Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI Music New Zealand EMC 3400
The Number of the Beast Cassette 8 EMI Music New Zealand TC-7463644
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) EMC 3400 [none]
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 Pathé Marconi EMI (record company, renamed EMI Pathé Marconi in 1986) 2C 070 07608
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002) 1C 064-07608
The Number of the Beast CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0777 746364 2 1 077774636421
The Number of the Beast Cassette 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 1C 238-1 57693 4
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 11C 078-07608 [none]
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) ST-12202
The Number of the Beast Vinyl 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) EMCP 3400
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002) 1C 038-1576931
The Number of the Beast CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CP32-5108 [none]
The Number of the Beast CD 8 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C2 46364 07777463642
The Number of the Beast CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46364 2 077774636421
The Number of the Beast CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46364 2 077774636421
The Number of the Beast CD 8 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 46364 2 077774636421
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 1076081 5099910760819
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 Gala Records (Russian label, for releases issued by S.B.A./GALA Records, Inc.) FA 3178 [none]
The Number of the Beast 2×CD 8 + 2 Castle Records CASTLE 104-2 600234010426
The Number of the Beast 2×CD 8 + 2 EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 7243 8 35870 2 5 724383587025
The Number of the Beast Enhanced CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 496 9180, 7243 4 96918 0 3 724349691803
The Number of the Beast Enhanced CD 11 EMI Music Canada 7243 4 96918 0 3 724349691803
The Number of the Beast CD 9 Raw Power RAW CD 129 602923012926
The Number of the Beast Enhanced CD 11 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Raw Power D 138481, RAW CD 129 602923012926
The Number of the Beast Enhanced CD 11 Parlophone 2434-96918-0 724349691803
The Number of the Beast Enhanced CD 11 Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007) CK 86210 696998621022
The Number of the Beast Digital Media 8 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) [none]
The Number of the Beast CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 0777 7 46364 2 1, CDEMS 1533 077774636421
(unknown)
The Number of the Beast 12" Vinyl 8 Parlophone 2564625240 825646252404

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Run to the Hills
covers: The Number of the Beast by Dream Theater
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000044718 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/18742 [info]
Wikidata: Q223858 [info]
other databases: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Iron_Maiden/The_Number_of_the_Beast/75 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/iron_maiden/the_number_of_the_beast/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gqw6 [info]

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Given the importance people attach to the role of the vocalist in rock groups, the upward curve that Iron Maiden had steadily enjoyed since their first album in 1980 might well have become a downward spiral with the departure of singer Paul Di'Anno. Echoing Spinal Tap's legendary problems in keeping their drummers, he was already the third singer since their humble beginnings as a pub band. His leaving as the band stood on the cusp of global success turned out to be fourth time lucky for them. And for ex-Samson vocalist Bruce Dickinson, whose sand-papered soaring yowl more than held its own against the blasting and frequently bombastic arrangements. His debut with the band gave them their first No.1 album in the UK and broke them in America.

As the title not-so-cunningly implies, there's the prerequisite dollop of occult-orientated subject matter that you'd expect. What is surprising however is the extent to which their combination of sophisticated arrangements and varied tonal palette lifts what might otherwise be a rather earthbound (i.e. bog-standard) set. The frantic opener, "Invader" flirts intriguingly with jazz-rock fusion whilst other tracks have an overtly prog-rock agenda.

Certainly, a key weapon of bassist Steve Harris, the album's main writer, is the convincing use of multi-movement compositions. Whereas even some of the venerable HM institutions (think Black Sabbath) would struggle to make material that was something more than a collection of minor-key riffs, Iron Maiden pull this feat off with considerable elan. "The Prisoner", (complete with dialogue lifted from the TV series of the same name) could almost pass for a heavy-metal Genesis and even the innuendo-laden "22 Acacia Avenue" has some complex riffing that wouldn't be out of place in Gentle Giant.

The greater emphasis on dramatic narrative (the title track, "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and the top ten single, "Run To The Hills") provide Dickinson a platform to showcase some subtle phrasing that marks him out as a cut above the rest of the balls-to-the-wall competition. Maiden newbies are advised to start their journey to metal hell and back right here.