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|Black Sabbath||Primary Artist|
|Geezer Butler||Bass, Bass Guitar|
|Ronnie James Dio||Vocals|
|Martin Birch||Producer, Engineer|
|Ronnie James Dio||Producer|
|Dave Ling||Liner Notes|
|Masaki Koike||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
I like Dio, and I like Black Sabbath with Dio. Inside this CD's jewel case is a note saying that Black Sabbath will go by two names: they will be known as Black Sabbath when they are touring with Ozzie, and they will be known as Heaven and Hell when Ozzie isn't with them. I like Sabbath either way. I grew up listening to Black Sabbath while Ozzie was at the helm, and Iron Man and War Pigs remain two of my favorite songs. But when Mob Rules came out, I quickly fell in love with their new sound. I like Dio's stuff too, so Black Sabbath with Dio's vocals is an incredible combination. I am especially into good guitar work, and Tony Iommi really kicks butt on this compilation. It's even more amazing when you consider that Tony can play so well with a prosthetic finger. There is no way I can express how much I admire his ability to overcome his physical disability and become one of the greatest metal gods of all time.
With all of that said, you will find a combination of songs that don't always seem to fit together. Some songs are fast and heavy, some are a bit slower but heavy, and there are a couple songs that just didn't do it for me. That is to be expected from a compilation, and I like it for what it is. This CD is much less expensive than buying an entire collection of Sabbath with Dio, and I can't justify buying other CDs just to get a song or two that I would have preferred to see on this one. If you can afford to buy only one Black Sabbath CD with Dio, this is the one to get. My second choice would probably be Mob Rules.