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Mob Rules

Black SabbathAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal. The success of their first two albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term “heavy metal” enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
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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

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Beautiful Autographed Album Cover with Vinyl "Mob Rules" Signed by Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne AKA "The Prince of Darkness", Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOB RULES: Right up there with "Heaven & Hell" May 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
THE BAND: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitars), Geezer Butler (bass), Geoff Nicholls (keyboards), Vinnie Appice (drums and percussion) - replacing original drummer Bill Ward.

THE DISC: (1981) 9 tracks clocking in at approximately 40 minutes. Included with the disc is a minimal 2-page foldout containing song titles/credits/times, band members and thank you's (no photo or song lyrics). This is the band's tenth studio album (and Dio's 2nd with Sabbath). Recorded at the Record Plant (Los Angeles). Album cover artwork by the famed Greg Hildebrandt (with twin brother Tim, they created the artwork for the original Lord Of The Rings - circa 1970's, the Star Wars posters and assorted Marvel comics). Label - Warner Bros / Vertigo Records (UK).

COMMETS: As much as I liked "Heaven And Hell" (1980), I always thought "Mob Rules" was more of a complete album. Keep in mind - both albums are outright Dio/Sabbath classics. Ronnie James Dio was clearly in his prime - a five year stint with Rainbow, two classic albums with Black Sabbath, and then his solo career taking off with "Holy Diver" (1983). Somehow I feel "Mob Rules" got the short end of the stick being stuck between two monstrous albums. From the opening cymbal crashes on "Turn Up The Night", this album rocks. This opening track really kicks the album off to a great start. The lone single "Voodoo" is a slower track with ultra heavy drums. Both tracks have trademark Iommi guitars - rhythm and solos. The 8-minute masterpiece - "The Sign Of The Southern Cross" - is one of handful of Dio's best tunes (with ANY band). * How did Sabbath's compilation, "The Dio Years" (2007), miss this single most important song? A sluggish beat, trodden and heavy, cool guitars and effects, and stunning Dio vocals.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure money baby! May 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
You get deluxe packing, responsible mastering and the incredible Hammersmith disc that you missed out on the 1st time! Do I really need to say more?
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Roll done right February 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am sure glad to see I'm not the only one to prefer this over "Heaven and Hell," the first Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. That was a good album, but this is better--in fact, this is really, really good.
I've always found the drum and bass on Sabbath albums a bit sluggish, and while it always seemed to match the dark brooding songs, Vinnie Appice is a bit more energetic and I like that. The real star, though, is Tony Iommi, who is at his best on this album, whether on the slower tunes like "Sign of the Southern Cross" or the faster ones like "The Mob Rules"--wait, that is the only up-tempo song on the album, if you don't count "Slipping Away," which is a throwaway standard rocker.
Someone on this page mentioned Dio's 'Dungeons and Dragons' thematics, and they were right. But I can live with it, it doesn't bother me too much, and fortunately Dio has the register and the volume to pull it off. Tenacious D may have claimed to have taken the torch from RJD, but they can't touch the vocals on this album.
I honestly can't tell if my CD is remastered (so it probably isn't), but I can tell you that it sounds great--sure you can do rock and roll using all the perks of studio equipment. Twenty-two years old now, "Mob Rules" stands as a classic, not as a replacement for the old Sabbath, but on its own. Bravo Martin Birch, bravo Sabbath--long live rock and roll.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just for the Hammersmith Odeon Concert May 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this product mainly because it contains the incredible Hammersmith Odeon Concert, which was out of print.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you listen to fools... April 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
... the mob rules! This is way better than Heaven and Hell, and is the second to last great Sabbath album (preceding Born Again). The title track rocks harder than anything they'd done in years. This is Ronnie James Dio's second of three albums with the Sab, the third one being about a decade later with "Dehumanizer", which is an okay record. Dio tones down his Dungeons and Dragons themes slightly - but he still talks about "I should be at the table round, a servant of the crown...", which is sort of silly but that was his thing. Vinnie Appice (Carmine's brother) is a solid drummer and was, at that time, in much better shape than Bill Ward. According to Kurt Cobain, Bill was in a mental institution around this time but he may have been lying. Anyway. Geezer's still in top form, check out the bass solo of "Slipping Away" and his lightning-fast hammer-ons in "Falling off the Edge of the World". Tony Iommi's solos on this record may very well be his best. From the wah-wah excursions of "Turn Up the Night" to the soulful bends near the end of the title track to the frantic fretwork at the end of "Over and Over", Iommi's leads are amazing. The riffs are a bit darker than Heaven and Hell, which was more of a melodic album. "Country Girl" is one of the heavier tracks and has a bridge that reminds the fans of Dio's love for "Sailing" (which he mentions at least 3 or 4 times between this album and Heaven and Hell). If you like this album you may like Born Again: Deep Purple's Ian Gillan replaces Ronnie James, and Bill Ward comes back for some reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic rock at its best. Brings back memories of the good old days.
Published 2 days ago by johnnyo
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Published 3 days ago by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The Dio era of Sabbath is severely underrated.
Published 4 days ago by Dillon Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of this album was a remaster and it sounds great. The added liner...
The version I got of this album was a remaster and it sounds great. The added liner notes are always a plus for a big fan like me.
Published 8 days ago by Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good it was when it came out no problem played great
Published 25 days ago by brian m
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
too bad Ronnie is not with us anymore. I will miss him.
Published 1 month ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great c.d. love the muice.
Published 1 month ago by Lloyd J.
5.0 out of 5 stars if you listen to fools, the mob rules
I'm more than happy. Thank you so much. It's definitely worth every penny I paid and it has a lot of stuff inside plus the second disc is the Live at Hammersmith Odeon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ejmin chegani
5.0 out of 5 stars Round Two! Dio and The Sabs Deliver Another Smashing Great Metal...
The problem with Mob Rules is that it tears at your soul. You wanna like it more than the masterpiece that was Heaven & Hell. You can't fight it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Sinister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good listen
Published 2 months ago by royce g mcguire jr
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The first presses on these titles sound pretty good to me. I got Heaven and Hell , Mob Rules. on vinyl save some money if the new ones are a bit much. Get the originals on lp.
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This Set Includes The Rare Live At Hammersmith Disc
Hooray for that!This looks to be the best set,value-wise,of the three forthcoming deluxe edition rereleases.
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