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on November 19, 2001
In reality, the best of Bruce Dickinson can be found on his albums Accident of Birth and The Chemical Wedding. Both are easily among the best heavy metal albums of the 90s, or of all time. His other albums were mixed bags, with music ranging from mediocre to genuine brilliance. For The Best of Bruce Dickinson, most of his finest songs are brought together in a nice little 60+ minute package. Not only is this some of Bruce's best work, but it could easily be subtitled "Some of the Best Metal Ever."
I admire Bruce Dickinson. Best-known as the "air raid siren" vocalist of Iron Maiden, Bruce has spent a great deal of time on a solo career that has developed his growth as a singer and songwriter. Aside from that killer voice, he truly has a melodic instinct to die for. Him and guitarist/producer Roy Z. have grown into a powerful duo that commands respect from the entire metal community. What's more, Bruce's voice has only improved with age. He still possesses all his youthful intensity, but he now commands a larger range of expression.
This disc complies with a "Best of" collection's requisite purpose. Bruce's entire solo career is covered very well; the song selection is really great, well-ordered, with two awesome new tracks. Tattooed Millionaire, which was Bruce's first solo project, was more of a melodic hard rock album than a metal one; very unlike his work with Maiden. Both "Tattooed Millionaire" and "Born in '58" are polished hard rock numbers with good choruses you can latch onto and stomp your foot with.
Balls of Picasso was a more important step in Dickinson's career. Like Tattooed Millionaire, it was slick, pop-influenced hard rock/metal. A live cut of "Laughing in the Hiding Bush," with savage guitar licks and acerbic vocals, isn't that important an addition (good song, though). What matters here is "Tears of the Dragon," which remains to this day one of Bruce's best songs. It maintains a Maiden aesthetic, and yet the sheer passion, coupled with the monumental soloing, put it on another level entirely. Some have interpreted the song as a repudiation of Maiden, but it is nothing that indignant. It is about being afraid, and the challenge of conquering your fear.
Skunkworks is the dark horse of Bruce's work. I've only actually picked up this album recently, and I must say it's better than I thought it would be. Again, hard rock/metal, but with touches of experimentation. The album is represented by the solid, lone single, "Back from the Edge." Delicious guitar patterns and mighty vocals characterize this one.
With Accident of Birth, Bruce returned to his heavy metal roots, melding musical intensity and crystal-clear recording quality. It was commercially successful, and the songwriting is at peak of its craft. "Road to Hell" and its harmonized, razor-sharp precise guitars has hooks even a metal-hater would find hard to resist. "Accident of Birth" is heavier and darker in tone, with hammering metallic power and no lapse on the melodic factor. "Darkside of Aquarius" is ambitious with layers of aggressive riffing and a gripping, melodic finale. I wish they'd included the awesome "Omega," which is one of Bruce's finest tunes. After all, there is 15 minutes of space left on the CD! "Man of Sorrows," the powerful single, is also missing.
The Chemical Wedding was Bruce's crowning achievement. It was a lyrically complex concept work based on the poetry of William Blake, coupled with fierce songwriting and crippling guitars. The riff-monster "Book of Thel" is represented with a live track from a South American concert. Growling riffs, bloodthirsty vocals, and enthusiastic crowd noise make an awesome song better. "The Tower," a groovier, more melodic song, is irresistible metal. "Chemical Wedding" is slow and growling. Just one question...where the heck is "Trumpets of Jericho"?
There is a pair of non-album tracks as well, and they're incredible! "Silver Wings" is soaring, melodic, and heavy, with slammin' double-bass drums driving the chorus. "Broken" is mid-tempo and heavy, with guitar atmospherics that wouldn't seem out of place on The Chemical Wedding (although the lyrics wouldn't fit!).
SINGLE DISC If you're new to Bruce Dickinson's solo career, this compilation is a pretty good entry point. Although you might just want to get both Accident of Birth and The Chemical Wedding, Bruce's "Best of" is a good, single-CD choice.
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on July 27, 2005
Bruce Dickinson is awesome. Without him Iron Maiden wouldn't have been as popular as they were then and are now. His solo stuff is great to. His greatest hits Cd rocks! my favorite song is Tears of the dragon. Anyone who is a die hard to the soul hard rocker or heavy metalist needs to buy this album!
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on February 13, 2011
This is a top collection of Bruce's best songs in one place. For one of the few times, the title 'Best of' truly applies here and the selection of songs is pretty much what I would've gone for. Although at times this isn't as heavy as Maiden, Bruce still manages to give it his all and with his trademark scream and distinctive voice you know you're in safe territory. 'Tears of the Dragon' gets me every time and the album closer 'Book of Thel' is dark and brooding. There is also a two disc version of this album with demos and other versions of songs on it, try to track it down if you can. A great album that compliments any metal collection and partners Maidens vast catalogue.

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on June 4, 2013
Bruce Dickinson is the legendary singer of the best METAL band of all time, IRON MAIDEN....His solo stuff is also THE BEST METAL you can imagine.....i think they really put Bruce best tunes here, and the 2 new songs SILVER WINGS and BROKEN are cool.....look, Bruce is the voice of METAL....if you want his basic BEST HITS, this is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on July 28, 2013
Great CD I have been getting into Bruce;s solo work and also with his early days in the band Samson. Great variety on this CD, Just wish it was a 3 CD set.
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on February 17, 2014
This album is for those, like me, love Iron Maiden but are not as enthusiastic about the Dickinson's career. The songs collection are good indeed.
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on September 28, 2001
Well at first I thought "Oh well this will be another boring 'Best Of..' album that I don't need becuase I have all of Bruce's albums".. Oh how WRONG could one man be! The first CD is a best of CD with alot of Bruce's famous songs while CD 2 is an amazing (!) rareties album! Well all I can say is that it is a really cool idea to put the "Best Of" album with a rarities bonus disc so you won't have to but the album that is full of songs you already have.
The song list on CD 1 are songs varied from all of Bruce's career and will be appreceated only by hard-core Dickinson fans (Well it sure wasn't Metal back then). As a guy who owns "Skunkworks" and enjoys it (Bruce most contrevursal work) I think that you will enjoy this album, but try to get the CD box-set so you will get the rarities CD.
Rock On Bruce and continue to make great Metal (I hope it'll rub off Maiden...)
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on January 25, 2003
Como gran fanatico de Iron Maiden debes abrir tu mente y tus sentidos a este cd compilatorio. La voz de Bruceee se puede catalogar como una de las mejores en el genero del Heavy Metal. El desarrollo de la carrera solista de Bruce Dickinson, este experimenta tendencias completamente distintas a las desarrolladas con Maiden. Podras escuchar temas como Back from the Edge del album Shunworks con una tendencia totalmente progresiva, luego te trasladaras a los temas del album Accident of the Birth que tiene raizes mas metaleras pero es una gema del metal de los 90`s.
Cuando escuches este cd de compilacion sino tienes los discos de Brucee te aseguro que quedaras con ganas de conocer mas de su carrera como solista y si eres Fanatico de Iron Maiden debes tenerlo como referencia a tu colecion.
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on April 19, 2010
About the worst thing I can say about this best of collection is that Bruce forgot to include "Man of Sorrows," a slow song that truly showcases his vocal talent. He could have inserted that in place of "Laughing In The Hiding Bush" which I've never understood the meaning of anyhow.

This is a great way to get an overview of Dickinson's solo work, giving you just that best and not the rest.
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on October 22, 2003
[2.5 Stars...why can't Amazon let us choose a half star???]
I know there are so many people out there that love Bruce's solo work, and I agree it is good. But due to maybe some mental deficiency on my part, I havent found his songs all that interesting. Maybe the lyrics are beyond me, but then I'm not really listening for them. The accompnying music on each song is great, and great to hear metal still sound like metal in the 90s, but I'm just not into his solo work, for some reason Maiden is where it's at for my tastes.
For Bruce alone, this CD is about as good as it gets for me, but it still falls horribly short. I thought I would at least enjoy a best of collection. Truth is my favourite song here is "Back From the Edge" that harmony in his voice is killer and makes for a good travelling song, I take it with me if I'm going out of town somewhere where there is open road, its great for that. "Accident of Birth" also finds the mark and maybe the heaviest track on this CD, though I may be mistaken. "The Tower" isn't half bad, so yes there are few decent songs making it a disc to get when you feel the need to buy something. I already own TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE so the two inclusions here are just simple reminders. Now I don't want you to think that because I liked the popish-metal of his first CD that that would be the reason I can't get into his later stuff, because really I only bought TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE for that specific track.
Anyway there isn't much for me here, if you want, join me over at the Iron Maiden section of the music store. Sorry Bruce, stick with Maiden. 5/13
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