Edward the Great

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Edward the Great
Greatest hits album by Iron Maiden
Released 4 November 2002
Recorded 1982–2001
Genre Heavy metal
Length 1:14:04
Label EMI
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Best of the 'B' Sides
(2002)
Edward the Great
(2002)
The Essential Iron Maiden
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Edward the Great is Iron Maiden's third "best-of album", originally released on 4 November 2002.

Background[edit]

According to Mick Wall, the collection was controversial amongst fans as it was released not long after previous compilations such as Best of the Beast and Ed Hunter.[2] Bassist and founder member Steve Harris comments, "We did get a bit of flak for the Edward the Great album but it wasn't aimed at the hardcore fan, it was aimed at the peripheral people who've heard the name or seen the name on a T-shirt and wouldn't know which record to pick up."[2] To satisfy "the real collector", the band released the Eddie's Archive box set simultaneously.[2] Notably, neither edition features any songs from Paul Di'Anno's tenure.

In 2005, a revised edition was released in Europe, Asia and South-America with an updated track-listing. The new version coincided with the release of The Essential Iron Maiden compilation, released solely in North America, and featured songs from the Dance of Death album as well as an alternate live version of "Fear of the Dark".[3] The updated CD also added the song "Brave New World" from the album of the same name and the booklet included a new foreword by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, replacing the original foreword by founding member Steve Harris. The album cover does not differentiate between the two editions.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original track listing (2002)[edit]

Original track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Run to the Hills"   Steve Harris The Number of the Beast 3:55
2. "The Number of the Beast"   Harris The Number of the Beast 4:52
3. "Flight of Icarus"   Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith Piece of Mind 3:52
4. "The Trooper"   Harris Piece of Mind 4:11
5. "2 Minutes to Midnight"   Dickinson, Smith Powerslave 6:00
6. "Wasted Years"   Smith Somewhere in Time 5:06
7. "Can I Play with Madness"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 3:31
8. "The Evil That Men Do"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 4:34
9. "The Clairvoyant"   Harris Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 4:27
10. "Infinite Dreams"   Harris Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 6:10
11. "Holy Smoke"   Dickinson, Harris No Prayer for the Dying 3:48
12. "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"   Dickinson No Prayer for the Dying 4:44
13. "Man on the Edge"   Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers The X Factor 4:12
14. "Futureal"   Bayley, Harris Virtual XI 2:55
15. "The Wicker Man"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Brave New World 4:34
16. "Fear of the Dark" (live) Harris Rock in Rio 8:04
Total length:
1:14:55

Revised track listing (2005)[edit]

Revised track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Run to the Hills"   Harris The Number of the Beast 3:55
2. "The Number of the Beast"   Harris The Number of the Beast 4:52
3. "The Trooper"   Harris Piece of Mind 4:11
4. "Flight of Icarus"   Dickinson, Smith Piece of Mind 3:52
5. "2 Minutes to Midnight"   Dickinson, Smith Powerslave 6:00
6. "Wasted Years"   Smith Somewhere in Time 5:06
7. "Can I Play with Madness"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 3:31
8. "The Evil That Men Do"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 4:34
9. "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"   Dickinson No Prayer for the Dying 4:44
10. "Man on the Edge"   Bayley, Gers The X Factor 4:12
11. "Futureal"   Bayley, Harris Virtual XI 2:55
12. "The Wicker Man"   Dickinson, Harris, Smith Brave New World 4:34
13. "Brave New World"   Dickinson, Harris, Dave Murray Brave New World 6:18
14. "Wildest Dreams"   Harris, Smith Dance of Death 3:52
15. "Rainmaker"   Dickinson, Harris, Murray Dance of Death 3:48
16. "Fear of the Dark" (live) Harris Death on the Road 7:28
Total length:
1:13:52

Personnel[edit]

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

Iron Maiden
  • Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals (except "Man on the Edge", "Futureal")
  • Steve Harris – bass guitar, producer ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal"), co-producer ("The Wicker Man", "Fear of the Dark", "Brave New World", "Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Dave Murray – guitar
  • Janick Gers – guitar ("Holy Smoke", "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter", "Man on the Edge", "Futureal", "The Wicker Man", "Fear of the Dark", "Brave New World", "Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Adrian Smith – guitar (except "Holy Smoke", "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter", "Man on the Edge", "Futureal")
  • Nicko McBrain – drums (except "Run to the Hills", "The Number of the Beast")
Additional musicians
  • Blaze Bayley – lead vocals ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal")
  • Clive Burr – drums ("Run to the Hills", "The Number of the Beast")
Production
  • Martin Birch – producer (except "Man on the Edge", "Futureal", "The Wicker Man", "Fear of the Dark", "Brave New World", "Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Nigel Green – producer ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal")
  • Kevin Shirley – producer ("The Wicker Man", "Fear of the Dark", "Brave New World", "Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Simon Heyworth – remastering (except "Man on the Edge", "Futureal", "The Wicker Man", "Fear of the Dark", "Brave New World", "Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker"), mastering ("Man on the Edge")
  • Ronal Whelan – mastering ("Futureal")
  • George Marino – mastering ("The Wicker Man", "Brave New World", "Fear of the Dark"-2002)
  • Tim Young – mastering ("Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering ("Fear of the Dark"-2005)
  • Tom Adams – sleeve illustration
  • Peacock – art direction, design
  • Dimo Safari – photography
  • Simon Fowler – photography
  • Ross Halfin – photography
  • Rod Smallwood – management
  • Andy Taylor – management
  • Merck Mercuriadis – management

Chart performance[edit]

Country Chart (2002) Position
Japan Oricon 242[5]
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 16[6]
United Kingdom Official Albums Chart 57[7]
Country Chart (2003) Position
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 46[8]
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 34[9]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[11] Gold 15,201[11]
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 30,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Iron Maiden – Edward the Great: Greatest Hits at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 365. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  3. ^ a b "The Essential Iron Maiden". Ironmaiden.com. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Edward the Great (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 November 2002. 
  5. ^ "アイアン・メイデン – 偉大なるエディ~グレイテスト・ヒッツ" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden – Edward the Great – The Greatest Hits (album)". Sverigetopplistan. Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Iron Maiden Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Iron Maiden – Edward the Great – The Greatest Hits (album)" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Iron Maiden – Edward the Great – The Greatest Hits (album)". The Official Finnish Charts. Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Iron Maiden – Edward the Great". Music Canada. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  11. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  12. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 29 April 2013.