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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