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Best of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Release date:
September 23rd, 1996
Catalog ID:
EMI Records
4 reviews (avg. 58%)
Disc 1
1. Virus 06:13   Show lyrics
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2. Sign of the Cross 11:17   Show lyrics
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3. Man on the Edge 04:13   Show lyrics
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4. Afraid to Shoot Strangers (Live 1.11.1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden) 06:50   Show lyrics
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5. Be Quick or Be Dead 03:24   Show lyrics
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6. Fear of the Dark (Live 27.08.1992 in Helsinki, Finland) 07:23   Show lyrics
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7. Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter 04:46   Show lyrics
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8. Holy Smoke 03:49   Show lyrics
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9. The Clairvoyant 04:28   Show lyrics
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10. Can I Play with Madness? 03:32   Show lyrics
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11. The Evil That Men Do 04:36   Show lyrics
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12. Heaven Can Wait 07:22   Show lyrics
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13. Wasted Years 05:08   Show lyrics
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Disc 2
1. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Live 14-17.03.1985 in Long Beach, The United States) 13:27   Show lyrics
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2. Running Free (Live 14-17.03.1985 in Long Beach, The United States) 03:29   Show lyrics
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3. 2 Minutes to Midnight 06:05   Show lyrics
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4. Aces High 04:31   Show lyrics
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5. Where Eagles Dare 06:14   Show lyrics
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6. The Trooper 04:15   Show lyrics
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7. The Number of the Beast 04:54   Show lyrics
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8. Run to the Hills 03:56   Show lyrics
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9. Hallowed Be Thy Name 07:16   Show lyrics
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10. Wrathchild 02:57   Show lyrics
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11. Phantom of the Opera 07:12   Show lyrics
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12. Sanctuary 03:16   Show lyrics
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13. Strange World (Demo Version) 05:24   Show lyrics
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14. Iron Maiden (Demo Version) 04:03   Show lyrics
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Miscellaneous staff
Derek Riggs Cover art
Martin Birch Producer
Nigel Green Producer
Steve Harris Producer
Will Malone Producer
Derek Riggs Cover art
Martin Birch Producer
Nigel Green Producer
Steve Harris Producer
Will Malone Producer
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"Best Of The Beast" is the first major Iron Maiden compilation. It contains a sampling of songs from Maiden's entire career, from the earliest Soundhouse recordings up through "The X Factor". Released as a limited edition digibook which is a fairly long booklet containing album and single cover pictures, diary entries, song lyrics, discography, and tour information. There are two major highlights of "Best Of The Beast", the new single "Virus", "Afraid To Shoot Strangers" (live '95) and two songs from the original Soundhouse Tapes, "Strange World" and "Iron Maiden", which were previously unavailable on CD. (The 4 LP version contains more & exclusive tracks like "Seventh son of a seventh son", "Revelations (Live), "The prisoner", "Killers", "Remember tomorrow", "Prowler - Soundhouse tapes" and "Invasion - Soundhouse tapes").

Tracks 1.1, 1.4 and 2.13 previously unreleased.
Tracks 2.13 and 2.14 were recorded on 31st December 1978 to be included on Demo "The Soundhouse Tapes", but the band didn't have enough money to produce the "Strange World", thus it was left unreleased.

Former members when this compilation was released:
- Doug Sampson
- Dennis Stratton
- Paul DiAnno
- Clive Burr
- Adrian Smith
- Bruce Dickinson

CD1: track 4 mixed by Steve Harris & Nigel Green.
All tracks are re-mastered.

"Best of the Beast" has also been released also as a limited edition 4 LP boxed set, standard double CD and a 1 CD version, with a very different tracklist.
The 4LP includes the whole "The Soundhouse Tapes".

This compilation is now out of print.

1CD Playlist:
01. Number Of The Beast
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. Fear Of The Dark
04. Run To The Hills
05. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
06. The Evil Men That Do
07. Aces High
08. Be Quick Or Be Dead
09. 2 Minutes To Midnight
10. Man On Edge
11. Virus
12. Running Free
13. Wasted Years
14. The Clairevoyant
15. The Trooper
16. Hallowed Be Thy Name

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