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Number of the Beast [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Iron MaidenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000063CP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Invaders
2. Children of the Damned
3. The Prisoner
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. The Number of the Beast
6. Run to the Hills
7. Gangland
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name

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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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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Five Star Album November 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this album so much. This to me is a true five star album. This is the album that drew me into heavy metal music and made me a life long Iron Maiden fan.

"Run to the Hills" is what initially drew me in. I hadn't heard anything else by the band, but this was 1982, and radio was still in top 40 mode. But I knew I loved "Run to the Hills," so I thought I'd buy a whole album rather than just the single. And am I glad I did. I remember putting the lp on the turntable and being spellbound for the better part of an hour while I played the album twice, back to back. To my twelve year old ears, this was heaven.

After a thorough listen, I found most of the songs to be even better than "Run to the Hills" -- especially side two's "Number of the Beast." That song to me was pure high octane power, the perfect combination of bass, guitar, drums, and vocals. And the album closed perfectly with "Hallowed Be Thy Name."

After this, I became a true Iron Maiden maniac. I knew that "Up the Irons" meant, I knew all about "Eddie," I learned this was Bruce Dickinson's first album... stuff that wouldn't help me academically, but essential in heavy metal discussion during class time.

While my mom wasn't initially pleased with the album art (I explained it was all a dream sequence), she was pleased I was increasing my workload around the house in order to buy the band's other albums -- "Iron Maiden," "Killers," and "Maiden Japan." And with each album, I fell deeper under the band's spell. I've picked up every album since then. Some great, some not so great, but you take the good with the bad.

Are you convinced that music is dull, drap, unappealing, and commercial? Never heard this album?
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Iron Maiden achieved perfection December 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is, as most every ... metal fan knows, Iron Maiden's third album and their first to feature their longest-running singer, the great Bruce Dickinson. Circa 1982: freshly out of his former band Samson, Dickinson would replace Maiden's original singer Paul Di'Anno ..., and would stay with the band until the mid-`90's, only to return again in 2000.
Bruce Dickinson is one of metal's best singers, period. His mighty pipes carry tremendous range and power, and he can hold a note for the LONGEST time. He also throws a great performance onstage. He ranks up there with Matthew Barlow of Iced Earth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Michael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, and Glenn Danzig of Danzig ... as one of the best metal singers I've ever heard.
Now, for the rest of the band: Steve Harris, songwriter/backing vocalist also is one of the most talented bassists I've ever heard. He plays a standard-tuned 4-string, but good LORD, just listen to him! He creates such complex rhythms and even leads; he's like a third guitarist .... Every song he can clearly be heard under the fantastic guitar riffs and fleshing out the thick drumming.
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith: what can I say about these guitarists? Where can I BEGIN? The two are a fearsome duo, slicing and dicing the listener as they alternate leads and solos with ease, creating such fast-paced riffs and crunches, it hardly matters how much or how little distortion they might use. I've practiced playing guitar for a couple of years, but lately I've been doing so a lot more thanks to them. Definitely one of the most perfect guitar duos out there, and still going strong. And now they have an additional guitarist in the mix, Janick Gers, but since he's not on this album, he won't be discussed...although he sure is good, too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the legend. September 17, 2005
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The Number of The Beast is the first of Iron Maiden's 4 consecutive classic releases, and an absolutely essential piece in any metal fan's collection. For those not familiar with the metal genre, this is an excellent place to start, especially if they are familiar with the heavier bands of 70s rock, such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and the Who.

This album marks long-time singer Bruce Dickinson's debut with the band, and he makes his mark quickly as Maiden pulls away from the punk influence of former vocalist Paul Di'Anno (who was kicked out of the band for his descent into alcoholism), and adopts the style that will make them pioneers in the genre. Steve Harris really steps into his own as a songwriter on this album, as both the lyrics and music become increasingly complex and showcase the instrumental talent of the band on a level that Maiden's two previous albums, while strong in their own right, just never reached.

Of the 9 songs on Number of the Beast, I would say that the only two that would even qualify as mediocre are '22 Acacia Avenue' and 'Gangland'. 'The Prisoner' is based on the TV show of the same name, and features a great chorus by Dickinson and some nice guitar work by both Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. 'Invaders' is in my opinion an underrated gem, featuring a fast, catchy guitar riff that carries the song and goes great with Dickinson's 'air raid siren' vocals. 'Children of the Damned' and 'Total Eclipse' are both worth a listen as well, though I had to listen both several times before I appreciated them.

There are three tracks on Number of the Beast (which, to put it in perspective, is a third of the album) that are considered absolute classics by just about all Maiden fans. The first is the title track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Plays greats. Fast service!
Published 8 days ago by Richard Bargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
this is one of the albums/CDs I listen to at the gym, while lifting weights; I put it on a playlist on my iPod with 2 other Iron Maiden CDs. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Will Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brian E.Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal
One of the best Iron Maiden albums
Published 2 months ago by J. Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the Best Maiden album
It was their best album to date in 1982 and is easily their best of their long career, and it will always be their best, a perfect album with a perfect producer! Read more
Published 6 months ago by GLEN M.
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a record
You can't go wrong with the Number of the Beast. All the songs are great. Excellent vocals, amazing riffs and's got it all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chi_11
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome artist exceptional cd
this is a top 5 maiden cd this is number 2. this is probably their most well known for those getting started. run to the hills and number of the beast. definitely top 5. must have
Published 8 months ago by psycho headhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Title is a response to the header below. One of the top 5 metal albums ever. The title track is one of the best metal anthems of all time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it!
This hack group needs a rock'n roll music lesson. The lyrics are garbage and sound mix needs an overhaul from Megadeath.
Published 10 months ago by jimi hendrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Up The Irons!
One of their best! It still holds up today and sounds great. And they are still great live as well.
Published 10 months ago by rc408
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First, I know you posted 2+ years ago, but this may still help.
Don't try it, they won't listen. Instead, do the ol' switcher-roo. That means that next time, you take out your "evil" cd & put it in something like a Pink Floyd case. You switched 'em. They'll scan your catalog & think... Read More
Jul 29, 2010 by Home Slice |  See all 5 posts
Was this remastered CD released in 2002 or 1998??
It was originally remastered in 1998. In 2002 they slapped a slipcase on it and reissued it again. I have no idea why.
Jan 13, 2010 by Justin G. |  See all 6 posts
I bought the enhanced Iron Maiden Number of the Beast c.d. but can't get... Be the first to reply
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