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on 6 June 2011
This compilation would be great for anyone who followed the band during the eighties but who has since lost track of the band or for younger listeners who think of Iron Maiden as a 'classic rock' band from long ago. It is a good roundup of the years 1990-2010, albeit with the Blaze years omitted. This 2 CD set shows that they are still capable of producing excellent music and they have not compromised on any of their hallmarks. The band's sound is still very distinctive: you can tell that it is Maiden straight away and at no point in their career did they sell out to passing trends of the moment like nu-metal or grunge. The band have three top notch guitar players with distinctive styles and they work well together.

Most people will probably know that Bruce left the band in the 1990s but the CD doesn't reflect this (all of Blaze Bayley's tracks on here are live versions featuring Bruce). The featured live versions are excellent but I felt that Blaze probably deserved a track or two, after all, he was their singer for a long spell in the nineties, if only for the sake of completeness. But then Paul Di'anno's vocals were left off 'Somewhere Back in Time,' the previous Iron Maiden compilation- so he is possibly not the only one to feel hard done by.

There is some great metal music here (the tracks recorded after Bruce and Adrian rejoined the band are particularly strong, I feel) although there is nothing new for the hardcore who probably have all the original albums anyway. This album covers 20 years and it is only part of Maiden's career! They are still the guv'nors; its just a shame that there aren't any younger British bands to pass the baton on to sales wise or in terms of global impact.
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on 8 June 2011
Right, first thing's first; this is a perfectly good compilation of Maiden's output for the last couple of decades.....OK, there are a couple of tracks I could have done without & some seemingly inexplicable absences, but that is always going to be the case with compilation albums.

My big problem though is that the tracks from the Blaze Bayley fronted releases are represented here only by live versions with Bruce Dickinson singing. Don't get me wrong, I think Bruce is a world class vocalist & hugely better than Blaze, & he does make these songs his own, but surely in a retrospective you really want to hear the original versions.

It's almost as if the band are trying to paint over that period in their history & I think that is sad. Rod Smallwood states in the liner notes that this release is aimed at newer, younger fans who are not familiar with or do not own all the back catalogue. If that is the case, then a few people are in for a shock when they buy Virtual XI or The X Factor & find a very different singer belting out the songs.

All in all, not exactly an essential purchase, but handy to have in the car I guess.
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A thoroughly decent overview of the bands output from 1990 til present,truth be told to be truly representative a triple disc would have been in order.

The track listing is pretty good we'll all have favourites and albums we think less of,I happen to love the 'FEAR OF THE DARK' album and loathe X - FACTOR,but you know what your getting before you purchase.

The packaging is excellent,as ever,the sound quality is great too,value for money at this price and at the end of the day you aint forced to buy

The only niggle,hence a star deducted is the use of live tracks rather than have Blaze studio tracks just like 'Somewhere Back In Time' with Dianno replaced by Brucey live tracks,that a bit naff and unrequired

Still you pay your money you take your choice,a decent place to investigate latter day Maiden if you havent already
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on 4 July 2011
Iron Maiden are perhaps the most iconic metal band Worldwide, and have been at the top of the tree for more than 30 years, still selling out tours to millions of fans across the globe.
This album provides a summary of some of the fans favourite tracks over the latter half of the band's career. All the tracks are top quality music, with the usual Maiden orchestral mix of guitar riffs, melodic arpeggios, and screaming speed merchant solos.
There is a reason that Maiden are so popular, even without the commercial coverage that many of today's fraudulent pop acts receive, and that is because they produce well crafted memorable songs.
If you are new to Maiden or just want a CD of hits to put on the stereo or in the car, this is ideal for you.
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on 19 September 2011
I went to watch Iron Maiden on their recent tour - I went with a mate who is obsessed by the band - I had two albums by them and wasn't a huge fan. After watching them live I got this and love it - I've bought about another 6 albums too but this has all the best - pity The Final Frontier isn't on the album as its a great song.
I'll never get bored of this double album
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on 2 August 2011

I think this is a good best of cd but i miss a few songs.
Ghost Of The Navigator for example. And i do agree with C. J. Gornall about the Blaze songs. Why no songs from Blaze? They are so different that Bruce his style.
But still a good cd to have a lot of good songs on it.
Next time maybe better to make a best of cd like teh best of the beast cd from 1996.

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on 20 February 2012
This is a great compilation and worth having next to your "Somewhere Back In Time" album. I've been a Maiden fan since the beginning and, unlike a lot of older Maiden fans, still love the new stuff they've done especially since Bruce Dickinson came back to the fold which is the era this record basically covers. Any major fan will probably be able to "drag and drop" their own version of this without buying the actual cd (the reason which I have dropped a star from my rating)although the artwork and liner notes are good to have. Buy the vinyl and stick it away for posterity!! The harder than average track to find is the Dickinson live cover "Man On the Edge" which was originally sung by Blaze Bayley on the "X-Factor" album and comes from a B-side of a single, the A-side of which I forget at the moment. I enjoy these tunes a lot, so will you!
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VINE VOICEon 8 June 2011
This is Iron Maiden's umpteenth compilation album. For a band that took an age to release their first, they are sure making up for it now. The best way to look at it is that it's a good place for the curious to start. This is designed as a follow up to "Somewhere back in time" and as such focuses on the years 1990 - 2010. So it's a real mixed bag. To have three tracks each from "No prayer for the dying" and "Fear of the dark" is ridiculous as those albums were very poor and great later material like "Dream of mirrors" or "The Talisman" haven't made the cut. Like "SBIT" the focus is very much on the songs that were released as singles. The Blaze Bailey era is represented soley by live versions of his time's songs sung by Bruce Dickinson. Says it all really. It's not all bad news as favourites like "The wicker man", "Dance of Death", "When the wild wind blows" and, strongest of all, the mighty Maiden classic "Fear of the dark" are all present and correct. We'll all buy it, because that what us Maiden fans do. But we probably won't listen to it very much.
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on 1 July 2012
This is a good Great Clips made ''by Maiden, for those who want the Maiden closely based on material more buildup of Maiden, good cover, amazing artwork, the best selection of songs. It's a collector's piece, I recommend to anyone who is a fan of Maiden and wants to have a complete collection, buy this album, well worth it for those who want to start.
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on 2 November 2014
More adventure and story telling genius that
J K Rowling. Maiden do deliver adventure music to the max. If your of an age where you received for Christmas a Victor or Battle, or was lulled into classic horror by Hammer or John Wyndham novels. This is your music.
Maiden survived Grunge, Britpop and the evolution of dance music. They are one of the greatest British bands of all time
Get this in your music library now.
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