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Edward the Great Original recording remastered

3.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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In the late 1970s, Iron Maiden emerged as prime movers of the new wave of British heavy metal and unleashed a ferocious pack of hit singles and million-selling albums. Their recipe was simple: lyrics inspired by mythology and classic gothic literature backed by a soaring twin-guitar assault driven on by Steve Harris's relentless bass. It was an approach that influenced countless rock bands, from Metallica to a string of Scandinavian death merchants. The group's longest-standing vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, dominates this collection; only two tracks are sung by his replacement, Blaze Bayley. But it's unfortunate that no room was reserved for original singer Paul Di'Anno, denying fans the rough and punky "Runnin' Free" and "Sanctuary." There is, however, room for a live version of "Fear of the Dark" from the band's massive 2001 Rock in Rio show, included perhaps to maintain consistent production values. Even so, the early hits are sorely missed. --Dominic Wills

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Run To The Hills
  2. The Number Of The Beast
  3. Flight Of Icarus
  4. The Trooper
  5. 2 Minutes To Midnight
  6. Wasted Years '99
  7. Can I Play With Madness
  8. The Evil That Men Do
  9. The Clairvoyant
  10. Infinite Dreams
  11. Holy Smoke
  12. Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter
  13. Man On The Edge
  14. Futureal
  15. The Wicker Man
  16. Fear Of The Dark (Live)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00006SM7W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael J. Keast on July 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I consider Iron Maiden to be the absolute greatest band in metal history, hands down. With that being said, this botched attempt at boiling their career down to a single disc has a number of serious flaws:
1. The Paul Dianno era, which includes some of Maiden's best-loved classics, is completely ignored.
2. Several of the band's best songs are missing (most notably "Aces High" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name"), while fully half of the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album is included.
3. The disc includes two of Maiden's worst songs, "Holy Smoke" and "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter".
With two best-of compilations already out there, Edward The Great is completely unnecessary...with no new or unreleased material there's no reason for established fans to buy it, and for newcomers looking for a quick overview, Best Of The Beast and Ed Hunter are both much better choices. Do yourself a favour...skip this one and just buy all the albums instead!
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By Nick T on October 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I never thought i would be interested in this sort of music but Iron Maiden is so much better than most metal bands. Their guitarest is so great and probably one of the best of all time. Each song has a sort of premise or idea that inspires it. I would have to say this is one of the most talented bands ever. I bought the album because i was trying new things. At first, the album kind of sat around. But when i finally put it in my stereo, i fell deeply. I couldn't stop listening to Flight of Icarus and 2 Minutes to Midnight. Once i was burnt out on those songs i started listening to the rest of the album and i loved the songs. Iron Maiden is currently my favorite band and i will soon get more of their CDs.
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How can Iron Maiden do this to themselves. I hate this CD so much. First of all there is no Paul Dianno stuff what so ever. Not even a live version of "Running Free" with Bruce Dickinson on it. Both "Iron Maiden", and "Killers" are classic albums and are essential. As well there are 4 songs from "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son." "Infinite Dreams" is definitely unnecessary. It could have gotton by with just "The Evil That Men Do." and "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter" is included as well. I Believe that "Bring Your Daughter...) recieved the raspberry award for the worst song of 1990. So why is it on here. Finally there are several good, classic songs that are missing such as "Phantom Of The Opera", "Sanctuary", "Running Free", "Iron Maiden", "Wrathchild", "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "Where Eagles Dare", "Aces High", and "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"(may not be neccessary due to it's extreme length). I will give it one thing, the live version of "Fear Of The Dark" is really good. Better than the studio and the one released on "A Real Live One" This is what they should have put on here:
1.Iron Maiden
2.Sanctuary
3.Running Free
4.The Ides Of March/Wrathchild
5.The Number Of The Beast
6.Hallowed Be Thy Name
7.Run To The Hills
8.The Trooper
9.2 Minutes To Midnight
10.Wasted Years
11.The Evil That Men Do
12.Holy Smoke
13.Man On The Edge
14.Futureal
15.The Wicker Man
16.Fear Of The Dark(Live At Rock In Rio)
However if you want to buy an official Greatest Hits album then buy the 2 CD set for "Best Of The Beast" This is what is on there:
Disk 1:
1.Virus
2.Sign Of The Cross
3.Man On The Edge
4.Afraid To Shoot Strangers(Live)
5.Be Quick Or Be Dead
6.Fear Of The Dark(Live)
7.
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Firstly the reason I say it is not a greatest hits album is due to the fact that it simply does not have the greatest hits Maiden have ever done. Sure it has some, but not them all and some greats have been misses such as Powerslave, Be Quick Or Be Dead, Aces High, the list goes on much further.
Even though it has missed some great songs it does not lack in quality. For any new comers to Maiden this album will be great for you. It will give you a taste of some of their best work and leave you wanting the goods that have been left out. However if you are a long time Maiden fan this will be somewhat of a disappointment due to the tracks which have been left out, although I still suggest you pick it up as it is worthy of a place in your CD collection.
And now onto the tracks:
Run To The Hills - A Maiden classic. The only thing I will critise is the drums. Could have been a little more adventurous but still great. (4/5)
The Number Of The Beast - Great guitar, great drums, great bass,
great vocals. Just all round great. (5/5)
Flight Of Icarus - This one isn't quite as hard as the previous two but it's still good Although it doesn't have anything that will WOW you either. (3.5/5)
The Trooper - Great guitar in this song. One of my favourite Maiden songs. It couldn't be a greatest hits album without it. (5/5)
2 Minutes To Midnight - The drums here are awesome. It couldn't be a greatest hits album without this song. (5/5)
Wasted Years - This one slows down the album a little, although it's still not really that slow. Even though it's kind of different it's still good. (3/5)
Can I Play With Madness - Everything about this song is great except for the guitar. It's good but nothing special which is a disappointment for Maiden. Still great song though.
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