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Edward The Great
– The Greatest Hits –

4th November 2002

1. Run To The Hills (Harris)
2. The Number Of The Beast (Harris)
3. Flight Of Icarus (Smith, Dickinson)
4. The Trooper (Harris)
5. 2 Minutes to Midnight (Smith, Dickinson)
6. Wasted Years (Smith)
7. Can I Play With Madness (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
8. The Evil That Men Do (Smith, Dickinson, Harris)
9. The Clairvoyant (Harris)
10. Infinite Dreams (Harris)
11. Holy Smoke (Harris, Dickinson)
12. Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter (Dickinson)
13. Man On The Edge (Bayley, Gers)
14. Futureal (Harris, Bayley)
15. The Wicker Man (Smith, Harris, Dickinson)
16. Fear Of The Dark (live) (Harris)

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Edward The Great is Iron Maiden's third compilation album, after Best Of The Beast (1996) and Ed Hunter (1999). It is a collection of their greatest hits, so all you will find on this cd are songs that were released as singles through the years. One thing any Maiden fan will immediately notice is the lack of Paul Di'Anno-era songs. Apparently, they did not score as high in the charts as the others.

All in all Edward The Great is definitely not a must-have for any Maiden fan, as it doesn't contains any rare or new tracks. However, the band/management probably knew they might get complaints from the fans and offered the album's artwork for free on the official website.

So, what's good about this compilation? Let's say that it constitutes a quite nice introduction to Iron Maiden for those who don't know the band that well. It has some great tunes from Maiden's golden years (although perhaps a bit too many from Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son), along with some rather good songs from the 1990s and 2000s albums.

The album cover was done by a guy named Tom Adams. Although it's quite different from all the other album covers, it does fit the theme quite well. It shows Eddie as a ruler of some sorts, living up to the title of Edward The Great. He's on a throne, surrounded by wolves. Eddie's face is more or less the same as it has been since The Wicker Man video, with a huge evil grin, and a big chin. I must say that I prefer the older ones, but let's leave it at that.

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