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THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

 

Původní celosvětové vydání:

   1. "Invaders" (Steve Harris) – 3:23

   2. "Children of the Damned" (Harris) – 4:34

   3. "The Prisoner" (Adrian Smith, Harris) – 6:02

   4. "22 Acacia Avenue" (Smith, Harris) – 6:36

   5. "The Number of the Beast" (Harris) – 4:50

   6. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:52

   7. "Gangland" (Smith, Clive Burr) – 3:47

   8. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Harris) – 7:10

 

Znovuvydání 1995 s bonusy:

    1. "Total Eclipse" (Dave Murray, Harris, Burr)

   2. "Remember Tomorrow" (live in Italy, October 1981) (Di'Anno, Harris)

 

Remaster 1998:

   1. "Invaders" (Harris) – 3:23

   2. "Children of the Damned" (Harris) – 4:34

   3. "The Prisoner" (Smith, Harris) – 6:02

   4. "22 Acacia Avenue" (Smith, Harris) – 6:36

   5. "The Number of the Beast" (Harris) – 4:50

   6. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:52

   7. "Gangland" (Smith, Burr) – 3:47

   8. "Total Eclipse" (Murray, Harris, Burr) – 4:28

   9. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Harris) – 7:10

 

Texty

1. Invaders

 [Harris]

 

Longboats have been sighted the evidence of war has begun

Many Nordic fighting men their swords and shields all gleam in the sun

Call to arms defend yourselves get ready to stand and fight for your lives

Judgement day has come around so be prepared don't run stand your ground

 

They're coming in from the sea

they've come the enemy

beneath the blazing sun

the battle has to be won

Invaders ... Pillaging

Invaders ... Looting

 

Set ablaze the campfires alert the other men from inland

Warning must be given there's not enough men here for a stand

The Vikings are too many too powerful to take on our own

We must have reinforcements we cannot fight this battle alone

 

They're coming over the hill

they've come to attack

they're coming in for the kill

there's no turning back

Invaders ... Fighting

Invaders ... Marauding

 

Axes grind and maces clash as wounded fighters fall to the ground

Severed limbs and fatal woundings bloody corpses lay all around

The smell of death and burning flesh the battle weary fight to the end

The Saxons have been overpowered victims of the mighty Norsemen

 

You'd better scatter and run

the battle's lost and not won

you'd better get away

to fight another day

Invaders ... Raping

Invaders ... Plundering

 

2. Children Of The Damned

 

[Steve Harris]

 

He's walking like a small child

But watch his eyes burn you away

Black holes in his golden stare

God knows he wants to go home

Children of The Damned

 

He's walking like a dead man

If he had lived he would crucified us all

Now he's standing on his last step

He thought oblivion well it beckons us all

Children of The Damned [x3]

 

Now it's burning his hands he's turning to laugh

Smiles as the flame sears his flesh

Melting his face screaming in pain

Peeling the skin from his eyes

Watch him die according to plan

He's dust on ground what did we learn

 

You're Children of The Damned

Your back's against the wall

You turn into the light

You're burning in the night

You're Children of The Damned

Like candles watch them burn

Burning in the light

You'll burn again tonight

Children of The Damned

 

3. The Prisoner

 

[Steve Harris, Adrian Smith]

 

I'm on the run, I kill to eat

I'm starving now, feeling dead on my feet

Going all the way, I'm natures beast

Do what I want and do as I please

 

Run - Fight - To breathe - It's tough

Now you see me now you don't

Break the walls I'm coming out

 

Not a prisoner I'm a free man

And my blood is my own now

Don't care where the past was

I know where I'm going ...out!

 

If you kill me it's self defense

And if I kill ya' then I call it vengeance

Spit in your eye I will defy

You'll be afraid when I call out your name

 

Run - Fight - To breathe - It's gonna be tough

Now you see me now you don't

Break the walls I'm coming out

 

Not a prisoner I'm a free man

And my blood is my own now

Don't care where the past was

I know where I'm going

 

I'm not a number I'm a free man

Live my life where I want to

You'd better scratch me from your black book

Cause' I'll run rings around you

 

4. 22 Acacia Avenue

 

[Steve Harris, Adrian Smith]

[pokračující příběh Charlotte the Harlot]

 

If you're feeling down depressed and lonely

I know a place where we can go

22 Acacia Avenue meet a lady that I know

So if you're looking for a good time

And you're prepared to pay the price

Fifteen quid is all she asks for

Everybody's got their vice

 

If you're waiting for a long time for the rest to do their piece

You can tell her that you know me and you might even get it free

So any time you're down the East End don't you hesitate to go

You can take my honest word for it she'll teach you more than you can know

 

Charlotte can't you get out from all of this madness

Can't you see it only brings you sadness

When you entertain your men don't you know the risk of getting disease

 

Some day when you're reaching the age of forty

I bet you'll regret the days when you were laying

Nobody then will want to know

You won't have any beautiful wares to show any more

 

22 the avenue that's the place where we all go

You will find it's warm inside the red light's burning bright tonight

 

Charlotte isn't it time you stopped this mad life

Don't you ever think about the bad times

Why do you have to live this way

Do you enjoy your lay or is it the pay

 

Sometimes when you're strolling down the avenue

The way you walk it makes men think of having you

When you're walking down the street

Everybody stops and turns to stare at you

 

22 the avenue that's the place where we all go

You will find it's warm inside the red light's burning bright tonight

 

Beat her mistreat her do anything that you please

Bite her excite her make her get down on her knees

Abuse her misuse her she can take all that you've got

Caress her molest her she always does what you want

 

You're running away don't you know what you're doing

Can't you see it'll lead you to ruin

Charlotte you've taken your life and you've thrown it away

You believe that because what you're earning

Your life's good don't you know that you're hurting

All the people that love you don't cast them aside

All the men that are constantly drooling

It's no life for you stop all that screwing

You're packing your bags and you're coming with me

 

5. The Number Of The Beast

 

[Steve Harris]

 

"Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the

beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...

Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the

beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and

sixty six."

 

I left alone my mind was blank

I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind

 

What did I see can I believe that what I saw

that night was real and not just fantasy

 

Just what I saw in my old dreams were they

reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

 

'Cos in my dream it's always there the evil face that twists my mind

and brings me to despair

 

The night was black was no use holding back

'Cos I just had to see was someone watching me

In the mist dark figures move and twist

Was this all for real or some kind of hell

666 the number of the beast

Hell and fire was spawned to be released

 

Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised

As they start to cry hands held to the sky

In the night the fires burning bright

The ritual has begun Satan's work is done

666 the number of the beast

Sacrifice is going on tonight

 

This can't go on I must inform the law

Can this still be real or just some crazy dream

But I feel drawn towards the evil chanting hordes

They seem to mesmerise me ... can't avoid their eyes

666 the number of the beast

666 the one for you and me

 

I'm coming back I will return

And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn

I have the fire I have the force

I have the power to make my evil take it's course

 

6. Run To The Hills

 

[Steve Harris]

 

White man came across the sea

He brought us pain and misery

He killed our tribes killed our creed

He took our game for his own need

 

We fought him hard we fought him well

Out on the plains we gave him hell

But many came too much for Cree

Oh will we ever be set free?

 

Riding through dust clouds and barren wastes

Galloping hard on the plains

Chasing the redskins back to their holes

Fighting them at their own game

Murder for freedom the stab in the back

Women and children are cowards attack

 

Run to the hills, run for your lives

Run to the hills, run for your lives

 

Soldier blue in the barren wastes

Hunting and killing their game

Raping the women and wasting the men

The only good Indians are tame

Selling them whiskey and taking their gold

Enslaving the young and destroying the old

 

Run to the hills, run for your lives

[opakování do konce]

 

7. Gangland

 

[Adrian Smith, Clive Burr]

 

Shadows may hide you but also may be your grave

You're running today maybe tomorrow you'll be saved

You pray for daylight to save you for a while

You wonder if your children will face the killer's smile

 

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - murders up for sale

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - where jail birds die

 

Face at the window leers into your own

But it's only your reflection still you tremble in your bones

How long can you hide? How long 'till they come?

A rat in a trap but you've got to survive

 

Once you were glad to be free for a while

The air tasted good and the world was your friend

Then came the day when the hard times began

Now you're alone but alive for how long?

 

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - murders up for sale

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - where jail birds die

 

A knife at your throat another body on the pile

A contract to keep and it's service with a smile

Murder for vengeance or murder for gain

Death on the streets or a blacked out jail

 

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - murders up for sale

Dead men - tell no tales

In Gangland - where jail birds die

 

In Gangland you tell no tales

 

8. Total Eclipse

 

[Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Clive Burr]

 

Cold as steel the darkness waits its hour will come.

A cry of fear from our children worshipping the sun.

Mother natures' black revenge on those who wasted her life.

War babies in the garden of Eden,

Shall turn our ashes to ice.

 

Sunrise has gone, freezing up the fires.

Sunrise has gone, numbing our desires.

 

Around the world the people stop,

With terror stricken eyes.

A shadow cast upon them all,

To crush them like a fly.

In the icy rain and whiplashed seas,

There's nowhere left to run.

The hammer blows of winter fall like a hurricane.

 

Sunrise has gone, freezing up the fires.

Sunrise has gone, numbing our desires.

 

Around the world the nations wait,

For some wise word from their leading light.

You know it's not only madmen who listen to fools.

Is this the end, the millions cried,

Clutching their riches as they died.

Those who survive must weather the storm.

 

Gone are the days when man looked down.

They've taken away his sacred crown.

To be set free, it took so long.

It's not journey's end, it's just begun.

 

9. Hallowed Be Thy Name

 

[Harris]

 

I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime

Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time

'Cause at 5 o'clock they take me to the Gallows Pole

The sands of time for me are running low

 

When the priest comes to read me the last rites

I take a look through the bars at the last sights

Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

 

Can it be there's been some sort of an error

Hard to stop the surmounting terror

Is it really the end not some crazy dream

 

Somebody please tell me that I'm dreaming

It's not easy to stop from screaming

But words escape me when I try to speak

Tears they flow but why am I crying?

After all am I not afraid of dying?

Don't I believe that there never is an end?

 

As the guards march me out to the courtyard

Someone calls from a cell "God be with you"

If there's a God then why has he let me die?

 

As I walk all my life drifts before me

And though the end is near I'm not sorry

Catch my soul 'cause it's willing to fly away

 

Mark my words believe my soul lives on

Don't worry now that I have gone

I've gone beyond to see the truth

 

When you know that your time is close at hand

Maybe then you'll begin to understand

Life down there is just a strange illusion

 

Yeah, yeah, yeah,

Hallowed be Thy name

Yeah, yeah, yeah,

Hallowed be Thy name

 

 

 

Původní obal

 

Datum vydání

22. 3. 1982

 

Doba nahrávání

1981 - leden 1982

 

Místo nahrávání

Battery Studios, Londýn

 

Celková délka

44:46 min

 

Vydavatelství

EMI (Británie, Evropa)

 Sanctuary Records a Columbia Records (USA)

 

Producent

Martin Birch

 

Manažer

Rod Smallwood

 

Umístění v UK charts

 1.

 

Sestava

Bruce Dickinson - zpěv

Steve Harris - baskytara, doprovodný zpěv

Dave Murray - kytara

Adrian Smith - kytara, doprovodný zpěv

Clive Burr - bicí

 

Singly k albu

Run To The Hills

 

 The Number of the Beast

 

 

Ilustrátor obalu

Derek Riggs

 

Tour

The Beast On The Road 1982

Setlist tour

Intro
Murders In The Rue Morgue
Wrathchild
Run To The Hills
Children Of The Damned
The Number Of The Beast
Another Life
Killers
22, Acacia Avenue
Total Eclipse
Drum solo
Transylvania
Guitar solo
The Prisoner
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Phantom Of The Opera
Iron Maiden
Sanctuary
Drifter
Running Free
Prowler
Tush (with Blackfoot)
I've Got The Fire

 

Videa

The Number Of The Beast

 


 

 

Run To The Hills


 

Children Of The Damned


 

 

22 Acacia Avenue


 

 

Album The Number Of The Beast je právem považováno za nejlepší heavymetalový počin všech dob. Čerstvě nastoupivší zpěvák Bruce Dickinson (přišel ze skupiny Samson) přináší do skupiny oživení a především daleko lepší hlasové vybavení, než jeho předchůdce Paul DiAnno. A protože Iron Maiden vyčerpali na předchozím albu "Killers" všechny songy které do té doby hráli, byli nuceni na "The Number Of The Beast" složit úplně nový repertoár, ušitý přímo na míru Brucovu magickému vibratu. Jedná se o jediné album, na němž se jako skladatel podílel také Clive Burr, pro něhož to byl poslední počin s Iron Maiden.

Albu předcházelo vydání singlu "Run To The Hills", který jako první v historii skupiny prorazil do první desítky britských žebříčků, konkrétně na sednou příčku.

Přestože nahrávání proběhlo úspěšně, traduje se, že ho provázely záhadné jevy. Počínaje dopravní nehodou Martina Birche, kdy mu byla vystavena faktura za opravu vozu s částkou 666,66 liber, což zděšen okamžitě zaokrouhlil na 667 a konče záhadnými výpadky a samovolným otáčením světel ve studiu. Nahrávání proběhlo v neuvěřitelném spěchu v průběhu pěti týdnů. Nakonec se deska v anglické  hitparádě vyšplhala až na samotný vrchol.

Velké diskuze zejména v USA vyvolal obal desky od tehdy již dvorního ilustrátora Dereka Riggse, zobrazující mimo jiné satana. Také texty se staly terčem kritiky radikálních náboženských skupin. Nakonec celá hysterie posloužila jako obrovská reklama, když mládež toužila na vlastní oči vidět kapelu, kterou jejich rodiče tolik zatracovali.

Ke stejnojmenné písni jako celé album  byl natočen videoklip prokládaný záběry z horrorových filmů, včetně staré verze Godzilly. Další videoklip byl realizován na základě songu "Run To The Hills", tentokrát byly použity záběry z grotesek Bustera Keatona, jenž zde není vidět kvůli autorským právům. Klip byl hojně vysílán v nezkrácené podobě v televizi, ať už to byl pořad "Top Of The Pops", či tehdy nově vzniklá stanice MTV.

Zajímavostí je, že k použití nahrávky hlasu herce Patricka McGoohana, který před písní "The Prisoner" říká: "Nejsem jen nějaké číslo, jsem svobodný člověk!" a který pochází z kultovního televizního seriálu, potřebovala skupina hercův souhlas. Všichni pak pobaveně sledovali, jak Rod volá herci do Los Angeles a vysvětluje o co mu jde. Nakonec Parick vyštěkl stejným hlasem jako v televizním seriálu: "Tak do toho!".

Celé album pak znamenalo pro skupinu jeden velký milník. Iron Maiden se stali finančně nezávislí.