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Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back In Time-The Best Of: 1980-1989 (-/10) - Great Britain - 2008

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: EMI Music
Playing time: 71:25
Band homepage: Iron Maiden


  1. Churchill's Speech
  2. Aces High (Live)
  3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
  4. The Trooper
  5. Wasted Years
  6. Children Of The Damned
  7. The Number Of The Beast
  8. Run To The Hills
  9. Phantom Of The Opera (Live)
  10. The Evil That Men Do
  11. Wrathchild (Live)
  12. Can I Play With Madness
  13. Powerslave
  14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  15. Iron Maiden (Live)
Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back In Time-The Best Of: 1980-1989

Alrighty, what can I write about IRON MAIDEN that has not been written countless times before? If you have not heard of these guys, then you’ve either been living under a rock or just found out about Metal, in this case their latest best of “Somewhere Back In Time-The Best Of: 1980-1989” is probably the ideal first contact with the British legend, as it contains almost all of the essential anthems of the band. So if you are part of this group, buy this and use it as starting block to buy their actual albums.


Now in case you are NOT part of those chosen few, this release is a heavily double-edged sword. On the one hand there is no way in disputing the quality of the tracks contained here, neither the execution, be it in studio or live, so purely the musical side is impeccable, but, and this is a very big BUT here, on the other hand it is highly questionable how much merit this compilation has when it comes down to the artistic value. If you look around at the other best-ofs that we’ve seen on the shelves over the past couple of years, be it “The Essential Iron Maiden”, “Eddie’s Archive”, “Edward The Great”, “17 Numbers Of The Beast” or a bit further back “Best Of The Beast”, then you will notice that there’s not much difference there, so why do they put this out on the market? Well...have a guess...


I know that MAIDEN have given the Metal scene a lot and that they have a huge back catalogue of classics, but this just reeks of money making on the backs of the fans, just because their current tour is focusing on that era, do we really need the CD that goes exactly with it? I didn’t think so. So from a strictly musical standpoint, this is a 10/10, if you look at the bigger picture, you can deduct up to 10 points, if you feel like it…

(Online June 1, 2008)

Alexander Melzer

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