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BEST OF THE BEAST

Iron Maiden

 

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3.70 | 37 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars My review is based on the limited 2 CD version, which contains these tracks:

Disc one Virus/Sign of the Cross/Man on the Edge/Afraid to Shoot Strangers (Live)/Be Quick or Be Dead/Fear of the Dark (Live)/Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter/Holy Smoke/The Clairvoyant/Can I Play with Madness/The Evil that Men Do/Heaven Can Wait/Wasted Years

Disc two

Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Live)/Running Free (Live)/2 Minutes to Midnight/Aces High/Where Eagles Dare/The Trooper/The Number of the Beast/Run to the Hills/Hallowed Be Thy Name/Wrathchild/Phantom of the Opera/Sanctuary/Strange World/Iron Maiden

A rather good compilation album where the band and the record company actually had spent money and brainpower to give the fans something extra. The booklet is excellent. The collection of tracks commendable. They even included and opened the compilation with the unreleased track Virus. The track is not their greatest moment, but neither is it a disgrace. But the band deserve credit for it. The rest of the tracks are good too. They have even included the Live After Death version of Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. WOW !!!

Unfortunate; the compilation opens with some Blaze Bailey tracks and some street metal era tracks from the Dickinson era. The first disc is therefore of little interest to me, with the exception of the Seventh Son tracks. The second disc is very good. It even includes Where Eagles Dare. WOW !! Hallowed Be Thy Name is also included and so is most of the best epic metal era songs. They have even included Strange World. Good !

The end result is a good compilation album. The problem is that it was released before the rebirth of Iron Maiden with the Brave New World album. I also believe the live albums is far better compilations than the compilation albums Iron Maiden has released. I would rather recommend them to newbies than this album. I would also advice them to buy the 30 Years Of The Beast bio by Paul Stenning in addition. The problem with Best Of The Beast is that it is dated. That is why I cannot give it more than 3 stars. Btw, I would only give the single CD version of this compilation 2 stars.

3 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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