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Somewhere Back in Time - The Best of: 1980 - 1989 is a best of release by Iron Maiden, containing a selection of songs originally recorded for their first eight albums (including Live After Death).

BackgroundEdit

The album was released in conjunction with the band's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour to allow new fans to listen to a selection of the band's material that was played on the tour. The cover artwork by Derek Riggs features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time.

A number of tracks were taken from the band's 1985 live album, Live After Death, because the band preferred to use recordings which featured current Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson rather than Paul Di'Anno, who sang on their first two studio releases.

Track ListingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Churchill's Speech" Live After Death, 1985; segues into the next song 0:49
2. "Aces High" (Live) Steve Harris Live After Death; originally from Powerslave, 1984 4:36
3. "2 Minutes to Midnight" Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith Powerslave 6:00
4. "The Trooper" Harris Piece of Mind, 1983 4:11
5. "Wasted Years" Smith Somewhere in Time, 1986 5:06
6. "Children of the Damned" Harris The Number of the Beast, 1982 4:35
7. "The Number of the Beast" Harris The Number of the Beast 4:53
8. "Run to the Hills" Harris The Number of the Beast 3:53
9. "Phantom of the Opera" (Live) Harris Live After Death; originally from Iron Maiden, 1980 7:21
10. "The Evil That Men Do" Smith, Harris, Dickinson Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988 4:34
11. "Wrathchild" (Live) Harris Live After Death; originally from Killers, 1981 3:07
12. "Can I Play with Madness" Smith, Harris, Dickinson Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 3:31
13. "Powerslave" Dickinson Powerslave 7:12
14. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" Harris The Number of the Beast 7:10
15. "Iron Maiden" (Live) Harris Live After Death; originally from Iron Maiden 4:50

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