Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell (1980)

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)

  1. Neon Knights
  2. Children Of The Sea
  3. Lady Evil
  4. Heaven And Hell
  1. Wishing Well
  2. Die Young
  3. Walk Away
  4. Lonely Is The Word

LP Two: Bonus Tracks

  1. Children Of The Sea (Live B-Side of Neon Knights)
  2. Heaven And Hell (Live 7″ Edit, B-Side of Die Young – Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
  3. Lady Evil (Mono 7″ Edit)
  4. Neon Knights (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
  1. Children Of The Sea (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
  2. Heaven And Hell (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)
  3. 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.


53 thoughts on “Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell (1980)”

  1. Sounds like it was definitely worth the 4+ Decade wait, Deke – and nice to see Hartford as the venue for the live tracks. They wouldn’t have been too good in 1980, but the Whalers would be drafting a young Ron Francis soon enough!

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  2. I own original albums of both Dio Sabbath albums, and older cd’s.
    However, the bonus tracks drew me in so.I bought both again on vinyl and cd.

    If you listen to cools, Deke rules.


      1. Yes, it is crisp and clear and I do like that. But everything is so metronomically perfect that it’s a bit off-putting at times. I tend to get a little bored with the studio versions of the songs, I must say.


  3. “Better late than never,” I’m familiar with that phrase indeed lol! I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but Dio was awesome with Sabbath and it’s a shame they never did many records with him. Every time I think of ‘Heaven and Hell,’ no matter how good the songs may be, I’ll always think of the first time I heard the title track and I thought it was Ozzy singing.

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      1. No, just said something like “more information may be available,” which sounds to me like if I contacted the seller and went trhough all of that the answer would just be no, just wait it’ll get there lol.

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  4. You’ve convinced me to listen to this one again, Deke – I honestly don’t know it well enough. Never really bothered getting deep into Sabbath’s post-Ozzy stuff.

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  5. Deke….I love this album !! People look at me like I’ve got three heads when I say I prefer Dio Sabbath over Ozzy Sabbath, but the Dio era was incredible. Another great review.

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  6. Fucking awesome. I can’t believe I’m buying both of these again, but at least the final product looks awesome. I think when we did our show on the year 1980 last summer, Heaven and Hell was one of the albums I picked, didn’t I? I thought so anyway!

    I’ve been cranking this today in prep for my show on Friday…hard to pick favourites but actually Ozzy might not make a lot of appearances on my list!

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  7. Just like Mob Rules…I remember this album cover like it was yesterday. They sure got my attention while looking through the album racks as a 12 year old.

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    1. Ha. No kidding what’s another two weeks after waiting 40 years! I’m sure you will come across them as you have more options down there than I have here.
      Happy hunting dude.

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