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2.0 out of 5 stars The worst Maiden anthology one could buy, August 12, 2008
This review is from: Somewhere Back In Time - The Best Of 1980-1989 (Audio CD)
A deeply dissapointing anthology for Maiden fans [True Maiden fans], This cd is utterly useless considering the fact that there are already other Maiden anthologies that do the band far more justice than this. Released by the band to coincide with their recent somewhere back in time world tour and to give newer fans insight to the earlier days of Iron Maiden, You'd think that this compilation would stand as a true testament to Iron Maiden's glory days. Unfortunately, It doesn't. Right off the bat, This cd loses a couple of points for not including any material from Paul Dianno's Iron Maiden songs from the self-titled debut or killers. Instead, We get the usual live versions of dianno-era classics ''Phantom Of the opera'', ''Wrathchild'', and ''Iron Maiden'' which instead feature Bruce Dickinson singing these songs. Not that Dickinson can't sing these songs, It just would've only been right to have the original dianno versions included here. In reality, The earliest songs on here are from Number Of The Beast, Which came out in 1982. Also, ''Wasted Years'' on here sounds rather shoddy, Which is odd considering all this new technology that can be used to make old music sound crisp and new. One of the few positive things that can be said about this compilation is that it does use much of the 80 minute time limit that is allowed onto a cd. But, Being that this cd is 71 minutes long, There could've actually been one more song on here [For instance, The classic ''Flight Of Icarus'']. Being that Iron Maiden's history is much too rich with many classic songs, It's really impossible to do a good Iron Maiden anthology on just 1 disc, Even if it is just covering the first decade. Many Maiden favorites are missing. The fact that you don't get to hear ''Flight of icarus'', ''Running free'', ''Sanctuary'', ''The clairvoyant'', ''Purgatory'', ''Twilight zone'', Or ''Stranger in a strange land'' is more than enough reason to not pick up this cd. For a better Maiden collection, Shell out the extra cash and go pick up the essential Iron Maiden instead. For an even better collection than that, Hunt down a copy of the 2-disc version of the long out-of-print best of the beast.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2008 12:02:18 PM PST
Hamster Army says:
Completely agree with this review, the two missing singles you mentioned alone make me not want to buy it. I still have Piece of Mind and Number Of The Beast in mint condition vinyl, but wanted a more comprehensive collection from the later 80's albums, and as you said, it would be nice if they included a couple of songs from the first two albums with Paul singing to make it authentic/complete (nothing against Dickinson at all).

Thanks for the other suggestions on the collections that are out there.
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