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Encyclopedia > The Number of the Beast (album)
The Number of the Beast
The Number of the Beast cover
Studio album by Iron Maiden
Released 29 March 1982
Recorded Battery Studios
1981 – January 1982
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Length 44:50
Label EMI (UK)
Harvest/Capitol (U.S. original)
Castle (U.S. first reissue)
Sanctuary/Columbia (U.S. latest reissue)
Producer Martin "Headmaster" Birch
Professional reviews
Iron Maiden chronology
Maiden Japan
(1981)
The Number of the Beast
(1982)
Piece of Mind
(1983)

The Number of the Beast is a heavy metal album released in 1982 (see 1982 in music) by Iron Maiden on EMI in the UK and originally Harvest Records/Capitol Records in the U.S. (now on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records). Metal-Rules.com named this the second greatest heavy metal album of all time.[1] This was the third album released by the band. Image File history File links Iron_Maiden_-_The_Number_Of_The_Beast. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Harvest Records was a record label, formed by EMI in 1969 to promote progressive rock music and to compete with Philips Vertigo label and Deccas Deram labels. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Castle Communications is a British record label, specialising in the back catalogue of folk and folk-rock artists. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 2_stars. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Maiden Japan, also known as Heavy Metal Army, is a live EP by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Harvest Records was a record label, formed by EMI in 1969 to promote progressive rock music and to compete with Philips Vertigo label and Deccas Deram labels. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...

Contents

History

Even though Iron Maiden were on the brink of worldwide superstardom after their breakthrough second album, Killers, vocalist Paul Di'Anno was fired from the band (due to his use of alcohol and drugs) at the conclusion of its 1981 world tour. The Number of the Beast is thus vocalist Bruce Dickinson's debut album with the band. For the Kiss album, see Killers (Kiss album). ... Paul Andrews (born 17 May 1958, in Chingford, Essex), better known as Paul DiAnno, was the first prominent vocalist in the band Iron Maiden from 1978 to 1981. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The album made UK Number 1, with the single "Run to the Hills" reaching number 7 and the title track reaching number 18.


On the Billboard Music Charts, "Hallowed Be Thy Name" hit number 50 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album peaked at number 33 and number 150 on the Pop Albums and Billboard Top 200, respectively and went Gold in the U.S. in 1983 and Platinum a few years later. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ...


The album was also the centre of much controversy, particularly in America, due to the misinterpretation of the lyrics of the title track and the cover art. It was widely panned by mainstream media upon its release, including Rolling Stone, who claimed that it "blusters along aimlessly, proving again that bad music is hell." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


Since this album (and its tour Beast on the Road), "The Beast" has become something of a nickname for the band and possibly Eddie, as suggested by albums such as Best of the Beast (which featured a 'best of Eddie' mural on the cover), Beast over Hammersmith, and the DVD Visions of the Beast.


This album is the only one to feature song writing by drummer Clive Burr. This is one of several reasons why the album was so different from previous ones other than the obvious change in lead singer. It was the first album with writing by Adrian Smith (see below track listing for details), and the first to feature writing by the 'new' Steve Harris (his older style had been written for different musicians, and in a different time) - the entire writing system was different. However, it is one of the few albums not to feature a Dave Murray song.


Lyrical references

"Children of the Damned" is based on the films Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned, which in turn were adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Village of the Damned is an English science fiction film made in 1960 by German director Wolf Rilla. ... Children of the Damned is a 1963 science fiction film, a sequel to the 1960 version of Village of the Damned. ... The Midwich Cuckoos is a science fiction novel written by English author John Wyndham, published in 1957. ... John Wyndham (July 10, 1903 – March 11, 1969) was the pen name used by the often post-apocalyptic British science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. ...


"The Prisoner" was inspired by the British TV show of the same name, and features dialogue from its title sequence. Iron Maiden later made another song based on the series, "Back in the Village" from Powerslave. The Prisoner is a 1967 UK allegorical science fiction television series, starring Patrick McGoohan. ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ...


The title track opens with a spoken introduction which draws heavily from the King James Version of Revelation 13:18, and is obviously inspired by 1960s horror fiction and movie tales of devil-worshipping sects (the voice sounds eerily like movie villain Vincent Price). This page is about the version of the Bible; for the Harvey Danger album, see King James Version (album). ...


Track listing

  1. "Invaders" (Steve Harris) – 3:23
  2. "Children of the Damned" (Harris) – 4:34
  3. "The Prisoner" (Adrian Smith, Harris) – 6:02
  4. "22 Acacia Avenue" (Harris, Smith) – 6:36
  5. "The Number of the Beast" (Harris) – 4:50
  6. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:52
  7. "Gangland" (Smith, Clive Burr) – 3:47
  8. "Total Eclipse" (Harris, Paul Di'Anno, Burr) – 4:28
  9. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Harris) – 7:10

Note: Total Eclipse is a bonus track added on the reissues. Steve Harris can refer to several people: Steve Harris (musician) - founding member and bassist of the band Iron Maiden. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The Number of the Beast is Iron Maidens seventh single and the second single from Iron Maidens 1982 album of the same name. ... Run to the Hills is Iron Maidens sixth single and first single from Iron Maidens 1982 album The Number of the Beast. ... Clive Burr (b. ... Paul Andrews (born 17 May 1958, in Chingford, Essex), better known as Paul DiAnno, was the first prominent vocalist in the band Iron Maiden from 1978 to 1981. ... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ...


It is a little known fact that Bruce Dickinson was involved in the writing of this album, namely "Children of the Damned", "The Prisoner", "Run to the Hills", and "Gangland". Bruce was not allowed to be credited, however, due to his contract with Samson. In interviews he gave hints that clearly explained his involvement, yet he never openly stated it. Samson was a heavy metal band formed in 1977 by guitarrist and vocalist Paul Samson. ...


1995 reissue bonus disc

  1. "Total Eclipse" (outtake from albums sessions)
  2. "Remember Tomorrow" (live from 1983)

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Canada 3x Platinum[2] 300,000

Miscellanea

  • The album was ranked number 17 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time.[2]
  • It was also ranked 3rd of IGN's 25 most influential metal albums.[3]
  • The cover art was parodied by crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death for the cover art of their 1999 album Bigger Than the Devil. It was also parodied on a T-shirt by underground New York Hip Hop Label Uncle Howie Records[4]
  • The Number of the Beast album cover art was originally intended for the Iron Maiden single "Purgatory". The band had felt that it was too high of caliber for just a single and requested a less complex cover be prepared in its place.
  • In 2000 Q magazine placed The Number of the Beast at number 100 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2001 the same magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.
  • Two tracks from the album have since been re-released as CD singles. "Run to the Hills" was released in 2002 as a benefit for former drummer Clive Burr. "The Number of the Beast" itself was released in the first week of 2005, reaching number 3 in the charts.
  • This is the first Maiden album not to feature any instrumentals.
  • New York progressive metal band Dream Theater covered the album as a whole several times on an international tour in 2002.
  • The BBC made a documentary of this album in their Classic Albums series.
  • 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. Other strange stories centering around the recording studio have circulated.
  • The song "Hallowed Be Thy Name" contains several verses that were "borrowed" (without giving credit) from a song by Beckett, called "Life's Shadow", from their 1974 self-titled album. Later on, Iron Maiden would cover Beckett's song "A Rainbow's Gold" for their 1984 single "2 Minutes To Midnight". Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood was Beckett's agent before meeting Iron Maiden.
  • Rod Smallwood had to telephone Patrick McGoohan to ask permission to use the intro to The Prisoner on the album. According to witnesses the usually calm Smallwood was completely star struck during the conversation. McGoohan was reported to have said "What did you say the name was? Iron Maiden? Do it."
  • "Run to the Hills" was featured on the video game SSX on Tour as the opening theme.
  • "22 Acacia Avenue" is the second song in the "Charlotte the Harlot" saga.
  • On a recent "Bruce Dickinson Rock Show" on BBC Radio 6 he told Ronnie James Dio that Children of the Damned was inspired by Children of the Sea.
  • The song "The Number Of The Beast" will be included as a master track in Guitar Hero III.

Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists. ... IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Stormtroopers of Death, more commonly known as S.O.D., formed in New York in 1985. ... Bigger than the Devil is the third and most recent album released by heavy metal band Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.). The album was released in May 1999 on the Nuclear Blast label. ... A record Label Owned by rapper Ill Bill of Non Phixion. ... Categories: | | ... Q is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... Clive Burr (b. ... NY redirects here. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Run to the Hills is Iron Maidens sixth single and first single from Iron Maidens 1982 album The Number of the Beast. ... SSX On Tour (working title: SSX 4) is the fourth title in the SSX series of video games for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox. ... Charlotte the Harlot is the name of a song and a (presumably fictional) character who features in various tracks by the heavy metal group Iron Maiden. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... BBC 6 Music is one of the BBCs newest radio stations, launched on March 11, 2002 and originally codenamed Network Y. It is only available via digital media _ DAB radio, the Internet and the various forms of digital television. ... Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona on July 10 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA), is an American heavy metal vocalist who has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf, and his own band Dio. ... Children of the Sea is a song by the band Black Sabbath from their 1980 album Heaven and Hell, their first album with new singer Ronnie James Dio. ... Guitar Hero III will be the third official installment in the Guitar Hero video game series. ...

Personnel

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1958 in Edmonton, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Clive Burr (b. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... Rod Smallwood, co-manager of heavy metal band, Iron Maiden and co-founder in 1976 of Sanctuary Records, now the worlds largest music management company. ... Ross Halfin is a well known English music photographer. ... Derek Riggs is a British artist best known for creating the heavy metal band Iron Maidens mascot, Eddie. ... Denis ORegan (born November 11th 1953) is a renowned photographer of rock and pop musicians. ...

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for October 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

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