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Eddie's Archive Box set, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Special Edition

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Metal fans appreciate merchandise that's as extravagant as the music is heavy. And Iron Maiden's "metal," (tin) box, with a bas-relief, red-eyed Eddie mascot on its lid and a gothic, pewter-based shot glass with a glowering Eddie on the bottom, is indeed a nice bit of heavy metal. Nestled inside are three two-CD sets, comprising 77 live songs, as well as a "family tree" scroll secured with a metal Eddie ring. As usual with Maiden's prolific live output, Eddie's Archive contains uniformly excellent recordings. The first set, "The BBC Archives," chronicles four concerts conducted between 1979 and 1988; it serves up the expected hits, including "Run to the Hills," with the first four songs of disc one featuring original singer Paul Di'Anno. The gem of Eddie's Archive is "Best of the B-Sides," which features 31 tunes (mostly studio recordings), including awesome covers of Jethro Tull's "Cross-Eyed Mary," Golden Earring's "Kill Me ce Soir," two Montrose songs, and cuts originally done by Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin--as well as covers of such obscure bands as Nektar and Beckett. "B-Sides" is almost worth the price of admission, though the package's "stash" box and shot glass are musts for militant Maiden devotees. --Katherine Turman

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • special_edition edition
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006SM7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Most of what I have to say about this has already been said by other reviewers. But I think it's worth pointing a few things out regarding the "Best of the B-sides" discs which come with the box set:
Some fans complain that "Women In Uniform" was not included. However, that song was NOT a B-side! It was a separate single itself, which means it's really an "A-side". Again, the discs are called "Best of the B-sides". So you won't find that song, the unreleased cover tunes done at one live show in 1985, or "Virus" -- a special non-album track released just for the "Best of the Beast" compilation.
So as far as I know, the only true B-sides that were left out were
- "Mission from 'Arry" (which was just a candid recording of a backstage argument)
- "Total Eclipse" (which was rather an album track and not so much a B-Side outside of North America, and in any case is easily obtainable world-wide on the re-released "Number of the Beast" CD)
- "Massacre" (b-side of "Can I Play With Madness" single)
- "I Live My Way" (b-side of "Man On The Edge", 12" single)
- plus a few radio edits, interview clips, and live versions of previously released songs
Also, most of the Iron Maiden B-sides have been re-released on CD in the past (which is mainly why I was reluctant at first to buy this box set; I already have all those B-sides! But then a friend of mine bought it.) There was a "First 10 Years" box set, released on both vinyl and CD, that included all the singles and B-sides up to that point.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Where to begin?
If you love Maiden then start saving your money. This beauty is pricey but it is worth every penny. Consider the songs it has. Not just the songs, but where and when the songs were played. The "first" album of the collection, (first being the one on the top of the other CDs when you fist open the lid of the real tin box) BBC Archives, has 28 songs, 20 of which were played no later than September 1982!! The other 8 are from The Monsters of Rock Festival at, where else, but Donington Park? The first 4 tracks were recorded (before Iron Maiden's historical and debut album was even released, I might add) for the BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show on the 14th of November; wait till you see the year. Would you believe 1979!!!!! This is some fkin classic stuff here!!!
The next 10 tracks are live from the Reading Festival on the 28th of August 1982. I would like to put in here a thought for you to ponder briefly. If you are fairly knowledgeable about Maiden you'll realize (if you care to check the date of the show, in case you've forgotten) that, at the point of the Festival, Maiden had only put out 3 albums, the third being one of the most famous among Maiden fans and that brought Maiden their first, but not final, no. 1 chart position in the UK. Armed with this info you can now fathom just how few songs they could draw from to fill this set for the Festival. The next 6 tracks (beginning on disc 2) are recorded at the Reading Festival this time on the 23rd of August 1980, 5 of which are from Iron Maiden. By doing simple math and knowing that the debut album had 8 tracks (9 with Sanctuary, but it doesn't matter for this problem) you'll realize that over half of the debut album is played at this concert. The other track is entitled Killers and I know what you're thinking.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on October 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a die hard Iron Maiden collector. I'm such a diehard that I even have the super rare Soundhouse Tapes Demo on CD, so it should come much of a surprise that I bought this box set the day it came out. I was impressed. It has plenty of live material, almost too much actually. You get material from all three generations of Maiden singers (Di'Anno, Dickinson, Bayley), which is really cool. One complaint I have is why didn't they release ALL of the B-Sides. What the hell is this "Best of teh B-Sides." Sure its a nice collection, but it would be nice to get them ALL! It's missing WOMEN IN UNIFORM (which was even released as a single!), MASSACRE, I LIVE MY WAY, VIRUS, WRATHCHILD (Metal For Muthas Version), and SANCTUARY (Metal For Muthas Version). They should have released all the studio recorded B-Sides on a two disc set and then made a Live B-Side set. I still can't belive they didn't include them all. Also, it would have been nice if they included the original Maiden Japan live E.P. with this. Anyway, this is a super nice box set! I don't think I've seen a live set nicer looking than this! All three two disc sets have excellent bookets with plenty of info on the band with nice new artwork. This is a dream come true for the Maiden collector.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2002
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Since the band's earliest incarnation in 1976, Steve Harris always had the ambition to get Iron Maiden to the top of the game. This box set is not just a collection but a testment to their over-the-top live performances and the fans who have witnessed them in the past and present.
First, a look at the box. The box is made of tin and has a number of different insignias and pictures all over (most notably, of course, is the head of Eddie that adorned the top). Once open, there are three compartments. One of which hold a rolled up paper parchment of the history of Iron Maiden, tracing back to Steve Harris' days in Gypsy's Kiss, all the way to the present. A very in depth timeline for the fan who may not exactly be in the know as far as the line-up changes and such go but most of that information you can find in the Run To The Hills biography. Secondly is a pewter and crystal shot glass. Although there is no design on the glass itself, the bass is a circle with 5 legs, each with Eddie's head on them. Also, you can peer into the glass to see Eddie's face at the bottom. A nifty little bit to add to one's Maiden collection.
The third is a compartment for three CD jewel cases. All three contain 2 CDs each and 2 of them are live collections while the last is a series of the band's best b-sides. First of which is the BBC Archives. If I am not mistaken, this is the first official Iron Maiden outing with the band's live material with Paul Di'Anno on vocals. The first four songs are from 1979. The band sounds crisp, clear and raw in these four songs, playing each song just the way you'd hear it on any live album (or the debut). Next is the band's performance at the Reading Festival in 1982. As we all know, the band is an incredible live act and Bruce Dickinson added a new aspect to the band.
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