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Mob Rules [Deluxe Edition] [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Deluxe Edition]

Black Sabbath Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00382X4X2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Turn Up The Night
2. Voodoo
3. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
4. E5150
5. The Mob Rules
6. Country Girl
7. Slipping Away
8. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
9. Over And Over
10. Die Young
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. E5150
2. Neon Knights
3. N.I.B.
4. Children Of The Sea
5. Country Girl
6. Black Sabbath
7. War Pigs
8. Slipping Away
9. Iron Man
10. The Mob Rules
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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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.

1981’s Mob Rules featured the lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice. This deluxe expanded edition features a bonus disc of live material.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dwarf redux! 11 Mar 2010
By Supertzar TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Continuing pretty much where Heaven and Hell left off, Mob Rules is wider in scope than its predecessor, has less to prove, and even sees the return of the classic Sabbath curveball (E5150 being this album's Planet Caravan). Turn up the Night is as intense and brutal as Neon Knights; The Sign of the Southern Cross and Falling off the Edge of the World are from the same loud-quiet-loud school as Die Young, Children of the Sea and Heaven and Hell. Ultimately, this album is marginally less satisfying than its predecessor, but still towers over everything any of its perpetrators have done since.

This 2010 remaster is a must-have, featuring extras that I personally crawled over hot coals to get over the years - in particular the live version of Die Young that appeared as the b-side to The Mob Rules single and the full Live at Hammersmith CD that I spent a small fortune personally importing on release. All are outstanding - Live at Hammersmith has an energy and edge that I find lacking from Live Evil - as well as a setlist featuring more Dio era material. Die Young, along with final extra The Mob Rules demo, is raw, raucous and unpolished - and is all the more exciting for that. As with Heaven & Hell (Deluxe Edition), the 2010 remaster is quieter than the 2004 Sanctuary release, however this is easily solved by just turning up the volume.

Now all they need to do is unearth recordings of the Heaven and Hell rehearsals featuring Ozzy and I can die a happy man!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent mastering job and a great live bonus disc 21 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As I already mentioned in my review of the new Deluxe Edition of "Heaven And Hell", this new mastering also retains the dynamic range of the original recording quite nicely (some might complain about it not being loud enough compared to other remasterings, but that is indeed a good thing - just use your volume knob to make it louder).

Compared to the original mastering on the Warner Bros. CD for the US market, this new mastering does not quite sound as good, but it is still a good mastering and the second best available option in my opinion (if you love this album you owe it to yourself to track down an original Warner Bros. US pressing of this CD).

The greatest part of this new Deluxe Edition is the 2nd disc which features the rare Rhino Handmade CD release "Live at Hammersmith" from a few years ago (the concert was recorded around New Year's Eve/Day 1981/1982). This bonus disc is a 1:1 digital clone of that Rhino Handmade release (which is long out of print and quite expensive on the secondary market). Now you can get it for a low price together with a decent mastering of "Mob Rules".

By the way, the mastering of the bonus live disc is also decent and still has some dynamics left. It is in my opinion the best available live recording of Dio era Black Sabbath, both from a performance point of view as well as from a mix/sound quality point of view. I like it better than "Live Evil".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential 17 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In my Sabbath chronology, "Mob Rules" ranks amongst the very best of the Brummie band, being second only to its predecessor, the majestic "Heaven And Hell." Songs such as "Falling Off The Edge Of The World," "The Sign Of The Southern Cross," "Turn Up The Night" and the title track all being excellent showcases that the band were more than capable of continuing without original frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

This reissue has the original "Heavy Metal" soundtrack version of the title track (a real treat!), as well as a live version of "Die Young" as bonus tracks. But what really makes this deluxe edition remarkable is disc 2, which is a re-release of the "Live At Hammersmith" CD (originally a limited edition of merely 5,000 copies). The live disc is astounding, with better production than on the also-excellent "Live Evil." The track listing is also slightly different, "The Sign Of The Southern Cross" having been replaced with "Country Girl." "Slipping Away" is also included, albeit in a shorter version. The band is on top form, and Ronnie James Dio's vocals remain as glorious as ever.

Even if you have the original "Mob Rules" album (CD, vinyl, cassette, whatever), this re-release is still an essential purchase because of disc 2. Do not think twice!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underated classic with stunning bonus live album. 9 April 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Unlike the 'Heaven and Hell' deluxe edition,this is a more than worthy reissue of an album that was always in the shadow of its illustrious predecesor.

Disc 1 : The original album remastered,Fantastic album with several tracks that easily held their own with the previous album,namely the title track,the magnificent 'Voodoo' and the best,IMHO,track they recorded 'Sign Of The Southern Cross'.As with the other reissue,i cannot tell any major difference from previous remaster,other than the decrease in volume.Two bonus tracks added are an unremarkable 'die young' from the Mob Rules 12' single and a superb version of 'Mob Rules' which is arguably better than that which appeared on the final album.

Disc 2 : the dogs dangly bits,the long craved 'Live At Hammersmith' from 1981 14 superb,heavy Sabbath moments,which are generally superior to those found on 'Live Evil' which sadly had the life sucked out of them when it was (over) produced,this is Sabbath the way they were meant to be heard,that it includes several tracks that never made 'Live Evil' is all the better,I would imagine those that paid over the odds for the Rhino ltd edition set may be a tad aggrieved.

Packaging : as mentioned in other review,basic,nothing spectacular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars black sabbath
got this to replace my vinyl album if your a black sabbath fan you know all about this great album even though ozzys not on it.
Published 7 days ago by gerald hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Listen To Fools!... The Mighty Sabbath Rules!!
Here is Black Sabbath's Tenth Studio Album and 2nd with Ronnie James Dio on Vocals, this another Epic album from Black Sabbath, its in a totally different vein from The Ozzy Era... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan119
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, rubbish packaging
Packaging is a disgrace. It's a jewel case with a sticker on it, nothing like the proper deluxe edition packaging. Completely unsealed.
Published 7 months ago by David Blundell
5.0 out of 5 stars Born again....again!!
The second outing for the band with wee Ronnie, & it's superb. For me, it's debatable as to whether this or Heaven & Hell were the best Dio/Sabbath albums, but I think this edges... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. DM Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars great sound but.....highly disappointed
This sounds great, but the packaging was terrible. The cd arrived unsealed in the envelop. Therefore, I don't know if it was really new. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barry B. Steele
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sabbaths best, but...
Saw the tour many years ago, reawoke old feelings.
Easy order, good price, fine condition, everything as expected,
Top album.
Published 9 months ago by steve broomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars sabbath mob rules
the cd arrived superfast and was exactly as advertised,the cd itself is probably one of black sabbaths worst albums! Read more
Published 10 months ago by sqaushy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good follower to heaven and hell.
This album is not as good as heaven and hell, but strong enough. There are several good tracks as falling off the edge of the world, the mob rules, sign of the southern cross and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mikael Tell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mob Rules
Bought for my daughters birthday. She loves this and can not believe the online price paid. Very good value to keep a daughter happy.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. D. Sewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of Black Sabbaths top 3 albums. With Ozzie gone and Ronnie James Dio in they had a lot of pressure to succeed. They maintain the Sabbath sound with new rhythm and melody. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Murray
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