|1. Run To The Hills|
|2. The Number Of The Beast|
|3. The Prisoner (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|4. 22 Acacia Avenue (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|5. The Number Of The Beast (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|6. Run To The Hills (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|7. Gangland (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|8. Total Eclipse (1998 Digital Remaster)|
|9. Hallowed Be Thy Name (1998 Digital Remaster)|
In 1981, it finally happened. Due to increasing dependence on alcohol, the band was finally forced to expel vocalist Paul Di'Anno from the band. Many fans of the band were horrified by this turn of events and felt that no one would be able to fill Paul's shoes. However, Steve Harris had an ace up his sleeve. He had previously collaborated with another NWOBHM band, Samson. He was impressed by their lead vocalist, Bruce Bruce (better known to us fans as Bruce Dickinson.) Since Samson wasn't going anywhere, Steve welcomed Bruce to Maiden as their new lead vocalist. Many felt Bruce would never fill the shoes of Paul.
Boy, those people must feel stupid now!
Read on for my review of this album, as well as my comments on the remaster series.
Invaders - An awesome hard-rocking opener. An excellent way for the band to introduce fans to Bruce's vocal style.
Children of the Damned - A hard and gloomy track, this one has become a fan favorite, and with good reason.
The Prisoner - If the intro to this song doesn't give it away, this song is about the cult sixties television series of the same name. It's an excellent rocker in which Bruce's vocal delivery (especially in the chorus) is the high point.
Twenty-Two Acacia Avenue - The second song in the "Charlotte The Harlot" series. This is all-out hard rock with a darker sound to it. Not the best song here, but nothing short of excellent.
Number of the Beast - Oh, yeah. Though this song was the source of controversy in the States at its original time of release, it's since become a fan favorite. It's a song that must be heard to be appreciated.Read more ›