From Fear to Eternity (album)

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From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 – 2010
Greatest hits album by Iron Maiden
Released 6 June 2011
Recorded 1990–2010
Genre Heavy metal
Length 153:56[1]
Label EMI
Producer Various
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Somewhere Back in Time
(2008)
From Fear to Eternity
(2011)

From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 – 2010 is a compilation album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, containing a selection of songs originally released on their last eight studio efforts to date. The title is lifted from the 1992 single, "From Here to Eternity", although it is not featured in this release.

Background[edit]

The album was announced on 15 March 2011, to be released by EMI on 23 May,[2][3] although this was later changed to 6 June.[4] Unlike their previous compilation (Somewhere Back in Time), the release covered two CDs to encompass longer tracks, such as "Paschendale", although the price remained that of a single disc record.[5]

As with Somewhere Back in Time, each track is sung by Bruce Dickinson rather than Blaze Bayley (who sang on The X Factor and Virtual XI), the band again opting to use later live versions of songs which originally featured other lead vocalists.

Artwork[edit]

The album cover was designed by Melvyn Grant,[6] and serves to reference each relevant studio release. Three representations of Eddie appear, one dressed in Grim Reaper attire (as in Dance of Death), one atop the tank from A Matter of Life and Death – which is imprinted with the "Cross-Keys" symbol from The Final Frontier – and a large burning wicker man (the first single from Brave New World). The artwork also contains the tree from Fear of the Dark, the tombstone from No Prayer for the Dying, a large "X" on the tree trunk (representing The X Factor) and the twisted figures and burnt building structure from the Virtual XI cover.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[7]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[8]
Classic Rock 8/10[9]
Metal Hammer 8/10[10]
PopMatters 7/10[11]
Thrash Magazine 8.4/10[12]

Classic Rock described the album as representing "Gold from every era", claiming that, although "weighted towards the... last five studio albums", the "earlier singles... fight their corner remarkably well." The review also argues that some of the release's later songs "match anything from Maiden's 80s heyday."[9]

In their July 2011 issue, Metal Hammer praised the compilation for doing "an excellent job of gathering the heartiest wheat over the last two decades", although deeming Blaze Bayley's absence from the album a "glitch" albeit "for the best."[10]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Wicker Man" (from Brave New World) Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 4:36
2. "Holy Smoke" (from No Prayer for the Dying) Harris, Dickinson Martin Birch 3:49
3. "El Dorado" (from The Final Frontier) Smith, Harris, Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 6:49
4. "Paschendale" (from Dance of Death) Smith, Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 8:27
5. "Different World" (from A Matter of Life and Death) Smith, Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 4:18
6. "Man on the Edge (live)" (B-side of "The Wicker Man" single; originally from The X Factor) Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 4:33
7. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" (from A Matter of Life and Death) Dave Murray, Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 7:21
8. "Blood Brothers" (from Brave New World) Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 7:14
9. "Rainmaker" (from Dance of Death) Murray, Harris, Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 3:49
10. "Sign of the Cross (live)" (from Rock in Rio; originally from The X Factor) Harris Kevin Shirley 10:51
11. "Brave New World" (from Brave New World) Murray, Harris, Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 6:20
12. "Fear of the Dark (live)" (from Rock in Rio; originally from Fear of the Dark) Harris Kevin Shirley 7:51
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Be Quick or Be Dead" (from Fear of the Dark) Dickinson, Gers Martin Birch 3:24
2. "Tailgunner" (from No Prayer for the Dying) Harris, Dickinson Martin Birch 4:15
3. "No More Lies" (from Dance of Death) Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 7:22
4. "Coming Home" (from The Final Frontier) Smith, Harris, Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 5:53
5. "The Clansman (live)" (from Rock in Rio; originally from Virtual XI) Harris Kevin Shirley 9:28
6. "For the Greater Good of God" (from A Matter of Life and Death) Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 9:24
7. "These Colours Don't Run" (from A Matter of Life and Death) Smith, Harris, Dickinson Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 6:53
8. "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" (from No Prayer for the Dying) Dickinson Martin Birch 4:44
9. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (from Fear of the Dark) Harris Martin Birch 6:56
10. "Dance of Death" (from Dance of Death) Gers, Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 8:37
11. "When the Wild Wind Blows" (from The Final Frontier) Harris Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris 11:02
Total length:
153:56

Chart performance[edit]

Country Chart (2011) Peak
position
Austria Ö3 Austria Top 40 22[13]
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 26[14]
Belgium (Wallonia) 44[15]
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 11[16]
France SNEP 46[17]
Germany Media Control Charts 19[18]
Greece IFPI Greece 10[19]
Hungary Mahasz 30[20]
Japan Oricon 100[21]
Mexico Top 100 Mexico 54[22]
Netherlands MegaCharts 45[23]
New Zealand RIANZ 16[24]
Norway VG-lista 10[25]
Portugal AFP 8[26]
Spain PROMUSICAE 23[27]
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 6[28]
Switzerland Swiss Hitparade 20[29]
United Kingdom Official Albums Chart 19[30]
United States Billboard 200 86[31]

Personnel[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[1]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
  • Michael Kenney – keyboards on "Sign of the Cross", "Afraid to Shoot Strangers", "Fear of the Dark" and "The Clansman" (uncredited)
Production

References[edit]

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