Sam The Record Man was a record store chain here in Canada that was quite popular in the 80s and in Tbay we had one store and every Saturday from 9-9:15 am you could buy the new release that week on vinyl for $4.99. Quiet Riots Metal Health I purchased this way,as well as my very first Sabbath purchase of Mob Rules!
To put it simply “this is still a great fuckin record!”
Sabbath 1982 and I finally hop aboard the Slippery Slidey Sludge Slope Known as Black Sabbath!
Of course things had changed for Sabbath by 1982…cya Ozzy and cya Bill Ward and hello to Ronnie James Dio in 1980(vocals) and Vinny Appice(drums) in 1982 and hello to new Sabbath purchase plan employee Deke! Also of note how about a shout out to the cover of Mob Rules! I have always dug this cover even now. I mean album artwork was huge with all Iron Maiden covers,Judas Priests Screaming For Vengenace and this one pop to mind they were a huge effective marketing tool that hooked us in! Hell even ACDC’s For Those About To Rock cover was simple yet effective!
Mob Rules, I had a real good discussion with my good friend Rockstar Supa Paulie before he bolted to London Ontario. It was he(Rockstar) that actually caught the Mob Rules Tour in Toronto! He was a young rocker at the time(13 or 14) but man what a great first show dude! Like myself seeing Kiss in 79 these shows you Remember them like they were yesterday(well what’s left of my memory)……so yeah Paulie along with Mikey and all my fellow rock readers…enjoy…..
TURN UP THE NIGHT- Wowzers man Appice goes to town on the drums and we’re off! No Sludgey Pudgey Sabbath here! This is Iommi,Geezer and Ronnie forging new sonics! Martin Birch he of Iron Maiden production fame twiddled the knobs here and I love the gruffness of the sound not clear,not mucky,not 80ish sounding Martin just makes it sound like a Metal record! The chorus here is real catchy and man and am I really talking Sabbath here? Yeppers I am!
VOODOO-Iommi the Kimg of Doom Riffs plays a kinda not so doom riff and the boys all join in and Dio and company write a real catchy tune! The verses are beyond solid and the chorus is awesome! 2 songs in and I’m converted to the point where I buy Heaven And Hell(Dios debut released in 1980) shortly after on cassette tape! See that’s what I mean when I say I joined the Sabbath Purchase Plan!
SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS-some real nice chill Iommi electric with Dios voice starts this tune and just like whoosh here comes Geezer and Vinny laying down some Sabbath Sludge and it’s so good. Appice is a monster on the drums here no doubt! This song just goes and goes where it stops only Ozzy knows! Hahahaha! Seriously though this is to my ears old school Sabbath but packed with a little more punch. Dio man he sings it and he delivers ….
E5150-i think was written on the studio console with a huge bag of (Ahem!) party treats as it’s just a bunch of twiddling Synthy sounds that goes Into the immortal …
MOB RULES-Gem,Gem,Gem man oh man! Iommi pastes this song from the get go and once My Cousin Vinny slams his drums and Ol Geezer slams his bass this is a lean mean Sabbath Sonic Rocket that’s headed to blow my noggin off and boy did it ever and Ronnie once he joins in with his opening line of ” Close the city and tell the people that something’s coming to call,Death and darkness are rushing forward to take a bite from the wall!” Ummm holy shit this is the real deal Dio spews it I buy into it! It’s as easy as that! Iommi tosses down a very memorable solo and it’s back to mega riffs,bombastic drums,wicked lead vocals and Yep I got a sonic hard on! Dio sings it best ” your all fools…..Mob Rules!” Ditto that RJD! Crank this song posted!
COUNTRY GIRL-Country Girl! Ha! Track 6 and here’s the Sludgey Sabbath I have been waiting for! No Siree folks this song is awesome! The song gets out of the gate with the boys slammimg the song with cymbal smashes and doom riffs and Dio throws down a real deadly vocal! Shit man the guy goes for the throat here! This is a dirty Sabbath Country Girl burning down the Farmhouse with the witches she met at Black Masses! Awesome song crank it!
SLIPPING AWAY-Vinny totally rocks this song he pounds the tom toms into submission whil Iommi and Crew keep up to his pace and Dio brings to Sabbath and I’m no expert on things Sabbath but he brings a melodic approach to the vocals and melodies and that with Tony’s guitaring made a great one two punch! Of course Geezer baked as the crispy sun shines slaps the crap out of his bass and Vinny he’s a beast ..plain and simple!
FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD-7 plus minutes of classic 70s Sabbath but with Dio singing and holy hell! The song starts off at a snails pace and slowly builds and builds up and than of course the song shifts into overdrive close to halfway thru and man 80s Sabbath does 70s Sabbath Justice ! Ozzy woulda been proud! Ummm Nope he wouldn’t have,still though this song is what I dig about 80s Metal! It doesn’t conform to the 3 minute Shake N Bake Cheese Rock of many! (I ain’t naming names but if your a reader here you know the deal!) instead these are songs that have no rules attached to no formula! Hey were Sabbath! We’re gonna school Deke and Paulie in all things Doom with upside down crosses,witch hunts,mobs and Paulies favourite warped Country Girl! We’re cooked dude!
OVER AND OVER-Doomie An Gloomie are on tap! Iommi powers down every last stitch of doom rock he’s got Into Over and Over! Sabbath saves the last two tracks of Mob Rules to my ears anyways that I thought the whole record was gonna sound like! Them Sabbath fellas fooled me! Well Played. Dio belts it out! Vinny slams it out! Geezer 4 strings it out! Iommi dooms it out and Over And Over knocks me out! You want heavy ..this is and heavy not played a million miles a hour!
IN CONCLUSION- Mob Rules is just a plain out great rock record! I really enjoyed cueing this bad boy up on my iPod when I was riding my bike to work! Hell I think I may thrown a few Dio salutes at drivers ha during Mob Rules! Seriously though this album came at a time when like i said earlier that album cover artwork played a pivotal roll! It suceeded for me and hence resulted in my first Sabbath purchase!
Now for most though people would say Sabbaths first album with Dio (Heaven And Hell) is better yeah perhaps but for me though it’s Mob Rules. Funny how sometimes certain albums just affect you more but may not be the bands best…..well Mob Rules for me is Sabbaths best!
So that ends Pickin LeBrains week!
Hope ya’s dug it!