Edward the Great

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Edward the Great
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Compilation album by
Released4 November 2002
Recorded1982–2001/2003 (2005 reissue)
GenreHeavy metal
Length74:04[1]
LabelEMI
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Eddie's Archive:
(2002)
Edward the Great
(2002)
The Essential Iron Maiden
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Edward the Great: The Greatest Hits is Iron Maiden's third "best-of album", originally released on 4 November 2002. In contrast to other works by the group collecting together songs from different albums, such as Best of the Beast, Edward the Great includes no tracks with performances with vocalist Paul Di'Anno; however, material from when Blaze Bayley fronted the band were included.

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.[3] 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."[3] To satisfy "the real collector", the band released the Eddie's Archive box set simultaneously.[3] 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".[4] 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original track listing (2002)[edit]

Original track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Run to the Hills"Steve Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast3:55
2."The Number of the Beast"Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast4:52
3."Flight of Icarus"Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith1983 ~ Piece of Mind3:52
4."The Trooper"Harris1983 ~ Piece of Mind4:11
5."2 Minutes to Midnight"Dickinson, Smith1984 ~ Powerslave6:00
6."Wasted Years"Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time5:06
7."Can I Play With Madness"Dickinson, Harris, Smith1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3:31
8."The Evil That Men Do"Dickinson, Harris, Smith1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4:34
9."The Clairvoyant"Harris1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4:27
10."Infinite Dreams"Harris1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son6:10
11."Holy Smoke"Dickinson, Harris1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying3:48
12."Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:44
13."Man on the Edge"Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers1995 ~ The X Factor4:12
14."Futureal"Bayley, Harris1998 ~ Virtual XI2:55
15."The Wicker Man"Dickinson, Harris, Smith2000 ~ Brave New World4:34
16."Fear of the Dark" (Live in 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio (1992 ~ Fear of the Dark)8:04
Total length:74:55

Revised track listing (2005)[edit]

Revised track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Run to the Hills"Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast3:55
2."The Number of the Beast"Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast4:52
3."The Trooper"Harris1983 ~ Piece of Mind4:11
4."Flight of Icarus"Dickinson, Smith1983 ~ Piece of Mind3:52
5."2 Minutes to Midnight"Dickinson, Smith1984 ~ Powerslave6:00
6."Wasted Years"Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time5:06
7."Can I Play With Madness"Dickinson, Harris, Smith1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son3:31
8."The Evil That Men Do"Dickinson, Harris, Smith1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4:34
9."Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:44
10."Man on the Edge"Bayley, Gers1995 ~ The X Factor4:12
11."Futureal"Bayley, Harris1998 ~ Virtual XI2:55
12."The Wicker Man"Dickinson, Harris, Smith2000 ~ Brave New World4:34
13."Brave New World"Dickinson, Harris, Dave Murray2000 ~ Brave New World6:18
14."Wildest Dreams"Harris, Smith2003 ~ Dance of Death3:52
15."Rainmaker"Dickinson, Harris, Murray2003 ~ Dance of Death3:48
16."Fear of the Dark" (Live in 2003)Harris2005 ~ Death on the Road (1992 ~ Fear of the Dark)7:28
Total length:73:52

Personnel[edit]

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

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 edition)
  • Tim Young – mastering ("Wildest Dreams", "Rainmaker")
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering ("Fear of the Dark" — 2005 edition)
  • 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 Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[11] Gold 15,201[11]
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Edward the Great (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 November 2002.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. Iron Maiden – Edward the Great: Greatest Hits at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "The Essential Iron Maiden". Ironmaiden.com. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  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. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. 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 "Iron Maiden" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Iron Maiden – Edward the Great". British Phonographic Industry. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Edward the Great in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.