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Heaven & Hell (Deluxe Edition) [Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00382X4XC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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: 2
1. Children Of The Sea
2. Heaven And Hell
3. Lady Evil
4. Neon Knights
5. Children Of The Sea
6. Heaven And Hell
7. Die Young

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Black Sabbath, one of the most prominent and influential faces of the 70’s rock topography were, by the decade’s end, a band in disarray. Once the masters of their own reality, the Birmingham four-piece of Tony Iommi (Guitar), Geezer Butler (Bass), Bill Ward (Drums) and Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), were now battle weary veterans, wearing the deep scars of a near ten year album-tour-album cycle that had left them bereft of any real sense of direction and motivation. The pace of the heavy metal and hard rock scene was now being set by the younger new wave of British heavy metal bands and young upstarts, such as Van Halen invading from the U.S.

Black Sabbath’s previous album, the ironically titled, Never Say Die!, released in September 1978, did little to reclaim lost ground and would transpire to be their final studio recording with their much-loved front-man, who in less than a year, would be unceremoniously sacked for narcotic and alcoholic induced lethargy. To many, the odds on the band continuing in the absence of Osbourne seemed like a wager that no-one in their right mind would take. However, elsewhere in the world another hard rock behemoth was undergoing dramatic changes of equal tumult, the results of which would have a ripple effect upon the world of Black Sabbath with quite dramatic consequences. Ex-Deep Purple guitar maestro Ritchie Blackmore--now impulsive leader of  Rainbow--was preparing to re-brand his Anglo-American myth makers into a sleek, chart-troubling troupe of AOR heroes. Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow’s founding lead vocalist whose lion’s roar had taken the band to gold and platinum status soon realised there was to be no place for his Arthurian-lyrical style in this new operation and, like Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, eventually found himself one band short of a gig. Several phone calls later and a chance meeting in, of all places, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Iommi invited Dio to join the remaining members of Black Sabbath for an impromptu rehearsal. Within fifteen minutes and one brand new song later (that’s "Children Of The Sea", trivia fans), Black Sabbath had their new lead vocalist in situ, Dio had a new gig and all were once more, ready to roll. The resultant album releases over the next few years elevated Black Sabbath once more to a place of highest regard within elite rock circles.

Such was the chemistry between these players, that two reformations of this Black Sabbath line-up have since been made, the second of which, occurring in 2007, went under the title of that first ground-breaking album, Heaven And Hell, presented here in a remastered deluxe edition package.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars was the second disc worth it? 27 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
I first saw RJD at Hammersmith Odeon in May 74 supporting DP. The penny didn't drop then, but it sure did on hearing Rainbow Rising. Fast forward several years, I was on a night shift listening to Tommy Vance and on came the title track. Like many, I was dubious about Ronnie replacing Ozzy, but this just blew me away. The next day, the album was bought. However, unlike the Mob Rules disc, the live stuff just doesn't cut the mustard. Normally BBC recordings can be relied upon, but not this time. Poor vocal mixing is the main gripe. So that's why I've given it 3 stars instead of 5 because in spite of disc 1 being 5 out 5, disc 2 lets the side down.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closer to heaven? 3 April 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A huge return to form - rejuvenated by pint sized wonderthroat Ronnie James Dio exactly as Purple had been by David Coverdale a couple of years earlier. Neon Knights and the title track are classic straightforward Sabbath, Children of the Sea, Die Young and Lonely is the Word married this riff-fest to the drama of Dio era Rainbow beautifully. Iommi's guitar playing takes another step forward here, and his solos throughout are the best of his career. His work on all of the above is almost operatic in scope, drama and fluency.
All together, this was Sabbath's most coherent, consistent and vital album, it showed the so called 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' up for the spotty bed-wetters they really were.

The 2010 remaster adds 1980 live cuts and a dreadful, unremastered mono version of Lady Evil. The live tracks - Neon Knights, Die Young, two different versions of Children of the Sea and - bizarrely - two copies of the same Heaven and Hell (one faded out five minutes before the end) - all stick far closer to the album arrangement than Live Evil takes. Sadly, as fans commented at the time, Bill's disillusion with the band at this point (the live tracks were mostly recorded 9 days before he quit) is evident in his playing, which is unadventurous, often replacing studio flourishes with straight beat-keeping.

The production on the live songs is very compressed and raw, like an untreated soundboard recording - which the new tracks may in fact be. One version of each of the doubled tracks, however, is taken from a released single.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available CD mastering for this classic album 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some other reviewers already have mentioned that this CD sounds less loud than some of the previous edition. This is true and it is a good sign, because it means that the dynamic range of this recording has not been compromized in order to make the CD sound louder (each decent stereo has a volume control knob to make the playback sound louder). This is a wonderful mastering job by Andy Pearce and it's one of the rare examples of modern remasterings where the vicious circle of the loudness war has been broken. Kudos to Andy Pearce and Sanctuary/Universal for allowing a modern remastering to have full dynamic range retained.

Besides the nice dynamics of this new mastering, the EQ choices are also pleasant and this CD does not sound as harsh as some other CD versions of this album. This new mastering is also better than the first or second Japanese CD pressings which are usually sought after by collectors also for sound quality. Prices on the used market for these old and rare CD versions should drop somewhat because this new mastering should satisfy all audiophiles who care about sound quality.

The bonus material on disc 2 is interesting but it doesn't sound that great, especially the first two live tracks have a rather poor sound quality. It is still listenable but certainly not great. These rare live versions are still very welcomed and are certainly interesting for the collector. The live tracks on the second half of the bonus disc sound slightly better but still not great.

For the best available Dio era live material, you need to get the new Deluxe Edition of Mob Rules. I will write a separate review for that one also.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half awesome, half pretty dire 26 April 2010
Format:MP3 Download
If, like me, you thought this was a great album and were tempted to replace your old vinyl/cassette (or even earlier CD) copy with this then do yourself a favour and check out the sample of the second disc first. One reviewer remarked that the live material sounded like an untreated soundboard recording but it's simply nowhere near that good. There have been many of these re-releases that feature some superb bonus material, however this is not one of them. Otherwise the remastered disc one might be enough to ensure you part your cash.
As for me? Well, as it's going onto the iPod, I may just buy disc one as a download (8*69p) and save some pennies.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album:pointless reissue!! 9 April 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic album,most of you will know that all ready,its not only the greatest Sabbath disc ever IMHO,but also one of the best heavy rock albums period.
So what do you get?

Disc 1 : the original album,remastered,the class of the music is not in question,8 fantastic tracks of stunning quality and musicianship.The remastering,to these concert damaged ears has added nothing to the previous remaster 1996 and the versions found on 'THE DIO YEARS' discs,certainly as another reviewer has commented ,the music is slightly quieter requiring increase in volume,nothing major.

Disc 2 : 7 pretty unremarkable bonus tracks,all live save for a dreadful mono version of 'Lady Evil',the live tracks whilst interesting are nothing special,and we appear to duplicate 'Heaven and Hell' with a edited and full length version,for no apparent reason.

Packaging : acceptable nothing more,this should be the least we expect when shelling out hard earned cash on reissues,compared to the packaging/booklets of recent reissues by Lynyrd Skynyrd/Hawkwind for example,these are fairly basic.

If you dont have 'Heaven and Hell' then dont hesitate,as its a decent price,if you already have the disc,then you may want to reconsider.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Heaven than Hell
First off, I'm inclined to love anything that combines Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi together; which would of course be mostly their Sabbath years together. Read more
Published 10 months ago by EliDirkx98
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistake
I've spent a lot of time deliberating which version is more worth buying: ordinary or deluxe edition. Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by wojor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The album and the followup Mob Rules is Black Sabbath at their very best, and these deluxe editions are a nice touch to complement the old LP version.
Published on 6 July 2010 by M Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven And Hell
It's edition is one of the best Deluxe edition , you must have for Classic rock fans !!
Published on 20 May 2010 by Budiharto
3.0 out of 5 stars Muffled
Is it me, or does this CD sound muffled? The 2008 Rhino reissue is much louder and punchier. This one sounds like someone threw a blanket over the music. Returning this one.
Published on 15 April 2010 by Vincent G. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Album
Published on 8 April 2010 by Mr. Andrew Mant
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time.
Yeah my lofty title seems like hyperbole. But unlike that Oasis album this actually IS possibly the greatest Brit album of the past 30 years. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Mark Haynes
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