Measured By Maiden

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 Trooper
The Evil That Men Do
Can I Play With Madness
Aces High
Wasted Years
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!

Today did not suck. At all.

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:

The Clairvoyant
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.

17 thoughts on “Measured By Maiden

      1. keepsmealive says:

        Also, both Paul DiAnno and Blaze Bayley will be there! That’ll really be something. I checked out a couple of the videos of Thomas Zwijsen. Maiden on Spanish guitar! I liked the Run To The Hills video where the cat swats at the guitar. KITTY! haha. My cat leaves the room whenever I play. It’s because I suck.


      2. Phillip Helbig says:

        “Up The Irons also has some of Within Temptation in their ranks”

        Maiden UniteD do as well.

        Yes, looks to be a great concert. I am travelling the week before, but changed my plans to get back a bit earlier, probably driving directly to the concert.

        Had I believed most of the reviews of the two Blaze albums, and also what people whose opinion I trust had said, I would have never bought a Blaze album. I recently bought Virtual XI and was pleasantly surprised. How often have I read that he can’t sing, that the music is boring etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. To a lesser extent, the same is true of the first two albums: more punk than metal, unpolished etc. While there is at least a grain of truth here, this is vastly exaggerated. The first two albums have some classic tracks, up there with the best of the later ones, and also some slow numbers which I quite like (one of which reminds me of Rory Gallagher).

        I’ve not listened to any Blaze other than his stuff with maiden. I did listen to a bit of Damien Wilson in his various projects as well as Within Temptation. I wasn’t bowled over. I detest even the occasional Cookie Monster vocal, so that puts me off of a few bands which are otherwise OK. Wilson’s stuff didn’t hit me at first, but some things do require repeated listening. However, in the context of Maiden UniteD, all the musicians are great.

        Do buy Zwijsen’s Nylon Maiden. It is an excellent album. I also enjoy the two Maiden UniteD albums. Buy them and support these guys!

        I understand that Harris himself gave Maiden UniteD the thumbs up, and Blaze has toured with Zwijsen (and vice versa as well?) and also guests on an album. And the violinist will be there as well.

        If anyone wants to fly over to Germany for the gig, I can buy a ticket for you. 🙂


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks! Yeah I just sifted those three sets and that’s what I ended up with – pretty hard to go wrong, working from three Hits sets!

      Yep, the kids like the Maiden. Of course, my daughter’s first choice would still be the Beasties… or Little Mermaid. When you’re almost 3, it all makes sense.


  1. Daddydinorawk says:

    I made a gym playlist worked to songs that didn’t get widely appreciated on live albums and comps…went something like this. 3,4…
    Ides of March
    Murders in the Rue Morgue
    Losfer Words
    Flash of the Blade
    the Duelists
    Caught Somewhere in Time
    Wasted Years
    Can I play With Madness
    The Clairvoyant
    Holy Smoke
    Hooks In You

    Lots of Energy songs, nothing with major lulls or mellow bits, nothing too long. Powerful.

    Up the Irons. Viva Maiden!!!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Wrathchild is a killer track. Definitely makes the cut.

      And Blaze? Well, I truly did consider making a disc of the best Of his tenure with the band, but I realized that if I burned such a CD, it would (pretty much) be equivalent to leaving the radio off.


      1. keepsmealive says:

        If you make a Mike’s Favourite Maiden Songs, you’ll have to do two discs:

        CD1 – Songs the rest of us are likely to have in our collections.

        CD2 – All the rare shit even the band has likely forgotten and that only you own.



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