Pickin LeBrains..Black Sabbath/ Mob Rules

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!


36 thoughts on “Pickin LeBrains..Black Sabbath/ Mob Rules”

  1. I’m the same as you. First Sabbath, on vinyl. I prefer it over Heaven & Hell as well. I LOVE the album artwork. Hell, I have it in the background on my blog page. My favourite is Sign of the Southern Cross. I love a song that sounds slow and melodic to begin, then crashes into metal awesomeness, and no one does it better than Sabbath. 10/10 for me on this album. Someday I might do a Sabbath album count from worst(still good for most bands) to best.
    Where would this album rank on your list of best Sabbath albums if all time?

    If you haven’t heard them, I suggest to get the Nativity in Black albums. Some of the best cover albums of all time in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks for the props Bop! This is my fav Sabbath album. Actually the Dio stuff I like more than the Ozzy Sabbath stuff so I may be in the minority there. Doing a full throttle Sabbath review would be a great idea and a ton of work. I’ll be the first in line to read that! Not the Last In Line! Ha!
      Thanks again!

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      1. Dio is my favourite singer of all time, but Ozzy is right up there as well. I would have a hard time deciding between Mob Rules, Black Sabbath and Paranoid. I also love the sludge and doom & gloom of the first 2 albums. If you listen to (fools. I couldn’t resist) the guitar work it inspired thousands of bands in the stoner rock genre.
        So if you like Dio is Heaven and Hell 2nd best and Dehumanizer 3rd for you?


      2. I have never purchased Dehumanizer but TV Crimesis a great tune. I got tired of Sabbath after the numerous band changes etc and by the time Dio went back in 92 I just wasn’t interested.
        When they got back together as Heaven And Hell I bought the Live Radio City show and that is plain out awesome…..what a tracklist!


      3. I have that as well. The last time I saw Sabbath on the 13 tour we rented a limo and I brought 10 Sabbath cd’s, Heaven & Hell Radio City. The back of that limo was rocking as hard as the ACC. We got(and gave) a ton of devil horns as we cruised with the sunroof open, the beers flowing and the tunes f*cking cranked.
        Perhaps a blog post is in order. Or maybe wait for the new album and tour, that night got a little foggy.


      4. After all these years the lineup change probably doesn’t bug you like it did, so I suggest if you see Dehumanizer at a good price I say give it a shot. I mean it is the same line up as Heaven and Hell band and Mob Rules album, so it is worth a shot. I love the song I.


  2. I really don’t know this album at all. I have it (somewhere!), but I can’t say I’ve ever listened to it. Appears I should, though! Sabbath’s best! Lordy, that’s a statement. Great write-up, Deke!

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    1. J,give it a spin and let me know your thoughts on it. You may think I’m out of my mind hahahaha…for me though Ilike I wrote just some albums resonate with you more than others and it may not be the bands strongest material in the public eyes…..but to you the listener its Gold!

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      1. I guess I just never look beyond the first 6 Sabbath albums. Have most of them, but have honestly never listened to even half of the others! I’ll let you know how I get on!


  3. Aw yeah! Mob Rules rules! Love your enthusiasm here, and it’s all warranted. I’ve spun this record lots of times and I fully agree. But you’ve got more balls than me, it’s a little daunting writing about Sabbath, somehow. Like, what could I possibly add other than WAHOO! Haha. Good on ya, Deke!

    It’ll be interesting to read Mikey’s comments. He’s always said Born Again as a fave, so we’ll see what the man himself has to say about Mob Rules.

    I truly dug this week of Lebrain homage. Who are you gonna pick on next? 🙂

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    1. Well the next person I flip a week for will be in Sept I think ….it was fun to shake it up a bit unveil a new home page in Black(Sabbath)


      1. I dig the new layout. It doesn’t make me Paranoid at all. I find it’s nice to put your blog page through Changes every now and again. And look at you with your mad technical skills. We better start calling you The Wizard! OK, I’m done here, having Rat Salad for supper tonight…


      2. Aw man, if it ain’t got those Cookie Monster vocals, it ain’t evil enough! The CD needs to be dripping blood and gore…

        Hey wait, does this mean I guessed who’s next? Er, I mean, Who’s Next? 🙂


  4. In hindsight I wish I knew about the half price records back then.

    “Mom. Can you drive me 1500 kms to Thunder Bay to buy half price records? I hear they have awesome finds in their landfill too.”


  5. In hindsight I wish I knew about the half price records back then.

    “Mom. Can you drive me 1500 kms to Thunder Bay to buy half price records? I hear they have awesome finds in their landfill too.”

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  6. “Sludgey pudgey” — I like that. I get what you mean, there.

    “Party treats”! I like that too, Deke! I’m stealing that, I’ll use that in a future review. And yes it’s true — Tony, Geezer and Martin Birch were deep into coke at this time. Ronnie has said before that was one of the reasons it wasn’t perceived as great as Heaven & Hell.

    Sounds like great music for a bike ride into work man.

    Thanks for this week, I enjoyed it! And notice how all three bands are from the same family tree? I guess that says a lot about LeBrain.

    Kiss of course made it into the Sabbath family tree when they snatched Eric Singer — who replaced Bill Ward in Sabbath, when Bill quit the band again for the THIRD time…

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