Veteran U.K. heavy metal act Iron Maiden will survey its 20-year history with a six-disc box set of live material and a single-disc best-of set, each due Nov. 5 via Columbia (and a day earlier interna

Veteran U.K. heavy metal act Iron Maiden will survey its 20-year history with a six-disc box set of live material and a single-disc best-of set, each due Nov. 5 via Columbia (and a day earlier internationally). Both the "Eddie's Archive" box -- which will be available in a limited edition silver casket-shaped case -- and the "Edward the Great" collections are named for Eddie, the band's mascot.

"Eddie's Archive" boasts two double-disc sets ranging from the band's earliest performances through to 1998. Titled "BBC Archives," the first two discs were recorded between 1979 and 1988 for the British Broadcasting Corporation's "Friday Rock Show." The set features a 1979 studio session with original lead singer Paul Di'Anno, as well as Reading Festival appearances in 1980 and 1982, and a 1998 performance at the Monsters of Rock Donington (England) festival.

"Beast Over Hammersmith," the second pair of discs, is a complete show from Iron Maiden's 1982 Beast on the Road tour recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon. For the "Eddie's Attic" release, the recording has been mixed by bassist Steve Harris and the band's longtime sound engineer Doug Hall. The booklet is a recreation of the official program from the tour, which lists all of the dates and includes notes written by the band at that time.

"These recordings encompass the early days with Paul Di'Anno through to [current singer] Bruce Dickinson's arrival," Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said in a statement. "I think they capture the essence of what the band was and still is all about: pure, raw energy, great musicianship and an in-your-face attitude."

The third pair of discs, dubbed "The Best of the B'Sides," is a collection of all of the studio recordings and some of the live cuts that have appeared as B-sides of the band's singles releases through the years. Among the list are covers of songs by some of Maiden's favorite bands, including Jethro Tull's "Cross-Eyed Mary," the Who's "My Generation," and UFO's "Doctor Doctor."

The limited-edition casket packaging is embossed with a picture of Eddie, and will also include a crystal Eddie Head shot glass and an individually numbered family tree scroll on parchment by Pete Frame. All of the double-CDs boast 24-page color booklets, with the first two featuring previously unseen photos of the band's various personnel.

Simultaneously released with the box set, "Edward the Great" features 16 tracks from across the band's career. The single-disc collection includes such well-known songs as "Run to the Hills," "Wasted Years," "The Wicker Man," and a live version of "Fear of the Dark" recorded at the Rock In Rio festival.

Earlier this year Iron Maiden played a few shows at London's Brixton Academy to benefit former drummer Clive Burr, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). The band plans to reconvene in the near future to begin the process of writing material for a new studio album due sometime next year.

Here is the full "Eddie's Archive" box set track list:

"BBC Archives" disc one:
(1979 - "Friday Rock Show" session)
"Iron Maiden"
"Running Free"
"Transylvania"
"Sanctuary"

(1989 - Reading Festival 1982
"Wrathchild"
"Run to the Hills"
"Children of the Damned"
"The Number of the Beast"
"22 Acacia Avenue"
"Transylvania"
"The Prisoner"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Phantom of the Opera"
"Iron Maiden"

"BBC Archives" disc two:
(1980 - Reading Festival)
"Prowler"
"Remember Tomorrow"
"Killers"
"Running Free"
"Transylvania"
"Iron Maiden"

(1988 - Monsters of Rock Festival Donington)
"Moonchild"
"Wrathchild"
"Infinite Dreams"
"The Trooper"
"Seventh Son of a Seventh Son"
"The Number of the Beast"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Iron Maiden"

"Beast Over Hammersmith" disc one:
"Murders in the Rue Morgue"
"Wrathchild"
"Run to the Hills"
"Children of the Damned"
"The Number of the Beast"
"Another Life"
"Killers"
"22 Acacia Avenue"
"Total Eclipse"

"Beast Over Hammersmith" disc one:
"Transylvania"
"The Prisoner"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Phantom of the Opera"
"Iron Maiden"
"Sanctuary"
"Drifter"
"Running Free"
"Prowler"

"Best of the B'Sides" disc one:
"Burning Ambition"
"Drifter" (live)
"Invasion"
"Remember Tomorrow" (live)
"I've Got the Fire"
"Cross-Eyed Mary"
"Rainbow's Gold"
"King of Twilight"
"Reach Out"
"That Girl"
"Juanita"
"The Sheriff of Huddersfield"
"Black Bart Blues"
"Prowler '88"
"Charlotte the Harlot '88"

"Best of the B'Sides" disc two:
"All in Your Mind"
"Kill Me Ce Soir"
"I'm a Mover"
"Communication Breakdown"
"Nodding Donkey Blues"
"Space Station No. 5"
"I Can't See My Feelings"
"Roll Over Vic Vella"
"Justice of the Peace"
"Judgment Day"
"My Generation"
"Doctor Doctor"
"Blood on the Worlds Hands" (live)
"The Aftermath" (live)
"Futureal" (live)
"Wasted Years '99" (live)

Here is the "Edward the Great" single disc best of track list:

"Run to the Hills"
"The Number of the Beast"
"Flight of Icarus"
"The Trooper"
"2 Minutes to Midnight"
"Wasted Years"
"Can I Play With Madness"
"The Evil That Men Do"
"The Clairvoyant"
"Infinite Dreams"
"Holy Smoke"
"Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter"
"Man on the Edge"
"Futureal"
"The Wicker Man"
"Fear of the Dark" (live)