|Somewhere Back in Time|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||12 May 2008|
|Label|| EMI |
Universal Music Group (US)
|Iron Maiden compilations chronology|
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 ).
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.
Reviews for the compilation were generally positive, with Kerrang! commenting that "metal collections don't come much more solid than this."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." 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."
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.
All songs written by Steve Harris, except where noted.
|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 ~ Powerslave||6:00|
|4.||"The Trooper"||1983 ~ Piece of Mind||4:11|
|5.||"Wasted Years"||Smith||1986 ~ 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 Beast||4:53|
|8.||"Run to the Hills"||1982 ~ The Number of the Beast||3:53|
|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, Dickinson||1988 ~ 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, Harris||1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son||3:31|
|13.||"Powerslave"||Dickinson||1984 ~ Powerslave||6:47|
|14.||"Hallowed Be Thy Name"||1982 ~ The Number of the Beast||7:12|
|15.||"Iron Maiden" (Live in Long Beach, US 1985)||1985 ~ Live After Death(1980 ~ Iron Maiden)||4:50|
Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.
|Austria||Ö3 Austria Top 40||26|
|Finland||The Official Finnish Charts||3|
|Germany||Media Control Charts||84|
|United Kingdom||Official Albums Chart||14|
|United States||Billboard 200||58|
|Mexico||Top 100 Mexico||47|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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