Heaven and Hellby Black Sabbath
Many had left Black Sabbath for dead at the dawn of the '80s, and with good reason -- the band's last few albums were not even close to their early classics, and original singer Ozzy Osbourne had just split from the band. But the Sabs had found a worthy replacement in former Elf and Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, and bounced back to issue their finest album since the early '70s, 1980's Heaven and Hell. The band sounds reborn and re-energized throughout. Several tracks easily rank among Sabbath's all-time best, such as the vicious album opener, "Neon Knights," the moody, mid-paced epic "Children of the Sea," and the title track, which features one of Tony Iommi 's best guitar riffs. With Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath were obviously back in business. Unfortunately, the Dio-led version of the band would only record one more studio album before splitting up (although Dio would return briefly in the early '90s). One of Sabbath's finest records.
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- Warner Bros Mod Afw
Performance CreditsBlack Sabbath Primary Artist
Geezer Butler Bass
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Tony Iommi Guitar
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Billy Ward Drums
Bill Ward Drums,Vocals
Geoff Nicholls Keyboards
Technical CreditsBlack Sabbath Composer
Martin Birch Producer,Engineer
Geezer Butler Arranger,Composer
Ronnie James Dio Composer
Tony Iommi Arranger,Composer
Billy Ward Arranger
Bill Ward Arranger
Hugh Gilmour Liner Notes,Reissue Design,Original Sleeve Design
Richard Seireeni Art Direction
Lynn Curlee Artwork,Cover Illustration
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Masaki Koike Art Direction
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I am a big Dio fan and an early-Tommi Iommi guitar disciple. Of all the metal vocalist, he is the best. Considering his physical built of a man, his voice is unbelievable. Too bad, ego gets in the way among these great musicians. The bright side is that they recorded this album - a metal gem.
''Time is a never ending journey,Love is a never ending smile'' Many poetic semi-transcendental and philisophical lyrics, heavy guitar riffs,tranquil acoustic guitar interludes,fluid bass guitar melodies,(some of Geezer Butler's best playing!),Awsome and supportive drumming and ''introspective'' & soothing sounding keyboard textures. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR ? I know,I know, He's not on this one. But consider this, if, in your life, you heard ''Heaven and Hell'' before ''Paranoid'' You might wonder,(while listening to ''paranoid'') ''Where is Dio ?''..Heaven and Hell is classic Sabbath too. Food for thought...
The best album Sabbath had with Dio. All the tracks are rock. It must say this is an underrated album. If you don't like this you hate it.
Just saw Heaven and Hell Live: This could actually, when you think about it, be the first heavy metal supergroup. Nobody was thinking along those lines when they got together years ago. Dio is the most powerful singer ever, Butler is the best rhythm man around, with Ward or Appice. And who is better than Iommi, one of the few heavy guitarists with his own signature sound. Absolutely the best live show I've seen in a very long time. SOO heavy and instrumentally they are so tight as a group. People will argue, but Sabbath created what we here today in Heavy Metal. Who is the heaviest band on the planet? Godsmack....Who do they sound exactly like?..........Exactly.
In My opinion this album Is Black Sabbaths best. Dio is even a better vocalist the Ozzy. This album starts great and it follows through to the very last song. Of the early 80's albums this this one even rivals Back in Black. I highly recomend it for anyone who loves rock n roll.
Dio's Voice is one of the greatest voices in Rock n Roll history, and Iommi's Guitar in this one is amaysing. Parinoid may have been the one that started heavy metal, but musically this is there best. Heaven and hell is Sabbath's best song.