Iron Maiden - From Fear To Eternity - The Best Of 1990-2010 (3xLP Vinyl)

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Best of album by the British heavy metal band who have had a career spanning over four decades. The album includes studio and live tracks including 'Be Quick or Be Dead', 'Sign of the Cross' and 'Holy Smoke'. 

Although British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have over 30 years of recording and touring under their belts, their 1980s output remains the most enduring. This triple vinyl set, showcasing the years 1990-2010, is designed to redress the balance. In keeping with its predecessors, the sixth official Iron Maiden best-of is strictly for the uninitiated. Long-time fans with find nothing new here.

Presenting 23 tracks drawn from the eight Maiden studio albums released since 1990, From Fear to Eternity is aimed primarily at the army of fresh recruits who have flocked to the band during their recent resurgence in popularity, which has made the last decade their most successful yet. Maiden’s most recent studio album, 2010’s The Final Frontier, hit the number one spot in no less than 28 countries, and their visceral stage shows are as compelling as ever. Against such a backdrop, this release is both timely and revealing.

Unlike 2008’s Somewhere Back in Time – The Best of 1980-1989, From Fear to Eternity doesn’t simply re-hash all the obvious hits. The general feeling always seemed to be that a post-80s retrospective was pointless, as the 90s were supposedly something of a creative write-off and the band’s recent albums were, well, recent. But events have moved on and this collection reminds us that not only did Maiden cut the classic album Fear of the Dark during these supposed lean years, the period from 2001 onwards has seen them pen some of the best songs of their entire career. Even the albums featuring frontman Bruce Dickinson’s temporary replacement Blaze Bayley – 95’s The X Factor and 98’s Virtual XI – aren’t ignored.

The influence of progressive rock on Maiden’s sound has been evident from the start, and as the years have gone by their material has become increasingly complex. As a result, the number of straightforward rockers here is surpassed by a wealth of densely-layered mini-epics which have now become the band’s signature style. The rather unlikely UK number one single Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter may have lost none of its charm, but in the likes of For the Greater Good of God and When the Wild Wind Blows we’re witnessing a great British band become even greater.

 



Only essential Maiden compilation, especially for vinyl lovers
At first instance it may seem weird to release a compilation and neglecting the best years of the band (1980-1989). This is actually a brilliant idea, because everyone interested in Iron Maiden should check out the early records like Iron Maiden, Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Piece of Mind. For fans a compilation which contains songs of these great records would be useless.

If we look to the records after this great era, then the only really essential record may be Brave New World, although I also have a weakness for Fear of the Dark. Records became less consistent, but every record had some excellent tracks like Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Sign of the Cross, Paschendale, etc, etc.

Here we are looking to the compilation which contains these excellent tracks, without any filler tracks with a duration over 2 hours. This is the only triple vinyl I ever owned that I'd like to listen to from the beginning till the end: there really are no weak tracks to be found, although some personal favourites may be missing. For those who listen cd's every studio album is easy to get; for vinyl lovers this ain't the case. No record after the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is on print and therefor this may be the only available item that contains some gems of this era. Most of the existing vinyl copies are sold for very high prices. Therefor this compilation will save you loads of money.

Some have mentioned that Blaze Bayley is heavily neglected (the songs from X-factor and Virtual IX are live versions with Bruce on vocals). This is true, but therefor this large compilation sounds far less chaotic then other compilations (I always found these compilation with Di'Anno, Bruce and Bayley a strange mix). This one actually listens like a very long studio record with enough variation to keep your attention.
Because of the beformentioned reasons this is the only compilation one should ever buy as a fan. For those who are new to Iron Maiden should also try out the studio records Iron Maiden, Number of the Beast and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

By: The_Philosopher


A1 Do Anything You Want To
A2 Toughest Street In Town
A3 S & M
A4 Waiting For An Alibi
A5 Sarah
B1 Got To Give It Up
B2 Get Out Of Here
B3 With Love
Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend
B4a Shenandoah
B4b Will You Go Lassy Go
B4c Danny Boy
B4d The Mason's Apron



Released in a 6-panel gatefold sleeve with lyrics and credits.

Parlophone Records 50999 0273651 8