I love this album so much. This to me is a true five star album. This is the album that drew me into heavy metal music and made me a life long Iron Maiden fan.
“Run to the Hills” is what initially drew me in. I hadn’t heard anything else by the band, but this was 1982, and radio was still in top 40 mode. But I knew I loved “Run to the Hills,” so I thought I’d buy a whole album rather than just the single. And am I glad I did. I remember putting the lp on the turntable and being spellbound for the better part of an hour while I played the album twice, back to back. To my twelve year old ears, this was heaven.
After a thorough listen, I found most of the songs to be even better than “Run to the Hills” — especially side two’s “Number of the Beast.” That song to me was pure high octane power, the perfect combination of bass, guitar, drums, and vocals. And the album closed perfectly with “Hallowed Be Thy Name.”
After this, I became a true Iron Maiden maniac. I knew that “Up the Irons” meant, I knew all about “Eddie,” I learned this was Bruce Dickinson’s first album… stuff that wouldn’t help me academically, but essential in heavy metal discussion during class time.
While my mom wasn’t initially pleased with the album art (I explained it was all a dream sequence), she was pleased I was increasing my workload around the house in order to buy the band’s other albums — “Iron Maiden,” “Killers,” and “Maiden Japan.” And with each album, I fell deeper under the band’s spell. I’ve picked up every album since then. Some great, some not so great, but you take the good with the bad.
Are you convinced that music is dull, drap, unappealing, and commercial? Never heard this album? Now’s your chance to listen to one of the cornerstone bands of the 80’s and 90’s. Creativity, personality, and originality all describe this great band — a band still on the road touring and making albums. And as for this album, it sounds as good today as it did over twenty years ago.