Best of the Beast
CD, 限定版, インポート, 1996/10/14
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 梱包サイズ : 14.09 x 12.63 x 1.37 cm; 80.32 g
- メーカー : EMI Import
- EAN : 0724385319228
- 製造元リファレンス : 7243 8 53192 2 8
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : EMI Import
- ASIN : B000024OE9
- ディスク枚数 : 2
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 629,306位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
A lavishly packaged, double disc selection of the finest recorded moments of Leytonstone's finest export has got to be something of an irresistible proposition. And Best Of The Beast covers all available bases by consolidating material from every stage of the Maiden's illustrious career. From the early Paul-Di'Anno-fronted classics ("Sanctuary"), through the Bruce Dickinson glory days ("Run To The Hills"), to the leather-lunged epic power of the Blaze Bayley period ("Virus"), Best Of The Beast stands as a monumental testament to the grandiose immensity of Steve Harris's songwriting vision. The band's ensemble interplay is nothing short of breath-taking and the hits just keep on coming at you with a vengeance. "Be Quick Or Be Dead", "Bring Your Daughter To the Slaughter", "The Evil That Men Do"--all of these and more are on hand to give your eardrums the kind of aural work-out that they won't forget in a hurry. --Ian Fortnam
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.
This album is also a great way to obtain the 1996 single 'Virus' (providing the price on Amazon or its third party sellers is reasonable), released to promote the album, a good track in my opinion, that I only wanted to ensure I had all of the Iron Maiden tracks that were released as UK singles.
Original CD and 12" vinyl versions of the virus single are now very expensive on the second hand market and whilst it is also included on the 'visions of the beast' dvd- the DVD version only has the sound available in Dolby Digital stereo that is inferior in quality to CD.
Despite my buying this album solely for the aforementioned song: I still play the album in full occasionally and enjoy it for what it is. A pricier two disc version is also available. Nice cover art too: Classic Maiden!
I take particular issue with the reviewer who gave this compilation one star because "Why buy a compilation when you can have the whole discography?", why would you shell out £100+ for all albums if you are unsure of whether you are going to like the band's output. I feel he is missing the point of a "best of" compilation somewhat, not everyone is a diehard fan!
I would have given this 5-stars, but I have a real bugbear with best ofs putting in live versions of tracks instead of the studio versions. Luckily, this is only the case for a couple of tracks.
N.B. This is a review of the 1CD version, for some reason reviews have been merged with the 2CD version.
Lucky I had a spare new looking case so I've had to swap out all case before giving as a gift, I'm hoping it will play ok with the scratch tho.
No 'Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner ', 'Powerslave' (or 'Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner'- which neither offer). Only a double cd could do justice, though.