The cover of the Iron Maiden retrospective Best of the Beast
features the band's zombie mascot Eddie in seven of the various ghastly guises he assumed for the band's records. The image conveys volumes about the group's brash, visual form of heavy metal. Starting with Maiden's most well known track "Number of the Beast" (which was actually featured on the band's third album), the disc progresses through eight singles recorded during the height of its career and a handful of less memorable cuts that followed its glory years. Galloping beats, twin guitar leads, and eardrum-shattering vocals abound, along with lyrics that could have been plucked straight from the Tales of the Crypt
comic books. Overall, a valid collection, but it suffers from the omission of classics like "Die with Your Boots On," "Flight of Icarus," and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." --Jon Wiederhorn
Import pressing of their 1996 compilation that's out-of-print domestically. At nearly 78 minutes in length, the disc contains many of the group's expected headbanging highlights. The package skips over Paul Di'Anno-era material, favoring songs culled from the Bruce Dickinson-led lineup. Favorites like 'The Number of the Beast,' 'Aces High,' 'Be Quick or Be Dead,' 'Wasted Years,' 'The Trooper,' 'Run to the Hills,' & 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' are all featured. The collection also includes are a pair of tracks that feature Dickinson's short-lived replacement, 'Blaze' Bayley, 'Man on the Edge' & 'Virus.' EMI. 2005.