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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.