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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath`s Finest Moment
This is beyond doubt BS`s finest moment. Iommi has the best guitar sound he ever got on record. Martin Birch`s production is flawless. He made sure that the band had great sounds something that is sadley lacking on all Sabbath`s earlier recordings. Dio gives one of the finest vocal performances on a Heavey Rock/Metal album ever. Check out "Neon Knights" for proof of Dio`s...
Published on 5 Mar 2006 by JT

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap packaging on an otherwise good release
Remastering and bonus content of this (and also the deluxe edition of Mob Rules) is excellent. However, the packaging gets an "F" - unlike the double fold-out digipaks used for prior Sabbath deluxe editions, both of these releases come in jewel cases. This is a far cry from the deluxe editions of the first three Sabbath albums, which were not only packaged in...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath`s Finest Moment, 5 Mar 2006
This review is from: Heaven and Hell (Audio CD)
This is beyond doubt BS`s finest moment. Iommi has the best guitar sound he ever got on record. Martin Birch`s production is flawless. He made sure that the band had great sounds something that is sadley lacking on all Sabbath`s earlier recordings. Dio gives one of the finest vocal performances on a Heavey Rock/Metal album ever. Check out "Neon Knights" for proof of Dio`s abilitys. Sabbath never sounded so complete as they do on this album. Dio`s vocals gave the rest of the band a new lease of life & insperation & it showed. "Die Young" was the single at the time & shows Sabbath using Keyboards to great effect. "Heaven & Hell" is still one of the best Metal songs ever written. "Walk Away" has one of the most commercial overtones to it Iommi ever wrote. "Children Of The Sea" has one of those glorius Dio lyrics, " On a misty morning, On the edge of time reaching for the stars we blind the sky". There`s not a bad track on this album & in a strange way all the tracks show slightly different aspects to Sabbath. By the time the tour got to the UK cracks were starting to show. Mob Rules wasn`t the follow up that had been hoped for & Dio split in acrimoney to form his own band. But this album still stands testomony to what was even for a short while the finest Metal band around with one of the truely classic albums of all time...."The world is full of kings & queens, who blind your eyes & steal your dreams...it`s Heaven & Hell" Buy now
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Heaven actually, 14 Sep 2001
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven & Hell - Sabbath Reborn!!, 15 Oct 2005
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Stephen Russell (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Heaven & Hell marks a defining moment in the life of one of the premier rock bands in the world. In a post Ozzy era, Sabbath faced the challenge of not only seeking to keep their sense of direction, but also in their quest for a new frontman. However after a few phone calls - enter Ronnie James Dio, who having just left Rainbow, stepping into this formidable role with grace & stature. The album represents one of the finest rock banquet's of all time. A perfect blending of classic rock and mysticial imagery, that has become the Dio trademark. From the blistering opening of Neon Knights through to the classic anthem - Heaven and Hell, this album pulls no punches. Not only did the album breath new life into the band, it also attracted a whole new generation of Sabbath fans. Even after 20 years this album still feels as fresh as it did when it was first releashed. Heaven and Hell, although reveals the band in a new musical light, would give Sabbath a new lease of life that they have enjoyed ever since.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't speak highly enough about this album, 19 Jan 2013
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Never been a massive fan of Black Sabbath as Ozzys singing wasn't always up to much. Loved to listen to Ronnie James Dio with Rainbow so decided to give this album a go. Fantastic. Ronnie's singing is perfect alongside Tony's wonderful guitar playing. And have to say I'm very impressed with bass playing by Geezer Butler. Some great songs and this album was a steal for 5.00.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Heavy Metal!, 26 Sep 2005
This review is from: Heaven and Hell (Audio CD)
Well if this isn't the biggest come back since Jesus then I don't know what is. After two decidedly non-metal albums 1976's Technical ecstasy (which is without doubt the weakest album of the original line-up) and 1978's Never say die, Sabbath returned with new singer, Ronnie James Dio and made not only one of the best albums of their career but one of the best metal albums.

This was the album that introduced me to Ronnie James Dio, and of course he is one of the finest singers of all time but completely different and therefore not comparable to Ozzy. Because of Dio being in the band he has a great impact on the sound and style, and for the first time on a Sabbath record Geezer Butler doesn't handle any of the lyrics, he just plays some phenomenal bass (no change there then). Heaven and Hell is the only Dio era Sabbath album to feature Bill Ward on drums, but as with the rest of the band he gives an amazing performance and shows just why he's one of the best drummers around. As with all Sabbath albums Tony Iommi writes the music and absolutely slays the competition with his rhythm and lead work. Also of note is that this is the first time Geoff Nicholls provides keys (which are never overpowering but simply provide subtle textures ever once in a while) and the first time producer extraordinaire Martin Birch worked with Sabbath giving everything a crystal clear yet heavy sound.

The songs on the Heaven & Hell album are really something special absolute metal classics. Children of the Sea, Neon Knights, Heaven and Hell and Die Young are among the best Sabbath ever wrote. On the whole the song writing is excellent only the slightly sub par Walk Away lets the side down.

So in Conclusion, This is one of the best albums ever, not that the Ozzy only fools would tell you so, they called it Black Rainbow, but listen and see that this is nothing but pure Black Sabbath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Headbangers Heaven, 30 July 2010
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My very first concert was Black Sabbath on the 1980 Heaven and Hell tour. I was deaf for about two days after, but that concert is one I will never forget, just brilliant.

Well Black Sabbath after Ozzy, was it possible?

The answer to that is yes. Personally I think that this is Black Sabbath's best album. I know many will not agree with me, but if you take the album as a whole and not just individual tracks, then I think it can lay claim to that title. What was lost to the band with the leaving of Ozzy was more than made up for by the addition of Ronnie James Dio, who for me lies just behind Brad Delp as the greatest rock singer ever.

The album itself is as good now to listen to as it was 30 years ago and I think ranks as one of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time. Pick of the tracks is difficult but I will go with the title track because of the thumping fast paced ending with some great guitar work from Tony Iommi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest album Dio ever sang on....., 2 July 2010
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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Where to start,this is the best Black Sabbath album,its also one of the greatest heavy rock albums ,period,its certainly the best album Dio ever sang on,its the best sound quality of any Sabbath album bringing Iommi,Butler and Ward to the fore and yes its got 8 absolute classic tracks.

'Neon Knights' is possible one of the best album opening tracks ever,in this one track the band lay their credentials before you,thundering rock,blistering solo,outstanding vocals,follow this ? easy throw in 'Children of the Sea' a beautiful melodic piece which along with the bass led groove of 'Lady Evil' hints at Dio's previous band Rainbow before the title track simply wraps itself around your head and wont let go,that insistent repetitive riff and guitar solo,magnificent.

All in all those 4 tracks pretty much represent every facet of Dio's version of Sabbath so the original side 2 was always going to struggle but guess what its another 4 fantastic tracks,the heavy crushing 'Wishing Well' ,should have featured more in concert,a lost classic,'Die Young ' a haunting track ,excellent keyboards,spine chilling vocal,'Walk Away' more metallic bliss before the jaw dropping granduer of 'Lonely Is The Word',how good is that solo?.

A fantastic album which i believe was a career high for each individual involved,great music,playing etc would be made in the future,this would never be bettered,if Carlsberg ever did rock albums............
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Ronnie, 17 May 2010
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Claire Finch (Midands, UK) - See all my reviews
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A simply classic album. Ronnie at his very best. Stunning vocals as well as stunning musicianship! When I compare this album & singer and band with the total rubbish that's around today .... well ....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'mon guys, Ozzy may be a great front man but Ronnie is a far better singer, no question!, 17 April 2010
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Francis R. Brennan "brennans37" (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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I have owned all of the albums by Zeppelin and Purple for may years and have only recently bought all of the Black Sabbath albums. I do love most of the first 6 albums with Ozzy, but not because of Ozzy's singing but rather because of Tony Iommi's innovative and original guitar playing and sound. Therefore coming to Sabbath quite fresh at 41, I have no hesitation in saying that Ozzy is by far the worst of the holy trinity of British Heavy Metal singers with Plant and Gillan, not to mention Coverdale (and Phil Mogg of UFO) leaving him for dead. My favourite Sabbath album is Heaven and Hell in no small part due to Ronnie James Dio's impassioned vocals which are light years above Ozzy. This may be sacrilege to 50-something Sabbath fans but it's a cold fact. Ozzy's a great front man by all accounts but not in RJD's league as a singer. I also think Mob Rules is a grossly overlooked album-shoot me!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Music, 26 Jun 2009
This review is from: Heaven And Hell (Audio CD)
Heaven And Hell (1980) is the first Black Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals and signals the beginning of a fresh and exciting new chapter in the band's career. Some purists may complain that it doesn't feature Ozzy Osbourne and therefore it's not really Black Sabbath, but this isn't meant to be a re-run of past glories! This is the sound of a band moving with the times and displaying incredible musical skill by adapting their sound not only for a new decade but to better suit the amazing vocal talents of Dio. Featuring eight stellar tracks, Heaven And Hell is rightfully considered a classic by many to this day. Iommi, Butler and Ward prove that they're anything but out of ideas (as was suggested in the final Ozzy years) and Ronnie demonstrates exactly why he's since become one of metal's most revered front men! Every song is a prize-winner... although notable mentions must go to fan favourites Neon Knights, Die Young and the title track. Still fresh nearly thirty years on, Heaven And Hell is one of those milestone albums that every rock/metal devotee needs to hear!
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