Iron Maiden celebrate 40th Anniversary of ‘The Number Of The Beast’

Warner Music (BMG for the USA) have today (November 18th) released a commemorative triple black vinyl album in honour of the 40th Anniversary of IRON MAIDEN’s seminal third album, The Number Of The Beast, which was also the first to feature Bruce Dickinson on vocals and was to become the record which catapulted the band to international stardom.

The new vinyl release of The Number Of The Beast features an alternative tracklisiting to the original, with ‘Total Eclipse’ taking the place of ‘Gangland’.

Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris explains, “On this vinyl release we get the chance to put ‘Total Eclipse’ in its rightful spot on the album for the first time.

The reason it didn’t make it in the first place was that it was all a mad rush when we were finishing the record and we had to get the ‘Run to the Hills’ single out before the tour and we basically had to pick a B-side and it was between ‘Gangland’ and ‘Total Eclipse’ and we just picked the wrong one, really! I think ‘Total Eclipse’ is a stronger song and the album would have been stronger if it had been on there.”

Also included in the new vinyl package is Beast Over Hammersmith – available now officially for the very first time on vinyl – featuring the live concert from March 1982’s now legendary Hammersmith Odeon London show from the Beast On The RoadWorld Tour.

Recorded only days before the release of The Number Of The Beast album, it’s remarkable to think these now classic songs at that time were still brand new, unfamiliar and being heard live by fans for the very first time. A real piece of history in the making.

The vinyl package features exclusive liner notes written by Steve Harris as well as restored and expanded artwork taken from the CD format of Beast Over Hammersmith, previously only available in the Limited Edition Eddie’s Archive boxset originally released in 2002.

 

The tracklisting is:

Disc 1 – The Number Of The Beast
Side 1:

Invaders
Children Of The Damned
The Prisoner
22 Acacia Avenue
Side 2:

The Number Of The Beast
Run To The Hills
Total Eclipse*
Hallowed Be Thy Name

Disc 2 – Beast Over Hammersmith
Side 3:

Murders In The Rue Morgue
Wrathchild
Run To The Hills
Children of The Damned
The Number Of The Beast
Side 4:

Another Life
Killers
22 Acacia Avenue
Total Eclipse
Transylvania
Disc 3 – Beast Over Hammersmith
Side 5:

The Prisoner
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Phantom Of The Opera
Iron Maiden
Side 6:

Sanctuary
Drifter
Running Free
Prowler

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