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Somewhere Back In Time - The Best Of 1980-1989

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2008 compilation from the Metal giants featuring the most essential tracks pulled from their first seven studio albums and live set, released between 1980-89. Iron Maiden have prevailed over the world of Heavy Metal for almost thirty years, and this release celebrates the first decade of the band and their magical Metal attack. 15 tracks including 'Aces High', 'The Trooper', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Run To The Hills' and many others. Legacy.
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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00175G7E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Glen Murley on May 15, 2008
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I graduated High School in 1987. I was a metal head. I wore my jean jacket with studs, boots, long hair, and a fast car. I'm currently 39 and bald. I drive the speed limit. And I'm paying a mortgage.

But I still love to relive some of the better metal of my youth. Amazingly, Maiden is not only still around, but still hugely popular. This collection really whet my appetite. If it lived up to it's title it would actually profile the exact moment of my youth.

Is it needed? No, there are countless Maiden collections. Many have these tunes all collected in a 2-cd "best of" compilation. So why on earth would you buy something new that is, in reality, a scaled down version of a set that has more than twice as many songs for an extra 4.00? Because for someone of my age, this is truly the best, "best of" compilation out there. I don't doubt that Maiden has been producing face-melting riffs all these long years. But I have not followed them.

For me, this set chonicles my youth. The Trooper? Wasted Years? Can I Play With Madness? Ryhme of the Ancient Mariner? Holy cow, this set has got it all. Nothing but classic Maiden. Not bogged down with the newer stuff.

If you're a younger fan than by all means, buy one of the 2-CD sets that chronicle the band's metamorphasis over the years. But if you're just looking for classic Maiden with no tracks that you'll skip because they're too new to recognize, then drive right in. I know every single song on this CD and it saves me from dragging out my 2-cd set and skipping over all the new stuff. This is finally a Best-Of CD that I can put and and enjoy from the first track to the last.

And in all seriousness, this is obviously not the "complete" hits from the 80-89 era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Skylar on March 14, 2010
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Iron Maiden should already have a place in your music collection if you're into rock'n'roll, metal or whatever genre you like. If you don't own anything by Maiden you probably shouldn't consider yourself a metalhead, they are essential to the genre. They are one of my favorite bands and are without question one of the most influential bands in rock music. Maiden's prime was definitely during the 1980s, I don't feel like they released a bad album during this decade (but some are obviously better than others) and this compilation Somewhere Back in Time: 1980-89 covers this special time. It was released in 2008 along with the excellent Live After Death DVD(from the World Slavery tour of 1984-85) promoting Maiden's tour which graced the same name of this compilation (oh and as usual with Maiden's artwork I love it the mix of Powerslave with Somewhere In Time looks terrific), Somewhere Back In Time, in which they put emphasis on the classics during this tour.

What's in this compilation? :

First we have 2 songs from their self-titled debut and 1 from Killers with singer Paul Di' Anno sang by Bruce Dickinson on Live After Death. They sound great even if they're not the originals but I just wish that they could have somehow put them here. Then there are 4 songs from The Number of The Beast on this compilation and rightfully so as it's often pointed out as their best album. I'm quite disappointed that they only included The Trooper from Piece of Mind that album was great and there were plenty of songs that could have been selected to be here, Where Eagles Dare, Die With Your Boots On, Flight of Icarus and Revelations weren't good enough? There are 3 songs from Powerslave, one live from Live After Death good representation of one of their strongest albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Eversole on June 4, 2012
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Yes there are too many Iron Maiden compilations (live albums too.) It might be the band's or the record company's decision to continue releasing these discs, maybe both. Never the less I can't fault the music and this appears to be the best collection representing Maiden's prime years that I've seen so far. If you're revisiting a band of your youth or just now discovering them this is a good place to start. I'll get crucified by other reviewers but let's face it...if you've ever tried to find the remastered albums in stores (what few music stores that still exist) you're in for quite a search. Add to that the fact that Maiden albums, new anyway, are almost never discounted. So instead of spending a lot of cash on several of the (admittedly awesome)albums what's wrong with something like this to start off with? Maybe an old fan doesn't feel the need to replace the old LPs, original issue CDs or cassettes. Some folks will buy everything to complete a collection (and for Maiden it's understandable for the artwork alone) but most fans already have this music and won't need it. It's not marketed to those fans. Take it for what it is and enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paranoidironman on January 15, 2013
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Somewhere Back in Time is one of many Maiden compilations. It takes songs from the period of 1980-1989 (Iron Maiden-Seventh Son of a Seventh Son).

Iron Maiden/Killers:
Songs: N/A
Comments: How can you not include ANY songs from the first two albums? Yes, their are versions of some songs from Live After Death in here, but it just isn't the same.
Review: 0/10

The Number of the Beast:
Songs: The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Children of the Damned
Comments: "The Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" are givens, but "Children of the Damned" was a cool inclusion.
Review: 8/10

Piece of Mind:
Songs: The Trooper
Comments: Really? This is all they could include? I'm not saying "The Trooper" is a bad song, but why couldn't they include "Where Eagles Dare", "Flight if Icarus", " Die With Your Boots On", or "Still Life"?
Review: 2/10

Songs: 2 Minutes to Midnight, Powerslave
Comments: This album is one of Maiden's best and, while these songs are very good, WHERE THE HELL IS "RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER"?!?!?! This song is essential Maiden, and quite possibly their finest epic.
Review: 4/10

Live After Death:
Songs: Iron Maiden and Phantom of the Opera (Iron Maiden), Wrathchild (Killers), Chuchill's Speech/Aces High (Powerslave)
Comments: Finally, an album represented well. The songs on here from the Di'Anno albums, while not as good as the originals, are at least represented in some way. Also, "Aces High" is performed great.
Review: 10/10

Somewhere in Time:
Songs: Wasted Years
Comments: Really wasn't expecting anything else. But there are some other really good songs on that album...
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My own tracklisting for single disc Maiden best of '82 -'88
This is hard since some of my favorite Maiden songs area from the DiAnno era (Phantom Of The Opera, Wrathchild, Running Free). But, if I had to put together a Bruce era album, here's what my setlist would look like:

1. Where Eagles Dare
2. Aces High
3. Number Of The Beast
4. 2 Minutes To... Read More
May 15, 2008 by Bad Ash |  See all 2 posts
Should the title be 1980-1988 instead?
Considering that the songs they took from the first two albums presented here are in their LIVE versions from 1985, that means the originals from 80-81 with Di'Anno on vocals are not present.

A better title..Best of 1982-1988..LOL
May 15, 2008 by Exile On My Street |  See all 5 posts
Another compilation set??????????
Yea, I hear you. BUT if the tour means focusing on the 80's stuff, GREAT!!! It was their best time. Oh, and I too saw them on tour NOTB opening up for Judas Priest, SFV.
May 12, 2008 by J. St Pierre |  See all 5 posts
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