Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Number of the BeastCassette8
  • NZ1982-03-29
EMI Music New ZealandTC-7463644
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
  • NZ1982-03-29
EMI Music New ZealandEMC 3400
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
  • GB1982-03-29
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMC 3400[none]
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)1A 064-07608, 1C 064-07 608[none]
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
Pathé Marconi EMI (record company, renamed EMI Pathé Marconi in 1986)2C 070 07608
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)1C 064-07608
The Number of the BeastCD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0777 746364 2 1077774636421
The Number of the BeastCassette8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)1C 238-1 57693 4
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)11C 078-07608[none]
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)ST-12202
The Number of the BeastVinyl8
  • -1982
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMCP 3400
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)1C 038-1576931
The Number of the BeastCD8
  • JP1986-03-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-5108[none]
The Number of the BeastCD8
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C2 4636407777463642
The Number of the BeastCD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46364 2077774636421
The Number of the BeastCD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46364 2077774636421
The Number of the BeastCD8
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46364 2077774636421
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)10760815099910760819
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
Gala Records (Russian label, for releases issued by S.B.A./GALA Records, Inc.)FA 3178[none]
The Number of the BeastCD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0777 7 46364 2 1, CDEMS 1533077774636421
The Number of the Beast2×CD8 + 2
  • US1995-10-09
Castle RecordsCASTLE 104-2600234010426
The Number of the BeastCD8
  • JP1995-11-29
COOLPRICE (budget-priced reissue series)TOCP-30044988006707450
The Number of the Beast2×CD8 + 2
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 35870 2 5724383587025
The Number of the BeastEnhanced CD11
  • GB1998-09-14
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)496 9180, 7243 4 96918 0 3724349691803
The Number of the BeastEnhanced CD11
  • CA1998-09-15
EMI Music Canada7243 4 96918 0 3724349691803
The Number of the BeastCD9
  • DE1998-09-22
Raw Power (United Kingdom metal)RAW CD 129602923012926
The Number of the BeastEnhanced CD11
  • US1998-09-29
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Raw Power (United Kingdom metal)D 138481, RAW CD 129602923012926
The Number of the BeastEnhanced CD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)2434-96918-0724349691803
The Number of the BeastEnhanced CD11
  • US2002-03-26
Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007)CK 86210696998621022
The Number of the BeastDigital Media8
Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)[none]
The Number of the BeastCD8
  • XE2018-11-16
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)01902955677430190295567743
The Number of the Beast (2015 remaster)Digital Media8
  • MX2018-11-16
  • GB2018-11-16
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)190295524241
The Number of the BeastCD8Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)788067T, CDP-546364[none]
The Number of the BeastCD8EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7 46364 2, CDP 7 46364 2077774636421
The Number Of The BeastCD8EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)077774636421, CDEMCJ WM 6666002140677924
The Number of the BeastCD8EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46364 2077774636421
The Number of the BeastCD8Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)CDP 5463640208314105271
(unknown)
The Number of the Beast12" Vinyl8
  • XE2014-10-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)2564625240825646252404
The Number Of The BeastCD8
  • US2018-11-16
BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, use “BMG Rights Management”), Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)5384269624050538426960

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Run to the Hills
covers:The Number of the Beast by Dream Theater
included in:The Complete Albums Collection 1980-1988
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/18742 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gqw6 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/iron_maiden/the_number_of_the_beast/ [info]
https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Iron_Maiden/The_Number_of_the_Beast/75 [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/7180/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000044718 [info]
Wikidata:Q223858 [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.