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Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (Rock In Rio Festival 1985)

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"Run to the Hills"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album The Number of the Beast & Live After Death
B-side1982 single
"Total Eclipse"
1985 live single
"Phantom of the Opera (live)", "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)"
2002 live single
Part 1
"22, Acacia Avenue (live)", "The Prisoner (live)", "Run to the Hills (Camp Chaos video)"
Part 2
"Children of the Damned (live)", "Total Eclipse (live)", "Run to the Hills (video)"
Released12 February 1982
2 December 1985
11 March 2002
Recorded1981
March 1985
19 January 2001
GenreHeavy metal
Length3:50
3:54
4:59
LabelEMI
Writer(s)Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology

"Run to the Hills" was Iron Maiden's sixth single and the first from their 1982 album The Number of the Beast. It was written by Steve Harris, the band's bassist and founding member, and remains one of their most popular songs, with VH1 ranking it No. 27 on their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs[1] and No. 14 on their list of the Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[2] The guitar solo is played by Dave Murray.

Original 1982 release

The song was released as a single on 12 February 1982 as a prelude to the album,[3] making it Iron Maiden's debut release with new vocalist Bruce Dickinson. "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.[4] 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."[4] The song was added to the The Number of the Beast album when it was remastered in 1998.

It is 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).[5]

Other releases

In 1985, a live version of "Run to the Hills", taken from Live After Death, was released as the band's thirteenth single, along with live versions of "Phantom of the Opera" and "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" as its the B-sides. According to Riggs, he was asked to paint a cover illustration both "Run to the Hills" and "Phantom of the Opera" and so the artwork depicts Eddie as the phantom in a hilly landscape.[6].

Following former drummer Clive Burr's announcement that he was suffering from multiple sclerosis, "Run to the Hills" was released again in 2002 to raise money for the newly established Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.[7] Two variations were issued, the original studio version and a live version taken from the Rock in Rio concert, with different B-sides.[8]

Appearances in media

An all-star cover version of the song is found on the tribute album Numbers from the Beast, featuring Robin McAuley on vocals, Michael Schenker and Pete Fletcher on guitars, Tony Franklin on bass and Brian Tichy (Derek Sherinian, B'z) on drums.[9][10] The all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens recorded the song on their self-titled debut album.[11] Former Babes in Toyland singer and guitarist Kat Bjelland's Katastrophy Wife covered the song in their Heart On EP in 2007.[12] The song was covered in 2008 by Sign on the tribute CD Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden released by Kerrang! magazine.[13] The Swedish lounge metal band Hellsongs included a cover version on their 2008 album Hymns in the Key of 666.[14] In 2009, the eventual Swedish Idol 2009 series winner Erik Grönwall sang it during the live shows and released it as a single in the same year, peaking at No. 23 in the Swedish Singles Chart.[15] Progressive metal band Dream Theater covered a live version of the song, along with the entire The Number Of The Beast album, as an "official bootleg".[16]

The song is also featured in the soundtracks of several video games, including SSX On Tour as the title's main theme.[17], and GTA IV: The Lost and Damned.[18] In addition, a cover version is featured in Rock Band, in which it received an 'Impossible' difficulty rating,[19] while the original version was made available via download in June 2009.[20]

Track listing

1982 12" maxi

  1. "Run to the Hills" (Steve Harris) – 3:51
  2. "Total Eclipse" (Clive Burr, Harris, Dave Murray) – 4:24

1982 7" single

  1. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:50
  2. "Total Eclipse" (Burr, Harris, Murray) – 4:28

1985 12" single

  1. "Run to the Hills" (live) (Harris) – 3:54
  2. "Phantom of the Opera" (live) (Harris) – 7:20
  3. "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)" (live) (Harris) – 4:14

1985 7" single

  1. "Run to the Hills" (live) (Harris) – 3:54
  2. "Phantom of the Opera" (live) (Harris) – 7:20

2002 7" limted single

  1. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:50
  2. "Total Eclipse" (Live '82) (Burr, Harris, Murray) – 4:28

2002 CD single

Part I

This version contains the studio version of the song "Run to the Hills", while the B-sides were recorded live at the Reading Festival on 28 August 1982. It also includes the Camp Chaos version of the "Run to the Hills" music video.[8]

  1. "Run to the Hills" (Harris) – 3:50
  2. "22 Acacia Avenue" (live) (Harris, Adrian Smith) – 6:33
  3. "The Prisoner" (live) (Harris, Smith) – 5:55
  4. "Run to the Hills" (Camp Chaos video) (Harris)
Part II

This version contains a live version of the song taken from the Rock in Rio live album, while the B-sides were recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 20 March 1982. The live video is also from the Rock in Rio concert.[8]

  1. "Run to the Hills" (live) (Harris) – 4:59
  2. "Children of the Damned" (live) (Smith, Harris) – 4:32
  3. "Total Eclipse" (live) (Burr, Harris, Murray) – 3:57
  4. "Run to the Hills" (live video)

Notes

  1. ^ Re-release of all four singles as part of "The First Ten Years" box set. Exceeded the length limit of the UK Singles chart.

Personnel

  • Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals
  • Steve Harris – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Murray – lead guitar
  • Adrian Smith – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Clive Burr – drums

Notes

  1. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by VH1.com. Retrieved 10 September 2006.
  2. ^ "spreadit.org music". http://music.spreadit.org/vh1-top-100-hard-rock-songs/. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 226. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  4. ^ a b Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 225. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  5. ^ "Run to the Hills- Riggs Commentary". http://derek.server311.com/riggsart/Pages/maiden.dir/03beast03.html. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ "RTTH (live)- Riggs Commentary". http://derek.server311.com/riggsart/Pages/maiden.dir/08death03.html. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  7. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 361. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  8. ^ a b c "Iron Maiden Benefit Single Details Revealed". http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=1181. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Iron Maiden: 'Numbers From The Beast' All-Star Tribute Album Due In October". http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=42228. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  10. ^ "Michael Schenker Covers Iron Maiden, Rush, Black Sabbath On New Album". http://www.bravewords.com/news/162058. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  11. ^ "The Iron Maidens- Allmusic". http://www.allmusic.com/album/r895024. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  12. ^ "Katastrophy Wife- Heart On". http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/8900/Heart-On-from-Katastrophy-Wife.htm. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  13. ^ Kerrang! Maiden Heaven Track Listing Revealed!
  14. ^ "BBC Review - Hellsongs: Hymns In The Key of 666". http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/639x. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  15. ^ Swedish Top 60 Singles Chart 1 January 2010
  16. ^ "Official Bootleg: The Number of the Beast". http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K4Y1W4. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  17. ^ "SSX On Tour Review". http://www.cheatcc.com/gc/rev/ssxontourreview.html. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  18. ^ "the Lost and Damned soundtrack". http://www.rockstargames.com/thelostanddamned/music. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  19. ^ "Run to the Hills cover- RockBand". http://www.rockband.com/songs/runtothehills. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  20. ^ "Rockband.com- Iron Maiden". http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  21. ^ a b "Search the charts". The Irish Charts. IRMA. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  22. ^ a b "UK Charts". http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=464. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "UK Singles Archive- 21st December 1985". http://www.theofficialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1985-12-21/. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "UK Albums Archive- 17th March 1990". http://www.theofficialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/3/1990-03-17/. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Official UK Albums Archive- 7th April 1990". http://www.theofficialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/3/1990-04-07/. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Canadian Singles". http://www.allmusic.com/artist/iron-maiden-p4560/charts-awards/billboard-singles. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "Dutch Singles". http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  28. ^ "Finnish Singles". http://finnishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  29. ^ "French Singles". http://lescharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maideninterpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  30. ^ "German Singles". http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/IRON+MAIDEN/single?sort=entry. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "Irish Singles". http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  32. ^ "Italian Singles". http://italiancharts.com/search.asp?cat=s&search=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  33. ^ "Norwegian Singles". http://norwegiancharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  34. ^ "Swedish Singles". http://swedishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  35. ^ [Live&cat=s "Run to the Hills- Swiss Singles"]. http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Iron+Maiden&titel=Run+To+The+Hills+[Live]&cat=s. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
   

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