Black Sabbath // Heaven and Hell // Album Review

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In 1979 a new dawn of the legendary pioneers of Metal began a new chapter, with Ronnie James Dio taking over vocal duty. Joining guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, Dio took the reigns and in 1980 saw the release of the debut RJD Black Sabbath album Heaven and Hell. Now, it is getting released, but this time in the form of a deluxe edition so you can choose between double CD or double vinyl.

It is a shame that this period of time in the Black Sabbath years is overlooked by some, as whilst it is not the original line up, nor the final line up, it is a cast that continued the band’s incredible popularity and provides a different angle on the Sabbath sound. It is as important as any other chapter in the history if the legendary band.

If your question is ‘how do improve what is so near to perfection?’ then the answer is by adding never previously released live tracks from 1980 in Hartford, CT and also includes further live offerings that were included on Black Sabbath: Live at Hammersmith Odeon.

Now that the album that charted 9 in the UK chart and 28 in the US has been remastered, the incredible Sabbath sound feels fresher whilst retaining that grit and down-tuned awesomeness that made them the most important band in history.  The riffs are heavier, hooks heavier and drums more powerful and then we have the vocal that is so unique and incredible as the souring sounds take us to places, we had never reached before and never will again in such a fashion.

The live tracks sound stunning with the passion and energy captured perfectly, if you close your eyes you could be there. The sound is that good that they don’t sound live as the band recreate their studio performances impeccably and like so few others. This is a reminder of how the band paved the way for everything that followed and how good the period, although only 3 years long was. It also shows why the four reformed under the heading Heaven and Hell in 2007.

This re-release deluxe edition is a must for fans of Black Sabbath, fans of Dio and fans of the combination as this incredible collection of tracks is simply stunning. You will find yourself singing, riffing and drumming your way through the 19 tracks that are on this brilliant album and before you know it, you will throw the horns to Black Sabbath the Ronnie James Dio years.

Ed Ford

 

Heaven and Hell will be released on March 5th by Warmer Music Group.

 

Tracklist

HEAVEN AND HELL: DELUXE EDITION

2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)

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

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

  1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
  2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
  3. “Lady Evil” – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)

  1. “Neon Knights” *
  2. “Children Of The Sea” *
  3. “Heaven And Hell” *
  4. “Die Young” *

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)

  1. “E5150”
  2. “Neon Knights”
  3. “Children Of The Sea”
  4. “Heaven And Hell”

2-LP Track Listing

Side One

  1. “Neon Knights”
  2. “Children Of The Sea”
  3. “Lady Evil”
  4. “Heaven And Hell”

Side Two

  1. “Wishing Well”
  2. “Die Young”
  3. “Walk Away”
  4. “Lonely Is The Word”

Side Thee

  1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
  2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
  3. “Lady Evil” – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
  4. “Neon Knights” – Live 1980 *

Side Four

  1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live 1980 *
  2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live 1980 *
  3. “Die Young” – Live 1980 *
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