I remember buying this album the during the summer of 1982. Honestly I couldn’t remember the exact year, with age all the decades seem to merge into one, so I had to look up the year of its release. What I do remember is buying it using vouchers that I had received as a birthday present. Yes, Auntie Janet, you are to blame. It certainly seems strange that the vouchers were for Boots The Chemist. Back then Boots sold music, computers and computer games. I was going to say video games but these were games on tape cassette for computers like the Vic 20, Sinclair Spectrum and Dragon 32. Boots really just jumped on the bandwagon along with many other stores. A year or so later the only software you would see in the store was a battered, empty, cardboard box with about 3 or 4 reduced stickers on it.
When I listened to the album I was just hooked. Before then the only music I would buy was KISS and Alice Cooper. I used to read all the lyrics, the liner notes and stare at the artwork as I was listening to the music. Those days are long gone now that you only get a little booklet with a CD, even if I had the time to read it all.
So from then on my musical taste changed direction from heavy rock to heavy metal.
The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden:
Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short… Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six.