This is a definite must have for any Maiden fan. Okay, it's not perfect. But, you have to look at what this is--this isn't a documentary really about Maiden as a band. This is a documentary about the making--obviously--of one of the greatest, most influential rock albums ever produced. It doesn't cover every song, though. That's true. But, it does cover, to me, the most important ones on the album. Personally, I like the entire album...but, I can understand why some songs were either glossed over or simply not mentioned, such as Invaders or Total Eclipse. While decent songs...I don't think they make or break the album, honestly.
I've watched several other Classic Album episodes over the years...and I think this is probably one of the more enjoyable ones I've ever seen. Like I said, this is about an album that's a sliver in time for a band that's now well-established. Back then, Maiden had a following, true...just not like after this album, just not like today. And I seriously doubt they'd have the success today without The Number of the Beast.
Anyway. What you'll get on this disc is everything that went into making the album. All of the trials and tribulations. All of the myths surrounding it--and, yes, some of them are true. Best bits: Bruce talking about the reaction and attention the album's title track got back in the day. Bruce talking about how The Prisoner came into being. Adrian Smith showing guitar parts on certain songs--as well as the stuff he shows that didn't make it into the episode. There are some candid pieces on here, too. Over all. Great stuff.