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Mob Rules

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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1. Turn Up The Night
2. Voodoo
3. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
4. E5150
5. The Mob Rules
6. Country Girl
7. Slipping Away
8. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
9. Over And Over

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1981 from the Hard Rock/Metal legends. The band's line-up on the album features Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice. Disc One features the original album plus an extra live track and rare demo. Disc Two contains a 14 track live performance from Hammersmith in December 1981. Sanctuary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you listen to fools...! Feb. 22 2011
Format:Audio CD
The entire Dio-era catalogue of Sabbath has now been reissued so many bloody times. First there was the original CD issues, then the Castle remasters in 1996, then the Dio years boxed set, and now these deluxe editions. I'm feeling lightly pillaged. But buying these is optional...unless you're a die-hard like me. If you're not, stick to the Dio box. If you are a die-hard, plunge forward.

The big reason to buy this box is the Live at Hammersmith bonus disc. Folks, when Rhino announced this live album I jumped on it immediately. It was sold out immediately, a handful of copies. Limited and numbered, even if it sucked it was bound to be worth a fortune in the future right? Well not necessarily. Now it's been included as a bonus disc. So, for me this sucks -- my Rhino issue is no longer as desirable to collectors. For you, it's awesome. Now you can have this blistering live album, way better than Live Evil!

All the other expected perks are here, including bonus tracks (the soundtrack version of the title track, and a B-side from a 12" single) and liner notes. Throw in some photos and a great remastering job, and you have (hopefully!) the last copy of Mob Rules that you will ever need to buy.

Mob Rules itself is very much a brother record to Heaven & Hell. You have that big dramatic epic ("The Sign of the Southern Cross") the speedy opener ("Turn Up The Night") and everything else in between ("Voodoo"). It's not quite up to the lofty standards of H&H, although it does try to follow the blueprint quite closely. I find the closer ("Over & Over") to be the weak link in an otherwise pretty damn strong chain.

Pick it up to help complete your Sabbath collection, and to hear the awesome Live At Hammersmith.

5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Mob Rules (1981.) Black Sabbath's tenth album.
Many fans of Black Sabbath, and possibly the band members themselves, must have thought that Ozzy's departing the band would have ruined them for sure. Obviously, many fans instantly rejected the incarnations the band that lacked Ozzy. But those fans of the band who had open minds quickly discovered that Ronnie James Dio was a great vocalist, and that he was every bit as talented as Ozzy was - a point he beautifully demonstrated in his last band, Rainbow, and on his first album with Sabbath, Heaven And Hell. For the second album with Dio, drummer Bill Ward left the band. He was replaced by new drummer Vinnie Appice (brother of the legendary Carmine Appice, of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus fame.) How does the band's second effort with Dio, Mob Rules, measure up? Read on and find out.
Is Mob Rules as good as Heaven And Hell? Not in my eyes, although there are many fans of the band that would beg to differ. I think that this is an EXCELLENT album, but Heaven And Hell is a masterpiece of unparalleled quality. Still, Mob Rules is no slouch in the quality department. Turn Up The Night is the kind of fast-paced hard rock you'd expect Ronnie James Dio to shell out. In all his years of music, Dio has proven that he can do songs like this better than just about everyone else out there. He'd continue to prove this point tirelessly in his solo career, which was just around the corner. Another excellent rocker present is Voodoo, on which Tony Iommi shells out some damn fine riffs - but would you expect anything less from this guy? But, by far, the masterpiece of this album is the lengthy and melodic Sign Of The Southern Cross. With their reputation as the "first real metal band", it's not surprising that fans overlook the stuff that isn't as heavy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath lives June 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
1st of all like someone already said, how do you replace Ozzy Osbourne? Well luckily Dio is a legend, he's been around forever. I was never nuts about the Elf stuff, but I did like his Rainbow material. I thought this release was a breath of fresh air, the last sabbath release "never say die" was weak. It had 2 good songs maybe, never say die & johnny blade.
The 1st half of The Mob Rules is great, all fast past heavy songs, the next half imo is all filler material. Turn up the night, voodoo, sign of the southern cross, & E5150 are instant classics.
No one has mentioned the cover of this cd, look at the bloody cloth closely....it's a demoms face. Cool huh???? One last thing why are people saying E5150 is way out of character for sabbath?? It's not, Ever heard the song "Who are you"?? Check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Heaven & Hell" Jan. 18 2004
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I know what they're going to say: "There's no way 'Mob Rules' is better than 'Heaven & Hell'". Let me explain.
Simply put, "Mob Rules" is a harder, more edgy effort than "Heaven & Hell". The album opens with a fast, churning rocker, "Turn up the Night". We then move into a more "typical" Sabbath sound with the bluesy "Voodoo". The third piece is one of the best on the album: "The Sign of the Southern Cross". It's an epic worthy of a Black Sabbath Greatest Hits album. It also shows Dio's voice as we'll never hear it again on any other effort - Soft, serene, soothing (only to be shattered by a strategically placed power chord to introduce the rest of the band). E5150 is, well, dumb - and the low point of the album. I'm not sure what Sabbath was toying with here, but I do know that "5150" is the American Police Code for the criminally insane. The title track is the hardest song on the album, and another one of my faves. Also a contribution to the soundtrack for 1981's "Heavy Metal: The Movie", "The Mob Rules" makes you want to really stand up and shout (no pun intended). I call the next two songs, "Country Girl" & "Slipping Away", twin songs for obvious reasons. Though many fans overlook these two, I really like the blues-metal, foot-stomping "Slipping Away". It comes complete with guitar rests to show off Vinny Appice's drumming, & an echo effect on Dio's vocals for some added attitude. This song also shows a glimpse of some chops from Geezer Butler & Tony Iommi. I don't think the album ends well with the last two cuts, "Falling Off the Edge of the World" & "Over and Over". These last two songs sound much like an afterthought, and as a result, they are rather forgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of old memories and emotions
Lots of old memories with the powerful voice of Ronnie James Dio
Published 1 month ago by srblanch
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary
For me this is THE Sabbath album. As much as I love the Ozzy era Mob Rules is the band at its best.
Published on July 24 2009 by Edward M. Thiele
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! As Good As Heaven And Hell!
Fantastic follow-up of Heaven And Hell. Mob Rules, Sign of The Southern Cross, Falling off the edge of the World, Over And Over, Voodoo... Do I need to continue? CLASSIC!
Published on April 14 2008 by Customer from Quebec
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Metal Albums!!
Awesome metal album i Sabbath Keeps it up with or without Ozzy is fine with me!!
Published on May 28 2004 by Deimos
3.0 out of 5 stars NO OZZY-NO DIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe all this ozzy bashing!!!!! What is wrong with you people? You must not realize without ozzy dio would probably be singing the blues! Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by NECROSHINEGUY
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best of Black Sabbath!
Don't waste your time looking at "Ozzy" or "We Sold Our Soul For Rock And Roll" or even "Paranoid"! If you know that you like Black Sabbath and/or have been a true fan, admit it,... Read more
Published on April 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall good with one killer song
Although not as consistently great as Heaven and Hell, the track "Falling off the Edge of the World", tucked away near the end, is a hidden gem, an absolute stunner, with... Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Black Sabbath The Legacy~
At least listen to "Danger Zone" and "Time Machine" first. I started Bass Guitar because of songs like that by Black Sabbath. Read more
Published on March 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy=God? Please save it, Dio means God
For all of those "classic" Sabbath fans who listen to Ozzy era Sabbath, open your ears and crank it up. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Mr. Kevin M. Mcconnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Heaven And Hell
I can't understand how some reviewers can consider this album superior to Heaven and Hell. Not only are the instrumental arrangements more simplistic, the recording quality of... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
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