Best of the 'B' Sides

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Best of the 'B' Sides
Compilation album by Iron Maiden
Released 4 November 2002
Recorded 1979—1999
Genre Heavy metal
Length 2:14:10
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Ed Hunter
(1999)
Eddie's Archive:
BBC Archives /
Beast over Hammersmith /
Best of the 'B' Sides
(2002)
Edward the Great
(2002)

Best of the 'B' Sides is a compilation of B-sides by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 4 November 2002 as part of the Eddie's Archive box set.[1] Each track was remastered and the set came with a running commentary from Rod Smallwood.[2] Covering all of their singles from their first (1980's "Running Free") to 2000's "Out of the Silent planet",[3] many of the band's original B-sides were excluded from the collection: "Mission From 'Arry" (from "2 Minutes to Midnight", 1984); "Bayswater Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (from "Be Quick or Be Dead", 1992); "I Live My Way" (from "Man on the Edge", 1995); as well as their cover of Thin Lizzy's "Massacre" (from "Can I Play with Madness", 1988) and a number of live B-sides. It is described on the band's website as "a collection that not only reveals much about the band as individuals and the inherent character of the band, but also provides a real insight into who and where their influences came from."[2]

Track listing[edit]

CD one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original single Length
1. "Burning Ambition"   Steve Harris "Running Free" (1980) 2:42
2. "Drifter" (live) Harris "Sanctuary" (1980) 6:03
3. "Invasion"   Harris "Women in Uniform" (1980) 2:39
4. "Remember Tomorrow" (live) Paul Di'Anno, Harris "The Number of the Beast" (1982) 5:28
5. "I've Got the Fire"   Ronnie Montrose; Montrose cover "Flight of Icarus" (1983) 2:39
6. "Cross-Eyed Mary"   Ian Anderson; Jethro Tull cover "The Trooper" (1983) 3:56
7. "Rainbow's Gold"   Terry Slesser, Kenny Mountain; Beckett cover "2 Minutes to Midnight" (1984) 4:59
8. "King of Twilight"   Nektar; Nektar cover "Aces High" (1984) 4:53
9. "Reach Out" (lead vocals sung by Adrian Smith) Dave Colwell "Wasted Years" (1986) 3:33
10. "That Girl"   Andy Barnett, Goldsworth, Jupp; FM cover "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1986) 5:05
11. "Juanita"   Steve Barnacle, Derek O'Neil; Marshall Fury cover "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1986) 3:47
12. "The Sheriff of Huddersfield"   Iron Maiden "Wasted Years" (1986) 3:35
13. "Black Bart Blues"   Bruce Dickinson, Harris "Can I Play with Madness" (1988) 6:41
14. "Prowler '88"   Harris "The Evil That Men Do" (1988) 4:09
15. "Charlotte the Harlot '88"   Dave Murray "The Evil That Men Do" (1988) 4:13

CD two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original single Length
1. "All in Your Mind"   Del Bromham; Stray cover "Holy Smoke" (1990) 4:31
2. "Kill Me Ce Soir"   George Kooymans, Barry Hay, John Fenton; Golden Earring cover "Holy Smoke" (1990) 6:17
3. "I'm a Mover"   Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers; Free cover "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" (1990) 3:29
4. "Communication Breakdown"   John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page; Led Zeppelin cover "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" (1990) 2:42
5. "Nodding Donkey Blues"   Iron Maiden "Be Quick or Be Dead" (1992) 3:17
6. "Space Station No. 5"   Ronnie Montrose; Montrose cover "Be Quick or Be Dead" (1992) 3:47
7. "I Can't See My Feelings"   Tony Bourge, Burke Shelley; Budgie cover "From Here to Eternity" (1992) 3:50
8. "Roll over Vic Vella" (Cover of "Roll Over Beethoven" with different lyrics) Chuck Berry "From Here to Eternity" (1992) 4:48
9. "Justice of the Peace"   Harris, Murray "Man on the Edge" (1995) 3:33
10. "Judgement Day"   Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers "Man on the Edge" (1995) 4:04
11. "My Generation"   Pete Townshend; The Who cover "Lord of the Flies" (1995) 3:37
12. "Doctor Doctor"   Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg; UFO cover "Lord of the Flies" (1995) 4:50
13. "Blood on the Worlds Hands" (live) Harris "The Angel and the Gambler" (1998) 6:07
14. "The Aftermath" (live) Bayley, Gers, Harris "The Angel and the Gambler" (1998) 6:45
15. "Futureal" (live) Bayley, Harris "The Wicker Man" (2000) 3:01
16. "Wasted Years '99" (live) Smith "Out of the Silent Planet" (2000) 5:00

Personnel[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[4]

Iron Maiden
  • Steve Harris – bass guitar, producer (disc 2, tracks 5–7 and 9–14)
  • Dave Murray – guitar
  • Doug Sampson – drums (disc 1, track 1)
  • Paul Di'Anno – lead vocals (disc 1, tracks 1–3)
  • Dennis Stratton – guitar (disc 1, tracks 2 and 3)
  • Clive Burr – drums (disc 1, tracks 1–4)
  • Adrian Smith – guitar (disc 1, tracks 4–15; disc 2, tracks 15 and 16), lead vocals (disc 1, track 9)
  • Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals (disc 1, tracks 4–8 and 10–15; disc 2, tracks 1–8, 15 and 16), backing vocals (disc 1, track 9)
  • Nicko McBrain – drums (disc 1, tracks 5–15; disc 2)
  • Janick Gers – guitar (disc 2)
  • Blaze Bayley – lead vocals (disc 2, tracks 9–14)
Production
  • Guy Edwards – producer (disc 1, track 1)
  • Will Malone – producer (disc 1, track 2)
  • "Iron Maiden" – producer (disc 1, track 3; disc 2, tracks 15 and 16)
  • Martin Birch – producer (disc 1, tracks 4–15; disc 2, tracks 1–8)
  • Nigel Green – producer (disc 2, tracks 9–12)
  • Mark Wilkinson – cover illustration
  • Nick Watson – mastering
  • Rod Smallwood – management
  • Andy Taylor – management
  • Merck Mercuriadis – management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Iron Maiden – Eddie's Archive at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Best of the B-Sides". ironmaiden.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 364. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  4. ^ Best of the 'B' Sides (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 November 2002.