Best of the Beast

Best of/Compilation, EMI Records
September 23rd, 1996

"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").

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.

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
Disc 1
1.Virus (previously unreleased)06:13
2.Sign of the Cross11:17
3.Man on the Edge04:13
4.Afraid to Shoot Strangers (live, previously unreleased))06:50
5.Be Quick or Be Dead03:24
6.Fear of the Dark (live)07:23
7.Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter04:46
8.Holy Smoke03:49
9.The Clairvoyant04:28
10.Can I Play With Madness?03:32
11.The Evil That Men Do04:36
12.Heaven Can Wait07:22
13.Wasted Years05:08
Disc 2
1.Rime of the Ancient Mariner (live)13:27
2.Running Free (live)03:29
3.2 Minutes to Midnight06:05
4.Aces High04:31
5.Where Eagles Dare06:14
6.The Trooper04:15
7.The Number of the Beast04:54
8.Run to the Hills03:56
9.Hallowed Be Thy Name07:16
11.Phantom of the Opera07:12
13.Strange World (The Soundhouse Tapes)05:24
14.Iron Maiden (The Soundhouse Tapes)04:03
Total playing time02:30:00

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