The Number of the Beast, Side A

This week marks the beginning of the Bruce Dickinson era for Iron Maiden, as Ed and Stu discuss Side A of the seminal album, The Number of the Beast (1982)!

The first single from this devilishly great album was “Run to the Hills,” released February 12, 1982. It debuted at #33 and spent 10 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at #7.

The album itself was released March 22, 1982 and it debuted at the top of the UK charts with a bullet, spending two weeks in the top spot. NotB would spend 35 weeks on the UK charts and reach #33 in the US. The album is certified platinum on both sides of the pond.

Side A
1. Invaders
2. Children of the Damned
3. The Prisoners
4. 22 Acacia Avenue

Number of the Beast Album Personnel
Bruce Dickinson – vox
Dave Murray – guitars
Adrian Smith – guitars
Steve Harris – bass guitar
Clive Burr – drums

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