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Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989

Iron MaidenAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00175G7E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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1. Churchill Speech
2. Aces High (Live)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. The Trooper
5. Wasted Years
6. Children Of The Damned
7. The Number Of The Beast
8. Run To The Hills
9. Phantom Of The Opera (Live)
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. Wrathchild (Live)
12. Can I Play With Madness
13. Powerslave
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
15. Iron Maiden (Live)

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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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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class of 87 - Maiden Rules! PERFECT set! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great re-collection, best of the "best of" August 14, 2012
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I graduated high school in 1991, and as much of a metal head as I was back then, the music I used to listen to somehow got lost to me in the 20+ years since then. I am a little ashamed to say that I had all but forgotten about Iron Maiden until I stumbled on a show on VH1 about the evolution of metal (remember when VH1 was an easy listening video station for our parents? Don't get me started!).

Sadly, all of my old Maiden stuff was on cassette or vinyl, and I had not replaced any of it. This album serves as a good way to replace some of the best songs from those old 80's tapes and records. There are some other songs that I would have liked to have seen on here (Die With Your Boots On and Alexander the Great come immediately to mind), but this album is a decent synopsis, and it will serve well to keep in my car for whenever I need a Maiden fix. If you just want an album to fulfill your fix for some 80's-era Maiden, look no further. If you are new to Iron Maiden, this might also be a good start for you, but if you can afford it you would be much better off buying the whole albums of Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Piece of Mind, and Somewhere in Time.

I give it four stars just because I think there are some great songs missing, but I am still very happy with this album.

UPDATE: I just went to burn this on to a CD and realized there is still over 9 minutes of available time on a standard CD, so I also downloaded the single song of Alexander the Great to add to this CD. It fit perfectly with another 43 seconds of space to spare!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redundant, but I can't knock it! 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Iron Maiden!
‘Somewhere Back In Time’ represents Iron Maiden’s first eight albums, featuring 15 songs originally released between 1980 and 1989. Read more
Published 8 days ago by John Hunter McClung
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
This particular music is not heard on our radio stations. Iron Maiden has so many cd's it was nice to find this gem.
Published 3 months ago by Dream Chaser
4.0 out of 5 stars Unless you prefer the studio version over live...
Unless you prefer the studio version over live then I suggest to just get Live After Death... the 87-1988 Powerslave Tour. Read more
Published 4 months ago by St. Imnot
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!
I opened this vinyl and my jaw dropped to the floor. This best-of has hands down the best artwork I have ever seen on a vinyl, and most-importantly it sounded great too! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mycatdied
5.0 out of 5 stars turn it up!
Classic Iron Maiden. What else can I say?A must have for any metal head. It has a few songs from each album made in the 80's.
Published 8 months ago by james gasperino
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This one I do not remember, it may have been a gift for someone! Sorry can't tell you much more!
Published 9 months ago by D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My son got this for his dad for Christmas because it's his favorite band and all the songs are his favorites so it was the perfect girt.
Published 9 months ago by Sondra Ballanger
5.0 out of 5 stars New and good cd!
Good cd and best iron maiden cd. No scratches and works good. Case looks brand new and just amazing band!
Published 12 months ago by 12345daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars British Metal
A collection of Iron Maiden's most characteristic songs. From 'Aces High' to 'Children of the Damned' a must own for any metal fan.
Published 13 months ago by Allen Gasaway
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Maiden...
It's a greatest hits album from one of the standard-bearers in the 1979-1983 Rock music movement known as the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' or NWOBHM for short. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Captain Kirk
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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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