Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell - Live in Europe Live
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Heaven & Hell, the Ronnie James Dio-led version of Black Sabbath, made a triumphant return to the stage in 2007, which garnered them the Reunion of the Year Award from Classic Rock magazine. In 2009, Heaven & Hell hit the stage at the internationally acclaimed Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany and ripped through a set of classics including 'Mob Rules', 'Heaven and Hell', 'Die Young' and 'Neon Nights'.
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Ronnie sounds incredible (especially on Children of the Sea), his voice is so powerful and strong for his age it's amazing. Tony Iommi is the master of riffs and shows us what he's capable of. Bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice make a strong rhythmic section. 8 of the songs here also appear on the first live Heaven & Hell album, Live From Radio City Music Hall (which has 15 songs), they are still different versions because the band doesn't play the exact same show every time so I'd say this album is worth the buy. Plus the songs from their only studio album, Bible Black, are terrific live! (Follow the Tears and the title track being amongst the best songs on this live album).Read more ›
Obviously Ronnie was not a young man when he died, and the human voice changes naturally with age. This is not the same sound as the guy who recorded Mob Rules or Heaven and Hell. The older Ronnie had a deeper voice, the range reduced noticably. However, it is still Ronnie James Dio, one of the most powerful charismatic metal singers of all time. It might be an older, wiser Ronnie, but he knows how to work around his voice's limitations to still deliver stirring versions of these songs.
The band itself is cooking. Tony's riffing and soloing sounds straight out of 1980. Vinnie's drumming is more fill-laden than it was on The Devil You Know which was very sparse. Geezer is playing those rolling, rollicking basslines that only he can compose and helps define that Black Sabbath sound. Most importantly, these guys were having fun showing the world why they are the greatest heavy metal band of all time. This is the way it should have gone with Dehumanizer. That reunion should have lasted a long time, should have produced tours like this one, and should have produced a live album. However grunge didn't help and the band weren't ready to stick it out back then. This then is our last chance to appreciate the Iommi/Butler/Appice/Dio lineup of Black Sabbath, which should have but didn't get all the glory back in '92, last time they tread the boards of hockey barns nationwide.Read more ›
The main reason why this CD is so special is that it was recorded one month before the tour was to end due to Ronnie learning about his cancer. That means that, at the time of this concert, Ronnie was sadly already hill. yet he shows no signs of it on stage. He rocks through each songs with the usual awesome power & emotion that he was known for. Over 65 & sick but still giving his fans what they wanted; Truly amazing. Of course we can't listen to this album without noticing how the rest of the band seems to be in great shape. Tony, Geezer & Vinny delivers a rock solid performance & are at the top of there game.
The bottom line is there's no reason to go into great details about this concert. It's Black Sabbath so it rocks period! I truly recommend the DVD as there's no experience like seing Ronnie & the boys live, but this CD is the perfect companion if you wnat to crank it up in your car, bedroom, work or where ever you listen to CDs. This release is another example of why Ronnie James Dio is still missed by so many today.
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Ronnie sounds incredible (especially on Children of the Sea), his voice is so powerful and strong for his age it's amazing. Tony Iommi is the master of riffs and shows us what he's capable of. Bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice make a strong rhythmic section. 8 of the songs here also appear on the first live Heaven & Hell album, Live From Radio City Music Hall (which has 15 songs), they are still different versions because the band doesn't play the exact same show every time so I'd say this album is worth the buy. Plus the songs from their only studio album, The Devil You Know, are terrific live! (Follow the Tears and the title track being amongst the best songs on this live album). The show starts out with a strong version of Mob Rules, goes into what I consider perhaps THE best Black Sabbath/Dio song, Children of the Sea (this live version is the better one, Dio couldn't be more into it, simply amazing). Then there's an excellent super long version of Heaven & Hell, there is also a great version of Time Machine and the superb new songs.Live in Europe features songs from all four albums Dio recorded with Tony Iommi and co. (three under the name Black Sabbath and one as Heaven & Hell)
From Heaven & Hell: Children of the Sea, Die Young, Heaven & Hell, Neon Knights.
From Mob Rules: Mob Rules, Falling Off The Edge of the World.
From Dehumanizer: I,Time Machine.
From The Devil You Know: Bible Black, Fear, Follow the Tears. (H & H already had a live album out but this one features some different songs from their studio album The Devil You Know, plus this performance is very good)
This is an excellent live disc, it has only 11 songs but great performance by the band and the sound is very good. If you're a fan these songs (the show was one of Dio's last) are a great way to remember Ronnie are worth hearing if you're curious. A week before Live In Europe was released a double disc Dio live packaged called Dio: At Donnigton UK 1983 & 1987, live shows from his solo career which is another great way to commemorate Dio's career. Live In Europe would be a good addition to your collection; the sounds is good and the musicians perform to the degree you'd expect, if you're into live albums this is highly recommended (if you're not why are you reading this anyway?). The first Heaven & Hell live album was a nice one and this is a nice companion to it, don't be afraid to buy just because they have some of the same songs, they always sound different in a way or another. The DVD of the show is a good companion to this live album and is also worth looking into. RATING: 4/5.
Oh well, at least I can say that I've had the pleasure of personally seeing these guys perform twice in my home town (2007, and 2008). Enjoy this live recording, along with anything else they have ever released.
Here you can get an excellent great songs selection, a beautiful small book with some great photographs, But... this concert audio was edited and the sound is decent to good but not great at all.
This is an amazing and historic perfomance that every Sabbath fan must have; specially for a one reason, this is the only oficial open air concert with H & H released by the band and the last with Ronnie on vocals.
The 2007 Radio City Concert was great; maybe the best live album from all Black Sabbath catalog, but was recorded on a theatre... an small gig but not a "brutal open concert" with a great emotive audience like the Waken Fest 2009. The vibe and the atmosphere was totally diferent... Pure Magic.
You must to have H & H Waken 2009 DVD with the entire show and the cd most like a complement for your collection.
The Track list is:
2-Children Of The Sea
4-Bible Black (#)
5-Time Machine (#)
7-Falling Of The Edge Of The World
8-Follow The Tears (#)
10-Heaven & Hell
(#)Not available in any other oficial concert release. The songs E5150 and Country Girl are deleted from the original audio concert.
If you love Black Sabbath and especially the Ronnie Era this is for You.