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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • 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 (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Just got it today-8/6/2015!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! :o)
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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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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! I would definitely recommend.
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One of the greatest compilation album in my opinion. The opening speech and track really engages the listener into a deeper level happiness and enjoyment of heavy metal songs. Along with one more live recorded song from the album truly represents the band's versatile elements included and incorporated onto their designated albums.
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if you like iron maiden as good as a group you need to get this album. I think this album touches all the sweet spots from iron maidens span of 20 years. I think they will only get better for future generations to come. Long live maiden.
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When I first heard Iron Maiden was releasing a retrospective of their 80's material, I thought it was a good idea. Indeed, there are already lengthier compilations of their career, but for my money it is their period between "Iron Maiden" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" that is their peak. Putting together a set that focus only on this material seemed only appropriate. However, the final result was a real dissapointment. I cannot complain about the selection of songs. The songs that are included are indeed samples of Maiden's best work. However, the compilation gets only 3 stars for 2 main reasons:

1) There are 4 lives versions of songs here, and they are all taken from "Live After Death". That is not to say the versions are horrible. To be honest, "Live After Death" is one of my favorite live albums. However, on a compilation, I think it is best to include the original studio versions...especially when the record compnay owns the rights to these as well! I am not sure if somehow they felt including Paul Di'Anno tracks constitute some sort of insult to Bruce Dickinson, but in case one or two live tracks would have sufficed here.

2) Only one track from the landmark "Piece of Mind"? "Number of the Beast" had 4 tracks features, rightly so. But, next to that album, most Maiden fans would pick "Piece of Mind" as their favorite. They should have, in the least, included "Flight of the Icarus". At 71 minutes, they could have probably squeezed in a couple of tracks.

As stated before, one can't fault the songs in the compilation, but this could have been turned into a truly classic essential retrospective with a little more attention to details.
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