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Best of the Beast:Volume 1 [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (15 Oct. 1996)
  • Label: Independent Nat'l Di
  • ASIN: B00000EDO3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
Another and decent "best of" but obviously missing many great tracks as it has only 16, you need 2 or 3 CD's to cover all their great tracks, sadly there is no definitive "best of" that I know of, but others worth looking at are:
*Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of: 1980-1989:
*From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010:
*Ed Hunter:
*Edward The Great - Greatest Hits:
*Best Of The Beast [Limited Edition] YES CONFUSING, same title as the CD under review, EVEN THE SAME COVER PHOTO, but 2 CD's and rarer, so expensive, see ASIN: B000024NDC, again no track listing but it maybe the same as ASIN: B000006JQ5 which is on amazon.com site.
*Greatest Hits 2 Cd SET currently listed on amazon.com see B003LNAXQY, I have also found it on ebay, from Russia, like China, a well known supplier of non legit goods. I also found a few more suspicious double CD's there too.

Track Listing for CD in this review
1. The Number Of The Beast
2. Can I Play With Madness
3. Fear Of The Dark (Live)
4. Run To The Hills
5. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
6. The Evil That Men Do
7. Aces High
8. Be Quick Or Be Dead
9. 2 Minutes To Midnight
10. Man On The Edge
11. Virus
12. Running Free (Live)
13. Wasted Years
14. The Calirvoyant
15. The Trooper
16. Hallowed By Thy Name
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A few years ago, I decided that my CD collection wasn't as broad as I'd like it to be so I headed out to buy some albums from different genres. I hadn't heard any Maiden before but I picked up Best of the Beast to have something in the metal genre. Since hearing this CD I have bought every other Iron Maiden album, joined the fan club and am looking for an opportunity to get to a concert sometime soon.
If you want to get into Iron Maiden or are just mildly interested in hearing them, BUY THIS ALBUM. It'll change your life ;-)
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Right then, this was my preconceptions of Iron Maiden before I heard this CD. Mullets, leather, ridiculous riffs, screaming and all the other stereotypical "old skool" rock images.
Well they've been well and truely blown away! Here is a CD that manages to combine ball clenching vocals, gut wrenching riffs and lyrics that are thoughtful as they are direct.
It may not be for everyone, but if your taste in music is better than average buy this!
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Until I bought this I had no Iron Maiden in my collection. Am I sad or what? I Can now understand why this band has a huge following. I'm probably talking a load of rubbish but they didn't sound dissimilar to a superb band by the name of Rainbow. Nonetheless Iron Maiden have acquired a new fan and I shall definitely be purchasing more of their material from now on. This album has really whet my appetite.
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By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2003
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Ok, I'll admit it. I used to HATE Iron Maiden. But I heard a cover of Hallowed Be Thy Name on the best of Cradle Of Filth album, and I loved the song. So, I thought I would invest in this Best Of The Beast. I am SO glad I did. The guitar work is breathtaking, and the songs amazing. If you love metal, but think that Maiden are too soft, or whatever, put aside your doubts and embrace one of the very best metal bands of all time. Before you know it you will have a HUGE collection of Maiden albums. Outstanding.
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Only having heard a handful of Maiden tracks, the big well known ones, I was after a start point to get into them. This is the perfect start point, as much of the band's high points were "before my time" as someone in their early 30s, so have not bought the albums as they have been released as I'm sure many older fans who grew up with them have.

I take particular issue with the reviewer who gave this compilation one star because "Why buy a compilation when you can have the whole discography?", why would you shell out £100+ for all albums if you are unsure of whether you are going to like the band's output. I feel he is missing the point of a "best of" compilation somewhat, not everyone is a diehard fan!

I would have given this 5-stars, but I have a real bugbear with best ofs putting in live versions of tracks instead of the studio versions. Luckily, this is only the case for a couple of tracks.

N.B. This is a review of the 1CD version, for some reason reviews have been merged with the 2CD version.
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Good cd is very rare never seen shops only one with blaze baily fronted vires have 22 cds by band same best of line up got as rare cd there couple other rare ones love band so what else say delivery took week
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By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't say how awesom this band are. As a little 10 year old Iron Maiden were the first metal band I ever heard, I got the Peice of mind album. It really did change my life and has turned me into what I am now. You can place this album along side a mozart and it won't look out of place. It is a true classic of an album and although Iron Maiden might not be your cheap rap out fits they have their own individuality, they simply don't care what people think of them as long as they are happy with their music and it is this fact that makes them what they are, they won't conform to what is "in". They play what is good music to them and they can apeal to any metal genre fan. This album does testament to their outstanding career, but does not contain their greatest hits as there is not a duf track by them. Another album that is new and is as awesome as any other by them is the new album which is a must get too. Iron Maiden will live on for many years to come, even if they come out like rod stewart, they will rock!
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