- Product Code: 2564625170
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Fourth re-release of the sixth single by the legendary British Heavy Metal band.
This is the first single from band's 1982 album "The Number Of The Beast". The song was released as a single on 12 February 1982; more than 5 weeks prior to the album's release on 22 March 1982. The single marked Iron Maiden's debut release with new vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
Credited solely to the band's bassist, Steve Harris, although significant contributions were made by lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson, it remains one of their most popular songs, with VH1 ranking it # 27 on their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs and # 14 on their list of the Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Due to his previous band, Samson's, contractual issues, Dickinson could not be credited for any of his contributions made during the writing of "The Number Of The Beast". Although bassist Steve Harris alone receives credit for the song, Dickinson states that he made a "moral contribution" to the song, in addition to "Children of the Damned" and "The Prisoner" from the same album. While speaking at the IBM Smarter Business conference in Stockholm on 10 October 2012, Dickinson revealed that parts of the song are based on the "rising sixth", inspired by a documentary he watched, which explored why "My Way" was one of the most popular recorded songs.
The song documents the conflict between European settlers in the New World and Native American tribes during the days of colonization and later westward expansion. The song is written from both perspectives, covering the Natives' viewpoint in the first verse and the Europeans' in the rest of the song.
"Total Eclipse" was selected as the single's B-side over the song "Gangland", which in turn would appear on the initial version of the album. The band later regretted this decision, with Steve Harris commenting, "We chose the wrong track as the B-side. I think if "Total Eclipse" had been on the album instead of "Gangland", it would have been far better." The song was added to the "The Number Of The Beast" album when it was remastered in 1998.
Single has the second of three single covers featuring Derek Riggs' depiction of Satan, which debuted on "Purgatory" and later appeared on "The Number Of The Beast" covers. According to Riggs, the idea behind the original "Run To The Hills" cover was based around the idea of a "power struggle in hell", in which the band's mascot, Eddie, battles Satan with a tomahawk (referencing the song's subject matter).
Recorded from the original analogue master tapes.
Parlophone Records Ltd., A Warner Music Group Company, 1982/2014 (2564625170). Made in EU.
1. Run To The Hills
2. Total Eclipse