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The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
March 22nd, 1982
Catalog ID:
EMC 3400
Version desc.:
UK
Label:
EMI Records
Format:
12" vinyl (33⅓ RPM)
Reviews:
23 reviews (avg. 83%)
Side A
1. Invaders 03:24   Show lyrics
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2. Children of the Damned 04:36   Show lyrics
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3. The Prisoner 06:03   Show lyrics
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4. 22 Acacia Avenue 06:38   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. The Number of the Beast 04:51   Show lyrics
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6. Run to the Hills 03:54   Show lyrics
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7. Gangland 03:49   Show lyrics
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8. Hallowed Be Thy Name 07:13   Show lyrics
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Band members
Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Dave Murray Guitars
Adrian Smith Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Clive Burr (R.I.P. 2013) Drums
Steve Harris Bass, Vocals (backing)
Guest/Session
Barry Clayton (R.I.P. 2011) Narration (on "The Number of the Beast")
Miscellaneous staff
Rod Smallwood Cover concept
Martin "Farmer" Birch Producer, Engineering
Derek Riggs Cover art
Nigel Hewitt-Green Engineering
Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Dave Murray Guitars
Adrian Smith Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Clive Burr (R.I.P. 2013) Drums
Steve Harris Bass, Vocals (backing)
Barry Clayton (R.I.P. 2011) Narration (on "The Number of the Beast")
Rod Smallwood Cover concept
Martin "Farmer" Birch Producer, Engineering
Derek Riggs Cover art
Nigel Hewitt-Green Engineering
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Read Not a masterpiece, still a... 60% Nhorf June 3rd, 2008
Read An absolute classic within... 100% VampireKiller April 30th, 2008
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Read It's really all it's... 92% mankvill February 21st, 2008
Read Solid Followup 87% Mungo April 23rd, 2007
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Read Maiden hits the jackpot 95% raZe July 28th, 2002

Videos were made for Run to the Hills and The Number of the Beast.
''The Prisoner'' was inspired by the 1967 TV series of the same name. The spoken intro to the track is directly lifted from an episode intro.

"22 Acacia Avenue" was originally written by Adrian Smith and performed by his pre-Iron Maiden band Urchin.

According to the liner notes, Iron Maiden once faced the members of Scorpions in a soccer/football match. They tied, 1-1.

A "Classic Albums" documentary has been made for "The Number of the Beast", chronicling its inception, recording process and legacy. It also includes a skit, written by and starring Bruce Dickinson, referencing the 1967 TV series "The Prisoner".

The blue background of the original arwork is due to an error in the printing process. The cover was changed to a darker, more grey-tinged background on the 1998 remaster and all subsequent pressings use this version,

Recording information:

Recorded and mixed at Battery Studios, London.

Identifiers:

Matrix / Runout (Stamped Runout Side A): EMC 3400 A-2
Matrix / Runout (Stamped Runout Side B, variant 1): EMC 3400 B-2
Matrix / Runout (Stamped Runout Side B, variant 2): EMC 3400 B-3
Matrix / Runout (Stamped Runout Side B, variant 3): EMC 3400 B-4
Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side A): GIVE IT SOME HEADBUTTS
Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side B): NICKZ

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