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Honoring the time Ronnie Dio spent with the band, Black Sabbath's hits "Neon Knights," "Lady Evil," and "Die Young" are featured on this compilation spanning 1980-2006. David Ling contributes liner notes and live versions of "Children of the Sea" and "Country Girl" are showcased.


The idea of Black Sabbath without Ozzy Osbourne was a form of metal sacrilege in 1980, at least until people heard Ronnie James Dio belt out "Oh no, here it comes again..." to open the reformed band's Heaven and Hell. Dio's low-growl had a yowl, squaring frightfully with Tony Iommi's more reined-in crunch. And Sabbath was reborn, playing faster than they had with Ozzy and drawing crowds. Five tracks from Heaven make it to this set, where four from successor, Mob Rules, show up. The winners from each: "Neon Nights" and "Turn Up the Night," both quick, hefty wailers, steamrolling on sheer riffing tonnage. Dehumanizer rekindled the Sabbath/Dio marriage in 1992, showing speed metal's intervening influence--and the band holds up well, racing atop Vinnie Appice's iron-armed drums and Iommi's relentless, intentionally range-limited riffs. Then there are the three new tracks, all benefiting from 2006's richer low-end production and metal's return to a slower grind--where Iommi is more thrilling doling out sludge, as on "Shadow of the Wind," where chords sound slo-mo and blessedly narrow in range. Yes, "Ear on the Wall" closes the set in a hurried, fast- (not speed-) metal vibe, but at best the band is deliberately mid-tempo, making a raucous noise you're happy for after all these years. --Andrew Bartlett

1. Neon Knights
2. Lady Evil
3. Heaven & Hell
4. Die Young
5. Lonely Is The Word
6. The Mob Rules
7. Turn Up The Night
8. Voodoo
9. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
10. After All (The Dead)
11. TV Crimes
12. I
13. Children Of The Sea (Live)
14. The Devil Cried
15. Shadow Of the Wind
16. Ear In The Wall

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000NA77YO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is highly recommended and please expect CLASSIC METAL.
the smart guy
As a whole, this compilation is well worth it, especially for the remastered versions of the tracks.
Joseph Siegler
This cd is an excellent Ronnie James Dio with Black Sabbath history lesson.
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Format: Audio CD
When I started listening to Black Sabbath in 1981, Ronnie James Dio was the current vocalist, and Mob Rules was the current album. So I'm familiar - very familiar - with the first 13 songs on this CD. When Black Sabbath got back together with Ozzy in 1997, I figured that was pretty much it, the Dio Years (and the others, too) would be gone forever. Well, fortunately in 2006, the word came down that there would be a compilation CD (this one) in 2007 based off of "The Dio Years" of Black Sabbath. Dio's two previous tenures in the band produced three studio albums, and one live album. This CD is a decent cross section of the tunes from those three albums.

Like any other compilation album, there's always someone's personal choices as to what they think should have been left off, and put on. I would have personally left off "I" and replaced it with "Computer God", which is a far better song. I also would have put the studio version of "Children of the Sea" on here, instead of the version from "Live Evil". Perhaps also replacing Lonely is the Word with "Time Machine". But that didn't happen. The 13 older songs here are all great (except for maybe the live version of Children of the Sea). You can't go wrong with this compilation.

But this isn't just a simple compilation. There's three new songs. They are "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall". During Interviews, Tony Iommi said of the three new songs "There's one for everybody - a medium one, a slow one, and a fast one". He's right. The songs are that distinctive to me. Ear is my favorite of the three, it evokes memories of "Neon Knights", one of the best Dio era tracks.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ericson on April 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I'm biased as anything. Black Sabbath is my favorite band of all time. I own every piece of Black Sabbath music out there, and I mean EVERYTHING! And when I say I'm a fan of Black Sabbath, I mean every single era/version of Black Sabbath, be it the classic era of Ozzy Osbourne, the one off shots with Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes, the rocky Tony Martin years, and most importantly the legendary periods with Ronnie James Dio.

You see, it was Ronnie James Dio's time in Sabbath that got me into them in the first place! 1981:Thirteen years old, sneaking into the R rated animated feature "Heavy Metal" and hearing that legendary opus "The Mob Rules" blasting through the screen like nothing my ears had ever heard before.

I've been hooked ever since.

Now, Rhino Records has finally given this line-up it's proper due with "The Dio Years". Within this fully remastered compilation is 13 select cuts from Black Sabbath's four officially released albums with Dio: Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Live Evil, and Dehumanizer. While to fully please any fan of this era, one disc doesn't fully cut it (where's The Sign Of The Southern Cross, Walk Away, or their biggest hit from the 90's Time Machine?!!?), it does give members of this new generation a great sample of what they may have missed while growing up in this Alternative/Rap/Nu-Metal world of today.

Most of the big ones are here: Neon Knights, Heaven And Hell, The Mob Rules, TV Crimes, and the live (and superior to the studio) version of Children Of The Sea. As well as deeper cuts like Lonely Is The Word, Voodoo, and others. Each track has been remastered with Warner Bros original first generation tapes and they have never, and I mean NEVER, sounded this good ever!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I have never been a fan of the Dio-led Black Sabbath. I'm sorry, but I've always considered Sabbath without Ozzy to not be Sabbath at all, and considering I've never been much of a Dio fan either (solo or Rainbow) that didn't really help any. However, once upon a time, I gave Dio and Sabbath a chance, and ended up converting. "The Dio Years" compiles some of the best material to come from Dio's time with Sabbath after Ozzy's departure, including favorites and no brainers like "Neon Knights", "Heaven & Hell", "Die Young", "The Mob Rules", and a live rendition of "Children of the Sea". There are also three new tracks that are worth the price of admission alone: "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall". This is one of those oh so rare cases when a compilation album is released with some new material, and the new material is actually pretty good. While one could argue that a few other tracks would have been more than welcome here (like "Time Machine"), "The Dio Years" is a pleasently surprising, well assembled compilation disc that fans of Dio or Sabbath, new and old alike, should definitely check out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on April 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitars), Geezer Butler (bass), Geoff Nichols (keyboards), Bill Ward (drums on songs from "Heaven And Hell" only), Vinny Appice (drums on all other tracks).

THE DISC: (2007) 16 tracks clocking in at approximately 79 minutes. Included with the disc is a 6-page foldout containing song titles/credits, band members, what songs came from which albums, and a brief history/interview of the band during the Dio years. This release covers material from 1980-1992, and includes 3 new songs recorded in 2006/7. Digitally remastered sound. Label - Warner Bros / Rhino.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Heaven And Hell (5 songs), Mob Rules (4), Dehumanizer (3), Live Evil (1), Unreleased (3).

COMMENTS: After Rhino and Warner Bros put out "Symptom Of The Universe" (2002) covering the Ozzy years, I figured they had to do something with the Dio material. Thankfully I wasn't holding my breath... because 5 years later in '07, here it is finally. Another welcome addition would be to give us fans another Black Sabbath compilation covering the best of the Tony Martin era ("The Eternal Idol", "Headless Cross", "TYR", and "Cross Purposes")... that would make the trilogy complete. Dio's material with Sabbath was always strong, and somehow I picture Ronnie James Dio with Sabbath much longer than only 3 albums worth. Dio just seemed to be a great fixture in the band and at the time - the perfect replacement for Ozzy. Being an old school rocker from the 70's, I often wondered if anyone could replace Ozzy Osbourne... and Dio took it on and ended up doing an amazing job. Dio produced two classic albums with Sabbath in "Heaven And Hell" (1980) and "Mob Rules" (1981), followed by a good album over ten years later with "Dehumanizer" (1992).
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Ranking Black Sabbath studio albums (excluding G.Hughes & T.Martin...
I agree that both Ozzy and Dio bring their own stamp to Sabbath but I'm also partial to the Ozzy years because that is classic Sabbath. Born Again is also a good effort and I like it too. I'm dating myself here but I saw them with Ozzy in 1974 right after SBS came out and it was so awesome I... Read More
Mar 27, 2007 by Steven M. Smith |  See all 28 posts
Rank the Tony Martin Sabbath records

1)Cross Purposes: this was the album that not only had the traces of a possible Ozzy Osbourne reunion, but came off right after the Dio one! Also, this is the only studio Tony Martin album that also features bassist and musical songwriter Geezer Butler. All the songs have great... Read More
Apr 11, 2007 by Eric Ericson |  See all 13 posts
Cover artwork..?
regarding Black Sabbath The Dio Years cd cover:

"Simple. Black. Classic."

-Ian Faith
Mar 30, 2007 by Hoagie Mike |  See all 12 posts
live version of "Country Girl" ?
Hoagie Mike,

I thought I reember hearing something about that, as well. Turns out that we heard wrong. :( However, I recommend checking out Rhino Handmade's (www.rhinohandmade.com) "Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon". It's a limited edition "Mob Rules"-era show to... Read More
Mar 10, 2007 by Metal Marc |  See all 5 posts
I saw Sabbath w/ Megadeth in San Antonio....
I saw them that night in San Antonio/Selma, too. Megadeth was very good but Sabbath truly ruled the night. Iommi was burning up the fretboard, Geezer seemed much more "into it" than he did on Eddie Trunk's recent "Hanging with Heaven and Hell" interview on VH-1 Classic, Vinny... Read More
May 18, 2007 by bass boy |  See all 2 posts
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