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Singer Ronnie James Dio joined BLACK SABBATH in 1979 which resulted in two back-to-back classic albums: “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules”

On those memorable albums, Dio‘s soaring tenor and gothic songwriting were the perfect foil for the band’s bone-crushing mix of razor-sharp riffs, intense grooves, and dark imagery.

BMG salutes the long shadow cast by this short-lived line-up with newly remastered versions of both albums expanded with rare and unreleased music. “Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition” and “Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” will be released separately on November 4 and November 18. Each album will be available on 2-CDs or a 2-LP set. Due to space constraints, both vinyl editions include a selection of bonus material from the CDs. The music will also be available via digital download and streaming services the same day.

Dio joined BLACK SABBATH for the first time in 1979 and quickly found kindred spirits in guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. When “Heaven And Hell” was released in April 1980, the album was met with effusive reviews for the band’s return to form on metal masterpieces like “Neon Knights” and the title track. The album reached #9 in the U.K. and #28 in the U.S., where it was also certified platinum.

Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition” adds several bonus tracks, including versions of “Children Of The Sea” and “Die Young” recorded live in 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut. The set concludes with live rarities like “E5150” and “Neon Knights” that originally appeared in 2007 on the limited-edition collection “Live At Hammersmith Odeon“.

To follow-up “Heaven And Hell“, the group returned to the studio in 1981 to begin recording “Mob Rules“, with drummer Vinny Appice joining the band for the first time. Released in October 1981 and certified gold, the album was another SABBATH classic, including standouts like “The Sign Of The Southern Cross“, “Turn Up The Night” and the title track.

Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition” boasts an expansive selection of rare and unreleased recordings. Along with additional tracks from “Live At Hammersmith Odeon“, the collection also includes a newly mixed version of “The Mob Rules“. The cherry on top is an entire concert recorded in 1982 in Portland, Oregon. Highlights include stellar performances of “Neon Knights“, “Heaven And Hell” and “Voodoo“.

“Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition”

2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell
05. Wishing Well
06. Die Young
07. Walk Away
08. Lonely Is The Word

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

01. Children Of The Sea – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. Heaven And Hell – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. Lady Evil – 7 Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)

04. Neon Knights
05. Children Of The Sea
06. Heaven And Hell
07. Die Young

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)

08. E5150
09. Neon Knights
10. Children Of The Sea
11. Heaven And Hell

2-LP Track Listing

Side One

01. Neon Knights
02. Children Of The Sea
03. Lady Evil
04. Heaven And Hell

Side Two

01. Wishing Well
02. Die Young
003. Walk Away
4. Lonely Is The Word

Side Thee

01. Children Of The Sea – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. Heaven And Hell – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. Lady Evil – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
04. Neon Knights – Live 1980

Side Four

01. Children Of The Sea – Live 1980
02. Heaven And Hell – Live 1980
03. Die Young – Live 1980

“Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition”

2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules
06. Country Girl
07. Slipping Away
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
09. Over And Over

Bonus Tracks

10. The Mob Rules – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11. Die Young – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
12. The Mob Rules – New 2021 Mix *

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)

13. Country Girl
14. Slipping Away
15. The Mob Rules
16. Voodoo

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982

17. Intro *
18. Neon Knights *

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982

01. N.I.B. *
02. Children Of The Sea *
03. Voodoo *
04. Black Sabbath *
05. War Pigs *
06. Drum Solo *
07. Iron Man *
08. The Mob Rules *
09. Heaven And Hell *
10. Guitar Solo *
11. Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell – Reprise *
12. Paranoid *
13. Children Of The Grave *

2-LP Track Listing

Side One

01. Turn Up The Night
02. Voodoo
03. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
04. E5150
05. The Mob Rules

Side Two

01. Country Girl
02. Slipping Away
03. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
04. Over And Over

Side Three

01. The Mob Rules – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
02. Die Young – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
03. The Mob Rules – New 2021 Mix *
04. Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell – Reprise *

Side Four

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)

01. Country Girl
02. Slipping Away
03. The Mob Rules
04. Voodoo

* previously unreleased

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

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