Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden
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Remember when metal was magic?
It's not everyday that an exciting album comes out that get's this old metalhead smiling...this one does it. I remember when I waited for albums to be released...blackout, defender's, ride the lightning, it's all but gone now. However, every now and then their is an album that makes me smile....this one is worth it. It really brings the juice back...where's my denim jacket?
By far one of the best tribute albums
Didn't know what to expect when I heard that Mark Slaughter was covering Maiden...but the man rocks it folks. The true show stealer here though is Ripper Owens! The scream he belts out at the end of Flight of Icarus is inhuman! Another pleasant surprise is Chris Jericho's version of The Evil That Men Do. He's a huge Maiden fan to begin with so his performance shows it. Worth the $9.99 kiddies!
One of the few tribute albums worth getting
It is not often that you see such an amazing tribute album lying around. For the most part, tributes are just there to remind you of how many random nobodies there are out there. Seriously, you would not believe how many other tribute albums there are out there, just for Iron Maiden. And none of those artists are famous at all, or ever will be. But look at this one! Every single person on this album is a legitimate celebrity in the world of rock music, and each one outperforms himself here. This is one of the few tribute albums out there that really gives you a sense of what an enormous influence the tributee had on the music world. Look at this: Lemmy, Dee Snider, Chuck Billy, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Nuno Bettencourt, Michael Schenker, Ripper Owen(s), Craig Goldy, Jon Bush, Joe Lynn Turner...the list goes on! Everyone here does an amazing job at paying a really well-deserved tribute to one of the greatest rock bands that ever lived: Iron Maiden. This album makes you want to listen to some Iron Maiden, which is part of the purpose of a tribute album. However, it is also amazing in its own right. If you are not interested in buying the whole album (although you should, the whole thing is a truly wonderful experience for people with good taste in rock), I would suggest at least buying "Flight of Icarus," "Fear of the Dark," "The Trooper," "Aces High," "Run to the Hills," and "The Wickerman." That's about half the album right there, but what can I say? It's awesome! I don't quite understand why Paul Di'Anno is appearing on a tribute to his own band, but whatever. It seems to be true that he recuts "Wrathchild" every year or so because he has nothing else to do. But he does a good version here. All that aside, I hope you love it. I do, and it is the only tribute album I have ever seen that is great from start to finish. Usually, everybody just looks at a crappy tribute album and buys this song because Ripper Owen sings on it and this song because Joe Perry plays guitar or whatever and leaves the rest alone 'cause no one knows the other bands, but this album is truly awesome.