The Number of the Beast

Label
Sanctuary
Release date
8 Aug 2013
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
44:54

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Invaders 3:24 190,060
2 Children of the Damned 4:36 243,145
3 The Prisoner 6:04 187,145
4 22 Acacia Avenue 6:36 182,833
5 The Number of the Beast 4:52 584,059
6 Run to the Hills 3:54 660,336
7 Gangland 3:49 166,443
8 Total Eclipse 4:26 98,432
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:13 399,824

About this album

The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The album was released on March 29, 1982 through EMI. This was the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. Number of the Beast has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all-time, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most iconic albums of the genre.

The Number of the Beast also cemented Iron Maiden as one of “the biggest metal bands on the planet”.

Of all the songs in the album, “The Number of the Beast”, “Run to the Hills” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” remain on the set lists of nearly all of the band’s concert tours, with the latter two often used to close a show. All three songs have been released as singles in various forms.

The Beast on the Road was the tour supporting the album.


History
The Number of the Beast marked Bruce Dickinson’s debut with the band. Though the recording process was successful, it was plagued with bizarre events - during the making of the album, record producer Martin Birch had been in an accident and crashed his car into one driven by a “religious nutter” on a rainy Sunday evening. When he got his car back from the mechanic the bill came back in the exact amount of £666.66. Birch, “terrified”, demanded the bill be rounded up to £667. Also, the title track reached number 18 in the UK charts - the sum of three sixes. Other stories about various strange occurrences at the recording studio have circulated, such as equipment randomly breaking down and lights turning off and on by themselves.

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  • Elowson

    Probably my least favorite with Bruce during the 80s, Invaders, Gangland and Run to the hills are pretty mediocre, The Prisoner and 22 Acacia Avenue are good but nothing special. Although Children of the Damned and Hallowed be thy Name are fantastic!

    15 Jul 9:57pm Reply
  • tntmk

    Piece of gold, pure gold. Masterpiece!

    18 Apr 11:27pm Reply
  • JohnTitor98

    BEST ALBUM EVER.

    6 Apr 5:05pm Reply
  • Romulus666

    The first metal album I ever bought

    31 Mar 7:08pm Reply
  • i_woke_up_dead

    <3 Hallowed Be Thy Name

    28 Mar 8:37pm Reply
  • Timekeeperrr

    How can you not like Children of the Damned? [2]

    18 Mar 6:33pm Reply
  • SirIntegrall

    Still think it's their best album and one of best in heavy metal music history.

    3 Mar 4:30pm Reply
  • dAziks

    How can you not like Children of the Damned?

    22 Feb 11:22am Reply
  • DARKZSOU7

    Only The Prisoner, Title Track and Hallowed are worth remembering. The rest of the album is a big let down after the departure of Di'anno.

    13 Feb 11:54pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    One of the best Heavy Metal record of all times. Woe´ to you, oh earth and see, because........

    10 Feb 3:16pm Reply
  • Fenrisulfrwolf7

    @veyita_88 but number of the beast has no boring tracks, unlike powerslave.

    20 Jan 7:10am Reply
  • Acallabeth

    Still sounds amazingly fresh and exciting. A masterpiece for all time.

    19 Jan 4:12pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    "Hallowed by the name" http://toolazytofail.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/facepalm.jpg

    2 Jan 12:13am Reply
  • Voloscire

    "666,660 listeners" Can we have 6 more?

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fart-fart-fart

    best iron maiden album(2)

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Joao_Wolf_

    best iron maiden álbum.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheEmpireSaint

    Children of the Damned is amazing, the best track on the whole album [2]

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nnbobak

    Hallowed by the name, bardzo lubie, w wersji Kredek.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • nopuppet

    rest in peace, clive!

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • stevo747400

    This IS the best Maiden album , it was ground breaking at the time and is a huge influence on later rock and metal releases . As for being the worst Maiden album of the 80's and the second most overrated album of all time , your havin a laugh .

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
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