Somewhere Back in Time

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Somewhere Back in Time
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Compilation album by
Released12 May 2008
Recorded1982-1988
Genre Heavy metal
Length71:25 [1]
Label EMI
Universal Music Group (US)
Producer Martin Birch
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
The Essential Iron Maiden
(2005)
Somewhere Back in Time
(2008)
From Fear to Eternity
(2011)

Somewhere Back in Time - The Best of: 1980 - 1989 is a best of release by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, containing a selection of songs originally recorded for their first eight albums (including Live After Death ).

Contents

Background

The album was released in conjunction with the band's Somewhere Back In Time World Tour to allow new fans to listen to a selection of the band's material that was played on the tour. The cover artwork by Derek Riggs features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time .

A number of tracks were taken from the band's 1985 live album, Live After Death, because the band preferred to use recordings which featured current Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson rather than Paul Di'Anno, who sang on their first two studio releases.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Classic Rock 9/10 [4]
Kerrang! 5/5 [5]
Metal Hammer 9/10 [6]
Rocksound 8/10 [7]

Reviews for the compilation were generally positive, with Kerrang! commenting that "metal collections don't come much more solid than this." [5] Classic Rock deemed it "a relentless, 70-minute crowd pleaser marathon," containing "timeless anthems that still make the adrenalin surge and the sinews stiffen after all these years." [4] Metal Hammer praised it for being "a reminder of why Iron Maiden became the most important band on the planet back in the 1980s - and why, once again, they've reclaimed that crown." [6]

AllMusic, however, were more critical of the release, deeming the album "merely adequate" and decrying the band's decision to avoid using the original versions of songs featuring Paul Di'Anno on lead vocals. [3]

Track listing

All songs written by Steve Harris, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Churchill's Speech" Winston Churchill 1985 ~ Live After Death (Segues into the next song)0:49
2."Aces High" (Live in Long Beach, US 1985) 1985 ~ Live After Death(1984 ~ Powerslave )4:36
3."2 Minutes to Midnight" Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson 1984 ~ Powerslave6:00
4."The Trooper" 1983 ~ Piece of Mind 4:11
5."Wasted Years"Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time 5:06
6."Children of the Damned" 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast 4:35
7."The Number of the Beast" 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast4:53
8."Run to the Hills" 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast3:53
9."Phantom of the Opera" (Live in Hammersmith, UK 1984) 1985 ~ Live After Death(1980 ~ Iron Maiden )7:21
10."The Evil That Men Do"Smith, Harris, Dickinson1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 4:34
11."Wrathchild" (Live in Hammersmith, UK 1984) 1985 ~ Live After Death(1981 ~ Killers )3:07
12."Can I Play With Madness"Smith, Dickinson, Harris1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3:31
13."Powerslave"Dickinson1984 ~ Powerslave6:47
14."Hallowed Be Thy Name" 1982 ~ The Number of the Beast7:12
15."Iron Maiden" (Live in Long Beach, US 1985) 1985 ~ Live After Death(1980 ~ Iron Maiden)4:50
Total length:71:25

Personnel

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

Iron Maiden
Production

Chart performance

CountryChart (2008)Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts 81 [8]
Austria Ö3 Austria Top 40 26 [9]
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 19 [10]
Belgium (Wallonia)36 [11]
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 3 [12]
Germany Media Control Charts 84 [13]
Japan Oricon 39 [14]
Netherlands MegaCharts 74 [15]
New Zealand RIANZ 24 [16]
Norway VG-lista 4 [17]
Spain PROMUSICAE 36 [18]
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 2 [19]
Switzerland Swiss Hitparade 31 [20]
United Kingdom Official Albums Chart 14 [21]
United States Billboard 200 58 [22]
CountryChart (2009)Peak
position
Mexico Top 100 Mexico 47 [23]
CountryChart (2010)Peak
position
Greece IFPI Greece 56 [24]

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) [25] Gold11,815 [25]
Sweden (GLF) [26] Gold20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [27] Gold100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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