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Numbers From The Beast

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NUMBERS FROM THE BEAST

– An All Star Salute To Iron Maiden –

11th October 2005

 


This tribute album celebrated the 25th anniversary of Iron Maiden's very first album release and some of the best musicians from the greatest Metal bands were recruited to participate. Overall, the album is very nice to listen to, although the covers are pretty much close to the original songs. There is no real creativity here, but just musicians adapting their very own styles to playing Iron Maiden (Lemmy's voice and singing style on "The Trooper", for instance, are particularly recognisable), and sometimes the guitarists over-do it by dishing out endless solos to try and outdo those of the Murray/Smith duo. This remains an album worth purchasing, if only for the musicans' talent and great renditions of our favourite songs.

Numbers From The Beast – Back Cover

 

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  Run To The Hills (Harris) Run To The Hills – Commentary Run To The Hills – Lyrics

This is a decent cover of "Run To The Hills", but certainly nothing to write home about.

Vocals: Robin McAuley (MSG)
Lead Guitar: Michael Schenker (MSG)
Rhythm Guitar: Pete Fletcher (Pygmy Love Circus)
Bass: Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Drums: Brian Tichy (Billy Idol)

 


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  Wasted Years (Smith) Wasted Years – Commentary Wasted Years – Lyrics

Despite the excellent musicianship, this cover lacks originality. The solos are quite nice, though.

Vocals: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
Lead Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Kulick (Paul Stanley Band, Meatloaf)
Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner)
Drums: Jason Bonham (Bonham, Foreigner)

 


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  Wrathchild (Harris) Wrathchild – Commentary Wrathchild – Lyrics

We have here an excellent version of "Wrathchild", essentially due to Paul Di'Anno's vocals.

Vocals: Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden)
Lead Guitar: Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Rhythm Guitar: Chris Traynor (Helmet, Bush)
Bass: Frank Bello (Helmet, Anthrax)
Drums: John Tempesta (Helmet, Testament)

 


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  Flight Of Icarus (Smith, Dickinson) Flight Of Icarus – Commentary Flight Of Icarus – Lyrics

Dio's musicians and Ripper Owens deliver a brilliant cover of "Flight Of Icarus". Just great!

Vocals: Ripper Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
Guitar: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
Bass: Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow)
Drums: Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC)

 


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  Fear Of The Dark (Harris) Fear Of The Dark – Commentary Fear Of The Dark – Lyrics

Here again, the rendition of Iron Maiden's song is almost better than the original. Testament's singer provides a really good alternative to Bruce's vocals, and the guitar work is breathtaking.

Vocals: Chuck Billy (Testament)
Guitar: Craig Goldy (Dio)
Bass: Rickie Phillips (Styx)
Drums: Mikkey Dee (Motörhead)

 


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  The Trooper (Harris) The Trooper – Commentary The Trooper – Lyrics

This Iron Maiden/Motörhead hybrid isn't very successful. If you want something in the same style, but a bit more enjoyable than this, check out the "Wildest Dreams" cover by the Swedes of Food For Thought.

Vocals: Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
Guitar: Phil Campbell (Motörhead)
Guitar: Rocky George (Fishbone, Suicidal Tendencies)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Alice Cooper, Quiet Riot)
Drums: Chris Slade (AC/DC)

 


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  Aces High (Harris) Aces High – Commentary Aces High – Lyrics

This is a gem! It is probably the best cover of the whole album, with brilliant musicians performing at the top of their art.

Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus)
Guitar: Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Dramagods)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Niacin)
Drums: Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)

 


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  2 Minutes to Midnight (Smith, Dickinson) 2 Minutes to Midnight – Commentary 2 Minutes to Midnight – Lyrics

Decently played, this rendition of "2 Minutes" remains nonetheless quite bland.

Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
Guitar: Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)
Guitar: Bob Kulick (Paul Stanley Band, Meatloaf)
Bass: Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Drums: Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm)

 


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  Can I Play With Madness (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) Can I Play With Madness – Commentary Can I Play With Madness – Lyrics

Once again, we have here a decent cover, with very good musicians, but it lacks the originality that makes covers really enjoyable.

Vocals: Mark Slaughter (Slaughter)
Guitar: Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk)
Bass: Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent)
Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (David Bowie, Whitesnake)

 


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  The Evil That Men Do (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) The Evil That Men Do – Commentary The Evil That Men Do – Lyrics

One of the best covers on this album, "The Evil That Men Do" combines both originality and brilliant musicianship. Who would have thought that a WWE wrestler could sing so well?

Vocals: Chris Jericho (WWE Wrestler, Fozzy)
Guitar: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Kulick (Paul Stanley Band, Meatloaf)
Bass: Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne)
Drums: Brent Fitz (Vince Neil, Union)

 


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  The Wicker Man (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) The Wicker Man – Commentary The Wicker Man – Lyrics

Heavier than the original version, this cover of "The Wicker Man" is correct, but there isn't much to say about it. Just an average closer for an average album.

Vocals: Jon Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint)
Lead Guitar: Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint)
Guitar: Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Bass: Blasko (Rob Zombie)
Drums: Ben Graves (Murderdolls)
Background Vocals: Jason Miller (Godhead)

 


 

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