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Number of the Beast Limited Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 19, 2012)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B009IAIC5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brian C. Chapman on February 20, 2013
Format: Vinyl
I read some of the reviews about this, and how picture discs often suffer from bad audio quality. But, I decided to reserve judgement and roll the dice. Since the Iron Maiden clan have not seen fit to give us an audiophile release of these records on heavy black vinyl, this is pretty much the only option for a new record of these old recordings. My copy of NOTB is unplayable. Side 2 that begins with the song Number of the Beast, and the spoken word intro has so much surface noise that you CAN BARELY HEAR THE ACTOR'S VOICE! I'm not joking. It sounds like some serious swishing tunnel was added into the recording. When the music kicks in, it really suffers from the surface noise, and the songs just sound like a big mess. No punch, no power, no dynamics, just distortion. Super disappointed. In fact the quality is so poor, that I am reticent to sell it on ebay, and will probably try and trade it in at a local record store. I can't return it to the store I bought it from. That was on ebay from Canada, and I'm not going through that. They didn't do anything wrong. I blame IM for releasing sub par recordings.
I give it 2 stars because the packaging looks great, but if it's unlistenable, what good is it?
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The Number of the Beast was one of ten cd's released as double disc versions, the second discs containing the b-sides of their singles, and ALL of these (the first 10 albums)are worth every dollar I spent on purchasing the entire set! Any TRUE fan, if you can afford it, should seek these out as they are becoming rarer and are truly an awesome document of the bands "other" material. Thank you Maiden for all of the years' worth of material you have provided us fans with and I truly hope to have many more! Up The Irons!
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Format: Vinyl
To all those negative reviewers maybe check the equipment that you're using to play these because I just purchased all eight of these picture discs and they play and sound great. I may suggest also purchasing the UK editions on the EMI label as I am not sure if the U.S. releases are using the same masters but I feel that these sound very close to the originals while not exact still very close. I also still have the original Iron Maiden and Seventh son on cd and these vinyl sound just as good. Unless I just happened to get some diamonds in the rough and all the rest are poor pressings check the source your using for playback.
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Format: Audio CD
"The Number Of The Beast" is an absolute classic, a landmark album in music/rock/metal history. And this reissue is an absolute disaster, with the classic cover printed in wrong colors, and the audio victimized by the infamous "loudness war" (Google the expression if you don't know what it means), with the music having been turned into one big mass of distorted noise. I did a full audio analysis of the whole album and just can't understand how the band's label could have let this precious material fall into the hands of inept audio engineers capable of producing something this amateurish.

Add to that the inclusion of track "Total Eclipse" - which was not part of the original vinyl or even the first CD releases - between tracks "Gangland" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name", something that completely breaks the perfect continuity of the album. That track only started to appear in the 1995 reissues and in a separate bonus disc.

I wonder if the band had any say in these "enhanced" releases. Avoid this thing and buy an older, non-enhanced and non-remastered CD edition of the album if you want to hear how this masterpiece is really supposed to sound. Shame on EMI for releasing this insult to the band and their fans.
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Format: Vinyl
Being a huge maiden fan, I had to get some Iron Maiden vinyl in my collection. I mean, the sound can not be that bad, can it? Well, I bought Number of the Beast and Somewhere in time. What I am left with is basically 70 bucks worth of conversation pieces and decorations. Yeah, they look cool, but hard to listen to. As one reviewer said, there is like a swishing tunnel noise present through the whole record. I am no audiophile, but after listening to re-issues of Priest (Back On Black series) and the Metallica pressings from Mobile Fidelity,and even original pressing vinyl from the 80's, these recordings hurt my ears. I am bummed out. I implore Maiden to re-issue their greatness on regular black vinyl .. please. Needless to say, I can not buy anymore of these Maiden albums as much as I love the music. I should of heeded the warning on sound quality, but I could not help myself. Tempted to trade these in for store credit at my local music shop, for a third of what I paid im sure. Two stars I guess for the cool looking discs. One reviewer said the sound is excellent, I suggest he check his hearing
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I tried contacting the seller just saying, "hey, you know, before you say something is used but in very good condition, make sure it actually plays the music."
never got a reply. maybe they thought i was stupid for saying anything.
i wasn't looking for it to be perfect. i knew what i was getting into when i went looking for a used vinyl album, but the lack of dialogue between me and the seller was a let down. the album was a father's day gift for my husband and i feel like i let him down.
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