Bruce Dickinson The Best of

As the title alludes to, this two-CD collection is meant to highlight the best solo recordings of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The first CD is the greatest hits package, containing songs from his seven non-Maiden albums. Most of the songs belong and there is only one omission that should have been included - his version of Mott the Hoople's "All The Young Dudes." The second CD is the real reason for collectors to pick this up, as it is made up almost entirely of previously unavailable tracks and album outtakes, including the hilarious Zappa-esque "I'm In A Band With An Italian Drummer" and "The Voice of Crube," where Bruce explains where the outtakes came from. The final track of the album, "Dracula," is Dickinson's first recording session from 1977, and it is an interesting look at his humble beginnings. A real find for fans, but nothing that is a must have for causal listeners. (Sanctuary)