Best of the Beast
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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.Read more ›
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.
[NOTE: THIS REVIEW COVERS THE SINGLE-DISC COMPILATION SPECIFICALLY]
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!Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Classic Maiden with a touch of Blaze Bailey! Recommend the song Virus.Published 13 months ago by Joedmann71
That's I wanna, no error on the merchandise. I like it and I receive it very quickly. That's perfect guys!Published on June 7 2014 by Sylvain Lavallee
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.Published on July 13 2013 by jamie underhill
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 latePublished on Sept. 7 2004
I'm sure this is an awesome cd, but I wouldn't recomend ordering from Amazon because their shipping is horrible. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Ryan Gibbons