Iron MaidenBest Of The Beast

Label:EMI United Kingdom – 7243 8 53192 2 8
2 x CD, Compilation, Remastered
Pays:UK & Europe
Style:Heavy Metal, Hard Rock


1-2Sign Of The Cross11:17
1-3Man On The Edge4:18
1-4Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Live)6:48
1-5Be Quick Or Be Dead3:21
1-6Fear Of The Dark (Live)7:21
1-7Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter4:44
1-8Holy Smoke3:49
1-9The Clairvoyant4:27
1-10Can I Play With Madness3:31
1-11The Evil That Men Do4:35
1-12Heaven Can Wait7:24
1-13Wasted Years5:06
2-1Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)13:10
2-2Running Free (Live)3:25
2-32 Minutes To Midnight6:04
2-4Aces High4:31
2-5Where Eagles Dare6:10
2-6The Trooper4:11
2-7The Number Of The Beast4:49
2-8Run To The Hills3:50
2-9Hallowed Be Thy Name7:10
2-11Phantom Of The Opera7:20
2-13Strange World5:45
2-14Iron Maiden3:57

Sociétés, etc.



Printed in Holland (on back)
Made in Holland (on disc)

Code-barres et autres identifiants

  • Code-barres: 724385319228
  • Code mastering IFPI (Disc 1 (Variant 1,2)): IFPI L047
  • Code du moule IFPI (Disc 1 (Variant 1)): ifpi 15FC
  • Code du moule IFPI (Disc 1 (Variant 2)): ifpi 1573
  • Informations sur la matrice (Disc 1 (Variant 1)): EMI UDEN 8531932 @ 2 2-1-10-NL
  • Informations sur la matrice (Disc 1 (Variant 2)): EMI UDEN 8531932 @ 2 2-1-9-NL
  • Code mastering IFPI (Disc 2 (Variant 1,2)): IFPI L047
  • Code du moule IFPI (Disc 2 (Variant 1)): ifpi 15GG
  • Code du moule IFPI (Disc 2 (Variant 2)): ifpi 15F6
  • Informations sur la matrice (Disc 2 (Variant 1)): EMI UDEN 8531942 @ 1 2-1-11-NL
  • Informations sur la matrice (Disc 2 (Variant 2)): EMI UDEN 853194 2 @ 2 2-1-10-NL
  • Code du label: LC 0542
  • Société des droits d'auteur: BEL/BIEM

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Titre (Format)LabelCat N°PaysAnnée
Édités récemment
Best Of The Beast (2×CD, Compilation, Special Edition, Slip Cover)EMI United Kingdom, EMI United KingdomCDEMDX 1097, 7243 853185 2 8UK1996
Édités récemment
Best Of The Beast (CD, Compilation, Remastered)EMI United Kingdom, EMI7243 8 53184 2 9, 8 53184 2Australasia1996
Édités récemment
Best Of The Beast (2×CD, Compilation, Special Edition, Slip cover)Castle RecordsCASTLE 124-2US1996
Best Of The Beast (CD, Compilation, Remastered, Stereo)EMI United Kingdom, EMI United Kingdom7243 8 53184 2 9, CDEMD 1097Europe1996
Édités récemment
Best Of The Beast (4×LP, Compilation, Stereo, Box Set, Limited Edition)EMI United Kingdom, EMI United KingdomEMDX 1097, 7243 8 53185 1 1UK1996



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    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. Consequently, hidden gems such as "Total Eclipse", the B-side to "Run To The Hills", went largely unrecognized. In 1990, a box set titled "The First Ten Years" was issued, offering collectors an exhaustive coverage of their consistently majestic singles, B-sides and all, in the digital format. Indeed, this series of 10 CDs was infinitely more valuable than a greatest-hits compilation, especially for hardcore fans and collectors, but the demand for a single-disc career overview remained. Finally, in 1996, long after the band's imperial phase had ended, a round-up of all their best-known songs was released. "Best of the Beast" was issued across three formats: the 4-disc vinyl edition, 27-track double-disc package or the truncated single-disc version aimed at the less hardcore headbanger. Contrary to the decidedly uncommercial disposition of heavy metal in its pre-halcyon days, Iron Maiden were quite radio-friendly, scoring hits in their native country and presaging post-"Black Album" Metallica's crossover appeal and huge live following. Inarguably, the simultaneous release of three variations of the same album was an entirely inspired yet predictable move, indicative of the band's newfound depth of awareness regarding modern music consumption and the pre-millennial expansion of metal.

    It is generally accepted that most printed-tee-wearing non-metalhead subordinate people are best served by a greatest-hits album since it can sustain their very limited attention, therefore by targeting audiences new and old with a collection works varying according to different tastes, sales are maximised, and with all editions of "Best of the Beast" weighted towards the iconic Bruce Dickinson hard-rocking era - symphonic live renditions and highlights from Blaze Blayley and Paul Di'Anno's respective periods at the helm notwithstanding - as well as some tasteful remastering and cogent sequencing applied throughout, the compilers have succeeded where many have failed, covering all the bases and pretty much pleasing everyone in the process, including Iron Maiden's own very finicky fanbase!

    "Best of the Beast", complete with appropriately Eddie-emblazoned cover art assorting several representations of the mascot as he had appeared on the front of each studio album over the years, shows that, akin to other NWBHM luminaries, Iron Maiden have rarely decelerated, nor are they ever likely to as long as their signature triple guitar attack, grandiose songwriting and operatic delivery remains intact. 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.

    RATING: 5/5



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