Monday, June 6, 2011


Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have always followed the beat of their own drum. Their monster-sized success is indisputable. All with little radio airplay, MTV rotation and even less from critics, Iron Maiden became one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world and still are today. The consistency in their music and their loyalty to their loyal fan base is matched by very few in music industry. All that said there will still be many of you out there scratching your head at not only another compilation album but its timing as well.

The timing of this release is the only thing that I question. It was a mere ten months ago when Iron Maiden released their fifteenth studio release, "The Final Frontier". In the past you would expect a full blown world tour in support of a new studio album from Maiden. However their road support for "The Final Frontier" ended in Florida this past April with their only scheduled 2011 tour dates in the U.S.. Surprising since Maiden have always toured the entire U.S. back and forth in support of new material and often hitting the major cities twice. Also surprising is that this new compilation sort of signals the end of "The Final Frontier" push and on to other things which is too bad because it is a great collection of tunes and that is not what we usually get from our heroes at this point in their careers. We usually get what we are talking about, another live or best of release.

"From Here To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010" is the fifteenth live or compilation release from Iron Maiden. Interesting note here is that this time period encompasses the five years that Blaze Bayley (1994-1999) his voice is not heard on this release at all. The few tracks from that period are on here as live tracks with Bruce Dickinson handling the vocals as he does on all the other tracks in which he was the original singer to begin with. I love Maiden, I love Maiden with Brice over any of the other four singers they have had in this band but to be fair if you are going to have a best of 1990-2010 and include Bayley songs then the best of version is with him on vocals. Essentially you are trying to erase his part in Maiden history and who knows what would have become of the band had he not stepped in for those five years. I can't gush more about this band and my love for it but I think this was a mistake on their part.

Putting the multi-million sellers of their heyday behind them Maiden give us a collection here spanning the years 1990-2010. If you left this band after those golden years of both metal and Maiden then this collection is for you. Reintroduce yourself to the strong song writing this band has always had, the core sound that is so unmistakeably Maiden and of course the chance to hear Maiden that is new to you. If you have been with the band through it all and you have every studio album and all of the nine live releases there is nothing new here and it may not be worth picking up. However if there is someone you want to turn on to Maiden this collection is a perfect compliment to go with the legendary classics of the 80s.

One thing is very clear when you listen to this collection from the past twenty years and that is Iron Maiden has made great music all along. From their self titled debut all the way through "The Final Frontier". Their most loyal fans have always known that. "From Here To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010" is a strong and powerful brag book for "Eddie" to show off what his boys have done the last two decades. for those who for some odd reason weren't listening.


Disc One: 01. The Wicker Man
02. Holy Smoke
03. El Dorado
04. Paschendale
05. Different World
06. Man On The Edge (live)
07. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
08. Blood Brothers
09. Rainmaker
10. Sign Of The Cross (live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark (live)
Disc Two: 01. Be Quick Or Be Dead
02. Tailgunner
03. No More Lies
04. Coming Home
05. The Clansman (live)
06. For The Greater Good Of God
07. These Colours Don't Run
08. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
09. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows
Released June 7, 2011 on Universal

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