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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Blaze?, 8 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010 (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 10 Jun 2011 09:20:53 BDT
I'm glad they didn't include the original Blaze versions, the reason i'm buying it is because the Blaze-era songs are live versions with Bruce. Sign of the Cross sang by Bruce on the Rock in Rio DVD is class and miles better than the studio version, same for Lord of the Flies on the Dance of Death DVD. The live versions by Bruce far outstrip the studio versions and so should be included on the 'Best Of...' as they are the best versions of those era songs.

I doubt new-comers will be shocked if they go back to buy X Factor or Virtual 11, it's still Maiden, just not at thier very best. It's the same for new-comers going back to buy the first two albums and finding that benefits cheat Dianno on vocals.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2011 17:24:11 BDT
I guess everyone has a point of view...but if they are going to include the live versions rather than the studio ones, why give all the details of the studio albums in the booklet but not the live albums? I still think it is somewhat misleading.

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 13:30:32 BDT
Yep, agree with that. Seems trying to erase the blaze era - Harry is supposedly proud of Virtual and X Factor. It's supposed to be a retrospective so they should include Blaze as he was a part of their history.
On the plus side Wolfsbane have reformed!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 16:51:03 BDT
maz says:
I have to agree with you. Bruce is a miles better singer, but Blaze was the guy who kept Maiden going - albeit on the back burner. Maiden owe a lot to him. I think they should at least have given him airtime so to speak. The Best of the Beast had all three singers

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 14:36:16 BDT
MicHaeL H. says:
I agree to this.
Although it was kind of a different story with Blaze on the 2 albums, they were still very decent.
I always put them in the same boat as MetallicA's Load-era, as it's different from their earlier work,
it was a kind of dip in their image and around the same time too. While Maiden's work was still better though.

Also, I think the album-versions should have been on there, that's the original recording.
And if you prefer the live versions, then you should just buy the CDs that have them on there.
You don't just buy this CD for the 4 or so live tracks...
Besides, I think a best-of shouldn't contain any live tracks anyway.
Plus the fact that it indeed seems they didn't want to put Blaze on here for some reason.
Who knows, there was some contract-issue... could be...

In the end, although I like that they put the later stuff into the spotlight for once, I kind of can't stand best-of albums.
I mean, what are they doing it for? Sure, the money (and perhaps promotional purposes), but you're not doing fans any favor.
MAYBE this is handy for a fan who knows Maiden to just play as a more "random" tracklist than usual.
But really, this isn't a problem today anymore as most people have computers and media-players...
So I'm not sure why such a release would be necessary except for the newcomers indeed.

I don't have this CD and I probably never will have it.
I did buy 'Best Of The Beast' many years ago as I was kind of set on collecting many things Maiden, at least the CDs.
But today I kind of regret getting it. Perhaps the only thing it added to my collection is the artwork and the Virus-track or something.
So best ofs... unless you're new to Maiden or interested in them (or completely obsessed with them), don't bother indeed.
I'd give this about 3-4 stars.
It is nice that there are 2 CDs in there, but the compilation of the tracks isn't really great either,
besides the fact they're not the typical hit-songs that is.

Posted on 27 Sep 2011 16:32:42 BDT
Do you realize that they would have to pay Blaze as well if they used anything with him in it?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2011 19:54:49 BDT
MicHaeL H. says:
Well, I bet sold albums with him on it already pay him.
He might as well get paid for those couple of songs that would be on this Best Of...
But I guess, if that's why they didn't put him on it, they're pretty greedy for money.

Well, then again, releasing a Best Of shows me the same thing; greed for more money.
I really don't see a reason to release this or buy it.
Yes, again, promoting the band and the music for new fans, but it's not really necessary.
Besides, Iron Maiden are probably nearing their end anyway.

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 20:20:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2013 20:22:25 GMT
Unsmart says:
Yes, they could at least have let Blaze have one song on each disc. That wouldn't be too much to ask for, even if the live versions with Bruce are interesting to have.

Even Ringo got to sing one tune on most Beatles albums...

Posted on 5 May 2013 13:37:51 BDT
I own every single Iron Maiden album they've released, including the Blaze era albums 'X Factor' and 'Virtual 11', but I still enjoy compilation albums like these as you can choose whose vocal you want to hear. I can listen to Blaze singing on the studio albums and enjoy it as much as when Bruce puts his mark on the songs in the live setting. Nice to have the variation rather than repeating what you've already got!

Posted on 3 Oct 2013 21:28:14 BDT
D. MACKENZIE says:
your right, Blaze did a fantastic job on X factor - sign of the cross, for example is an outstanding track!
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