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BLACK SABBATH – HEAVEN AND HELL VERTIGO UK ORIG
While Black Sabbath remained one of heavy metal top concert draws throughout the late ’70s, the band albums of the era proved to not be on par with its earlier work. This creative weakness was what caused vocalist Ozzy Osbourne to split from the band in 1979 to launch a highly successful solo career. Sabbath used the opportunity to refocus its direction, eventually replacing the group batty frontman with ex-Rainbow member Ronnie James Dio. The new line-up first album, 1980 HEAVEN AND HELL, proved to be Black Sabbath most successful (both commercially and artistically) in a long time. The opening number, “”Neon Knights,”” remains one of Sabbath most ferocious, while “”Children of the Sea”” alternates between dark, brooding metal and a gentle melodicism that stressed even further on “”Lady Evil”” and “”Die Young.””
Heaven and Hell became one of Black Sabbath best-selling albums, revitalising Sabbath fortunes after what many saw as the death of the group following original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne departure.
Geoff Nicholls of Quartz also joined the band as a possible replacement for Geezer Butler who had not been around through most of the writing sessions and was going through a divorce at the time. When Butler decided to stay with the group, Nicholls switched to keyboards. Nicholls remained as Black Sabbath keyboard player for over twenty years, usually playing live shows from off-stage.
Drummer Bill Ward completed this album and toured with the band through August, but drinking and other personal factors would eventually prevent him from completing the Black and Blue Tour which featured Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. Ward mid-tour replacement Vinny Appice would become an official member.
The song “”Children of the Sea”” was written by Dio and Iommi during their very first session. When Butler returned to the recording studio, all but one track (“”Neon Knights””) had already been written for the album. Craig Gruber claims that it is his bass playing that appears on the album. Gruber also claims that it was he who brought in the music for “”Die Young””, although he is not credited for it.
Bill Ward says he has “”no memory”” of making the album, due in part to his alcoholism. It is unclear how much of the album, if any, was actually written by bassist Geezer Butler or drummer Bill Ward.
The album cover art was taken from a painting by artist Lynn Curlee, entitled “”Smoking Angels””. Curlee was also commissioned to do an album cover for Blue Ã–yster Cult by Sandy Pearlman who was at the time manager of both Black Sabbath and Blue Ã–yster Cult. The same idea of this artwork is seen four years later in Van Halen album 1984. This artwork features an angel with a cigarette in his hand, and two packs of cigarettes beside him.
The album was successful, becoming their highest charting album (#9 UK, #28 USA) since 1975 Sabotage and the third highest selling album of Black Sabbath.
In the UK, it became the third Black Sabbath studio-album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in November 1980. It subsequently attained Gold certification (100,000 units sold) in April 1982, the only Black Sabbath studio album to be thus certified.
All songs are credited (writing and arrangement) to Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler. Lyrics by Ronnie James Dio.
“”Neon Knights”” – 3:54
“”Children of the Sea”” – 5:35
“”Lady Evil”” – 4:26
“”Heaven and Hell”” – 6:59
“”Wishing Well”” – 4:08
“”Die Young”” – 4:46
“”Walk Away”” – 4:26
“”Lonely Is the Word”” – 5:53
Hereâs the first Sabbath record with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Stylistically, he was a great fit for the band, and few could argue that Dio was a great (some say legendary) metal singer. As a lyricist Dio has always underwhelmed me for various reasons, so I donât pay too much attention to the lyrics on Heaven And Hell. For me, the two best tracks on the album are also the two most famous, Neon Knights and Heaven And Hell. Solid deep cuts like Children Of The Sea, Wishing Well, and Die Young round out the record nicely. “