- Audio CD (May 14 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros
- ASIN: B000002KKS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
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Heaven and Hell Import
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2008 release of the 1980 album by Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell which is regarded as one of Sabbath's all-time best. It features classics including the anthem "Neon Knights." This remastered album features in-depth liner notes including new band interviews.
After kicking vocalist Ozzy Osbourne out of the band in 1978, Black Sabbath knew they would have to strike back with a powerful record if they were to retain their credibility. They recruited Elf vocalist Ronnie James Dio, whose melodramatic vibrato shuddered with menace, and in 1980, they released Heaven and Hell, their most potent offering since Master of Reality. Faster and more theatrical than Sabbath's earlier oeuvre, Heaven and Hell features the dynamic seven-minute title track, which builds from a lazy throb to a high-octane roar, and the dynamic "Die Young," which segues from an uptempo saunter to a flamboyant midsection strangely reminiscent of Queen. Although the album helped build Sabbath a younger, more enthusiastic fan base, Dio only remained with the band for one more studio album, after which Sabbath's star slowly began to fade. --Jon Wiederhorn
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One big change is of course the fact that lineup is now consisting of Toni Iommi,Geezer Butler,Bill Ward and Ronnie James Dio,but another change is that Iommi's guitar playing has changed in the transition of Ozzy to Dio.He plays awesomely in my opinion and comes out with some rocking riffs that really stick to your head.In a way Dio is much more of a musician while Ozzy is a singer.This album has much more melody than previous albums and its a masterpiece that can sometimes be overlooked.The lyrics can also be more profound and real,they are different than in their previous album,you'll notice.Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio is still Black Sabbath to me lets make this clear.
The albums starts out with one of the best metal songs ever in my opinion,"Neon Knights" which has a great riff by Iommi and at this point already you know you're in for something special."Children Of The Sea" is considerably slower and more of a rocker.Dio sounds amazing on this one and its really an emotional song about courage,one of the best songs on the album."Lady Evil" is another great song with a good chorus and there is really nothing to complain about.I often have some of the lyrics in my head,"Lady evil,evil,she's a magical,mystical woman..." its got a good groove what can I say?"Heaven And Hell",the title track is amazing starting out slow and gradually becoming more intense.The solo in this song is amazing!A highlight of the album."Wishing Well" is pretty good,there's nothing really special,the song is just great."Die Young" is excellent no less."Walk Away"'s the song I don't really like,it's good at what it is,no more."Lonely Is The World" is a good bluesy closer but nothing exceptionnal here.
Dio was the best choice for a replacement singer,some bands after loosing such important members as Ozzy was decide to quit but sometimes continue and in some case do very well and Sabbath was one of those bands.Everything is top notch,the songs,the playing,everything is there and the result of "Heaven And Hell" is a masterpiece and one of the best Sabbath has ever done.I can't say it enough,this album is a must-have and it should be in any serious rocker's collection.Its a highlight in both Sabbath and Dio's careers.
Dio's style was totally different. Small in statue, he possessed a rich and powerful voice. His talent for imagery-laden songwriting that evoked mystical themes, was unique in metal. In some circles, Dio's stature exceeded Osboure's as a singer, writer and frontman. The big question was, what kind of results would the collaboration between Dio and the remaining members of Black Sabbath produce? The parting between Ozzy and the rest of the Sabs had been a jagged one, and Dio would be stepping into a sensitive situation. Osbourne had a long history of disagreements with guitarist Tony Iommi, complaining that Sabbath's song structure was becoming too experimental, and that excessive time was spent in the production of their records, reaching a zenith on the "Sabotage" album.
For most metal fans, the results could be called "magical". Heaven and Hell was the full realization of the potential that Dio's collaboration with Sabbath held. Produced by metal master craftsman, Martin Birch (Deep Purple, Iron Maiden), the album was a solid slab of metal, that pounded the eardrums, and rocked harder than most recent Sabbath releases. The album's sound, was a return to the "heaviness" of previous albums like "Master of Reality". The production softened the "edge" of Iommi's guitar sound, and Geezer Butler's bass is more prominent and dynamic in the mix. Song structure was basic, straight ahead, and non-experimental. Ronnie Dio's vocals meshed perfectly with the revamped, traditional Sabbath sound, settling smoothly into the E flat tuning preferred by Iommi.
Side one (the first four songs) is simply classic, probably the best side of music Sabbath has ever recorded. Better than even side one of Paranoid. "Neon Knights" is simply one of Sabbath's greatest tunes ever. Just the first example, of Dio's "dreamweaving" style of writing. The song is full of energy, interesting cord progressions, and punctuated by one of Tony's more memorable solos. The beautiful acoustic intro to "Children of the Sea", sets up the hard pounding main groove of the song. Again more lyrical imagery, but a rather uninspiring Iommi solo. Dio would later use a similar song structure, for his rocker "The Last In Line". Geezer Butler's bouncy bass opens "Lady Evil", a hard riffing song about your local witch. Iommi's wah wah guitar solo is outstanding, starting out slow, and then trilling and thrilling, evoking a feeling of crawling evil dread. Spooky stuff. Capping of the side is the title track, "Heaven and Hell" a metal epic. The song quickly establishes a groove for Dio's vocals, as he spins lines about, well...heaven and hell. Tony Iommi's well crafted extended solo begins slowly, with bluesy licks, then after a signature change, gains speed and builds intensity, finally reaching a frantic crescendo, leaving in its aftermath only the sound of the classical guitar outro.
The second half of the album, can't match the first for intensity. Breaking the gloomy tone, it opens with the spunky, "Wishing Well", perhaps the most upbeat tune Dio ever recorded with Sabbath. The song features bright catchy chords, and a nice layered Iommi solo. "Die Young" goes back to a heavy tone, with layered guitars and a cool rhythm track. The tempo ebbs and flows, as Dio weaves another lyrical tale. Tony revs up for some frantic soloing in the song's outro. "Walk Away" is the weakest song on the album. The tempo and tone, just don't seem to be appropriate and Dio's lyrics are not his best either. Back firmly in character, the band finishes with the haunting "Lonely is the Word", perhaps the closest thing to blues in the Dio era. Again, Dio's lyrics, while not always making literal sense, give the song the desired atmosphere and tone. Tony takes over for two tasteful extended solo breaks. As the keyboards play underneath, the music fades on one of metal's true classic albums. At a time when disco music still lived, there was nothing to match Heaven and Hell for heaviness. It simply crushed all contenders. Truly a landmark recording, in many ways.
Ronnie James Dio would remain with the Black Sabbath for just one more studio recording, before proceeding to a solo career. How potent this combination really was, could be seen when Dio rejoined Sabbath in 1992, for the album "Dehumanizer", another metal masterwork.
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