The Number of the Beast, Somewhere in Time

IRON MAIDEN The Number of the Beast REISSUE PRODUCERS: Cory Brennan, Jaison John ORIGINAL PRODUCERS: Martin " Farmer" Birch Sanctuary 86210 IRON MAIDEN Somewhere In Time REISSUE PRODUCERS: Cory Brenn

Iron Maiden is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its U.S. breakthrough set, 1982's The Number of the Beast, with reissues—complete with original artwork and multimedia enhancements—of its 15-strong catalog. The Number of the Beast marked the debut of the group's new singer, ex-Samson vocalist Bruce Dickinson, whose often-imitated-but-rarely equalled, high-octane squalling helped cement classics like "The Prisoner" and "Run to the Hills" in the genre's lexicon. Somewhere in Time endures because of its lyrical themes focusing on time and location, and songwriters Steve Harris (bass) and Adrian Smith (guitar), who deftly created some of the best-recognized basslines ("Stranger in a Strange Land") and guitar licks ("Wasted Years") ever to roar from a set of speakers.—CLT

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