Dio Years CD (2007)

Artist: Black Sabbath

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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!

Specifications

Label Rhino / Wea
SKU 204224654
UPC 081227999247
UPC 14 00081227999247
Format CD
Release Date 4/3/2007
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Author Black Sabbath
Compilation Appearance Dazed & Confused
Compilation Appearance Detroit Rock City
Compilation Appearance Dio Anthology: Shut Up And Shout
Compilation Appearance Prince Of Darkness
Compilation Appearance Ozzfest 2001 The Second Millenium
Compilation Appearance Late Night Tales
Associated Artist/Work Czech String Quartet (The)
Associated Artist/Work Iommi, Tony
Technical Info
CatalogID 1004
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 04/03/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 79m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00081227999247
Album Notes and Credits
Black Sabbath: Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Tony Iommi (guitar); Geoff Nicholls (keyboards); Geezer Butler (bass guitar); Vinny Appice, Bill Ward (drums).
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.
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.
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."
Artist Bio
Black SabbathTony 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.
Disc 1
1 Neon Knights
2 Lady Evil
3 Heaven And Hell
4 Die Young
5 Lonely Is The Word
6 Mob Rules, The
7 Turn Up The Night
8 Voodoo
9 Falling Off The Edge Of The World
10 After All (The Dead)
11 TV Crimes
12 I
13 Children of the Sea (Live)
14 Devil Cried, The
15 Shadow Of The Wind
16 Ear In The Wall
Product Attributes
Artist Black Sabbath
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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