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on June 1, 2000
THE BAND: Steve Harris (bass), Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Dave Murray (guitar), Adrian Smith (guitar), Clive Burr (drums).

THE DISC: (1982) 9 tracks clocking in at approximately 45 minutes. This is Maiden's 3rd album. Recorded at Battery Studios, London. The disc contains a 22-page booklet with a brief intro, lyrics, band pictures and thank you's. Song writing credits: Harris takes credit for 8 of 9 songs. Murray, Smith and Burr co-wrote a few each with Harris (Dickinson has zero song writing credits). The song "Gangland" by Smith and Burr only. The enhanced CD features a nice multimedia section for your PC - including 2 videos ("Run To The Hills" and "The Number Of The Beast", the band's catalogue of albums, band history, itinerary from the '82 Beast On The Road tour, and more. Digitally remastered in 1998. Cover art by the one and only Derek Riggs.

COMMENTS: Iron Maiden hit it big with "Number of the Beast". Easily considered a classic in early 1980's metal. Departed is Iron Maiden's original singer and enter newcomer ex-Samson vocalist, 23 year old Bruce Dickinson. This was also Clive Burr's last album with the band. Perhaps not as polished a record, say as "Powerslave" or "Piece Of Mind", but the band is in rare form - writing songs that will stand the test of time... and many being concert favorites decades later. "Number Of The Beast" is at its core - raw and full of energy and excitement. Where many bands at the time were releasing 3 and 4 minutes songs, Maiden was breaking the mold and giving their fans some trademark long songs - the 7+ minute "Hallowed Be Thy Name", the 6+ minute "22 Acacia Avenue" and "The Prisoner". Radio hits included the title track (#35 on the Billboard charts) and "Run To The Hills (#18 Billboard, and #7 in the UK). As good as Iron Maiden's 1st two discs were with singer Paul Di'Anno, the chance they took firing him really paid off 10-fold with Dickinson. This is Iron Maiden's first classic period release. Great disc.
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on October 23, 1999
I cannot beleive that just before I wrote this review this album had an average score of a mere four and a half stars out of five. This album truly deserves the maximum quantity of stars. I am hoping that this review will help to tip the balance and give it the five stars it deserves. This is one killer album and if you haven't got it then buy it NOW. Every song ROCKS especially classics like 'Number of the beast', 'Run to the hills', 'The prisoner' and 'Hallowed be thy name'. If you want to buy one maiden album I would say buy 'Live after Death' because it has most of the classics from their first five albums, but if you want a good maiden studio album, this is the one. This album, along with 'Powerslave' and 'Peice of mind' which are also excellent should go down as one of the finest examples of heavy metal mastery EVER.
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on December 14, 1999
Forget about the fact that in the United States the band has rarely received any airplay on commercial radio. Nearly 18 years after its initial release, this album holds up as being one of the best rock albums (not just metal) of all time.
When this album came out in 1982, it quickly outsold the previous two Iron Maiden albums and confirmed that band leader, bassist Steve Harris & Iron Maiden had made the right choice in naming Bruce Dickinson as their new lead singer.
While many of Iron Maiden's albums are very good, if you can have only ONE Iron Maiden album, this should be it.
Producer Martin Birch has crafted a studio album that from beginning to end is flawless.
Invaders, which kicks off the album with its thunderous riffs, will have you snapping your neck and running for your guitar to try and play along. Children of the Damned is deceptively mellow at the beginning before speeding up and concluding with a wallop.
The Prisoner (based upon the 60's TV cult classic starring Patrick McGoohan) is a tremendous effort and a nod against conformity. 22 Acacia Avenue is the continuing saga of Charlotte the Harlot from the first Maiden album and features simple chords that wail.
The title track, which was supposed to be intro'd by Vincent Price (he was unavailable), to even the Maiden uninitiated is one of the best known of all the metal anthems. Dickinson's screams of six-six-six, the number of the beast, hell and fire conjure up the images seen on the cover artwork. With the following track, Run to the Hills, Maiden wrote a song that should have received a lot of US radio airplay but didn't. Never the less it is probably the most sing-along-able and memorable song on the album.
Gangland with its heavy drums rolls, is an underated, interesting song for two reasons; One, it is the only song drummer Clive Burr ever wrote for the band. Two, it has rarely been performed live. Total Eclipse which was originally a b-side has been added to this CD and is solid contender. The final track, Hallowed Be Thy Name is a mini-epic that features the dueling guitars of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith.
There are very few albums that TRULY deserve a five star rating. Number of the Beast is lyrically superior to others of the genre and musically brilliant. If you do not own this album, you are missing out on a classic that you should end up re-playing for many years to come. Hopefully it will start you on the road to Maiden fanaticism.
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on August 25, 2000
What "Master of Puppets" is to Metallica, "Number Of The Beast" is to Iron Maiden. This album is the definitive Maiden album, and the first big, worldwide strike for the band. "Number of the Beast" is not only one of the handful of albums that defined metal in the 1980s, but also defined metal PERIOD.
Musically, the album is also fantastic. There is only one weak track on the disc- "Gangland." Every other song is a Maiden classic; musically well-done- moving where it has to sound moving, driving when it has to be, and powerful every inch of the way. Mere words cannot describe the quality of the album. From the beginning ("Invaders"), Bruce Dickinson takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotion with his vocals, while Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Clive Burr, and Dave Murray provide the raw power to get you through "Children of the Damned," "The Prisoner," and the title track, "Number of the Beast." "Hallowed Be Thy Name" starts off slow, then gradually picks up until it ends in a strong crescendo, a perfect end to a nigh-perfect album.
A must have for a music fan, to say nothing about a Maiden fan, or a metal fan!
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on June 29, 1999
These days, heavy metal is all about image and self-obsession. Metal Bands of the 90s are already so dated, it's embarrassing. How refreshing it is then, to go back to good 'ol 80s metal, when it was all about the music.
Number of the Beast is an absolute Howitzer of an album, and simply blows all of the phony wanna-be metal music of today out the door. Every song on this album is good (no filler, here.) The weakest song, Gangland, is thought of as sub-par only because it is sitting between "Run to the Hills" and "Hallowed be thy Name" (a song that is generally regarded as the greatest heavy metal song ever recorded.) Every song could find its way into a live set and be appreciated there, that's how good they are. I especially enjoy "22 Acacia Ave" and "Invaders", not to mention the title track and Children of the Damned...hell, the whole album rules.
This was the first maiden album I bought, and it quickly turned me into a believer. The music is incredible, the instruments and vocals are close to perfect... I'm sorry, if you don't like this you're not a metal fan. This is as close as you're gonna get to honest-to-god perfection in an often stale and tired genre. I can assure you, you will not be dissappointed by Number of the Beast.
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on September 18, 2001
Everyone who grew up in the early 1980's and followed Maiden has a favorite album. You know what I mean, that album that has the most songs you love and harkens back to a time in your life when Iron Maiden was just so "cool". Number of the Beast is my personal favorite. Bruce Dickinson's first album, it just seems more raw and powerful than all the others. "Hallowed be Thy Name" is classic, even Cradle of Filth covered it. Everyone knows "Run to the Hills" and personally i think "22 Acacia Ave" is one of their best songs ever. Throw in "Prisoner" and "Children of the Damned" (based on the movie The Omen) and you have one of the best metal albums of al time. Not to mention it's drummer Clive Burr's final album with the guys. As far as I am concerned, if you are going to get just ONE Maiden CD; this is the one, although Piece of Mind is a close second.
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on January 26, 2002
What can I say about the greatest Rock album of all time?
OK, maybe I exaggerate, but this truly is maiden at it's finest - check out the Classic Albums DVD while you're at it - you know you want to...
Invaders - introduces Bruce's unbelievable vocal range
Children of the Damned - mellow to rocking - one has to wonder Paul who?
The Prisoner - I am not a Number, I am a free man - great intro - great verses, great chorus - why is this song not amongst the absolute greats?
22 Acacia Avenue - Simple good rocker - sequel at that - one complaint that it goes too long (sorry!! i didn;t mean it!! don't hurt me for saying that!)
Number of the Beast - dare I even comment? I love listening to it, I love playing it - could it really only be 1982 when this was released?
Run to the Hills - Corny? yes - Catchy? yes - Great? you betcha!!
Gangland - Dead men tell no tales, baby!
Total Eclipse - apparently this was not included in the initial release - why not?
Hallowed be thy name - what can one say about such an introspective masterpiece - why, I remember that time I was on death row and I had in mind the same ideas that come through in this song - if I may add, it's not the easiest to play on the gi-tar either....
Buy this album - if you own Led Zeppelin 4 and Metallica - Master of Puppets (or the black album for all you sissies) you must buy this.
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on August 6, 2013
Iron Maiden is one band that always remains solid. All their cds you very seldom see a bad review on them. In my opinion Maiden is a band you either like them or you don't. They stay to what they started with and never really vary but remains successful. They always have cool looking cover art and like other bands they have classic albums like this one. The number of the beast is probably the first cd I ever heard by Maiden. If you are a Maiden fan you probably have this. If you are not familiar with them this cd is a good start. A real classic by the Maiden.
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on April 21, 2012
"Number of the Beast" was so fresh when it came out in 1982, it would be hard to overstate what a standout it was in the musical landscape of that one sounded like Maiden then and thirty years later this thunderous album still sounds exciting. It is not Iron Maiden's best record, but it is not only a damn fine record but contains many of the best tracks of their long career ("Children of the Damned"; "The Prisoner"; "Hallowed Be Thy Name"...and perhaps my favorite of the bunch "Total Eclipse"). Bruce Dickinson was Maiden's brand new vocalist at the time and he is AMAZING on every track. Dickinson's rich, impassioned wail is remarkably huge and pushes each song sonically. Few singers in rock history have his raw power. The arrangements are uniquely Iron Maiden, the tunes are stellar and the playing is burnin'...this was one hungry band...if you like metal, this one is a no-brainer...
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on August 6, 2013
This is the album that rocketed Iron Maiden into super-stardom. "Iron Maiden" and "Killers" are both great albums in their own right, but with Bruce Dickinson on board, there was no stopping Maiden from going on to becoming legends of metal. This has to be in the top 5 albums for any metal fan.
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