Way back on 2012-07-02 , I made a Greatest Hits of Iron Maiden on CD-R. I called it Attempt #1. It’s a sweet disc. What I did was take one copy of all duplicate tracks from The Essential Iron Maiden, Best Of The Beast, and Edward the Great. Then I removed live tracks (I hate those on Hits sets). What this left me with was 15 tracks of pure Maiden brilliance.
Today, we went to the beach. I love the beach. And we listened to this Maiden mix on the way over. Starting at song 1, we started driving. Here’s what we heard:
The Number of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run To The Hills
The Evil That Men Do
Can I Play With Madness
The Wicker Man
And as we arrived at the sandy shores, The Wicker Man was just ending, a perfect excursion I couldn’t duplicate again even if I tried. Surely traffic or something would make us arrive in the middle of a song. Not today!
So. today it was discovered that from our house to the beach is exactly 9 Iron Maiden songs long. Talk about a sweet trip. And what a great measuring tool!
PS: For those of you wondering what the other 6 tracks on the CD-R are, to make up the 15 culled from the three Hits sets, they go as follows:
2 Minutes To Midnight
Flight Of Icarus
Be Quick Or Be Dead
I swear. That is one killer CD. That band is so fuckin’ good. Of course, we can all think of songs that should have been included/removed, but that’s what I got from those three sets. Honestly, this CD could raze small countries into submission. Monstrous. I loved it.*
* It should also be noted that my daughter, who is about to turn 3 in a couple of weeks, loves Iron Maiden, and has done since she was at least a year and a half old. And my son, who was 5 in April, likes them too. They recognize Bruce’s voice, and they definitely respond to the energy of the songs. I call this responsible parenthood.