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Dio Years (2007)

Artist: Black Sabbath
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Format: CD
Sku: 204224654
UPC: 081227999247
UPC 14: 00081227999247
Release Date: 4/3/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Neon Knights ~ Black Sabbath
2. Lady Evil ~ Black Sabbath
3. Heaven And Hell ~ Black Sabbath
4. Die Young ~ Black Sabbath
5. Lonely Is The Word ~ Black Sabbath
6. Mob Rules, The ~ Black Sabbath
7. Turn Up The Night ~ Black Sabbath
8. Voodoo ~ Black Sabbath
9. Falling Off The Edge Of The World ~ Black Sabbath
10. After All (The Dead) ~ Black Sabbath
11. TV Crimes ~ Black Sabbath
12. I ~ Black Sabbath
13. Children of the Sea (Live) ~ Black Sabbath
14. Devil Cried, The ~ Black Sabbath
15. Shadow Of The Wind ~ Black Sabbath
16. Ear In The Wall ~ Black Sabbath
 
"Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi & Bill Ward were in a band called Mythology (which played it's last gig on Sat Jul 13, 1968), and Geezer Butler with Ozzy were in a band called Rare Breed. Long story short, these groups broke up and the lads hooked up in 1968 to form a new band called The Polka Tulk Blues Band. (Might have also been called The Polka Tulk Electric Blues Band, but I'm not sure on that.)

During this time of the band's history, they had a few names. They were known as the Polka Tulk Blues Band (at some point then, they were a six piece band, too), then just Polka Tulk, and the name that most people tend to associate them with in the 60's, Earth. Sabbath played a lot of blues back then, and did the club circuit thing while touring as Earth. That led to one of the most well known stories from this era. Apparently, there was another band touring England with the name of Earth as well, and that led to a club booking ""Black Sabbath Earth"" when they meant to book the other band, which played music that was nothing like our lads play. Led to a very confused band and audience. It was from that gig that led the band to change their name to something that would definitely not be confused with something else, hence the name Black Sabbath was born.

Legend has it that Geezer Butler picked the name of the band after seeing it on a movie theatre marquee, thinking it sounded doomy & gloomy - that kind of thing. (I'm paraphrasing there). Seems to have worked, given the following they've had over the years.

Keyboard duties were uncredited during this era. Before Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath it's generally unknown who played keyboards, although I've heard some stories that Tony Iommi played keyboards on Volume 4's Changes. Rick Wakeman played on Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, and Jezz Woodruffe played after that (from May 1975) until the end of the Technical Ecstasy Tour. The trials and tribulations of the original lineup are well documented (so well that a l

This first-ever compilation spotlighting Sabbath's Ronnie James Dio-fronted years spans 1980-2006 with 16 thundering tracks, including "Neon Nights," "Lady Evil," "Children of the Sea," "The Mob Rules," and more. Also features the brand-new recordings "The Devil Cried," "Shadow of the Wind," and "Ear in the Wall."

When Ronnie James Dio picked up lead vocal reins for Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne's departure, he'd already slayed audiences worldwide fronting Elf and Rainbow. The creative spark ignited by Dio's presence led to metal masterpiece Heaven And Hell. Now also the name of the reformed Sabbath lineup that will tour this year with Dio, original members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice.

1981's The Mob Rules continued their renaissance before Ronnie left to become a solo artist. A decade later, his one-off return to Sabbath, 1992's Dehumanizer, whetted fans' appetite for more, something not realized until this new compilation, featuring the best of Black Sabbath's past Dio incarnations, plus three brand new tracks. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe it!

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Black Sabbath: Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar); Geoff Nicholls (keyboards); Geezer Butler (bass guitar); Vinny Appice, Bill Ward (drums).
Muze PNote While certainly not as long, prolific, or influential as the Ozzy Years, Black Sabbath's stint with Ronnie James Dio merits more than a mere footnote in the band's storied history, and Rhino's THE DIO YEARS aims to rectify the oversight. When Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow and joined Sabbath in 1979, the band was rapidly becoming commercially inconsequential, and Dio was hungry to prove himself as more than Ritchie Blackmore's frontman. The resulting two studio albums, HEAVEN & HELL and MOB RULES, not only re-established Sabbath's commercially viability but also announced Dio as one of the most undeniable metal singers of his era.
Muze PNote THE DIO YEARS focuses almost exclusively on tracks--sterlingly remastered--from the abovementioned records, but also includes "Children of the Sea" from LIVE EVIL and a few from the 1992 reunion flop, DEHUMANIZER. The real surprises of THE DIO YEARS are "Shadow of the Wind," "The Devil Cried," and "Ear in the Wall," three new songs recorded by Sabbath with Dio shortly before the compilation's release. THE DIO YEARS is a great start for casual Sabbath fans looking to get in a little deeper or for Dio fans looking for his great Sabbath moments in one place.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Dazed & Confused
Muze Music Compilations Detroit Rock City
Muze Music Compilations Dio Anthology: Shut Up And Shout
Muze Music Compilations Prince Of Darkness
Muze Music Compilations Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Associated Artists and Works

Czech String Quartet (The)
Iommi, Tony
Seventh Star [PA] ~ Iommi, Tony
Iron Horse (Bluegrass)
Lounge Brigade (The)
Osbourne, Ozzy
Rockabye Baby!

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/03/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1004
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227999247

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dio's banshee vocals and Tony Iommi's brilliant, creepy guitar make it all work, most spectacularly on the title track, a nearly-seven-minute, time-signature-shifting epic about good and evil."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.131)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he three new songs included here are classic Sabbath: monolithic and doom-laden. Just like the bad old days."

Bio

Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi & Bill Ward were in a band called Mythology (which played it's last gig on Sat Jul 13, 1968), and Geezer Butler with Ozzy were in a band called Rare Breed. Long story short, these groups broke up and the lads hooked up in 1968 to form a new band called The Polka Tulk Blues Band. (Might have also been called The Polka Tulk Electric Blues Band, but I'm not sure on that.)

During this time of the band's history, they had a few names. They were known as the Polka Tulk Blues Band (at some point then, they were a six piece band, too), then just Polka Tulk, and the name that most people tend to associate them with in the 60's, Earth. Sabbath played a lot of blues back then, and did the club circuit thing while touring as Earth. That led to one of the most well known stories from this era. Apparently, there was another band touring England with the name of Earth as well, and that led to a club booking "Black Sabbath Earth" when they meant to book the other band, which played music that was nothing like our lads play. Led to a very confused band and audience. It was from that gig that led the band to change their name to something that would definitely not be confused with something else, hence the name Black Sabbath was born.

Legend has it that Geezer Butler picked the name of the band after seeing it on a movie theatre marquee, thinking it sounded doomy & gloomy - that kind of thing. (I'm paraphrasing there). Seems to have worked, given the following they've had over the years.

Keyboard duties were uncredited during this era. Before Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath it's generally unknown who played keyboards, although I've heard some stories that Tony Iommi played keyboards on Volume 4's Changes. Rick Wakeman played on Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, and Jezz Woodruffe played after that (from May 1975) until the end of the Technical Ecstasy Tour. The trials and tribulations of the original lineup are well documented (so well that a lot of people mistakenly believe that Sabbath ended in 1979), so I won't repeat them here.

Before the band recorded their first album, and after they had taken the moniker of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi quit the band briefly to play with Jethro Tull. He only lasted 2 weeks, and came back to Sabbath. During his time in Tull, he did "play live" once, and a recording of this exists on the Archangel bootleg, and on the Rolling Stones "Rock & Roll Circus" video (however, it really wasn't Tony "playing", he was just miming). The musical contributions of the original lineup of Black Sabbath to the music world are legendary. The albums they produced during this time still hold up with today's music, and should be required listening for everyone who has a CD player.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Black Sabbath
Product attributeLabel:   Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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