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The Number Of The Beast - Classic Albums [DVD] 
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The story behind the making of Iron Maiden's seminal heavy metal album 'The Number of the Beast'. Includes interviews with the band, previously unseen footage of a live show at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1982, and cuts from many of the album's more memorable tracks, including 'The Number of the Beast', 'Run To The Hills' and 'Children of the Damned'.
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Most of the songs are given a good in depth analysis, with the exception of Invaders and Gangland (which are used as background music).
The hours spent trying to get the first four lines of the title track "just right" made me smile, and the release of frustration by Bruce when he finally gets to do the scream is evident.
Steve H talks about where he got the idea for "...Beast", and Adrian plays parts of the song on his guitar.
In fact, each band member adopts a role, Steve does the majority of the analysis of the songs, Adrian also contributes to this (especially 22 Acacia Avenue, which he originally wrote age 18 and then forgot!), and does all the live playing. Dave Murray drops in anecdotes and more general comments on the history of the band, and Clive Burr is produced to talk about his feelings on his time in the band.
Martin Birch is back behind a mixing desk, and plays around with the tracks to show details of what is on tape.
And Bruce takes the role of main presenter, moving from the interview room to deepest Cornwall (I think), where he describes the concept of "The Prisoner" (remember the TV series?), how he came up with the rhythm whilst having a go on Clive's drumkit, and Rod Smallwood's fumbling call to Patrick McGoohan seeking permission to use part of the soundtrack. He also tells of how he joined the band, and the way the band developed into one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
Run to the Hills, which was the first single, and got to #7, is discussed with clips from the promo video, and Hallowed Be Thy Name is obviously a band favourite, remaining in the live set to this day. "Children...Read more ›
Its 1982 and Maiden have just released possibly the greatest album of their career. This DVD mixes footage (live clips - possibly from the never released Beast over Hammersmith film??)with interviews with the band and key members of the Maiden 'team' (Martin 'Farmer' Birch, Rod Smallwallet). Ardent fans will have heard many of the stories already from such releases as 12 Wasted Years, but the DVD format really make it a must buy. Extras on the DVD include Adrian playing the famous riffs and a live cut of Hallowed be thy name taken from this years Rock in Rio III festival. If your a lifelong fan you'll buy it anyway, but this will appeal to new fans alike.
In the words of 'Arry - Up the Irons!!
The DVD is divided into 6 parts titled by the songs on the album. (They have left out two of them.) Each part tells about the song - what inspired it and what it's about and what it means for the band members. There are scenes from studio that are probably not from the time they actually recorded the album, but it looks quite realistic. Then they let band members (including Clive and Nicko) and other people (including Dave Mustaine) talk about their impressions of the album, and there's some live footage, as well as a couple artistic clips in locations that are somehow connected to one or another song.
This DVD got me interested in the movie "Children of the Damned". And, among other things, it cleared away a serious misunderstanding I had about the "Run to the Hills's" message. Possibly the most interesting part for me was about that two-guitar thing and how Dave and Adrian fit so well together and how their styles differ from each other.
To sum up, I learned many interesting things about Iron Maiden. The disc was definitely worth watching.
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I used to listen alot to the Iron Maiden years ago, and drive mad my girlfriend as a result. I gave this DVD a try and was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on 25 April 2010 by Fabio Star
I am a huge Iron Maiden fan. As I was in Berlin a while ago, I bought this DVD for the price of 25 euro. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2003