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The Number Of The Beast 2005

The Number Of The Beast 2005

3rd January 2005

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Twenty-two years after the release of the original single, Iron Maiden decided to re-release a new and updated version. The videos – the Camp Chaos version of the original promo video and the live footage of the song filmed at Brixton in 2002 – are pretty nice to watch, and the live renditions of 'Number Of The Beast' and 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' (did they intend to counter-balance a song dealing with satanic rites with another invoking the name of God?) had never been officially released before, which makes them somehow "new". However, was it really necessary to release such a single? The newer fans would say yes, as most weren't even born at the time of the release of the original one – or they were pretty young anyway! – whereas the older fans would simply argue that the record company is only trying to make money out of the faithful Maiden fanbase who would buy just about anything that the band releases. I leave you judge of that...


 

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This is the same version as on the Number Of The Beast album released in 1982.


 

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This live version of 'The Number Of The Beast' was recorded during one of the three gigs given at the Brixton Academy in March 2002 in support of the "Clive Burr MS Trust Fund". This is the so-called "Priceless" version, as the spoken intro in a Vincent Price-like voice has been skipped and the song start directly with the intro riff.


 

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This live version of 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' was recorded during one of the three gigs given at the Brixton Academy in March 2002 in support of the "Clive Burr MS Trust Fund".


 

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This is the Camp Chaos version of the video, where the original video has been spiced up with a little cartoon story. The cartoon adapts the story of The Exorcist with Bruce as the priest (!) and Eddie as the possessed little girl (I must admit that Linda Blair bears an uncanny ressemblance to Eddie in that film!). Very nicely made.


 

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This is the live video of the audio track that can be found on the same single, recorded during one of the three gigs given at the Brixton Academy in March 2002 in support of the "Clive Burr MS Trust Fund".


 

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