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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 the eight studio albums from No Prayer for the Dying to The Final Frontier. The title is lifted from the 1992 single, "From Here to Eternity", although it is not featured in this release.

From Fear to Eternity
From Fear to Eternity.jpg
Compilation album by
Released6 June 2011
Recorded1990–2010
GenreHeavy metal
Length153:56[1]
LabelEMI
ProducerMartin Birch, Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Somewhere Back in Time
(2008)
From Fear to Eternity
(2011)

BackgroundEdit

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.

ArtworkEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com     [7]
AllMusic     [8]
Classic Rock8/10[9]
Metal Hammer8/10[10]
PopMatters7/10[11]
Thrash Magazine8.4/10[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 listingEdit

Disc One
No.TitleWriter(s)Original AlbumLength
1."The Wicker Man"Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson2000 ~ Brave New World4:36
2."Holy Smoke"Harris, Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying3:49
3."El Dorado"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2010 ~ The Final Frontier6:49
4."Paschendale"Smith, Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death8:27
5."Different World"Smith, Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death4:18
6."Man on the Edge" (Live in 1999)Blaze Bayley, Janick Gers2000 ~ "The Wicker Man" (1995 ~ The X Factor)4:33
7."The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"Dave Murray, Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death7:21
8."Blood Brothers"Harris2000 ~ Brave New World7:14
9."Rainmaker"Murray, Harris, Dickinson2003 ~ Dance of Death3:49
10."Sign of the Cross" (Live in 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio (1995 ~ The X Factor)10:51
11."Brave New World"Murray, Harris, Dickinson2000 ~ Brave New World6:20
12."Fear of the Dark" (Live in 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio (1992 ~ Fear of the Dark)7:51
Disc Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original AlbumLength
1."Be Quick or Be Dead"Dickinson, Gers1992 ~ Fear of the Dark3:24
2."Tailgunner"Harris, Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:15
3."No More Lies"Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death7:22
4."Coming Home"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2010 ~ The Final Frontier5:53
5."The Clansman" (Live in 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio (1995 ~ Virtual XI)9:28
6."For the Greater Good of God"Harris2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death9:24
7."These Colours Don't Run"Smith, Harris, Dickinson2006 ~ A Matter of Life and Death6:53
8."Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:44
9."Afraid to Shoot Strangers"Harris1992 ~ Fear of the Dark6:56
10."Dance of Death"Gers, Harris2003 ~ Dance of Death8:37
11."When the Wild Wind Blows"Harris2010 ~ The Final Frontier11:02
Total length:153:56

PersonnelEdit

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

Chart performanceEdit

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]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "Album credits". From Fear to Eternity (booklet). Iron Maiden. EMI. 2011. p. 18.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Iron Maiden – From Fear To Eternity: Best Of 1990–2010". About.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  8. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Iron Maiden: From Fear to Eternity > Review at AllMusic
  9. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (July 2011). "Iron Maiden- From Fear to Eternity". Classic Rock (159): 95.
  10. ^ a b McIver, Joel (July 2011). "Iron Maiden: From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990–2010". Metal Hammer (219): 83.
  11. ^ Begrand, Adrien (10 June 2011). "Iron Maiden: From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990–2010". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Album: Iron Maiden – From Fear To Eternity: Best Of 1990–2010". Thrash Magazine. Retrieved 17 June 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Austria Top 40 – Alben Top 75 17.06.2011". Ö3 Austria Top 40]] (in German). Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  14. ^ "200 Albums 18/06/2011" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
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  18. ^ "Iron Maiden Longplay-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts (in German). Musicline.de. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010 (album)". IFPI Greece. Greekcharts.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  20. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Association of Hungarian Record Companies. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  21. ^ アイアン・メイデン – フロム・フィア・トゥ・エタニティ ザ・ベスト・オブ・1990-2010 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010 (album)". Top 100 Mexico. Mexicancharts.com. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  23. ^ "Dutch Album Top 100 11/06/2011". MegaCharts (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  24. ^ "Album Top 40 13/06/2011". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. charts.nz. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  25. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010 (album)". VG-lista. Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  26. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010 (album)". Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  27. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010 (album)". Productores de Música de España. Spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  28. ^ "Albums Top 60 17 June 2011". Sverigetopplistan. Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  29. ^ "Iron Maiden – From Fear To Eternity – The Best of 1990–2010" (in German). Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  30. ^ "2011 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive 18 June 2011". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  31. ^ "Billboard 200 2011 06 25. Starting with 81". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Iron Maiden – FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY - THE BEST OF". British Phonographic Industry. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY - THE BEST OF in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.