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Best of the Beast [Import]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
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Disc: 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. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
8. Holy Smoke
9. The Clairvoyant
10. Can I Play With Madness?
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)
2. Running Free (Live)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. Aces High
5. Where Eagles Dare
6. The Trooper
7. The Number Of The Beast
8. Run To The Hills
9. Hallowed By The Name
10. Wrathchild
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 13 2013
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Item arrived on time and in good working condition. Searched for this CD and glad it works well so I can listen to it from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Aug. 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the first thing I ever heard by Maiden . I quite hated it at first but as time passed I began to understand it better .
One fine day I realised it was great . Tracks like The clairvoyant,the trooper,virus,man on the edge,fear of the dark,hallowed be thy name ,aces high,be quick or be dead,the evil that men do certainly deserved to be here .They are all masterpieces. I dont know how Bring your Daughter to the slaughter ever got here . God knows what he's even talking about. That 's pretty much junk . So is running free . But that's excusable , being on thier first album. Otherwise its a great collection . Rime of the Ancient Mariner ought to have been here . so ought also Wrathchild or Killers or powerslave.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Beast Can Do Better" Dec 12 2007
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In 1996,Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden while still with third singner Blaze Bayley released this compilation "The Best Of The Beast" their first compilation.It contained 16 songs including a new track "Virus" wich wasn't ainvailable anywere else at the time of release.At the time this was a good compilation but with the years better compilation and Greatest Hits albums with double discs,more songs and in some cases a DVD included arrived making this one "just another compilation".This greatest hits album includes classics such as "Run To The Hills","The Trooper" and "Aces High" and the selection of songs was decent for the time and it does contain an unreleased song,but even for a compilation its not much.You can get a much better compilation today with more songs that is worth getting over this and that would be much better.

The tarcklist is as mentionned above good,but it skips the entire Paul Di'Anno era wich is in my opinion very good and at least worth some space on this compilation.Blaze gets 2 songs on the album wich are the excellent "Man On The Edge"(i think the 11 minutes "Sign Of The Cross" would have been good as well but this song being shorter and the fact that you have limited time on a disc,its understandable)from "The X Factor" and the second is the unreleased track "Virus" wich is also very good for a Blaze song if you like him and is worth mentionning.But the compilation is mostly Bruce Dickinson material as 14 out of 16 tracks are from his era and that is quite understandable as that is definatly the best era of Maiden no doubt about it!

Overral to make a long story short,this compilation is not really worth it unless you want to hear "Virus" or if you are a completist who wants everything even the compilations albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD Sept. 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
You can't ask for more classics on one cd. Best of the beast has it all. However i recommend you buy it somehwere else. I purchased it from amazon and the cd came 3 weeks late
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