Their time has come! The classic gems of modern day Iron Maiden are finally being collected on a late era only, 2-disc compilation. Donning their hits from 1990 – 2010, Iron Maiden has released a 2-disc set of powerful songs tilted From Fear To Eternity. The title is a nice word play off two of Iron Maiden’s better known hits from the early 90s. From Fear To Eternity is a great tribute to latter day Iron Maiden songs that seem too often to be ignored.
Obviously the fans love the classic material. If you’re seeking a collection of Maiden’s 80s hits, Somewhere Back In Time was released in 2008 and can be easily found. However, if you’ve been wondering what the band has been up to lately, but haven’t picked up any of their newer albums, this is the collection for you.
Not since 2005’s Essential Iron Maiden set have this many post modern Maiden tunes been available in one collection. Combining classics like “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter” with modern smashes like “These Colours Don’t Run” is excellent work. And while there are some key tracks that have been excluded (most notably “Futureal” from Virtual IX), the songs that are included pack quite the wallop.
Some of the key moments on this 2-disc collection of hits come from the past decade of Maiden greatness. “Coming Home,” “For The Greater Good Of God,” and “Paschendale” all show the brilliance that Maiden has recently crafted. If you haven’t given the newer music a chance, then this is a fantastic way to reintroduce yourself to the band. The last four Iron Maiden studio albums have all been brilliant and some of the best tracks from each of those discs are captured on From Fear To Eternity.
Another nice inclusion is the rare B-side “Man On The Edge” live with Bruce Dickinson singing lead vocals. I’m not sure what tour this was recorded during, but it was nice to hear Dickinson’s take on the song. However, the decision to not include any songs that Blaze Bayley sang on comes as quite a disappointment. His rendition of “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” is exceptional and it would have been nice to see a few songs with his vocals featured on this set. As it is though, the band opted to only include the Bruce Dickinson versions of all the tracks.
As happens with any greatest hits package, there are bound to be debates over the songs that were not included in the final cut. Both “Wildest Dreams” and “The Final Frontier” are surprising absences on From Fear To Eternity. Other missed opportunities include: “From Here To Eternity,” “The Angel And The Gambler,” and “Journeyman,” just to name a few.
Overall From Fear To Eternity is a great collection of repackaged material. It you own the entire Maiden catalog, feel free to skip over this set. If you’ve missed out on some of the latter material though, then this is the perfect album to catch you up.
U.S. fans can get free downloads of the songs, “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg, and “The Wicker Man” at this link. Check it out!!
Rating: Out of 10
- The Wicker Man
- Holy Smoke
- El Dorado
- Different World
- Man On The Edge (Live)
- The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
- Blood Brothers
- Rain Maker
- Sign Of The Cross (Live)
- Brave New World
- Fear Of The Dark (Live)
- Be Quick Or Be Dead
- No More Lies
- Coming Home
- The Clansman (Live)
- For The Greater Good Of God
- These Colours Don’t Run
- Bring Your Daughter…To The Slaughter
- Afraid To Shoot Strangers
- Dance Of Death
- When The Wind Blows
Iron Maiden Is:
Bruce Dickinson – Vocals
Steve Harris – Bass
Janick Gers – Guitar
Dave Murray – Guitar
Adrian Smith – Guitar
Nicko McBrain – Drums
THE RELEASE OF A BRAND NEW COLLECTION FROM IRON MAIDEN
‘FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY: THE BEST OF 1990-2010’
UMe is proud to announce the release of From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010 in the U.S. on June 7, 2011. A double-CD set spanning twenty years, this follows the huge success of 2010’s studio album The Final Frontier which hit the number one spot in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band’s highest-charting album in the USA where Iron Maiden have just been awarded their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance for the song “El Dorado,” taken from The Final Frontier album, and which is included in this collection.
Iron Maiden’s current phenomenal global success has seen the band not only scale new-found heights aided by their unique method of touring, using a customized Boeing 757 – named Ed Force One by their fans – to transport band, crew and all their equipment around the world to many new places, but has meant their ever-expanding fan base now encompasses a brand new generation of metal lovers. From Fear To Eternity is a chance for these new fans to explore the group’s rich history, with the highlights of their last eight studio albums distilled into this handy collection, which follows 2009’s compilation of their earlier work from 1980-1990, the album Somewhere Back In Time.
Perennial favorites found on this album include songs also featured on Maiden’s current “The Final Frontier World Tour” set list; tracks such as “Fear Of The Dark,” “The Wicker Man,” “Blood Brothers” and “Dance Of Death” sit alongside recent classics “El Dorado” and the hauntingly evocative “When The Wild Wind Blows.” It also includes singles like “Holy Smoke” and “Be Quick Or Be Dead” together with more progressive thought-provoking album tracks like “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” and “For The Greater Good Of God.” This new collection charts the musical development of Britain’s most successful metal band as they have evolved their sound, producing longer, more complex songs, while gaining huge critical acclaim in the process. Featuring many of the epics for which the band has become renowned, it is accordingly released as a double-CD, but will retail for the price of a single album.
The full track listing for the CD album is as follows:
1. The Wicker Man 4.36
2. Holy Smoke 3.49
3. El Dorado 6:49
4. Paschendale 8.28
5. Different World 4.19
6. Man On The Edge (LIVE) 4.40
7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg 7.22
8. Blood Brothers 7.14
9. Rainmaker 3.49
10. Sign of the Cross (LIVE) 10.49
11. Brave New World 6.19
12. Fear Of The Dark (LIVE) 7.41
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead 3.24
2. Tailgunner 4.15
3. No More Lies 7.22
4. Coming Home 5.52
5. The Clansman (LIVE) 9.06
6. For the Greater Good of God 9.25
7. These Colours Don’t Run) 6.52
8. Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter 4.44
9. Afraid to Shoot Strangers 6.57
10. Dance of Death 8.36
11. When the Wild Wind Blows 11.02
*It will also be made available as a Digital Download Album and as a Limited Edition Triple-Vinyl Picture Disc.
Iron Maiden’s 2011 “The Final Frontier Tour” is currently underway in an Around The World In 66 Days odyssey aboard Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer and qualified airline captain Bruce Dickinson. Having recently completed a series of shows in Australia and first-ever visits to Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea, they are now on their way to Mexico for concerts in Monterrey and Mexico City. After this they will play shows right across South America, including Argentina and Chile where both shows will be filmed for inclusion in a DVD to be released later this year.
Says bassist and founding member Steve Harris, “The tour has been amazing so far and we’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction from our fans everywhere. We are now on our way to Mexico and South America which the whole band is very excited about! We really enjoy playing there as the fans are so passionate and we always feel a huge responsibility to put on the best show we possibly can for them. For this tour we have a great set list, a brand new stage show, and of course Eddie! This leg of the tour ends with two shows in Florida in April, which is another favorite place for us to play, then we’ll be taking a short break before a series of summer headline festival and stadium shows in Europe, finishing up with our first U.K. arena tour in many years. It’s a great way to round off what has been an incredible time for Maiden these last few years. We are really looking forward to seeing all our loyal fans again and welcoming all the new ones! ”
Iron Maiden are offering two free downloads from the set. Click here to score ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg’.
Here is the full list of upcoming tour dates:
Saturday 28 Festhalle, Frankfurt Germany
Sunday 29 Kopi Arena, Oberhausen Germany
Tuesday 31 Olympiahalle, Munich Germany
Thursday 2 O2 World, Hamburg Germany
Friday 3 O2 World, Berlin Germany
Tuesday 7 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart Germany
Wednesday 8 Gelredome, Arnhem Netherlands
Friday 10 Sonisphere, Warsaw Poland
Saturday 11 Sonisphere, Prague Czech Republic
Monday 13 Novarock, Nickelsdorf Austria
Friday 17 Sonisphere, Athens Greece
Tuesday 21 Sonisphere, Sofia Bulgaria
Friday 24 Sonisphere, Basel Switzerland
Saturday 25 Sonisphere, Imola Italy
Monday 27 Bercy, Paris France
Tuesday 28 Bercy, Paris France
Thursday 30 Roskilde Festival Denmark
Friday 1 Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg Sweden
Sunday 3 Rock Werchter Festival Belgium
Wednesday 6 Telenor Arena, Oslo Norway
Friday 8 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki Finland
Sunday 10 SKK Petersburgskiy, St Petersburg Russia
Thursday 14 30th Moto Meeting, Faro Portugal
Saturday 16 Sonisphere, Madrid Spain
Wednesday 20 SECC, Glasgow Scotland
Thursday 21 AECC P&J Arena, Aberdeen Scotland
Saturday 23 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle England
Sunday 24 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield England
Wednesday 27 Trent FM Arena, Nottingham England
Thursday 28 MEN Arena, Manchester England
Sunday 31 NIA Arena, Birmingham England
Monday 1 CIA Arena, Cardiff Wales
Wednesday 3 Odyssey, Belfast N. Ireland
Friday 5 O2 Arena, London England
Saturday 6 O2 Arena, London England