Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s.
Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: The Number Of The Beast
Label: EMI Records
Catalog# 1C 064-07608
The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in March 1982. It was their first release to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson and their last with the drummer Clive Burr.
The Number of the Beast met with considerable critical and commercial success and was a landmark release for the band—becoming their first album to reach No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US. The album also produced the singles “Run to the Hills” and “The Number of the Beast“, the former of which was the band’s first top-ten UK single. The album was also controversial, particularly in the US, due to the religious references in its artwork and the title track’s lyrics.
The Number of the Beast is Iron Maiden’s only album to include songwriting credits from Clive Burr and was the band’s first album to feature writing by guitarist Adrian Smith. In addition, the release saw Steve Harris adopt a different approach to writing, which would cater more for new vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The album’s producer Martin Birch remarked, “I simply didn’t think [former vocalist Paul Di’Anno] was capable of handling lead vocals on some of the quite complicated directions I knew Steve wanted to explore… When Bruce joined, it opened up the possibilities for the new album tremendously.”
Since the release of The Number of the Beast and its subsequent tour, The Beast on the Road, “The Beast” has become an alternate name for Iron Maiden and was later used in the titles of some of their compilations and live releases.
1. Invaders (3:20)
2. Children Of The Damned (4:34)
3. The Prisoner (5:34)
4. 22, Acacia Avenue (6:34)
1. The Number Of The Beast (4:25)
2. Run To The Hills (3:50)
3. Gangland (3:46)
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:08)