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Iron Maiden celebrate The Number Of The Beast 40th with cassette release

By | Published on Monday 21 February 2022

Iron Maiden

In 2022, if there’s a musical landmark that’s noteworthy, you generally note it by putting out a limited edition release on either a digital format most people don’t understand or a physical format most people can’t play. Iron Maiden have opted for the latter.

Next month it will be 40 years since the release of ‘The Number Of The Beast’, the first Iron Maiden album to feature Bruce Dickinson on vocals, and the first to top the UK charts. To mark the occasion the album is being re-released on cassette because, I don’t know, reasons.

The super limited edition cassette release will feature the 2015 remaster of the album, with the eight tracks that appeared on the original release in most of the world (the Japanese version and a later re-release featured ninth track ‘Total Eclipse’). The artwork will the same as the original 1982 cassette release, but with the inlay updated a bit.

The special edition will be released by Parlophone in the UK on 18 Mar and by BMG in the US on 25 Mar – the actual 40th anniversary being on 22 Mar.