The Dio Years [W/Bonus Track]

April 2, 2007 | Format: MP3

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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 (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,571 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The Dio Sabbath albums were all very good .
Don
Just a beautiful piece of music and one of the best I have ever heard.
Oliver Distler
Mob rules",will probably start my collection of Dio's Sabbath stuff.
Petty Fan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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