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Best of the Beast

Best of the Beast

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Fans can argue till the cows come home about which tracks should or shouldn't have been included, yet to try and alert people to Iron Maidens music by way of a simple CD that only has a max 80 mins play time requires the compiler to make track selections that may or may not please a die hard maiden fan, this album was undoubtedly aimed at newcomers or casual fans at the time of release.

It obviously features a lot of great music but I can't see it appealing to those seeking just the hits. The song takes up so much room that could have been given to Flight of Icarus or more tracks from the first two albums. Best of the Beast lacks tracks like Killers, Prowler and a other classics from the first two albums. As far as conventional career-spanning anthologies go, and there are few in the Iron Maiden catalogue, this one is hard to beat, especially the more inclusive and as such definitive two-disc version.The first will get a lot of hate but that is the inclusion of the overly long Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Both versions contained classics like The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Aces High etc whilst the extended version featured tracks like the brilliant Sign of the Cross and an impressive take on Afraid to Shoot Strangers recorded live in 1996 with Blaze Bayley on vocals.

Iron Maiden achieved veneration and prosperity primarily as an album-oriented band whose propensity for exceeding deadlines and writing too much or too little material often resulted in hasty track selections. If your going to turn it up to 11 get some ear phones, it wasn't sociable listened to loud music back then and nothings changed.

It's safe to say that every track on this collection is a winner but the difference between the two makes them both worthy of a pick up. Best of the Beast has long since been out of print and has been "replaced" by Edward the Great in most countries as a greatest hits package for the band. It kicks off the The Number of the Beast and blasts its way through Can I Play With Madness and Fear of the Dark from Donington 1992, one of the band's best live performances.

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