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BEST OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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Valarius
4 stars It's a safe bet that a band that has been around as long as Iron Maiden are going to have quite a few compilation albums out by now, and in my opinion this is probably the best. The only real downfall of this album is that it was released in 1996, so it may seem a bit dated today. However, despite being a bit 'out-of-date' now, it does have a good selection of arguably Maiden's best material at that point in time.

The overall package is really a nice treat for old fans or newcomers alike. The covers and inlays are all made up of collages of different Eddies from previous Maiden albums and singles, and the booklet is full of pictures, lyrics and album/single information such as release dates, chart positions etc. So all in all there is quite a bit going on here.

As with most compilations there always comes the argument about songs that should and shouldn't have been on the album, but for most Maiden fans, though there are maybe a few songs missing, this does have a pretty well-rounded list. The only Di'Anno era song which made the album is a live versions sung by Dickinson. I would have liked maybe a little more from their first two albums. But otherwise, all the hits are here: 'Aces High', 'Run to the Hills', 'Can I Play with Madness', 'Be Quick or Be Dead' and 'Fear of the Dark' are all Maiden classics.

In summary, this is a nice little gem. This will make a great first impression to newcomers, and old diehard fans may like having it in their collection (though it isn't really essential if you already own the studio albums).

Valarius | 4/5 |

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