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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The original lineup of Black Sabbath possesses such a mythic quality that it's easy to overlook how far they slid by the time Ozzy Osbourne up and left the band...or how far they rebounded after they hired Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio as his replacement. Countless compilations over the years have preserved the initial part of the story line -- celebrating the innovations of the first four albums with a near fetishistic quality -- but there has never been a good retrospective concerning the Dio years until Rhino released the aptly titled The Dio Years in early 2007. True, the Dio years didn't last all that long -- the singer joined in 1980 for Heaven & ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The original lineup of Black Sabbath possesses such a mythic quality that it's easy to overlook how far they slid by the time Ozzy Osbourne up and left the band...or how far they rebounded after they hired Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio as his replacement. Countless compilations over the years have preserved the initial part of the story line -- celebrating the innovations of the first four albums with a near fetishistic quality -- but there has never been a good retrospective concerning the Dio years until Rhino released the aptly titled The Dio Years in early 2007. True, the Dio years didn't last all that long -- the singer joined in 1980 for Heaven & Hell, then lasted through one more studio album, the following year's Mob Rules, before departing under a shroud of controversy after 1982's botched live album Live Evil -- but Dio had a powerful impact upon the band and its legacy; these were the last years that Sabbath exerted pull as an active band, and after his departure they stumbled through various singers over the next decade before intermittently reuniting with Ozzy in the '90s. The Dio Years proves that during his brief time with the band, Dio did help Sabbath make music that could hold its own with some of the classic lineup's finest moments. With Dio as a frontman, the band was harder, nastier, and a little faster than the slow sludge of the early Sabbath records, but it fit in nicely with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal at the beginning of the '80s and it's aged very well. Some of it can sound silly -- Dio's lyrical obsessions always do -- but this is harder, heavier, better music than either Technical Ecstasy or Never Say Die! Anybody who's refused to give this latter-day incarnation of the band the time of day might find this compilation revelatory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227996482
  • Catalog Number: 298876

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neon Knights (3:52)
  2. 2 Lady Evil (4:24)
  3. 3 Heaven and Hell (6:58)
  4. 4 Die Young (4:44)
  5. 5 Lonely Is the Word (5:51)
  6. 6 The Mob Rules (3:15)
  7. 7 Turn Up the Night (3:42)
  8. 8 Voodoo (4:34)
  9. 9 Falling off the Edge of the World (5:04)
  10. 10 After All (The Dead) (5:42)
  11. 11 TV Crimes (4:02)
  12. 12 I (5:13)
  13. 13 Children of the Sea (6:14)
  14. 14 The Devil Cried (6:01)
  15. 15 Shadow of the Wind (5:40)
  16. 16 Ear in the Wall (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Sabbath Primary Artist
Vinny Appice Drums
Geezer Butler Bass, Bass Guitar
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Tony Iommi Guitar
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Billy Ward Drums
Bill Ward Drums
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Technical Credits
Martin Birch Producer, Engineer
Geezer Butler Producer
Lee DeCarlo Engineer
Ronnie James Dio Producer
Bill Freesh Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Tony Iommi Producer
Mack Producer, Engineer
Wes Benscoter Illustrations
Mike Exeter Engineer
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Masaki Koike Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like Dio or Sabbath with Dio (now known as Heaven and Hell), get this one.

    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.

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