Tony, Geezer and Bill gave Ozzy the boot out of Sabbath once and for all and by 1980 recruited vocalist Ronnie James Dio who was given the boot out of Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow so a rock marriage was made in Heaven between the two parties or is that Hell?
“Heaven And Hell” I had seen shortly after its release back in the summer of 1980 at my pal Muc’s house.
Muc as you already know played a sharing role in shaping my journey in the world known as Hard Rock.
“Heaven and Hell” was the first album I had seen by Black Sabbath. Sure I read about them in the magazines but Muc was the first friend that I knew that had an actual physical copy of a Sabbath album.
Muc recorded his copy on vinyl onto cassette tape for me and I loved it but the funny thing was I never bought back then or ever for that matter.
Why you ask. I have no friggin idea why. “Mob Rules” in 1981 I bought, which was my first Sabbath purchase so you think I would have wanted my own copy of “Heaven and Hell”.
Well I did. The only thing is it took me 41 years to finally get my own copy of this record!
Better late than never…
When back in January of this year when Sabbath announced that both “Mob Rules” and “Heaven and Hell” we’re going to get the updated treatment with bonus tracks. I was onboard right away.
It took a few weeks for Amazon to send me the two reissues of the Dio Sabbath records (my order came from Kent Washington) but holy moly it was totally worth the wait.
LP One: Heaven And Hell (2021 Remaster)
- Neon Knights
- Children Of The Sea
- Lady Evil
- Heaven And Hell
- Wishing Well
- Die Young
- Walk Away
- Lonely Is The Word
LP Two: Bonus Tracks
- Children Of The Sea (Live B-Side of Neon Knights)
- Heaven And Hell (Live 7″ Edit, B-Side of Die Young – Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
- Lady Evil (Mono 7″ Edit)
- Neon Knights (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
- Children Of The Sea (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
- Heaven And Hell (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
- Die Young (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
How about that cover of the Smoking Angels and what follows inside on the grooves is Sabbath smoking on the tracks right from the start. Opening track “Neon Knights” sets the pace as it’s an uptempo driving track.
And we’re off!
The whole first side is simply put Killer. “Children of the Sea”, “Lady Evil” and Side 1 closer “Heaven and Hell” are all classic as Iommi/Bulter/Ward and Dio crafted four great tracks right off the hop.
Martin Birch does a great job at the production helm on this record as he dialled it in perfectly.
If your thinking Side 2 would be a bit of a dip you’re wrong. “Wishing Well”, the blistering sonic soar of “Die Young”, “Walk Away” and “Lonely Is The World” have the boys firing on all four cylinders both in creativity and performance.
This reissue is a sweet set. Nice Gatefold vibe along with the history of the album are featured. None of these bonus tracks I have ever owned in any format so I’m psyched to get all of this added to my record collection.
Below are pics from the Mob Rules reissue that I ordered at the same time. Another cool looking gatefold.