In hindsight we all now know the background to Ronnie James Dio's health at the time of this recording,its a testament to the man's quality and class that he turned in a superb performance,apart from the occasional strained vocal or voice tailing off this is as good a vocal performance as i've heard from Ronnie.
From the off the band are in fine form and from the thundering opening of 'Mob Rules' to the monstrous finale of 'Neon Knights' they prove just how heavy they could be.
Highlights? plenty,the entire disc is choc full of them, from the majestic 'Children of the Sea' to the poignant sadness of the opening lyrics of 'Falling Of The Edge Of The World',the reality surely not lost on anyone in the band at the time,nor those now listening.
We can only wonder at what might have been as the newer tracks from 'The Devil You Know' release stand shoulder to shoulder with the earlier classics,as equals,particularly 'Bible Black'.
Special mention must also be given to the other band members Butler/Appice & Warren put in sterling performances,whilst Iommi gives a masterclass above and beyond the call of duty,the mans playing quite simply mesmeric,possibly his best live recorded performance in my humble opinion.
However we cannot ignore what happened ,in Dio we had a timeless vocalist a legend from the last 4 decades,we wont see his like again,Rest In Peace Ronnie, this is a superb testament to your strenght and character as well as your peerless vocals.