Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall
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Here's the track listing of what's on the DVD:
1) E5150/After All (The Dead)
2) The Mob Rules
3) Children of the Sea
4) Lady Evil
6) The Sign of the Southern Cross
8) The Devil Cried
9) Computer God
10) Falling off the Edge of the World
11) Shadow of the Wind
12) Die Young
13) Heaven & Hell
14) Lonely is the Word
15) Neon Knights
Again, a seriously awesome collection of tunes - if you don't know them, you will be in for a great treat. I'm not going to go down each track individually here, as that's been done better elsewhere in other reviews. This is a DVD review, so I'm trying to stick to that stuff here. A few indidivual song remarks, though: Ronnie's wail at the start of the track "The Mob Rules" is quite impressive, given his age. I have to admit to being surprised at hearing that. Also, the track "I" was not one of my favorites, but live it's a heck of a lot better and more powerful than the studio recording. The concert portion of the DVD runs one hour and fifty five minutes.
Now, the Rhino press releases are making a big deal that this was filmed in "high definition". This is **NOT** a high def release; it is a standard def DVD release. There is no high def release (in either format) forthcoming (so I'm told from Rhino).Read more ›
And indeed Black Sabbath during the Dio Years (1979-1982) made some of the best Metal songs ever. In April 2007 the band released a disk chronicling their time together The Dio Years , and launched a tour shortly after. But a few select shows kicked the tour off in March 2007 and Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall is a Class-A DVD recording of the 3/30/2007 performance.
The concert portion of the disk is all show, and Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall is recording that could be held up as an example of how to do a musical DVD correctly. There's no indulgence by some videographer that thinks a viewer wants to see effects like cut to black and white or split screen pop ups. The picture is crystal clear, and most importantly, the video doesn't jump around every 4 seconds, so you really get to see the performance in a way that feels like you have a front row seat to the concert instead of sitting there watching a DVD.
The sound is terrific. If you've got a surround system you're in for a pounding Heavy Metal experience. You get your choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby stereo.
Ronnie sounds great. One of the roadies in the Extras suggested that to hold up so well after all these years he must have "done a deal with the Devil"....Ha! Ya think! Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice are all on this night in late March 2007, and all of the boys clearly committed to each other to give performances that were true to the studio versions.Read more ›
bless you, Dio, and bless the almighty sabbath/heaven and hell.
Butler's bass work is fantastic, Appice is a master on the drums, and Iommi is a true metal god on the guitar. He is the master of heavy metal riffs. From the menacing and plodding After All ( The Dead) to the last track, the great Neon Knights, his talent shows through. One thing I enjoyed was that Dio is a true gentleman, unlike many modern metal singers,he shakes hands with the crowd, introduces the tracks, and gives his thanks and appreciation to the crowd. He related in the "Extras" section of the DVD that the fans are everything, and his and the rest of Sabbath's performance show it. Overall a great DVD.
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I like Dio, But not a big fan of this music dvd, I have a cd of Black Sabbeth live evil, and I wish I could find the music dvdPublished 3 months ago by Jeff withrow
Very good concert, but somewhat laid back compared to the Black Sabbath I used to go and see. Very good musicianship on this DVD, not quite as exciting as I wanted it to be, but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SteveO
This was a gift for a friend and they were extremely satisfied. I got a series of thankful texts at 2am.Published 16 months ago by Kimberly Bennett
I was a little disappointed with this DVD. The sound was so-so and the performance even more so. They didn't look very into the performance. Maybe they did it for the money. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Evans
A great album, some great artists who left their mark with him for many years and to the memory of so many like me, and many from my generation, they kept long for their music, and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by CARLOS DE CASTRO RUEDA
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