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Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989 (Vinyl) Limited Edition, Best of
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Limited Edition of vinyl LP release of Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back In Time: Best of: 1980-89 in 2 x Picture Discs! Completely sick 2 X LP picture disc gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves. Thirty years after they first stormed on to the metal scene, Iron Maiden continues to prove itself as one of the most exciting bands of the 21st century. The sold out arenas on their record-breaking 'Somewhere Back In Time World Tour '08' are filled with fans of all ages.
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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.Read more ›
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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. Growing up we actually used to listen to the albums all the way through. There wasn't itunes so you could just buy what you wanted. But if you had to have a greatest hits from this era, then this is about as good as it gets without making it yourself. Kudos to the band for honoring it's more senior fans. We're the ones that helped put Maiden on the charts to begin with.
And for you kids out there just getting into Maiden, if you want to know what launched Maiden to the world stage, this is the perfect primer. I love this set. I'll take this over any 2-CD best of set any day.
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. Wasted Years was selected from Somewhere In Time but it would have deserved at least another song. 2 songs from Seventh Son of A Seventh Son were chosen. Somehow 14 songs that have pretty much all been used on other greatest hits aren't as effective and get less respect from true fans after the fifth time(Churchill Speech was included as well on Somewhere Back In Time and serves as a great intro but I don't consider it a song)am I the only one who thinks this?
This Greatest hits technically covers the years 1982-1988 as the songs from the first two albums (Iron Maiden 1980 and Killers 1981) were taken from 1984 live and Seventh Son of A Seventh Son was released in 1988 and was their last album of the 1980s. It would have been nice to have the original songs from the Di' Anno because the new fan who buys this will only be able to judge Bruce's interpretation of "his" songs. They selected pretty much the best from the rest, the songs are great. As said before I'm disappointed there is not more from Piece of Mind on here but the rest is terrific. On the bad side, this is Iron Maiden's fifth compilation album and the fact that some of the previous ones are much better doesn't help. The song listing here does not differ greatly from the others and does not give the old fans anything new. It's really for someone who is new to Maiden and doesn't know which greatest hits is best. I'd recommend The Essential Iron Maiden over this as it has two discs, is much more complete and career spawning for a good price, or get The Number of The Beast or Powerslave albums they would make a great introduction as well. It does get one thing right: the idea, it covers the 1980s specifically which was the best era of the band, start with this era.
Comments: How can you not include ANY songs from the first two albums? Yes, their are versions of some songs from Live After Death in here, but it just isn't the same.
The Number of the Beast:
Songs: The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Children of the Damned
Comments: "The Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" are givens, but "Children of the Damned" was a cool inclusion.
Piece of Mind:
Songs: The Trooper
Comments: Really? This is all they could include? I'm not saying "The Trooper" is a bad song, but why couldn't they include "Where Eagles Dare", "Flight if Icarus", " Die With Your Boots On", or "Still Life"?
Songs: 2 Minutes to Midnight, Powerslave
Comments: This album is one of Maiden's best and, while these songs are very good, WHERE THE HELL IS "RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER"?!?!?! This song is essential Maiden, and quite possibly their finest epic.
Live After Death:
Songs: Iron Maiden and Phantom of the Opera (Iron Maiden), Wrathchild (Killers), Chuchill's Speech/Aces High (Powerslave)
Comments: Finally, an album represented well. The songs on here from the Di'Anno albums, while not as good as the originals, are at least represented in some way. Also, "Aces High" is performed great.
Somewhere in Time:
Songs: Wasted Years
Comments: Really wasn't expecting anything else. But there are some other really good songs on that album...
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son:
Songs: Can I Play With Madness, The Evil That Men Do
Comments: It was cool to see that "Can I Play With Madness" wasn't the only song included from "SSOASS".
Final Thoughts: While this compilation is a decent representation of Maiden, older fans have no reason to purchase this, and newer fans are better off just buying "Killers", "The Number of the Beast", "Piece of Mind", or "Powerslave".
Before I fire away any criticisms, I want to address a couple things first.
First off, I've seen a lot of reviewers dissing on this album for it not having any songs past 1988. They complained that there's no material after the "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" album. Secondly, they also complained that there are no songs sung by Paul Di'Anno.
I think people are forgetting what this album was released for: to showcase some of the songs that they'll be playing on the current "Somewhere" live tour. This wasn't meant to be a comprehensive hit list, but rather focus on Maiden's prime, which is what they're going for on the tour. As much as I do like the Paul Di'Anno material, it would make sense to include the versions sung by Bruce Dickinson so as to educate new fans that are going to see them live.
That being said, is this a worthy compilation? Well, not quite.
Even within those limits mentioned, I am still displeased with the song selections. They've barely scratched the surface on the first two Paul Di'Anno albums; Phantom of the Opera and Iron Maiden make their inclusions from the first album and rightfully so, but only Wrathchild from "Killers" makes the cut. I never understood why they couldn't at least had the title track from "Killers" included as well. I'm surprised Running Free "ran free" from the editor's list. Yes, these tracks are from the "Live After Death" tour from 1985.
"Number of the Beast" gets four hits, those being Children of the Damned, Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, and Hallowed Be Thy Name. All four are strong tracks and rightfully deserve inclusion, although they could've cut one song perhaps to include another one from a different album (much like the Essential Collection has).
"Piece of Mind" and "Powerslave" get the short straw as well; The Trooper is the ONLY song to make it off of "Piece." Where is Flight of Icarus or Where Eagles Dare? As for "Powerslave," they've got Powerslave, Aces High (live version from "Live After Death"), and 2 Minutes to Midnight. "Powerslave" was a huge success for the band so I see its rightful song selections, but a small part of me wishes they could've added their 13 minute epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner, despite its long length.
"Somewhere in Time" gets RIPPED OFF, which besides the fact that it's my favorite Maiden album, it deserved at least two more inclusions. Where are classics like Stranger in a Strange Land, or Heaven Can Wait? I don't know if Maiden planned to play only Wasted Years (which is an awesome song), but I would've liked to have seen more representation...especially since, you know, the frikken album's called "Somewhere Back in Time."
"Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" only has two tracks; Can I Play with Madness and the Evil That Men Do are credible tracks, but they couldn't they at least have added Infinite Dreams or The Clairvoyant to the list?
I know that it's a single disc compilation, so the idea of making a decent Maiden "best of" CD is very difficult. That being said, they could've smoothed the album out more to better represent the albums that they came off of. Maybe that's picky, but I think the casual or potential fan would benefit more with a more evened out compilation.
Do I recommend this greatest hits package? I don't think it's a horrible release (I place it slightly above "Edward the Great."), but this is ONLY for the potential fan that hasn't heard much. I started on "Best of the Beast" and purchased most of the albums after that. If you're a Maiden completist, fine, but for the casual fan, I highly recommend you just start with the two-disc "Essential Collection" or a classic album ("Number of the Beast" or "Piece of Mind" would be a good place to start.).
Comments are WELCOME!
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.