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Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of: 1980-1989 Original recording remastered, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00177W4B8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

This new collection of Iron Maiden tracks contains work from a period that was creatively their busiest and, arguably, most successful. It's a mixed bag with some tracks certainly sounding their age (like The Trooper in particular). It's straight-ahead, grab-some-furniture, shake-your-brain-for-three-and-a-half-minutes (stopping when you get a bit dizzy, or to have a swig of snakebite), rock.

This collection is a fascinating reflection of the extent to which Iron Maiden defined heavy metal's enduring themes and styles: Alienation, allegory, fantasy, the occult, exploitation and abuse of power. They're also pioneers in terms of understanding that this music is theatre: not just something to be played but really performed.

You also can't discuss 'Maiden without touching on Dickinson's voice. The vocal equivalent of smoking, freshly smelted Sheffield steel, sweating, soaring, clad in leather and studs; it's a combination of gifted genetics, operatic chutzpah and gallons of Newcastle Brown Ale.

One of the early highlights is 2 Minutes To Midnight. Its opening drum damage dives into a finger-itching bassline and infectious hi-hat, over the top of a brilliantly energetic riff that's perfectly complemented by Dickinson's galloping horse vocal delivery. It's an example of hard rock perfection.

Can I Play With Madness and The Number Of The Beast are charging, grand, anthemic, operatic stadium fillers, built on a wall of drum and guitar hooks. Like all great rock, they thrive on increasing volume. They also illustrate Dickinson's vocal dexterity and ability to lift songs that could sound ordinary if they weren't delivered with such bravado and abandon.

Available to download from the Maiden website as a free-for-three-listens bargain - with this album it looks like metal's old warhorses are intent that their mighty legacy will live on well into the next millenium. --Eamonn Stack

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This CD earns a five star review from me because, simply put, there is not a bad song on it.
Other reviewers have chosen to criticize because they feel that it's a cash in - designed to exploit the die hard fans into shelling out yet again for "another" best of. Not so. This set is aimed at the casual listener and the curious newcomer. Maiden have said that they don't expect their fans to buy everything they release, so guess what people...If you've already got these songs - don't buy them again. For those that think previous "best of" collections should be enough, remember this CD is all about making Maiden's music as accessible as possible for those who are only just discovering the band. People who aren't going to spend time exploring what may or may not have been released previously.
If you are a newcomer - You could do a lot worse than to pick up a copy of this disk. The quality of songs on offer is second to none. This release is a great springboard towards a band that play some of the most life affirming music on offer today.
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Ok so this is another "best of..." album. Ok so it only covers the '80s and misses all of the recent hits. The comments in reviews below seem to cover these points a lot! REALLY, read the title!! Maiden aren't hiding this, if you don't need another best of album don't buy it. You're all big boys aren't you with a mind of you're own? If you're going to post a review, review the music. This album includes some of the very best IRON MAIDEN around. These are classic tracks from the best British metal band. If you are an old Maiden fan like me you can not help but enjoy this...it's playing in my car every morning on the way to work and if "Can I play with madness" doesn't put you in a good mood I don't know what will. If you're a newbe, then sit back, enjoy and be amazed at some of the best metal tracks around!
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Like reviews for other compilation albums by artists such as Queen etc, we see the same kind of complaints - 'Why are they releasing stuff we already have?' and so on. If you already have the albums, why would you want to buy any compilations? These albums aren't for you, they're for people who have heard of the bands but don't know where to start listening to them (I was the same, coming late to Maiden, and allowed a friend to create a compilation for me which led to my becoming a devoted fan).

The music here is awesome, and will be a treat for people who are just stepping into the waters. People who refer to older compilations don't seem to understand that 'old' compilations have no appeal to younger potential fans - it has to seem current (ie. new packaging, new image), otherwise it's just 'old'. The more we can see old bands re-presented and introduced to new audiences the happier I, for one, will be. And no, I won't be buying this, because I already have all of the songs in their original context - on the albums where they belong. For everyone else, it's a great place to begin!
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A collection of some of the early stuff from a classic metal band. Even nearly 30 years on, it still stands the test of time. How many bands would rather that their early stuff would just 'go away?' From the introductory 'Churchill speech' that always raises the hackles on my back of my neck and on through classics like The Trooper, Children of the Damned, Number of the Beast and Run to the Hills, this is a must have album for anyone who likes their music 'on the heavy side'.
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If, like me, you have this band's back catalogue already then there isn't any point in this (especially if you have a CD burner!) as it offers no new material and is simply a nicely packaged compilation!
HOWEVER, I have a mate at work, a couple of years younger than myself, who after several years in the wilderness (marriage, mortgage etc) has returned to the metal fold, and absoluteley LOVES this CD! It's a really good starting block or as a refresher!
I can endorse the 5 stars, as the material here is taken from what were by far the best years of Maiden's career - they still make some decent music today but there is less fire in the belly, now they are the wrong side of 50.
The songs here though are all strong, and heavy - It's easy to see the influence that this era of Iron Maiden played in the birth of Thrash & Speed Metal back in the mid '80s!
Basically, full on Metal, with perhaps the finest Heavy Metal Bass Guitar lines ever from the legendary Steve Harris!!
It's great to see that the Paul Dianno (original singer) years are included here - Dianno, while not having Dickinson's range, is actually my favourite, and his gruff vocals really suited Maidens early, proto-thrash music.(I really rate 1981's Killers).
Incidentally, my mate really rated Maiden's recent Twickenham gig - let us
hope it was filmed......
All I need to do now is convert him to Metallica, then Dimmu Borgir!
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I know some people will say "not another compilation" but a lot of us at Twickenham have not been avid buyers of the Maiden, for us late converts this is a great disc and a reminder of a great night with a band that played fantastic rock and showed genuine respect to their fans.
Okay so it's a money making venture but it's still good value.
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