Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven & Hell’ + ‘Mob Rules’ Get Massive Reissue

The first Ronnie James Dio-fronted era of Black Sabbath was a remarkable rebound for a group that had lost direction at the end of the 1970s. Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules rebooted the Sabbath sound for a new decade and now both records have undergone a remaster as part of an extensive reissue that includes previously unheard recordings.

Released in 1980 after the firing of Ozzy OsbourneHeaven & Hell was a redemptive record where Sabbath drifted away from occultism and political commentary in favor of mystic-minded imagery from Dio, who had just exited Ritchie Blackmore‘s group, Rainbow.

The follow-up, 1981’s Mob Rules, notably featured another lineup change in which drummer Vinny Appice replaced an ailing Bill Ward, who, as legend goes, does not even remember recording Heaven and Hell due to his highly inebriated state at the time.

The deluxe editions reissues of each album will be released through Rhino and March 5 and will be available on both CD and vinyl. Pre-order your copy here and view the complete track listing to each record below, where you will also find newly released live versions of each album’s title track.

Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell Deluxe Edition
2-CD Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1. “Neon Knights”
2. “Children Of The Sea”
3. “Lady Evil”
4. “Heaven And Hell”
5. “Wishing Well”
6. “Die Young”
7. “Walk Away”
8. “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
1. “Neon Knights”
2. “Children Of The Sea”
3. “Lady Evil”
4. “Heaven And Hell”

Side Two
1. “Wishing Well”
2. “Die Young”
3. “Walk Away”
4. “Lonely Is The Word”

Side Thee
1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
3. “Lady Evil” – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
4. “Neon Knights” – Live 1980 *

Side Four
1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live 1980 *
2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live 1980 *
3. “Die Young” – Live 1980 *

Black Sabbath, Mob Rules Deluxe Edition
2-CD Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
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”

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, Ore., April 22, 1982
17. Intro **
18. “Neon Knights” **

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore., April 22, 1982
1. “N.I.B.” **
2. “Children Of The Sea” **
3. “Voodoo” **
4. “Black Sabbath” **
5. “War Pigs” **
6. Drum Solo **
7. “Iron Man” **
8. “The Mob Rules” **
9. “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
1. “Turn Up The Night”
2. “Voodoo”
3. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
4. “E5150”
5. “The Mob Rules”

Side Two
1. “Country Girl”
2. “Slipping Away”
3. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
4. “Over And Over”

Side Three
1. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
2. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″ *
3. “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix **
4. “Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell” – Reprise **

Side Four
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)
1. “Country Girl”
2. “Slipping Away”
3. “The Mob Rules”
4. “Voodoo”

* previously unreleased in North America
** previously unreleased

Black Sabbath, “Heaven and Hell” (Live B-Side)

Black Sabbath, “Mob Rules” (Live in Portland, Ore. — April 22, 1982)

Top 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s

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Black Sabbath Announce Reissues of Classic Dio-Fronted Albums

Black Sabbath have announced the reissue of their first two albums to feature Ronnie James Dio as frontman, 1980’s Heaven and Hell and 1981’s Mob Rules.

Dio officially joined the group in 1979, replacing then-ousted singer Ozzy Osbourne. Teaming with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, Dio added a new dynamic layer to the band’s classic sound, resulting in some of the strongest material in the Sabbath catalog.

Heaven and Hell marked his triumphant debut with the group, delivering such classic tunes as “Neon Knights,” “Die Young” and the title track. Positive reviews and strong sales welcomed the album, and Sabbath soon returned to the studio with Dio to record a follow-up, Mob Rules. The 1981 LP – which also featured the arrival of drummer Vinnie Appice – boasted further classics, including “The Sign of the Southern Cross” and “Turn Up the Night.”

In addition to offering both original albums in remastered form, the new deluxe editions of Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules feature extensive bonus material. The former includes live versions of “Children of the Sea” and “Neon Knights,” which were previously unreleased in North America, while the latter offers an entire concert recorded in 1982 in Portland, Ore., that has never been released anywhere.

In anticipation of the reissues, live versions of both respective title tracks have been released. You can listen to them below.

The Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules deluxe editions will be sold separately, with CD, vinyl and digital versions available. Both reissues arrive on March 5.

The complete track list for both deluxe editions can be found below.

Black Sabbath, ‘Heaven And Hell’ Deluxe Edition Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1. “Neon Knights”
2. “Children of the Sea”
3. “Lady Evil”
4. “Heaven and Hell”
5. “Wishing Well”
6. “Die Young”
7. “Walk Away”
8. “Lonely Is the Word”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
1. “Children of the Sea” – Live B-Side of “Neon Knights”
2. “Heaven and Hell” – Live B-Side of “Die Young”
3. “Lady Evil” – 7” Mono Edit

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Ct. (August 10, 1980)
4. “Neon Knights”
5. “Children of the Sea”
6. “Heaven and Hell”
7. “Die Young”

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)
8. “E5150”
9. “Neon Knights”
10. “Children of the Sea”
11. “Heaven and Hell”

Black Sabbath, ‘Mob Rules’ Deluxe Edition Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
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”

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, Ore., April 22, 1982
17. Intro
18. “Neon Knights”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore., April 22, 1982
1. “N.I.B.”
2. “Children of the Sea”
3. “Voodoo”
4. “Black Sabbath”
5. “War Pigs”
6. Drum Solo
7. “Iron Man”
8. “The Mob Rules”
9. “Heaven and Hell”
10. Guitar Solo
11. “Sign of the Southern Cross/Heaven and Hell” – Reprise
12. “Paranoid”
13. “Children of the Grave”

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Whitesnake/ex-Black Sabbath/Symphony X Members Debut New Song

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 is a supergroup (sorry, we’re calling it that!) comprised of former Black Sabbath and Dio drummer, Vinny Appice, Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen, bassist Tony Franklin (whose credits are exhaustive) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater) in addition to the Whitesnake guitarist for which the band is named after. A music video for “Finish Line” has just been released and it should greatly appeal to fans of ripping ’80s metal and stomping melodic rock.

What’s best about this song, which leads the band’s Running Games album due Feb. 12, is that it’s never egregiously overstepping its obvious nods to so many elements headbangers love about arena-enthused heavy music. There’s a little bit of that same feeling you get when you hear the chorus to Journey‘s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and it’s great to hear the muscle-armed Appice back in the saddle, pounding away with that unmistakable thunder.

Some similarities to classic Dio riffs are also a heartwarming way to ensure Ronnie‘s memory and music lives on.

“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. With Joel Hoekstra’s 13, I have started to work on something that showcases my production, writing, and playing in the genre that I’m known for, which is melodic hard rock,” said Hoekstra, who has also enjoyed time in Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cher, and Night Ranger, of his ambitions.

Of the song and the diversity of the album, the guitarist added, “Like ‘Dying to Live,’ ‘Running Games’ can be described as Dio’ish at it’s heaviest, but also is influenced by the blues- based sound of Whitesnake as well as melodic bands like Foreigner, Journey. ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ definitely represents the more melodic sound of the album, but rock fans can also look forward to some aggressive tracks.”

Pre-order Running Games, which will be released through Frontiers Music SRL, here and watch the video for “Finish Line” below. See the album art and track listing further down the page as well.

Joel Hoekstra’s 13, “Finish Line” Lyrics

I have met the heartless and I have held the pain
I have known the darkness the evil thoughts inside my brain

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
What does it mean if I run away
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Feeling the burn of the acid rain
coming down on me
coming down on me

Drowning in this broken heart of mine
I can feel it slipping through the broken hands of time
I know it’s real but
I can’t ever get away from what it is I know
I’m still running running for the finish line that I can never find

I believe in Heaven cause I have been through Hell
I will show you wonders of a soul that lived to tell

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
God give me wings let me fly away
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
plotting the dreams of another day that will
open up for me
open up for me

Sounding in this aching heart and mind
I can feel it cutting through my will to live at times
I know the fear but
I can’t ever get away from what it is I know
I’m still running running for the finish line that I can never find

Oh there’s something on my mind
you know it’s true yeah
It’s all the time and heartbreak cause of you
and through the years that heartbreak took its toll
Lord take pity on this soul

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
What does it mean if I run away
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Scene after scene everlasting pain
coming down on me
coming down on me

Drowning in this broken heart of mine
I can feel it slipping through the broken hands of time
I know it’s real but
I can’t ever get away from what it is I know
I’m still running running for the finish line that I can never find

I can never find
Oh, I can never find
Never ever never ever find
Never ever oh never ever find

Joel Hoekstra’s 13, “Finish Line” Music Video

Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Running Games Album Art + Track Listing

01. “Finish Line”
02. “I’m Gonna Lose It”
03. “Hard to Say Goodbye”
04. “How Do You”
05. “Heart Attack”
06. “Fantasy”
07. “Lonely Days”
08. “Reach the Sky”
09. “Cried Enough for You”
10. “Take What’s Mine”
11. “Running Games”
12. “Lay Down Your Love” (Bonus Track – Digital)

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Post Malone, Slash + Smith Rock Alice in Chains, Sabbath Covers

Post Malone‘s rock allegiance was showing once again on New Year’s Eve. Though he’s found success in the pop world, Malone continues to share his love for rock classics live, taking on Alice in Chains‘ “Rooster” and Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” with a very rock centric all-star band during his Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents: New Year’s Eve livestream.

For these performances, Malone was joined by his longtime producer Andrew Watt on guitar, Jane’s Addiction‘s Chris Chaney on bass and Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith on drums. Slash would later get in on the fun as they delivered a full-on jam for Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”

Posty killed it on these two great covers, while also performing some of his original material during his set, Malone hit the vocal sweet spot on “Rooster,” but “War Pigs” may have been the highlight here with allowances for the talent to show their skills.

Both Slash and Andrew Watt had moments where they took the lead with blistering guitar moments while Post Malone himself strapped on a guitar and joined them once the vocals were complete for the full-on jam. The full show Bud Light Seltzer Sessions New Year’s Eve special can still be seen here with Post Malone’s set kicking in around the 1 hour and 35 minute mark.

The “War Pigs” selection is fitting given Malone and Watt’s close association with Ozzy Osbourne. Watt produced Osbourne’s Ordinary Man album earlier this year which featured Smith on drums and Post Malone guesting on a pair of tracks.

Post Malone (With Andrew Watt, Chris Chaney + Chad Smith), “Rooster”

Post Malone (With Andrew Watt, Slash, Chris Chaney + Chad Smith), “War Pigs”

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Tony Iommi Recalls Black Sabbath’s Spooky ‘Fifth Member’

Tony Iommi recalled that Black Sabbath often felt they were accompanied by an otherworldly “fifth member.”

He said the well-recorded phenomenon of a feeling of a presence took place when all four members of the original lineup were together – and it was a positive experience.

“We always felt within the band that there was a fifth member,” Iommi told Mojo in a new interview. “It sounds ridiculous now, but we always felt that there was somebody overlooking us and guiding us. We felt this presence when we were all together. It was one of those things we’d refer to as being the over-self or the fifth member, looking out for us. … We were so close as a band, we lived in each other’s pockets from the start, that we became as one. This fifth member seemed very real and there to us.”

But the guitarist reflected that when strange events happened to the band, they weren’t always good experiences. “Things always seemed to happen to us that were quite weird,” he said. “We’d be in the van, for example, and one of us would look out of the window and go, ‘Oh, look, there’s a fish-and-chip shop over there’ – and just as we’d say that, the lights would go out in the shop. There were just always strange things happening to us back then.”

In the same interview, Iommi took the blame for Black Sabbath’s retirement in 2017, citing the strain of touring as he managed his cancer treatment. “Basically, it was probably my fault,” he said. “We were having late nights and flying all the time. I can’t complain about that because we had great hotels and the best of everything, but it was making me tired. … When I spoke to my cancer professor, he said, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this to this extent.’ I started to worry constantly. I felt I had to draw the line somewhere because we couldn’t tour forever and then start writing a new album to tour again.”

He offered another reason: “I loved being with the band and doing gigs, but I hated the loneliness of the rest of it. When you get to the hotel and you’ve got a day off, you don’t know what to do … sometimes you can’t just go out because there are fans around, or you just don’t feel like going out. It’s easy to get locked into your own little world.”

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