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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00EZN2H68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
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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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... 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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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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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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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. This album is absolutely amazing! But to be better that Neon Knights and Children Of The Sea and Heaven & Hell and... Conflicting emotions! Sure Bill Ward has been replaced by Vinnie Appice, so another part of the original Sabbath is gone, but what are you gonna do? Here's what I do. I take Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules and slap them together into one great Dio/Sabbath masterpiece and call everything good. Why torture yourself. The first run of RJD/Sabbath was awesome. At this point people were like Ozzy who? (in regards to Sabbath of course, meanwhile Ozzy had slapped us in the face with Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman with guitar god Randy Rhoads). Epic metal! That's all it is. Let's look at the phenomenal tracks:

Turn Up The Night: Like Neon Knights on the last outing, this is a great opening song. Straight out of the gate you know the Sabs came here to knock you down. The wall of sound. Vinnie Appice fits right in. A rumble of thunder I'm suddenly under your spell...

Voodoo: Iommi gives us yet another classic Sabbath riff. This song is stellar. Lyrically, Dio was outdoing everything he had done in Rainbow (don't get me wrong, I love Dio/Rainbow, but this was dark and nasty). A live staple. Call me the devil, it's true...

Sign Of The Southern Cross: Along with Children Of The Sea, one of my all-time favorite songs. Seeing this live on Heaven & Hell's (Sharon Osbourne be damned) final tour with Ronnie back in '07 gave me goosebumps. If there was ever truly a single song that Sabbath did that you would call epic, this is it. Phenomenal. Superb. On a small world west of wonder...
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