Black Sabbath To Issue “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” Deluxe Sets
Two of Black Sabbath’s first albums with vocalist Ronnie James Dio are getting deluxe reissues this year. On March 5th, Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules will be released in 2-CD and 2-LP versions that will include bonus tracks of never-released live material and B-sides.
“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,” a press release explains. “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.”
The deluxe edition of Heaven and Hell has live versions of “Children of the Sea” and “Die Young” that were never released in North America, while Mob Rules has a newly mixed version of “The Mob.Rules” and an entire concert recorded in Portland, Oregon in 1982.
Hear two sides of Butler’s bass playing on rare versions of each title track: