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Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules available March 5th

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.

Rhino salutes the long shadow cast by this short-lived lineup 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 March 5th. Each album will be available on 2 CDs or 2 LPs. 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. A rare live version of “Heaven And Hell” and a previously unreleased live version of “The Mob Rules” are both available now as digital singles.

Dio quickly found kindred spirits in guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward upon joining the Godfathers of Metal. 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 No. 9 in the U.K. and No. 28 in the U.S., where it was also certified platinum.

Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition adds several bonus tracks that have never been released in North America, including versions of “Children Of The Sea” and “Die Young” recorded live in 1980 in Hartford, CT. The set concludes with live rarities like “E5150” and “Neon Knights” that originally appeared in 2007 on the Rhino Handmade’s limited edition collection, Black Sabbath: 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, OR. Highlights include stellar performances of “Neon Knights” “Heaven And Hell” and “Voodoo.”

The Dio-fronted lineup disbanded in 1982 but reunited a decade later to record Dehumanizer and tour before going on hiatus again. The group came together again in 2006 to record three new songs for Rhino’s era-spanning collection, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. The collaboration led to a highly anticipated world tour in 2007 where the group was billed as Heaven And Hell. Their final album of new material, 2009’s The Devil You Know, again demonstrated the musical bond between the band members was unparalleled.

Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition

CD 1: 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

CD 2: Bonus Tracks

  1. Children Of The Sea – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)]
  2. Heaven And Hell – Live B-Side Of “Die Young [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)]
  3. Lady Evil – 7” Mono Edit [Unreleased on CD] [Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)]
  4. Neon Knights [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)]
  5. Children of the Sea [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)]
  6. Heaven And Hell [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)]
  7. Die Young [Previously Unreleased in North America – Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)]
  8. E5150
  9. Neon Knights
  10. Children of the Sea
  11. Heaven And Hell

Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition

CD 1: 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
  10. The Mob Rules – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
  11. Die Young – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7” [Previously Unreleased in North America]
  12. The Mob Rules – New 2021 Mix [Previously Unreleased]
  13. Country Girl [Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)]
  14. Slipping Away [Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)]
  15. The Mob Rules [Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)]
  16. Voodoo [Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)]
  17. Intro [Previously Unreleased – Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982]
  18. Neon Knights [Previously Unreleased – Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982]

CD 2: Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982 [Previously Unreleased]

  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