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 3:24 187,939
2 Children of the Damned 4:36 240,238
3 The Prisoner 6:04 184,723
4 22 Acacia Avenue 6:36 180,608
5 The Number of the Beast 4:52 578,250
6 Run to the Hills 3:54 653,214
7 Gangland 3:49 164,550
8 Total Eclipse 4:26 97,081
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:13 395,318

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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