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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice selection, but................., 1 May 2008
This review is from: Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of: 1980-1989 (Audio CD)
When i read that maiden were to release another best of i thought 'not again!'. But after a couple of excelent early days tours, it seems that everyone and his dog are passionate again about the first ten years. however, wouldn't it have been better to release a live album of the current tour instead of this best of, i mean, its no better than edward the great, and its certainly not a patch on the 2cd version of best of the beast. puting all that aside, what you have here, is a cd with great artwork and a collection of songs that were taken from the '98 remasters. Another thing that i noticed about this collection is that the songs they have put on here from the first two albums are live versions, and i have got a funny idea that they are probably live versions featuring bruce on vocals (correct me if i am wrong), even still, they seem to have a real problem with using the original versions from those two albums. i know steve harris never was happy with the production of the first album, but even still its greet to hear what a fantastic contribution paul dianno made to those first two records.... my advice would be, if you are new to the world of maiden would be to go for best of the beast 2cd version.... its nice to have a best of in the collection, but there just seems to be something lacking in this one, still gets a respectable 3 stars.......carry on rockin'!!!!!
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Initial post: 12 May 2008 22:06:01 BDT
BS on parade says:
The live tracks are all taken from the 1985 live album "Live After Death" with Bruce Dickinson. I assume it's so they don't confuse anyone as not everyone knows Di'Anno even exists.

Posted on 15 May 2008 00:11:55 BDT
Yeah it would have been nice for Di'Anno to have appeared on the album, after all it says best of 1980 - 1989, and he was with them right up to and including the Killers album in 1981. They managed to put Blaze Bayley on the Edward the Great album, and his voice is hideous in my opinion, that song 'Futureal' really makes me cringe! After saying all that though, I wonder if they would ever re-record Iron Maiden and Killers with Bruce Dickinson on vocals and better recording facilities, that would be awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2008 14:36:17 BDT
spike says:
If Steve Harris ever did re-record Iron Maiden and Killers with Bruce Dickinsons vocals it would have been a travesty and a betrayal to Paul Dianno considering despite his off the field problems with booze and drugs at the time more or less helped the band establish a sound that would prove to be a succesful formula once Bruce took over the Mic.

its like Ozzy falling out with those who dared to sue him by re-recording over their parts for his first two hit solo albums.

But Steve knows how far he can go with the fans of Iron Maiden and wouldn't want to split his fan base in two should he ever dare re-record over Pauls vocals.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2008 13:29:35 BDT
Sera69 says:
Hi, You say Steve knows how far to go with the fans and i accept re-recording the Di Anno years would be a travesty, but he's really streching the line with this "Somewhere back in Time" release.

I used to think of Iron Maiden as the ultimate Fan's band. Never too proud or arrogant, always fun and always, always in touch with opinion. Just how many Best of... compilations must we stomach. It's a travesty to the band's legacy! Especially considering the absolute top notch quality of their material since ol' Bruce Bruce rejoined!

I'm not so sure Steve does know how far he can go with the fans... :o(

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2010 11:25:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2010 11:25:26 GMT
Stu says:
If you think of it that way though, look at Michael Jackson's legacy, there was more greatest hit albums then actual albums of original material
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