Iron Maiden
Edward the Great


4.0
excellent

Review

by DoughBoy69 USER (1 Reviews)
May 7th, 2007 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great compilation album. While, some songs shouldn't of been on here and others that weren't included deserved to be, it's a great album full of hits and fantastic music.

The Backstory

Iron Maiden is, without saying, one of the greatest Metal bands in the history of music. They started their career by topping the charts with their self-titled and exploded onto the Metal scene with 1982's Number of the Beast. Since they started, despite a couple lineup changes, they have continued to release metal classics over the years. This compilation album tries to gather all the greatest songs from all of said metal classics. Does it succeed? Read the rest of the review and find out.

The Good

Iron Maiden have been known over the years for their powerful screaming vocals and galloping guitar riffs. The guitar has also been fantastic and this album is no exception. The double attack of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith succeed greatly in creating catchy riffs and playing fret burning solos. The guitar especially shines in songs such as Two Minutes to Midnight and Run to the Hills. The newly added guitarist Janick Gers also does a good job at adding depth to the songs like Fear of the Dark.
Nicko McBrain, while no John Bonham, also do a fantastic job of keeping the rhythm and adding more chunk to the band's already galloping guitar. The drums don't really go any farther than that though. The bass is not always very present, but never gets outshadowed. Steve Harris makes sure that his presence is known and has an important role in songs such as The Clairvoyant.

The last band member, Bruce Dickinson, is one of the most talented metal singers ever to exist within the genre. His screaming vocals add to the sound that is Iron Maiden. He is however, not featured on one song on this album, which is Man on the Edge. Although Bruce is not featured in this song because he was out pursuing a solo career, the song is still good and listenable.
Since this is a greatest hits album, all of the songs, including classics like Number of the Beast, The Trooper, and Flight of Icarus, are supposed to be good. Some songs however, fall short and shouldn't have been included on this greatest hits collection. This brings us to...

The Bad

As I said before, this is a greatest hits album, everything is suppose to be good. However, some songs leave you wondering why they were included in a greatest hits collection. I'm talking about songs such as, Holy Smoke a song with very strange and bad lyrics about how Christian programs are always asking for money. Another song that falls short is the tedious and generic Infinite Dreams. It would be a good song to fill up space on a regular Maiden album, but just doesn't deserve to be on a greatest hits compilation.

While some songs don't deserve to be on this and still are, it puzzles me why some songs aren't on this. Songs like the epic Hallowed Be Thy Name and the classic song Powerslave. Another thing is, in contains no material from Maiden's first two efforts Iron Maiden and Killers. That means no Phantom of the Opera, Iron Maiden, or Wrathchild.

Overall

Overall, this is a great compilation album. While, some songs shouldn't of been on here and others that weren't included deserved to be, it's a great album full of hits and fantastic music.

4/5


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Epilogue
May 7th 2007


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A little short on detail, but that could be cause its a compilation album. And I didnt like this--

The bass, though barely audible in some songs, never gets outshadowed

...you just seem to controdict yourself. But sweet first review, nobodys is perfect on the first try (just look at mine)

DoughBoy69
May 7th 2007


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote="Epilogue"]A little short on detail, but that could be cause its a compilation album. [/quote]

Yeah, that's why.

rockstar18
May 8th 2007


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just dont find greatest hits things like this consistant.

Bfhurricane
May 8th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd have to agree with your overall opinion. One thing about a Greatest Hits album such as this, though, is you can't have too many "epic" songs. Fear of the Dark, Powerslave, and Hallowed Be Thy Name wouldn't be a good idea to cram into one cd, rather the closing with that live Fear of the Dark is absolutely perfect. Holy Smoke and Infinite Dreams could have been replaced by Phantom of the Opera and Iron Maiden.

Ephex
May 8th 2007


730 Comments


Great first review.

DoughBoy69
May 8th 2007


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 8th 2007


3709 Comments


The reason why Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden, Phantom of the Opera, Powerslave, or Fear of the Dark aren't on this is because this is a Greatest Hits album. None of those songs were hit singles.

Good job though.

skullcrusher149
February 15th 2008


560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoy this CD; very good collection to get someone introduced into the band (me, haha)

SylentEcho
August 5th 2008


1574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

While, some songs shouldn't of been on here
I'm sure you mean, "shouldn't have been on here"

shindip
August 13th 2009


3536 Comments


The album cover of this is so kickass



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