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Release date: 29 March 1982
Style: New wave of British heavy metal

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Disc I
01. Invaders
02. Children Of The Damned
03. The Prisoner
04. 22 Acacia Avenue
05. The Number Of The Beast
06. Run To The Hills
07. Gangland
08. Total Eclipse [1998 remastered bonus]
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name

Disc II [1995 remastered release]
01. Total Eclipse
02. Remember Tomorrow [live]

Top 20 albums of 1982: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 5

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Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Paul Bruce Dickinson - vocals
David Michael "Dave" Murray - guitars
Adrian Frederick Smith - guitars
Clive Burr - drums
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris - bass


Additional info
Recording: Battery Studios, London.
Producer, engineer: Martin "Farmer" Birch.
Engineer: Nigel Hewitt-Green.
Cover, cover concept & photography: Derek Riggs & Rod Smallwood.

''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 perfromed by his pre-Iron Maiden band Urchin.

Guest review by
HS

Rating:
10
At that time, Iron Maiden had already released two studio albums, Iron Maiden and Killers, which had made them known in the British metal scene. However, vocalist Paul Di Anno was fired from the group due to his uncontrolled alcoholic problems. Although this could have been proved a painful strike, Iron Maiden's golden era was about to start. Soon, vocalist Bruce Dickinson joined the group and in 1982 they released the historically important album The Number Of The Beast.

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Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
9.5
The year is 1982, and metal is still a young and developing genre of music. The new wave of British heavy metal is beginning to take its toll on the American populace. We had already had a taste of Priest's British Steel and nine entire studio albums by Black Sabbath. Now it's Maiden's turn to hit the spotlight, and let me tell you, this release did it for them.

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published 18.02.2010 | Comments (23)

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Ellrohir - 22.02.2013 at 01:18  
  So good "powerful killer" albums with best NWOBHM lyrics ever are now rated "5" by you?
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.02.2013 at 01:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you
Ellrohir - 22.02.2013 at 01:23  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.02.2013 at 01:19

Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you


well, yea...i kinda wonder why i wonder...
theFIST - 22.02.2013 at 16:39  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.02.2013 at 01:19

Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums are rated "5" by you?


typical K7 non-logic there for you

maybe for him the site should be reprogrammed with the overcomplex dropdown menu connected to the rate button being replaced by a random number generator

hey, that might be an idea for the aprils fools joke this year
Dentura - 09.03.2013 at 04:29  
Rating: 9 Picking up an original CD pressing of this album and revisiting it again has reminded me how much I love this so much. I thought Brave New World was my favorite before, but I think this will take the number one spot when it comes to favorite Maiden albums. Absolutely classic in every sense of the word.
Jaeryd17‍ - 01.04.2013 at 13:20  
Rating: 7
Written by Ellrohir on 22.02.2013 at 01:18

So good "powerful killer" albums with best NWOBHM lyrics ever are now rated "5" by you?

And albums with one horrible song, a few bad songs, and a few okay songs--like No Prayer for the Dying--are rated 10. It's actually kinda hilarious when you think about it.
Lião - 29.04.2013 at 09:10  
  Not a 100 percent masterpiece, but damn closer.
syfllhylmz - 18.05.2013 at 13:50  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:04  
  Hmm, dont know why, but i always found the first two albums being superiour to this one. Its a very good album, dont deny that fact, but not each song impresses me that much.
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.09.2013 at 22:20  
Rating: 8
Written by Nick K. on 24.09.2013 at 22:04

Hmm, dont know why, but i always found the first two albums being superiour to this one. Its a very good album, dont deny that fact, but not each song impresses me that much.


you're not the only one

plus a couple of great tracks do not a classic make in my book
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:24  
  Haha! Yes and to be honest, i was never a fan of rUN TO THE hills or even Hallowed be thy name-
bugsterscrow - 01.11.2013 at 08:56  
Rating: 9 I like invaders and children of the damned.....
Pennywise - 26.02.2014 at 15:10  
  Gangland is the worst Maiden song I know only rivaled by The Apparition which is more like spoken word. The remaining tracks are good to very good. Dont get the people hating Invaders..
deadone - 04.03.2014 at 01:28  
Rating: 9 When it comes down to it, this stuff still rocks hard!


"666 the Number of the Beast
666 the one for you and me!"
Paw!! - 28.04.2014 at 11:53  
Rating: 10
Written by Lião on 29.04.2013 at 09:10

Not a 100 percent masterpiece, but damn closer.

for me is 100 percent masterpiece.
RavenEffect - 28.04.2014 at 23:59  
Rating: 10 One of the best Heavy Metal records of all time. Spot on.
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.04.2014 at 01:51  
Rating: 8 By far not the masterpiece it is made out to be. There are a lot of flaws. BBut still a very good album.
Alex Fenger - 29.04.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.04.2014 at 01:51

By far not the masterpiece it is made out to be. There are a lot of flaws. BBut still a very good album.

Killers and Powerslave are much better, although I do agree this one is still great. I'm not sure if I'd put this at 3rd in terms of favorite Iron Maiden releases, but it's still a fuckton better than anything they released in the second half of their discography ('92 and on)
Nick K. - 29.04.2014 at 17:30  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 29.04.2014 at 16:54

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.04.2014 at 01:51

By far not the masterpiece it is made out to be. There are a lot of flaws. BBut still a very good album.

Killers and Powerslave are much better, although I do agree this one is still great. I'm not sure if I'd put this at 3rd in terms of favorite Iron Maiden releases, but it's still a fuckton better than anything they released in the second half of their discography ('92 and on)

Agree with that. Powerslave will always be their best, followed by Killers and then their debut at 3rd. After 1992 they just became boring and monotonous.
deadone - 30.04.2014 at 01:52  
Rating: 9 I agree on Powerslave being number 1 in my book, but NOTB still has 5 of my favourite Maiden songs of all time.


Only relative downer is Gangland.
Lit. - 30.04.2014 at 03:44  
 
Written by deadone on 30.04.2014 at 01:52

Only relative downer is Invaders.

Corrected.
Angelic Storm - 30.04.2014 at 07:19  
Rating: 10 I like Gangland, but Invaders is the better song. The latter is a contender for most underrated song in Maiden's entire catalogue. It's a fantastic opening track!
deadone - 30.04.2014 at 07:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.04.2014 at 07:19

... but Invaders is the better song. The latter is a contender for most underrated song in Maiden's entire catalogue. It's a fantastic opening track!


I agree with this bit.

I love how the vocal lines are split between music lines. Sounds like a hard one to sing!
Angelic Storm - 30.04.2014 at 07:39  
Rating: 10
Written by deadone on 30.04.2014 at 07:26
I agree with this bit.

I love how the vocal lines are split between music lines. Sounds like a hard one to sing!


It is a hard one to sing, believe me! I just love the sheer intensity of the song, and the solo section is amazing. It functions so well as an opening track, and is one of my faves. Definitely a hugely underrated number. I'd love to see it played live, but I can't see Maiden ever playing that one, seeing as Steve Harris has stated in the past that he doesn't like it.
deadone - 30.04.2014 at 07:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.04.2014 at 07:39

Written by deadone on 30.04.2014 at 07:26
I agree with this bit.

I love how the vocal lines are split between music lines. Sounds like a hard one to sing!


It is a hard one to sing, believe me! I just love the sheer intensity of the song, and the solo section is amazing. It functions so well as an opening track, and is one of my faves. Definitely a hugely underrated number. I'd love to see it played live, but I can't see Maiden ever playing that one, seeing as Steve Harris has stated in the past that he doesn't like it.



Shame as it's a great track.

I'd also love to hear Killers, The Fugitive, Purgatory, Flash Of The Blade and a few others live but they seem to be dead and buried.
Deadmeat - 14.07.2014 at 20:03  
Rating: 8 Totally overrated. generally this is a good album with some awesome songs but also some fillers. the awesome ones for me are: Hallowed be thy name, Children of the damned, Number of the beast. Invaders, gangland and total eclipse are really average though imo..
Lião - 15.08.2014 at 04:41  
 
Written by Paw!! on 28.04.2014 at 11:53

for me is 100 percent masterpiece.


The opening track isn't so great, also Gangland.
I preffer the debut than this.
deadone - 15.08.2014 at 06:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Deadmeat on 14.07.2014 at 20:03

Totally overrated. generally this is a good album with some awesome songs but also some fillers. the awesome ones for me are: Hallowed be thy name, Children of the damned, Number of the beast. Invaders, gangland and total eclipse are really average though imo..



Total Eclipse was never on original album, apparently due to space constraints. Indeed my version (early 1990s) doesn't have it. It was originally released as B-side to Run To The Hills single.
Deadmeat - 15.08.2014 at 13:31  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 15.08.2014 at 06:30

Written by Deadmeat on 14.07.2014 at 20:03

Totally overrated. generally this is a good album with some awesome songs but also some fillers. the awesome ones for me are: Hallowed be thy name, Children of the damned, Number of the beast. Invaders, gangland and total eclipse are really average though imo..



Total Eclipse was never on original album, apparently due to space constraints. Indeed my version (early 1990s) doesn't have it. It was originally released as B-side to Run To The Hills single.

good for them back then. bad for them right now lol!
Ganondox - 15.08.2014 at 21:34  
Rating: 7 Has a few great songs, but a bunch of weaker songs drag it down, namely Gangland.

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