Iron Maiden - Edwards The Great - The Greatest Hits

Year of Release: 2002
Label: EMI/Sony
Catalog Number: 543103-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 74:24:00

Iron Maiden was one of the bands that I was not at all attracted to because of their image and the devilish science-fiction artwork that decorated all of their album covers; it just looked too weird. Now it looks like excellent artwork. I also knew that they were headbangers and I was not crazy about even hearing music like that, ever. Well, things do change you know, and so do people. Not only have I broadened my scope over the years, I have decided to listen to music that I would have never considered before. I am so glad that I have. Admittedly, I am not an expert on this group but I certainly do know how important they have been to the metal genus.

Edward The Great - The Greatest Hits has 16 incredible remastered tracks for all you metalheads out there that enjoy the pummeling of a thundering rhythm section and scorching guitars. What is cool is that you get to hear a few different lineups thrashing away on this set, so those of you that have followed the group for a long time get the best of both worlds. The sound is so clear and crisp that it would seem that any style of music would sound good in this format. The guitar and rhythm section comes popping right out at you and the fits-like-a-glove lyrics are just icing on the cake. The wailing and dark lead vocals of Bruce Dickinson and Blaze Bayley serve as another driving force behind the music. With a nasty shot between the eyes, the music and lyrics get your attention quickly and hang on without a seconds reprieve. That is what this type of music does best, it gives you a swift kick in the ass and knocks your socks off whether you are ready or not. This band has been one of the best and most influential over the past twenty years now and this collection tells that tale. It is time to let Iron Maiden show you what real metal is.

Lock up your wives; lock up your daughters, Edward the Great is alive and well!

[Up the Irons! - ed.]

Reissued in 2005/2006 (332900-2)

Run To The Hills (3:57) / The Number Of The Beast (4:53) / Flight Of The Icarus (3:52) / The Trooper (4:12) / 2 Minutes To Midnight (6:01) / Wasted Years (5:07) / Can I Play With Madness (3:31) / The Evil That Men Do (4:34) / The Clairvoyant (4:27) / Infinite Dreams (6:11) / Holy Smoke (3:48) / Bring Your Daughter ... To The Slaughter (4:44) / Man On The Edge (4;13) / Futureal (2:56) / The Wicker Man (4:34) / Fear Of The Dark (Live At Rock In Rio) (8:04)

Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Dave Murray - guitar
Adrian Smith - guitar
Steve Harris - bass
Clive Burr - drums
Nicko McBrain - drums
Janick Gers - guitar
Blaze Bayley - vocals

Soundhouse Tapes (1979)
Iron Maiden (1980)
Killers (1981)
Number Of The Beast (1982)
Brain Damage Tour Of Europe (1983)
Piece Of Mind (1983)
Powerslave (1984/2002)
Live After Death (The World Slavery Tour) (1985/2002)
Somewhere In Time (1986/2002)
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988/2002)
No Prayer For The Dying (1990/2002)
Wasted Years...Stranger In A Strange Land (1990)
Fear Of The Dark (1992/2002)
10 CD Box set (1992)
A Real Live One (1993/2002)
A Real Dead One (1993/2002)
Live At Donnington '92 (1994)
The First Ten Years (box set) (1994)
The X Factor (1995/2002)
The Best Of The Beast (1996)
The Best Of Iron Maiden (1996)
In Profile (1998)
A Real Live Dead One (1998)
Virtual XI (1998/2002)
Eddie's Head (1998)
Ed Hunter (1999)
Brave New World (2000)
Rock In Rio (2002)
Eddie's Archive (2002)
Edward The Great: Greatest Hits (2002)
Dance Of Death (2003)
No More Lies (ep) 2004)
Death On The Road (2005)
The Essential Iron Maiden (2005)
A Matter Of Life And Death (2006)
Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989 (2008)
Flight 666 (2009)

Behind The Iron Curtain (VID/DVD) (1985)
Maiden England (VID/DVD) (1988)
Video Pieces (VHS) (1991)
Live After Death (1991/2008)
From There To Eternity (DVD) (1993)
Raising Hell (DVD) (1993)
Metal Hammer (DVD) (2000)
Number Of The Beast (VHS/DVD) (2001)
Rock In Rio (VHS/DVD) (2002)
Visions Of The Beast (DVD) (2003/2004)
Legacy Of The Beast (DVD) (2004)
The History Of Iron Maiden, Pt. 1: The Early Days (DVD) (2004)
Death On The Road (DVD) (2005/2006)
Different World (DVD) (2006)
The History Of Fear (DVD) (2007)
Rock Case Studies (DVD) (2007)
Critical Review: Iron Maiden Album (DVD) (2007)
World's Greatest Albums (DVD) (2007)
...And The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (DVD) (2008)
Castle Donington, England (DVD) (2008)
In Italy (DVD) (2008)
Live After Death (DVD) (2008)
Flight 666 (DVD/BR) (2009)
Dawn Of The Damned (DVD) (2009)

Genre: Traditional Metal

Origin UK

Added: December 2nd 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Hits: 739
Language: english


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