The Dio Years [W/Bonus Track]
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The Dio Years [W/Bonus Track]

April 2, 2007

  Song Title
Neon Knights
Lady Evil
Heaven And Hell
Die Young
Lonely Is The Word
The Mob Rules
Turn Up The Night
Falling Off The Edge Of The World
After All [The Dead]
TV Crimes
Children Of The Sea (Live)
The Devil Cried
Shadow Of The Wind
Ear In The Wall
The Devil Cried (Radio Edit)

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  • Original Release Date: April 2, 2007
  • Release Date: April 2, 2007
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2007 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 1:23:32
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  • ASIN: B00122PUL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,179 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Those Golden Dio Years..... April 3, 2007
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Dio, it's Black Sabbath May 14, 2007
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars no shame in Dio's game
All these rock journalists constantly revising history (ie Jann Wenner, David Marsh, all the douchebags at Rolling Stone mag and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame) It's a travesty that... Read more
Published 7 days ago by d. sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie James Dio's Contributions to Metal Remain Unmatched
I chose to give this CD five-stars because it is excellent from start to finish. While I am a long-time fan of Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio's vocals are in a league of their... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lupe Dickenson
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid picture of the Dio Years
Good luck to Geezer and Tony with Ozzy again, but this was the band at its finest. RJD expanded Black Sabbath's range far beyond what Ozzy could ever have done, and he belongs on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charley Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars dio
wow I cannot express the amount of music this guy put out that I love in different bands and on his own all I can say is what a shame he is no longer here
Published 2 months ago by spudas
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I bought this cd not really knowing a lot about Dio. I have to say that I did not like the sound of his voice or the style in which he sings at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SueBhoney
4.0 out of 5 stars essential track missing!!!
where is 'sign of the southern cross'? that's the sweetest and heaviest song in dio sabbath and the highlight of mob rules. unfortunately missed here ...
Published 4 months ago by N. Chandran
1.0 out of 5 stars did i order this
I don't know if I ordered this but I never received it. How do I check to see if I ordered it? It is something I would be very interested in as RJD is an idol I worship.
Published 7 months ago by Joe Kamenszki
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules
Heaven and Hell / Mob Rules are among my favorite Hard Rock / Metal CD's. I was enticed to buy this due to the three previously unreleased songs included in the collection. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valravn
5.0 out of 5 stars Black sabbath/Dio
The Dio years is a great collection of Black Sabbath music with the roar and high range of Ronnie James Dio RIP. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Manuel Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy.
I am a fan of Ronnie James Dio, and I wanted to buy all the cd's with him in Black Sabbath, but that would cost me and arm and a leg. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joe
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