If Def Leppard epitomized the pop-metal/glam side of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal -- which took England by storm in the late '70s and early '80s -- Iron Maiden was NWOBHM's consummate fantasy metal band. Maiden wasn't content to write about sex, drugs, and rock & roll; their heritage was Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Rainbow, and their imaginative, gothic-themed lyrics were all about fantasy and escape. A best-of collection that Sanctuary assembled in 2002, Edward the Great: The Greatest Hits paints a consistently attractive picture of Maiden's contributions to British fantasy metal. Many of the Brits' finest, most essential recordings are provided, and that includes "Run to the Hills," "The Evil That Men Do," "Wasted Years," and "Two Minutes to Midnight" as well as "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" and "Can I Play with Madness." The material spans 1982-2001, which means that Blaze Bayley and Bruce Dickinson are the only lead singers heard on Edward the Great; Maiden's pre-1982 work with Paul Di'Anno (who Dickinson replaced) is excluded. And while the band's Di'Anno-era releases of 1980 and 1981 are enjoyable and worth hearing, most metal historians won't lament Di'Anno's absence from this collection -- in metal circles, the general consensus is that Maiden's most essential recordings came after Dickinson's arrival in 1982. Edward the Great is far from the last word on Maiden, and some hardcore fans are bound to lament the absence of certain songs (such as "Heaven Can Wait"). But then, Edward the Great wasn't designed for hardcore fans, who already have most or all of Maiden's albums. This 75-minute CD is for the casual listener who needs a concise dose of Introductory Maiden 101, and those who fit that description will find Edward the Great to be an excellent starting point.
Performance CreditsIron Maiden Primary Artist
Bruce Dickinson Group Member
Adrian Smith Group Member
Janick Gers Group Member
Steve Harris Group Member
Nicko McBrain Group Member
Dave Murray Group Member
Technical CreditsTom Adams Cover Illustration
Martin Birch Producer
Nigel Green Producer
Steve Harris Producer,Liner Notes
Kevin Shirley Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is no way to cover the volume of material that any band has put out in over 20 years on 1 disc and get a compilation that everyone is happy with . Having said that , this is still better than most "best of" CD's . If you like Iron Maiden and have not replaced all of your old albums , this is a good start .
As a long time admirer of this band and other 50's tribute bands, I have to say this collection is worth having - either as a newcomer to the band or as a true veteran. The collection starts off strong with a Tex-Mex version of Roy Orbison's "Bringin' on the Heartache" and then moves into a straight honky tonk version of "If you wanna be my lover". Fans of traditonal american music and history buffs will really bop their heads to the live songs included on this album with guest trombonist, Fletcher McGee. I also recommend any of their early recordings, which are probably a better place to start if you want to develop your taste buds for this fine ensemble.
With an advance listen to album, here's yet another Iron Maiden compilation that fails to showcase the Paul Di'Anno years, excluding "Running Free" (UK Top 10) and fan favorites "Wrathchild", "Killers", and "Murders On The Rue Morgue". While the CD¿s tracks are chronological and sonically impeccable testaments to Iron Maiden¿s talent, the overall CD remains inessential to listeners other than neophytes. Recommendation: buy their first four CD¿s, ¿Live After Death¿, and ¿Best Of The Beast¿ (to fill in the gaps).
It's a great CD, through and through, and i guess I only have 2 complaints. First, is the tragic oversight of "Aces High," which is arguably better than most of Maiden's work, if only becasue of the guitar-work. Secondly, there were just too many songs from "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son." there were four. I would've replaced "Can I Play With Madness" with "Aces High," and "Infinite Dreams" with one of their overlooked but awesome songs, like "Out of the Silent Planet" or "Hallowede Be Thy Name." Still a grat album, though, wspecially for someone who's never heard them before, but for someone like me, who already has most of the albums, It's just a conveniant way to show your unenlightened friends how awesome Maiden really is.
I think this is one of the best albums from Iron Maiden!