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  • Audio CD (April 29 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000024O2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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1. Number of the beast
2. Can I play with madness
3. Fear of the dark (live)
4. Run to the hills
5. Bring your daughter to the slaughter
6. Evil that men do
7. Aces high
8. Be quick or be dead
9. 2 Minutes to midnight
10. Man on the edge
11. Virus
12. Running free (live)
13. Wasted years
14. Clairvoyant
15. Trooper
16. Hallowed be thy name

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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.


A nicely packaged selection of the finest recorded moments of Leytonstone's finest export has got to be something of an irresistible proposition. And Best of the Beast covers all available bases by consolidating material from every stage of the Maiden's illustrious career. From the early Paul Di'Anno-fronted classics through the Bruce Dickinson glory days ("Run to the Hills") to the leather-lunged epic power of the Blaze Bayley period ("Virus"), Best of the Beast stands as a monumental testament to the grandiose immensity of Steve Harris's songwriting vision. The band's ensemble interplay is nothing short of breathtaking, and the hits just keep on coming at you with a vengeance. "Be Quick or Be Dead," "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter," "The Evil that Men Do"--all of these and more are on hand to give your eardrums the kind of aural workout that they won't soon forget. --Ian Fortnam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By T. Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 12 2007
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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By A Customer on Aug. 24 2002
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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Best of the Beast (1996.) Iron Maiden's first hits compilation. THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SINGLE-DISC VERSION ONLY.
Iron Maiden has been one of my favorite heavy metal bands for several years now. For nearly three decades now, the guys have been shelling out heavy metal masterpieces that more than stand the test of time. And at long last in 1996, the band finally released a hits compilation. How does the band's first hits compilation, Best of the Beast, measure up? Read on and find out.
-If you're new to the band, this compilation will give you a pretty good introduction to them and their various stylings over the years.
-Most of the band's big hits up to the time are included in this set.
-In addition to the big hits, you get several lesser-known underrated masterpieces. Like any band, there is more to these guys than the big hits.
-The compilation contains a previously unreleased recording entitled Virus.
-The compilation covers some of the Blaze Bayley era.
-Many hits were OMITTED from this so-called "best of." Where are Where Eagles Dare and Flight of Icarus?
-Although there are several underrated masterpieces here, there are many deserving ones that got left off - Moonchild and Run Silent Run Deep come to mind. Why'd we get a mediocre track from the No Prayer For The Dying album instead of one of these two masterpieces?
-The previously unreleased recording is NOTHING SPECIAL.
-The compilation is now out of print and difficult to find.
-The two-disc version of this compilation is WAY BETTER, and it's the version I recommend to those new to the band.
-No Di'Anno era songs!
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Best Of The Beast(1999). Iron Maiden's first best-of collection.
Ever since the early 80s, Iron Maiden rose up and became a permanent staple in heavy metal music. They played stunning melodies, catchy hooks, and dexteritous riffs to many anthems and built up a solid fanbase by the late 80s. Consisting of guitar duo Adrian Smith & Dave Murray, vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, and drummer Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden stand out as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. My favorite classic heavy metal band is actually Judas Priest, but I certainly always give my props to Iron Maiden as they are some of the greatest musicians to ever grace the heavy metal scene. They do play with more precision and showcase more complex songwriting than virtually ANY other heavy metal band of their time. They managed to create an amazing streak of excellent albums throughout the 80s, until they started getting worse in the early 90s. For most of that decade, Iron Maiden were flopping around like fish in a barrel until the late 90s when all the classic bandmembers reunited. Around that time, they released Best Of The Beast, the first (but not the last) compilation featuring their main key hits between the bandmembers and the fans. The double-disc collection covers a decent amount of material, but this single disc version is quite lacking. Read on for an in-depth look at the tracks included from their corresponding albums:
TRACKS: none from either album (but does contain Running Free from Live After Death)
COMMENTS: How could there be no tracks from these two albums?? They were the foundation on which Iron Maiden became a metal force!
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