Title - 'From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010'
Artist - Iron Maiden
For those not in the know, 'From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010' is a packed double-CD set spanning twenty years of Iron Maiden. It follows the huge success of 2010's studio album, 'The Final Frontier' which hit the #1 spot in 28 countries around the world.
The frenetic 'Wicker Man' (the first single from Brave New World) kicks us off on this Iron Maiden metal tour de force, and is followed by both 'Holy Smoke' (their 21st single) and 'El Dorado' (from The Final Frontier). The keyboard-infused 9 minute 'Paschendale' (from Dance of Death) is next (about an unknown soldier relating a message on his dying grave), before 'Different World' (from 2006's A Matter of Life and Death) and a tremendous live version of 'Man On The Edge' (intro'd by Dickinson as "A story of a briefcase, a lunch, and a man on the edge") is brought forth.
The initially-sedate 'The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg' (from their 14th studio album) is next, with both 'Blood Brothers' (from Brave New World) and their 37th single 'Rainmaker' following close behind. Then comes the emphatic 11 minute live cut, and the band's longest song ever recorded, 'Sign Of The Cross' - complete with demonic stage chants, frenzied audience clapping, and a beautiful orchestral opening. The first disc ends with 'Brave New World' and 'a live version of 'Fear Of The Dark,' intro'd by Dickinson as "A light in the black, or just a fear of the dark?!"
Disc two begins with the frantic 'Be Quick Or Be Dead' (the first single from Fear of the Dark), before 'Tailgunner' and the guitar-laden 'No More Lies' from Dance Of Death. The quiet, paced 'Coming Home' (from The Final Frontier) is next, before a near-10 minute live cut of 'The Clansman.' Originally recorded for Blaze Bayley's voice, it is introduced by Dickinson as "A song about freedom, which should be something familiar to you all - but which sometimes is not."
The rampage of 'For The Greater Good of God' follows with the nearly-instrumental 'These Colours Don't Run' (both tracks from A Matter Of Life And Death), and then the true hit from the 2-disc package, 'Bring Your Daughter ... To The Slaughter.' I say true 'hit' as there, basically, isn't another track out of the 23 that comes close to reminding me of a true Iron Maiden classic 'hit'!
Anyway, moving on, next is the (initially) sedate, story-telling of 'Afraid To Shoot Strangers' (from 1992's Fear Of The Dark), before both 'Dance Of Death' (from their 13th studio album), and the 11 minute 'When The Wild Wind Blows' bring the whole musical onslaught to a close!