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Iron Maiden - From Fear To Eternity: Best Of 1990-2010

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Iron Maiden - From Fear To Eternity: Best Of 1990-2010

Iron Maiden - From Fear To Eternity: Best Of 1990-2010

Universal Records
There hasn't been a shortage of Iron Maiden compilations over the years, with nearly a dozen live albums, a handful of greatest hits collections and a bunch of video and DVD releases. The latest addition to the comp catalog is From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010. You definitely get your money's worth, with 23 songs clocking in at over 2 ½ hours.

The albums covered in the collection are from No Prayer For The Dying through last year's The Final Frontier. However, Blaze Bayley is nowhere to be found. The songs from the Bayley era albums (1995's The X Factor and 1998's Virtual XI) are live versions done by Bruce Dickinson: “Man On The Edge,” “Sign Of The Cross” and “The Clansman.”

From Fear To Eternity includes Maiden classics such as “Paschendale,” “Holy Smoke,” “Fear Of The Dark” and “Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter.” More recent songs like “El Dorado” and “The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg” sound right at home, fitting in smoothly with the '90s era material.

The '80s were without a doubt the glory days for Iron Maiden, but From Fear To Eternity shows the band has released plenty of quality material during the past two decades, and from the way they are going, will probably do it for another couple decades. If you already own the Maiden catalog, there's no need to add this to your collection since there's nothing that doesn't appear on other albums.

However, if you more of a casual fan or want to explore Iron Maiden, this collection is a great starting place to familiarize yourself with some of their best songs over the past 20 years. I'd also recommend the compilation The Essential Iron Maiden. It spans their career from the beginning until 2003, and includes songs done by Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley in addition to Bruce Dickinson.

(released June 7, 2011 on Universal Records)

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