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Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989 (Vinyl) Best of, Limited Edition

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  • LP Record (July 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Best of
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B0019OW6KI
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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I was so excited to receive this record, and when it arrived I looked at it in amazement, it is really a piece of art, the cover, the gatefold pictures and lyrics, and then the discs, oh they looked so good and heavy, worth framing and displaying in a fancy room, and then I put side 1 on the turntable, what a let down, first tarck aces high (live), why live?, what's the point, this is a greatest hits album, not that they say anything on the track, just the applause, and the sound is worse than a cassette tape, sound like somone was standing front row with a microphone and recording the concert, track two, minutes 2 midnight, really good sound, so I thought, well one track off it's ok, then my favourite song, the trooper, oh man, I'd rather listen to my 30 years old cassette tape, major let down, after that I stopped listening to the record, I mean, why go to all that trouble with the discs and artwork, at least remaster the songs, like everyone else, Deep purple, AC/DC, Beatles..etc...so sad that it sounds so awfull, now I'll just keep it to look at not play, maybe worth keeping, but I will be looking for a better sound quality best of in the future, not happy with this one.
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Iron Maiden should already have a place in your music collection if you're into rock'n'roll, metal or whatever genre you like. If you don't own anything by Maiden you probably shouldn't consider yourself a metalhead, they are essential to the genre. They are one of my favorite bands and are without question one of the most influential bands in rock music. Maiden's prime was definitely during the 1980s, I don't feel like they released a bad album during this decade (but some are obviously better than others) and this compilation Somewhere Back in Time: 1980-89 covers this special time. It was released in 2008 along with the excellent Live After Death DVD(from the World Slavery tour of 1984-85) promoting Maiden's tour which graced the same name of this compilation (oh and as usual with Maiden's artwork I love it the mix of Powerslave with Somewhere In Time looks terrific), Somewhere Back In Time, in which they put emphasis on the classics during this tour.

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.
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I'm not a hardcore Iron Maiden fan, I just wanted an album with all their best songs. Well, can't ask much more! Live stuff is great =). This album is a great way to discover a great band.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x994527ec) out of 5 stars 106 reviews
78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50a36b4) out of 5 stars Class of 87 - Maiden Rules! PERFECT set! May 15 2008
By Glen Murley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I graduated High School in 1987. I was a metal head. I wore my jean jacket with studs, boots, long hair, and a fast car. I'm currently 39 and bald. I drive the speed limit. And I'm paying a mortgage.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba75d80) out of 5 stars Decent Compilation of One of Metal's Greats Jan. 15 2013
By paranoidironman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere Back in Time is one of many Maiden compilations. It takes songs from the period of 1980-1989 (Iron Maiden-Seventh Son of a Seventh Son).

Iron Maiden/Killers:
Songs: N/A
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.
Review: 0/10

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.
Review: 8/10

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"?
Review: 2/10

Powerslave:
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.
Review: 4/10

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.
Review: 10/10

Somewhere in Time:
Songs: Wasted Years
Comments: Really wasn't expecting anything else. But there are some other really good songs on that album...
Review: 6/10

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".
Review: 5/10

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".
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a640198) out of 5 stars (2.5 stars)"Very average compilation by one of the true great bands" March 14 2010
By T. Skylar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Iron Maiden should already have a place in your music collection if you're into rock'n'roll, metal or whatever genre you like. If you don't own anything by Maiden you probably shouldn't consider yourself a metalhead, they are essential to the genre. They are one of my favorite bands and are without question one of the most influential bands in rock music. Maiden's prime was definitely during the 1980s, I don't feel like they released a bad album during this decade (but some are obviously better than others) and this compilation Somewhere Back in Time: 1980-89 covers this special time. It was released in 2008 along with the excellent Live After Death DVD(from the World Slavery tour of 1984-85) promoting Maiden's tour which graced the same name of this compilation (oh and as usual with Maiden's artwork I love it the mix of Powerslave with Somewhere In Time looks terrific), Somewhere Back In Time, in which they put emphasis on the classics during this tour.

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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9972da50) out of 5 stars Great songs... mediocre compilation May 17 2008
By Pedro Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Iron Maiden was releasing a retrospective of their 80's material, I thought it was a good idea. Indeed, there are already lengthier compilations of their career, but for my money it is their period between "Iron Maiden" and "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" that is their peak. Putting together a set that focus only on this material seemed only appropriate. However, the final result was a real dissapointment. I cannot complain about the selection of songs. The songs that are included are indeed samples of Maiden's best work. However, the compilation gets only 3 stars for 2 main reasons:

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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994f05b8) out of 5 stars The worst Maiden anthology one could buy Aug. 12 2008
By Mr_No_Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A deeply dissapointing anthology for Maiden fans [True Maiden fans], This cd is utterly useless considering the fact that there are already other Maiden anthologies that do the band far more justice than this. Released by the band to coincide with their recent somewhere back in time world tour and to give newer fans insight to the earlier days of Iron Maiden, You'd think that this compilation would stand as a true testament to Iron Maiden's glory days. Unfortunately, It doesn't. Right off the bat, This cd loses a couple of points for not including any material from Paul Dianno's Iron Maiden songs from the self-titled debut or killers. Instead, We get the usual live versions of dianno-era classics ''Phantom Of the opera'', ''Wrathchild'', and ''Iron Maiden'' which instead feature Bruce Dickinson singing these songs. Not that Dickinson can't sing these songs, It just would've only been right to have the original dianno versions included here. In reality, The earliest songs on here are from Number Of The Beast, Which came out in 1982. Also, ''Wasted Years'' on here sounds rather shoddy, Which is odd considering all this new technology that can be used to make old music sound crisp and new. One of the few positive things that can be said about this compilation is that it does use much of the 80 minute time limit that is allowed onto a cd. But, Being that this cd is 71 minutes long, There could've actually been one more song on here [For instance, The classic ''Flight Of Icarus'']. Being that Iron Maiden's history is much too rich with many classic songs, It's really impossible to do a good Iron Maiden anthology on just 1 disc, Even if it is just covering the first decade. Many Maiden favorites are missing. The fact that you don't get to hear ''Flight of icarus'', ''Running free'', ''Sanctuary'', ''The clairvoyant'', ''Purgatory'', ''Twilight zone'', Or ''Stranger in a strange land'' is more than enough reason to not pick up this cd. For a better Maiden collection, Shell out the extra cash and go pick up the essential Iron Maiden instead. For an even better collection than that, Hunt down a copy of the 2-disc version of the long out-of-print best of the beast.


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