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BEST OF THE BEAST

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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 However, despite being a bit 'out-of-date' now, it does have a good selection of arguably Maiden's best material at that point in time.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).

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Send comments to Valarius (BETA) | Report this review (#180971)
Posted Thursday, August 28, 2008 | Review Permalink
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.

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Send comments to toroddfuglesteg (BETA) | Report this review (#189202)
Posted Friday, November 14, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars It was the first album that I buy from this magnificent British band, and I did it in order to know the best tracks from each album that they have done. I was really impressed with this band, in this compilation you can hear the best songs of the band, such as Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Fear of the Dark, 2 minutes to midnight, the trooper, the evil man that men do, and others. Included the song with the vocal called blade, after Bruce lefts the band, the album the x factor, iron maiden starts without Bruce, Man On The Edge, is actually one that I like, this compilation is excellent to begin with the maidens, a band representative of the best heavy metal in the world.and then start to know all his albums, although there are songs that do not come here, are worth to listen.great compilation.

3 stars.

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Send comments to JgX 5 (BETA) | Report this review (#267637)
Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Review Permalink

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