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Enhanced CD-Rom version of the original. Includes full-length videos, band biographies, photo galleries, and internet links, all encased in a slip-sleeve.
2. Children of the Damned
3. The Prisoner
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. The Number of the Beast
6. Run to the Hills
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Le troisième album (en studio) d’Iron Maiden consacre les Britanniques comme plus éminent groupe de heavy metal au monde, sanctionne un recrutement judicieux (en la personne du chanteur Bruce Dickinson), et, grâce à d’habiles variations sur des thèmes simples et compréhensibles par tous (une allusion à la série télévisée Le Prisonnier ici, un thème emprunté au film Le village des damnés là), permit qu’on parle beaucoup du groupe (y compris en mal, avec des accusations de satanisme venues d’outre Atlantique), et que l’album se vende par containers entiers.
Le producteur Martin Birch (définitivement l’homme derrière Deep Purple, mais également, avec Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, ou Blue Öyster Cult, collaborateur des actes majeurs du genre) joue parfaitement dans le délicat équilibre voulu par le groupe, entre rock songs forcenées, et grandes envolées épiques. Et Steve Harris, mentor, bassiste, et compositeur principal d’Iron Maiden, démontre ici sa capacité extrême à créer pour d’autres musiciens que ceux du line-up originel.
Á sa sortie éreinté par la critique (qui sait ce que mépris veut dire), The Number Of the Beast, au sommet des charts britanniques, s’autorisera même une incursion (150ème) dans les classements américains. « Run To the Hills » et la chanson-titre en constitueront les cinglants singles, et l’album sera certifié disque de platine en Grande-Bretagne, aux États-Unis, et au Canada, et disque d’or à peu près partout dans le reste du monde.
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Avec ce LP,ils deviennent les rois du heavy métal.Bravo!
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"Run to the Hills" is what initially drew me in. I hadn't heard anything else by the band, but this was 1982, and radio was still in top 40 mode. But I knew I loved "Run to the Hills," so I thought I'd buy a whole album rather than just the single. And am I glad I did. I remember putting the lp on the turntable and being spellbound for the better part of an hour while I played the album twice, back to back. To my twelve year old ears, this was heaven.
After a thorough listen, I found most of the songs to be even better than "Run to the Hills" -- especially side two's "Number of the Beast." That song to me was pure high octane power, the perfect combination of bass, guitar, drums, and vocals. And the album closed perfectly with "Hallowed Be Thy Name."
After this, I became a true Iron Maiden maniac. I knew that "Up the Irons" meant, I knew all about "Eddie," I learned this was Bruce Dickinson's first album... stuff that wouldn't help me academically, but essential in heavy metal discussion during class time.
While my mom wasn't initially pleased with the album art (I explained it was all a dream sequence), she was pleased I was increasing my workload around the house in order to buy the band's other albums -- "Iron Maiden," "Killers," and "Maiden Japan." And with each album, I fell deeper under the band's spell. I've picked up every album since then. Some great, some not so great, but you take the good with the bad.
Are you convinced that music is dull, drap, unappealing, and commercial? Never heard this album? Now's your chance to listen to one of the cornerstone bands of the 80's and 90's. Creativity, personality, and originality all describe this great band -- a band still on the road touring and making albums. And as for this album, it sounds as good today as it did over twenty years ago.
Bruce Dickinson is one of metal's best singers, period. His mighty pipes carry tremendous range and power, and he can hold a note for the LONGEST time. He also throws a great performance onstage. He ranks up there with Matthew Barlow of Iced Earth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Michael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, and Glenn Danzig of Danzig ... as one of the best metal singers I've ever heard.
Now, for the rest of the band: Steve Harris, songwriter/backing vocalist also is one of the most talented bassists I've ever heard. He plays a standard-tuned 4-string, but good LORD, just listen to him! He creates such complex rhythms and even leads; he's like a third guitarist .... Every song he can clearly be heard under the fantastic guitar riffs and fleshing out the thick drumming.
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith: what can I say about these guitarists? Where can I BEGIN? The two are a fearsome duo, slicing and dicing the listener as they alternate leads and solos with ease, creating such fast-paced riffs and crunches, it hardly matters how much or how little distortion they might use. I've practiced playing guitar for a couple of years, but lately I've been doing so a lot more thanks to them. Definitely one of the most perfect guitar duos out there, and still going strong. And now they have an additional guitarist in the mix, Janick Gers, but since he's not on this album, he won't be discussed...although he sure is good, too. I just wish they would credit who played which lead and solo in the notes!
Clive Burr is a highly underrated drummer, I think. He provides really loud, well-paced beats, as well as great fills and crashes. Unfortunately he wouldn't be with the band for long, and would be gone by the PIECE OF MIND-era ..., but when he was with them, boy he was good. One of my favorite performances by him: the intro to "Gangland."
The songs are all so perfect, I will go through each one individually.
"Invaders" is a fast-paced, attention-getting opener. It tells the tale of a Viking invasion upon a Nordic village, I think. The drums thunder like a thousand running feet, the bass and guitars like cries of fear and fury. And Bruce Dickinson...it's easy to see why many called him "Air-Raid Siren."
"Children of the Damned," I'm not so sure what this one's about. It starts off kind of slow and has great guitar work from Smith and Murray, and slowly gets more up-beat, but then in the bridge of the song...VROOOOM! It just takes off at an ultra-high pace and knocks the listener off their feet ....
"The Prisoner" has a little sample from the sci-fi sitcom of the same name, then breaks into a mid-tempo beat that is simply infectious for foot-tapping. Then it speeds up so suddenly and without warning, with a sweeping, powerful instrumental thrust. Dickinson snarls and barks out the tale of a man in prison who has one thing in mind: getting out. Very catchy chorus, too. And remember what I was saying about Harris being a complex bassist? Just listen to the leads he makes in the pre-chorus: CRAZY!
"22 Acacia Avenue," another faced-paced track, is a fable of a prostitution house and how truly insane and upside-down one could be. While the song is excellent and I could be stuck on a deserted island with it, it is probably one of my lesser-favorites.
"The Number of the Beast"..., the source for many a parent's apprehensions that their kids are listening to bad music. A streamlined and fast-paced tale of a man's encounter with an unholy cult performing a Satanic ritual, yes - but by no means promoting Satanism; rather, this takes a fearful outlook upon such practices, as the narrator within the song is trying to get away...but ultimately, unsuccessfully. After an eerie intro by the late Vincent Price, the atmospheric guitar riffs kick in, with Dickinson's worried-sounding vocals coming in with a now-classic opening line: "I left alone...my mind was blank..." The solos in the bridge of the song dazzle, and the little gap between them is amazing in itself as the pace slows down, then picks up again for a huge "shebang!" Parents may still want their kids to avoid a song that has "666" in the chorus, but regardless, this is one of Maiden's best.
"Run to the Hills" is very similar to "Invaders" in plot, but this time tells the story of the white settlers that came to this land we now call America, and as they mercilessly hunted down and slew the natives. The beginning drum beats lead into a great trio of guitars and bass, and then Dickinson comes in with his furied snarls. Then, like many Maiden songs, the song suddenly picks up pace and fires off into a blistering, galloping juggernaut.
"Gangland" is yet another uptempo piece, this time focusing on living in the more ghetto side of town, and the fears of going outside, for the gangs might get you. Rather violent and up-in-your-face lyrics, too. Like "22 Acacia Avenue," one of my lesser favorites, but still a masterpiece.
"Total Eclipse" is a prophetic tale of nature taking revenge upon mankind for our decades of causing such damage to her. It starts off with mid-tempo, fairly heavy riffs that are like thunder in the sky, and then builds up the pace a little. Dickinson's vocals are at their most furious here, I think.
And then there's "Hallowed Be Thy Name," the ultimate masterpiece on this album. Clocking in at over 7 minutes, this is the tale of a man's final hours as he is on death row and waiting for his time. The imagery and emotions FEEL so real. This one starts off with a bell chiming ..., and then the song picks up pace a bit, building to climatic verses where Dickinson's solo vocals alternate with blasts of instrumentation. The massive bridge is breathtaking with its powerful time changes and solos...and with the subject matter, this song is an excellent choice for an album closer.
As well, this 1998 remaster/reissue is very good. The notes are packed with information about the era and the recording/touring of this album, and the sound is pristine.
So there it is: Iron Maiden's 1982 album, the first to feature Bruce Dickinson, and where they achieved perfection. The band has had many, many other good songs on other albums, and this one isn't even their best - but it is, without a doubt one of them, and certainly one of the most important albums in the history of heavy metal.
This album marks long-time singer Bruce Dickinson's debut with the band, and he makes his mark quickly as Maiden pulls away from the punk influence of former vocalist Paul Di'Anno (who was kicked out of the band for his descent into alcoholism), and adopts the style that will make them pioneers in the genre. Steve Harris really steps into his own as a songwriter on this album, as both the lyrics and music become increasingly complex and showcase the instrumental talent of the band on a level that Maiden's two previous albums, while strong in their own right, just never reached.
Of the 9 songs on Number of the Beast, I would say that the only two that would even qualify as mediocre are '22 Acacia Avenue' and 'Gangland'. 'The Prisoner' is based on the TV show of the same name, and features a great chorus by Dickinson and some nice guitar work by both Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. 'Invaders' is in my opinion an underrated gem, featuring a fast, catchy guitar riff that carries the song and goes great with Dickinson's 'air raid siren' vocals. 'Children of the Damned' and 'Total Eclipse' are both worth a listen as well, though I had to listen both several times before I appreciated them.
There are three tracks on Number of the Beast (which, to put it in perspective, is a third of the album) that are considered absolute classics by just about all Maiden fans. The first is the title track. 'The Number of the Beast' is a great piece of music with some classic riffing augmented by Steve Harris's powerful basslines and not one, but two great guitar solos. 'The Number of the Beast' is not, as many believe, a Satanist song. In fact, the song is based on a recurring nightmare had by lead guitarist Adrian Smith of being tortured by the devil. So in a way, the song has the exact opposite message many abscribe to it. Besides, the Rolling Stones had a song about Satan, and it was one of their biggest hits. You don't hear many people calling Mick Jagger a Satanist, do you? Most of the people who accuse Iron Maiden of Satanism or promoting violence get these ideas from their morbid cover art and the total inability to understand satire (for instance, '2 Minutes to Midnight' is not a song about going on killing rampages, but rather an anti-war song).
But I digress. The second classic metal song on this album is 'Run to the Hills', which is about the genocide of the Native Americans during the years of American colonization by the British. This is the first song to use the 'galloping' guitar riff style that is used again in 'The Trooper', from their next album. Bruce's vocals are in full force this time around, with his singing sounding near operatic in its intensity, and Smith and Murray once again put together fantastic dual guitar solos.
The final song on this album, 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' is not only the best song on the album, but in my opinion Iron Maiden's best song altogether, and quite possibly the best rock song ever written. 'Hallowed', a 7-minute epic, features what are easily some of Harris's most cerebral lyrics, about a jailed man waiting to be hanged reflecting on the nature of his life and reality in general. 'Hallowed' features a dazzlingly complex song structure, with Harris's chugging bass once again providing the foundation for an assortment of terrific riffs by Smith and Murray and another exemplary vocal performance by Bruce. Toss in an absolutely jaw-dropping guitar solo by Smith (who truly was born to shred), and you have a song, and an album, that no real, or even casual, metal fan should be without.
For those who liked this album, further recommendations include:
Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Holy Diver - Dio
Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
1. Invaders - a great opener. Good solo, catchy guitar, good song.
2. Children of the Damned - Sounds like Metallica's Fade to Black, but this song came first. "Damned" good song! ;P
3. Prisoner - awesome. Catchy, memorable chorus, cool intro, awesome solo. Very good.
4. 22 Acacia Avenue - Good song, but not one that blows me away
5. Number of the Beast - but THIS one blows me away. AWESOME title track. Cool gothic kind of lyrics, great solos by Adrian and Dave, good bass, awesome intro.
6. Run to the Hills - as good as the title track. Also phenomenal words and music.
7. Gangland - eh. Doesn't do too much for me, but i assume that might have to do with following tracks 5 and 6
8. Total Eclipse - good song, but not a memorable one
9. Hallowed be thy name - AWESOME, GREAT, AMAZING, and everything else. Maiden's best epic without a doubt (sorry mariner, alexander, to tame a land, etc.) Great riffs, good solo (although every time i hear it i want to hear the solo from "The Prisoner" in it.. but the one in it now is still great.. EXCELLENT words.. just an unbelievably well done song. I could not imagine a better way to close a great cd.
This is Heavy Metal before the genre had all of the Rock & Roll stripped from it. "The Prisoner" could almost be a Van Halen song, for instance. Because it has those roots, the album is refreshingly soulful and full of rich textures. Not to worry, though, it's plenty fast and heavy. It's just not sludgy and mechanical like a lot of more contemporary metal. The most striking thing about the album is how dramatic and exciting rock and metal music used to be. Nowadays, even the best bands of these genres (Tool, Radiohead) seem to be incapable of the sheer intoxicating fervor of Iron Maiden. That's not to mention how bland and uninspired the less talented bands sound by comparison (Puddle of Mudd, Lincoln Park). Take the chorus of "Invaders", for example. This is a very daring and unconventional approach to the chorus of the album's opening track, and it proves to be a successful gambit. That track crawls under your skin and sticks with you longer than the written-to-be-catchy chorus of the album's big hit, "Run for the Hills". Said hit is also a stellar track, however, as is the haunting "Children of the Damned".
The album's momentum does lull at one point... for all of a song and a half. "Gangland" and the first half of "Total Eclipse" aren't as thrilling as the surrounding material, but Maiden quickly gets back on track with Adrian Smith's dive-bombing guitar run in the middle of the latter song, and they certainly make up for the brief lapse with the epic, album-closing "Hallowed Be Thy Name".
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Number of the Beast rules. If you think that Iron Maiden is hokey, dated or "Satanic", and you haven't actually taken to time to listen to their work, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. Don't confuse this classic with the throwaway nostalgia that was released by scores of imitators just a few years later. Intricate, pounding, powerful and creative - if those are words that describe good music to you, then look no further than Number of the Beast.