purgatory" is a faster re-arrangement. It was one of the band's least successful singles as it failed to break into the Top 50 in the UK charts, although the band's manager, Rod Smallwood, states that this was because "it wasn't really a single, it was just lifted off the album which the fans already had".
Most notably, the single's original cover artwork was withdrawn for use on the band's next studio album, "The Number Of The Beast". Smallwood recalls that, on being presented with the original cover, "we said, 'No, that's much too good', so we kept it for the album. We had the artwork months before we had the music". This meant that the band's artist, Derek Riggs, had to come up with a replacement, this time illustrating the Devil's face rotting away to reveal the band's mascot, Eddie's, face underneath.
Recorded from the original analogue master tapes.
Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1982/2014 (2564625171). Made in UK.
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