Tracklist

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CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Virus 6:14
2 Sign of the Cross 4.25 11:17
3 Man on the Edge 4.65 4:13
4 Afraid to Shoot Strangers (live) 6:50
5 Be Quick or Be Dead 4.35 3:24
6 Fear of the Dark (live) 7:24
7 Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter 4.5 4:45
8 Holy Smoke 4 3:50
9 The Clairvoyant 4.25 4:28
10 Can I Play With Madness 4.6 3:32
11 The Evil That Men Do 4 4:35
12 Heaven Can Wait 5 7:22
13 Wasted Years 4.4 5:08
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Rime of the Ancient Mariner (live) 4 13:27
2 Running Free (live) 5 3:29
3 2 Minutes to Midnight 4.25 6:05
4 Aces High 4.5 4:32
5 Where Eagles Dare 3 6:14
6 The Trooper 4.3 4:15
7 The Number of the Beast 4.5 4:54
8 Run to the Hills 4.2 3:56
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name 4.55 7:16
10 Wrathchild 4 2:57
11 Phantom of the Opera 4.6 7:12
12 Sanctuary 3.6 3:16
13 Strange World 5:25
14 Iron Maiden 4:02

Credits

CD 1

guitar synthesizer:
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (tracks 12–13)
electric bass guitar:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
drums (drum set):
Nicko McBrain (tracks 1, 4–6, 12–13)
Nicko McBrain (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Nicko McBrain (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
Nicko McBrain (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
bass guitar:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1, 4–6, 12–13)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
synthesizer:
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 12–13)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
guitar:
Janick Gers (tracks 4–6)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (tracks 4–6, 12–13)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 12–13)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Janick Gers (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
electric guitar:
Janick Gers (track 1)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (track 1)
Janick Gers (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
percussion:
Nicko McBrain (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
keyboard:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1994 – 1995-08) (track 3)
bass synthesizer:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 12–13)
additional engineer:
Bruce Buchalter (Engineer) (tracks 12–13)
assistant engineer:
Sean Burrows (tracks 12–13)
Les Kingham (Engineer) (tracks 7–8)
Mick McKenna (tracks 2–3, 5, 7–8)
Ronald Prent (Dutch Sound engineer and producer) (tracks 12–13)
Chris Marshall (tracks 7–8)
background vocals:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 12–13)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 12–13)
composer:
Janick Gers (track 5)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (tracks 5, 7)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 12)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (track 13)
engineer:
Martin Birch (tracks 5, 7–13)
Nigel Green (tracks 2–3)
Albert Boekholt (tracks 12–13)
Les Lambert (tracks 2–3)
Bernd Maier (Engineer) (tracks 9–11)
Mick McKenna (track 6)
Stephane Wissner (tracks 9–11)
guest keyboard:
Michael Kenney (tracks 7–8)
Michael Kenney (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
Michael Kenney (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
guest choir vocals:
The Xpression Choir (1994 – 1995-08) (track 2)
lead vocals:
Blaze Bayley (tracks 1, 4)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (tracks 5–6, 12–13)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
Blaze Bayley (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
lyricist:
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (track 7)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 12)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (track 13)
mixer:
Martin Birch (tracks 5, 7–13)
Nigel Green (tracks 1–3)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1–3, 5–6)
Chris Marshall (tracks 7–8)
producer:
Martin Birch (tracks 5, 7–13)
Nigel Green (tracks 1–4)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1–6)
writer:
Janick Gers (tracks 1, 3)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (track 1)
Blaze Bayley (tracks 1, 3)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (tracks 8, 10–11)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1, 8, 10–11)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 10–11)
phonographic copyright by:
Iron Maiden Overseas Ltd. (1993) (track 6)
Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. (1995) (tracks 2–3)
publisher:
Imagem London Ltd. (tracks 6, 11)
Zomba Music Publishing (music publisher - add no releases here!) (1988) (tracks 10–11)
mixed at:
recorded at:
Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas (tracks 12–13)
Musicland Studios in Munich, Bayern, Germany (1988-02 – 1988-03) (tracks 9–11)
Barnyard Studios in Essex, England, United Kingdom (1990-06 – 1990-09) (tracks 7–8)
Ishallen in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland (1992-06-05) (track 6)
Barnyard Studios in Essex, England, United Kingdom (1994 – 1995-08) (tracks 2–3)
Kåren in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden (1995-11-01) (track 4)
edits:
Virus (edit) by Iron Maiden (track 1)
sampled by:
Anonymous by Syncopix (track 13)
later translated parody versions:
Mongomix (track 7)
live recording of:
Fear of the Dark (1992-06-05) (track 6)
Afraid to Shoot Strangers (1995) (track 4)
recording of:
Heaven Can Wait (track 12)
Virus (track 1)
Wasted Years (track 13)
Can I Play With Madness (1988-02 – 1988-03) (track 10)
The Clairvoyant (1988-02 – 1988-03) (track 9)
The Evil That Men Do (1988-02 – 1988-03) (track 11)
Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter (1990-06 – 1990-09) (track 7)
Holy Smoke (1990-06 – 1990-09) (track 8)
Man on the Edge (1994 – 1995-08) (track 3)
Sign of the Cross (1994 – 1995-08) (track 2)
referred to in medleys:

CD 2

electric bass guitar:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1, 7–9, 12–14)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1980-01) (track 11)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
drums (drum set):
Clive Burr (tracks 7–9, 12)
Nicko McBrain (tracks 1–2)
Doug Sampson (tracks 13–14)
Clive Burr (1980-01) (track 11)
Clive Burr (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
Nicko McBrain (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
drums (drum set) [drums]:
Nicko McBrain (tracks 3–4)
bass guitar:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 2–4)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
guitar:
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (tracks 2, 7–9)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 2, 7–9)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
electric guitar:
Paul Cairns (tracks 13–14)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (tracks 1, 3–4, 12–14)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 1, 3–4)
Dennis Stratton (track 12)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1980-01) (track 11)
Dennis Stratton (1980-01) (track 11)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
additional engineer:
Nigel Hewitt (track 10)
Nick Basich (track 1)
additional mixer:
Nick Basich (track 1)
assistant engineer:
Frank Gibson (recording engineer) (tracks 3–6)
Dennis Haliburton (tracks 5–6)
Bruce Buchalter (Engineer) (tracks 3–4)
assistant mixer:
Bruce Buchalter (Engineer) (tracks 5–6)
background vocals:
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (tracks 1–2)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1–2, 12)
Dennis Stratton (track 12)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1980-01) (track 11)
Dennis Stratton (1980-01) (track 11)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
composer:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1, 4–11, 13–14)
engineer:
Martin Birch (tracks 1–10)
Ricky DeLena (tracks 1–2)
Mike Kemp (tracks 13–14)
Martin Levan (tracks 11–12)
Nick Basich (tracks 1–2)
lead vocals:
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (tracks 1–4)
Paul Di’Anno (tracks 12–14)
Paul Di’Anno (1980-01) (track 11)
Paul Di’Anno (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
lyricist:
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 1, 4–11, 13–14)
mixer:
Martin Birch (tracks 1–6)
Nick Basich (tracks 1–2)
Gary Lucas (UK engineer) (tracks 13–14)
producer:
Martin Birch (tracks 1–10)
Iron Maiden (English heavy metal band) (tracks 13–14)
Wil Malone (tracks 11–12)
vocals:
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (tracks 7–9)
writer:
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden guitarist) (track 12)
Adrian Smith (UK guitarist/songwriter, Iron Maiden) (track 3)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist) (track 3)
Paul Di’Anno (tracks 2, 12)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) (tracks 2, 12)
phonographic copyright by:
EMI Records Ltd. (not for release label use! UK parent of EMI-owned labels until Sept 2012) (track 12)
EMI Records Ltd. (not for release label use! UK parent of EMI-owned labels until Sept 2012) (1981) (track 10)
EMI Records Ltd. (not for release label use! UK parent of EMI-owned labels until Sept 2012) (1982) (tracks 7–9)
EMI Records Ltd. (not for release label use! UK parent of EMI-owned labels until Sept 2012) (1984) (tracks 3–4)
EMI Records Ltd. (not for release label use! UK parent of EMI-owned labels until Sept 2012) (1985) (tracks 1–2)
Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. (2015) (track 10)
publisher:
Imagem London Ltd. (tracks 3–4, 8)
Imagem Music GmbH (subsidiary of Dutch music publishers Imagem) (track 4)
Universal Music Publishing Group Japan (work publisher - do NOT use as a release label) (tracks 4, 6)
Zomba Music Publishers Ltd. (UK subsidiary of Zomba Music Publishing) (tracks 2–10, 12, 14)
mixed at:
Battery Studios (London, owned by Zomba group) in London, England, United Kingdom (tracks 7–9)
Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, New York, New York, United States (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
recorded at:
Battery Studios (London, owned by Zomba group) in London, England, United Kingdom (tracks 7–9)
Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas (tracks 3–4)
Spaceward Studios in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom (1978-12-30 – 1978-12-31) (tracks 13–14)
Kingsway Studios in Camden, London, England, United Kingdom (1980-01) (tracks 11–12)
Battery Studios (London, owned by Zomba group) in London, England, United Kingdom (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas (1983-01 – 1983-03) (tracks 5–6)
Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, United States (1985-03) (tracks 1–2)
edits:
has remixes:
mash-ups:
Cavalrymaid by IRON ATTACK! (track 6)
music videos:
The Trooper by Iron Maiden (track 6)
later parody versions:
Iron Marley (track 6)
later translated parody versions:
later translated versions:
Le cavalier (track 6)
live recording of:
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1985-03) (track 1)
Running Free (1985-03) (track 2)
recording of:
Aces High (track 4)
Iron Maiden (track 14)
Run to the Hills (track 8)
Sanctuary (track 12)
Strange World (track 13)
Phantom of the Opera (1980-01) (track 11)
Wrathchild (1980-11 – 1981-01) (track 10)
The Trooper (1983-01 – 1983-03) (track 6)
Where Eagles Dare (1983-01 – 1983-03) (track 5)

Release Group

associated singles/EPs:Virus
Wikipedia:en: Best of the Beast [info]
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/21490 [info]
Wikidata:Q374980 [info]