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Dehumanizer [Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Master of Vinyl Sanity' 26 Feb 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
When this was first released back in 1992 I purchased the album on CD rather than vinyl as I was living outside the UK and my record deck was in storage. The original CD is reasonable in terms of sound quality but I have always very much regretted not buying it on vinyl because for me vinyl will always be the natural format for classic rock albums.

In my view this album has always been underrated in terms of music quality. I see very similar parallels here with `Come Taste The Band' by Deep Purple. When an album is done with a significant personnel change to a very famous line-up, it gets wrongly compared to the best that the legend line-up did. It should be taken on its own merit and this album is in that context, excellent.

The album was released as an USA import last year with just the original 10 tracks. I resisted purchasing as from previous experience with other imported re-masters, I have found significant differences in sound quality between releases. Now having this release I am glad I waited.

On this vinyl release we get the original album and a second record with a single edit, the B-side, an alternative version and some live material. The cover is double gatefold with some very informative notes on the inner two sides. It is an excellent package with restored artwork and a reinforced hinge to hold the heavyweight vinyl. Vinyl weight is 198 and 196 grams. The inner sleeves are excellent 18g, heavy weight paper with an antistatic plastic inner sheet. `Hats off' to EMI for this final most critical finishing touch to the packaging.

The records I rate excellent for `flatness' with but was disappointed with the background surface noise on first play.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vastly underrated Sabbath masterpiece 5 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
To me, this is one of the best Dio era albums.Yes, it has been slated by many sabbath fans for various reasons but the quality of the music speaks for itself.
We all know that during the recording of this albums all wasn't well between Ronnie and cozy.This caused alot of friction within the band but hey presto, cozy breaks his pelvis and Vinny appice is brought in and then the chemistry of mark II or III? kicks in.
every song is heavy (even by Sabbath standards!) with some of Dio's best vocals ever . This isn't Heaven&Hell style suff more of a ninety's take on thst era.
I think the songs really hold up even 12 years down the line. Tony's guitar sound on this album is really happening and we certainly haven't heard him sound as angry for along time! please buy this album!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer 26 July 2012
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
1992's Dehumanizer was Black Sabbath's sixteenth full-length studio album. It is sort of an anomaly in their career, in as much as that it was their third album with Ronnie James Dio on vocals, who had previously sang on the band's tenth and eleventh albums Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules but left the band to start a successful solo career, to be replaced firstly by Deep Purple's Ian Gillian for one album and then by Deep Purple's Glen Hughes for one album.

After the band lost Hughes they then recruited Ray Gillen before finally ending up with Tony Martin who, excluding this album which interrupts the five studio album and almost ten year streak, sang on every Black Sabbath studio album afterwards.

As if interrupting the Tony Martin streak didn't already make it feel a little odd, it is also a little odd in that it both is and isn't the band's final album with Ronnie James Dio on vocals because they did actually reform with him again briefly over a decade and a half later to put out three new songs on a greatest hits package and then once more with a different name (Heaven And Hell) and put out another album.

The album was produced by Reinhold Mack, who is notable for his work with Queen, ELO and Deep Purple. The production job of the album however is a source of complaint among many fans and critics, who argue that the record is too muddy sounding.

The general public and critical consensus surrounding the album was that it was the weakest of the three Black Sabbath albums with Dio, but people can differ on whether that's because this one is actually bad or because the other ones just happen to be even better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return? 21 May 2007
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
After 10 years apart the mk III Sabbath line up (or perhaps mk IV, if were counting the Dave Walker weekend of the late 70's). However with Ronnie, Geezer and Vinnie back, certain former Sabbath members (namely Cozy Powell and Neil Murray) felt betrayed a this sudden change after the hard work they put in on the Tyr album and Headless Cross tour. But if this was a ploy on Iommi's part to boost Sabbaths profile it certainly worked as instead of having to cancel dates due to poor ticket sales, they band found themselves playing massive venues around the world.

After 10 years apart the sound has certainly changed, making 'Dehumanizer' the heaviest Sabbath album with Dio and the bands heaviest since 'Born Again'. The songs on display here and generally of a very high quality with only 'Sins of the Father' letting the side down (it's strangely reminiscent of the 'Never Say Die' track 'Hard Road'). Lyrically Dio is mainly eschewing the fantasy lyrics of old and is now singing about Computers and such, which must have been ground breaking back in 1992! Iommi of course provides memorable riffs and solos throughout. Geezer and Vinnie prove themselves once again to be the second best Sabbath rhythm section (no one did ever match Geezer and Bill in my opinion). The production on this album although a improvement on some of Sabbath's 80's work is slightly lacking as it lacks the subtly of some of the early Dio albums, perhaps the album would of benefited from Martin Birch's touch, but judging by his dire job on Iron Maidens 'Fear of the Dark' perhaps not.

Stand out tracks on this consistent and heavy album include 'Computer God', 'After All', 'TV Crimes', 'I' and 'Too Late'. The latter of which being of particular note as it has a more old school feel to it and lyrics about the 'magic one' always bring a smile to my face. So in conclusion don't miss out on this one, it's much better than it's unexplainably bad reputation in some quarters of the press.
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i found Dio a bit late in the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!!
This album gets a lot of stick! Completely unjustified. Everyone think Sabbath is just Ozzie! No, he left!! They replaced him with better singers! Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. W. Knowles
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant but not ozzy
I have loved BLACK SABBATH for as long as I can remember and I know this album is still brilliant coz it has the BLACK SABBATH SOUND becauce of tony ionni on guitars but to my way... Read more
Published 18 months ago by suzie p
4.0 out of 5 stars No Mistake Made Nor Need To Fix It
Two penneth chuckage from a true devotee of Mk2 Sabbath.

Maybe it will take some time but I'm not (at the time of typing) overly enamoured with 'Better The Devil You... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hellion
4.0 out of 5 stars 90's feel Sabbath
I absolutely love Dio's Black Sabbath album `Heaven and Hell' it is an absolute classic, almost up there in absolute brilliance with Black Sabbath's first four albums and that is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anoosh Falak Rafat
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good sabbath disc
This is classic meldodic metal and the songs are very good here. Dio was back for another round and the band plays it tight. Read more
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