From Fear to Eternity (album)

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From Fear to Eternity
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Compilation album by
Released6 June 2011
Recorded1990–2010
Genre Heavy metal
Length153:56 [1]
Label EMI
Producer Martin Birch, Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Somewhere Back in Time
(2008)
From Fear to Eternity
(2011)

From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990–2010 is a compilation album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, containing a selection of songs originally released on the eight studio albums from No Prayer for the Dying to The Final Frontier . The title is lifted from the 1992 single, "From Here to Eternity", although it is not featured in this release.

Contents

Background

The album was announced on 15 March 2011, to be released by EMI on 23 May, [2] [3] although this was later changed to 6 June. [4] Unlike their previous compilation ( Somewhere Back in Time ), the release covered two CDs to encompass longer tracks, such as "Paschendale", although the price remained that of a single disc record. [5]

As with Somewhere Back in Time, each track is sung by Bruce Dickinson rather than Blaze Bayley (who sang on The X Factor and Virtual XI ), the band again opting to use later live versions of songs which originally featured other lead vocalists.

Artwork

The album cover was designed by Melvyn Grant, [6] and serves to reference each relevant studio release. Three representations of Eddie appear, one dressed in Grim Reaper attire (as in Dance of Death ), one atop the tank from A Matter of Life and Death – which is imprinted with the "Cross-Keys" symbol from The Final Frontier – and a large burning wicker man (the first single from Brave New World ). The artwork also contains the tree from Fear of the Dark , the tombstone from No Prayer for the Dying , a large "X" on the tree trunk (representing The X Factor ) and the twisted figures and burnt building structure from the Virtual XI cover.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Classic Rock 8/10 [9]
Metal Hammer 8/10 [10]
PopMatters 7/10 [11]
Thrash Magazine8.4/10 [12]

Classic Rock described the album as representing "Gold from every era", claiming that, although "weighted towards the... last five studio albums", the "earlier singles... fight their corner remarkably well." The review also argues that some of the release's later songs "match anything from Maiden's 80s heyday." [9]

In their July 2011 issue, Metal Hammer praised the compilation for doing "an excellent job of gathering the heartiest wheat over the last two decades", although deeming Blaze Bayley's absence from the album a "glitch" albeit "for the best." [10]

Track listing

Disc One
No.TitleWriter(s)Original AlbumLength
1."The Wicker Man" Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson 2000 ~ Brave New World 4:36
2."Holy Smoke"Harris, Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying 3:49
3."El Dorado"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2010 ~ The Final Frontier 6:49
4."Paschendale"Smith, Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death 8:27
5."Different World"Smith, Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death 4:18
6."Man on the Edge" (Live in Milan, Italy 1999) Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers 2000 ~ The Wicker Man(1995 ~ The X Factor )4:33
7."The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" Dave Murray, Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death7:21
8."Blood Brothers"Harris2000 ~ Brave New World7:14
9."Rainmaker"Murray, Harris, Dickinson2003 ~ Dance of Death3:49
10."Sign of the Cross" (Live in Rock in Rio, Brazil 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio (1995 ~ The X Factor)10:51
11."Brave New World"Murray, Harris, Dickinson2000 ~ Brave New World6:20
12."Fear of the Dark" (Live in Rock in Rio, Brazil 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio(1992 ~ Fear of the Dark )7:51
Disc Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original AlbumLength
1."Be Quick or Be Dead"Dickinson, Gers1992 ~ Fear of the Dark3:24
2."Tailgunner"Harris, Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:15
3."No More Lies"Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death7:22
4."Coming Home"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2010 ~ The Final Frontier5:53
5."The Clansman" (Live in Rock in Rio, Brazil 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio(1998 ~ Virtual XI )9:28
6."For the Greater Good of God"Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death9:24
7."These Colours Don't Run"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death6:53
8."Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:44
9."Afraid to Shoot Strangers"Harris1992 ~ Fear of the Dark6:56
10."Dance of Death"Gers, Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death8:37
11."When the Wild Wind Blows"Harris2010 ~ The Final Frontier11:02
Total length:153:56

Personnel

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes. [1]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
Production

Chart performance

CountryChart (2011)Peak
position
Austria Ö3 Austria Top 40 22 [13]
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 26 [14]
Belgium (Wallonia)44 [15]
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 11 [16]
France SNEP 46 [17]
Germany Media Control Charts 19 [18]
Greece IFPI Greece 10 [19]
Hungary Mahasz 30 [20]
Japan Oricon 100 [21]
Mexico Top 100 Mexico 54 [22]
Netherlands MegaCharts 45 [23]
New Zealand RIANZ 16 [24]
Norway VG-lista 10 [25]
Portugal AFP 8 [26]
Spain PROMUSICAE 23 [27]
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 6 [28]
Switzerland Swiss Hitparade 20 [29]
United Kingdom Official Albums Chart 19 [30]
United States Billboard 200 86 [31]

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [32] Silver60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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