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Number of the Beast Enhanced, Import


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  • Audio CD (March 26 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000063CP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Throughout the 1980s, a damning generalization held true: British metal was essentially working man's food, loosely descended from biker-meets and Northern pubs; whereas, in the States, it was an outgrowth of stadium rock, which traditionally subordinated substance to spectacle. Plug-ugly and cartoonishly morbid, Iron Maiden were typical of the Brit effort, since they effectively emphasized a driving, no-nonsense approach to the music. Among metal aficionados, this album ranks as one of the defining moments of the entire genre. Of the nine songs here--including Maiden classics like "Run to the Hills" and the title track--only "Gangland" falls flat, though it's immediately overshadowed by "Hallowed Be Thy Name," acknowledged by many as this band's apotheosis. --Andrew McGuire

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Iron Maiden's third album The Number of the Beast was originally released in April of 1982 in the US on the Capitol subsidary Harvest(same label that Pink Floyd was on from late 1969-73 and The Little River Band's first four album was on this label here in the US as well). This album was their second with producer Martin Birch and guitarist Adrian Smith but was the first with new frontman Bruce Dickinson whom was light years ahead of predecessor Paul Di'anno in the singing and stage presence departments. This album was recorded and mixed at Battery Studios in late 1981 but it doesn't sound like it at all. This album has no weak moment and bassist Steve Harris was on fire with his songwriting contributions on all tracks except as noted. It kicks off with the thundering Invaders which signalled that Maiden meant business. Next was Children of the Damned which is a classic track as well. The Prisoner follows(co-written by guitarist Adrian Smith) and is based on the show of the same name that was huge on television in the 1960s. Next is 22 Acacia Avenue which is part two to Charlotte the Harlot(and co-written by guitarist Dave Murray) and Bruce just wails on this track. The legendary title cut follows and had some controversy when released as the band was labelled Satanic by Jerry Falwell and Tipper Gore's PMRC but this song just kicks ass. Next was the album's first single and still a classic on rock today Run to the Hills which was about the desecration of the American Indian tribes. Gangland follows and was the only track not written by Harris, this time it was Smith and Maiden drummer Clive Burr who wrote it. It is considered a weak tune but Bruce's vocal was unearthly as he hit high screams which were not heard since either Robert Plant, Rob Halford or Ian Gillan.Read more ›
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1982, a great year for metal. Judas Priest realeses the unforgetable Screaming for Vengeance and Venom releases its incredible album Black Metal. But '82 was for Iron Maiden with the release of the epic Number of the Beast. This album is the last with Clive Burr an the first with the promosing Bruce Dickinson. Anyway heres how it goes:
1 Invaders: A great way to start of the album 9/10.

2 Children of the Damned: good song with great guitar work by Murray and Smith. 8.5/10
3 The Prisoner: one of the highlights of the album 9.5/10
4 22 Acacia Avenue: The second part of the charlot series. really good riffs and lirycs make this song perfect in every wich way 10/10
5 Number of the Beast: one of Maidens most famous songs and one of my favorites. this was the first Iron Maiden song i listened to 10/10
6 Run to the Hills: good song on how the white took over the indian lands 9.5/10
7 Gangland: an ok song 7.5/10
8 Total Eclipse: last of Paul D'ianno although he isnt singing he wrote it. 8.5/10
9 Hallowed be Thy Name: I first heard Cradle of Filths version of this song and i thought it was great, but after listening to the original i was blown away. The guitar work? Incredible. The Lirycs? soulful and discriptive. this is one the best song in the history of music! Worth buying the cd just for this song!10/10
Anyway the Number of the Beast has to be in evaery metalheads collection. Buy it IMMEDIATELY. If you like this album i strongly recommend:
Ride the Lightning
Screaming for vengeance
the Glorious Burden
or any Iron Maiden album of the '80s or early '90s. Al hail Judas Priest And UP THE IRONS!!!
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1982 a great year for metal Judas Priest realeses the unforgetable Screaming for Vengeance and Venom releases its incredible album Black Metal. But '82 was for Iron Maiden with the release of the epic Number of the Beast. This album is the last with Clive Burr an the first with the promosing Bruce Dickinson. Anyway heres how it goes:
1 Invaders: A great way to start of the album 9/10.

2 Children of the Damned: good song with great guitar work by Murray and Smith. 8.5/10
3 The Prisoner: one of the highlights of the album 9.5/10
4 22 Acacia Avenue: The second part of the charlot series. really good riffs and lirycs make this song perfect in every wich way 10/10
5 Number of the Beast: one of Maidens most famous songs and one of my favorites. this was the first Iron Maiden song i listened to 10/10
6 Run to the Hills: good song on how the white took over the indian lands 9.5/10
7 Gangland: an ok song 7.5/10
8 Total Eclipse: last of Paul D'ianno although he isnt singing he wrote it. 8.5/10
9 Hallowed be Thy Name: I first heard Cradle of Filths version of this song and i thought it was great, but after listening to the original i was blown away. The guitar work? Incredible. The Lirycs? soulful and discriptive. this is one the best song in the history of music! Worth buying the cd just for this song!10/10
Anyway the Number of the Beast has to be in evaery metalheads collection. Buy it IMMEDIATELY. If you like this album i strongly recommend:
Ride the Lightning
Screaming for vengeance
the Glorious Burden
or any other Iron Maiden album of the '80s or early '90s. Al hail Judas Priest And UP THE IRONS!!!
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