BSK 3372 Heaven And Hell
Produced by Martin Birch
Released on April 1980
UK CHART POSITION #9 . . .
US CHART POSITION #28 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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BSK 3372 cover  

H eaven and Hell doesn’t sound like vintage Sabbath -- the price paid for the theatrical, impassioned style of Ronnie James Dio -- but that it invites the comparison is a testament to the record’s quality. Similar to the guitar/vocal approach of Rainbow, Dio’s previous employer, Heaven and Hell is occasionally clumsy in its mix of melody and mayhem, but is more often successful in finding its own heavy metal voice. “Children of the Sea,” “Heaven and Hell” and “Die Young” are solid entries in the heavy metal canon, even if they lack the murky menace most often associated with Sabbath. Unfortunately, Butler and Ward are relegated to bit players in this production, which seems to sell their estimable talents short. The band’s affiliation with Dio marked a new chapter in the Sabbath discography, with the band no longer influential in its original sense but still capable of delivering an album of enjoyable music. Heaven and Hell became their first original album since Sabbath Bloody Sabbath to go platinum, and while shy of greatness is still consistently good.

BSK 3372 back cover
BSK 3372 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. NEON KNIGHTS    3:49
  2. CHILDREN OF THE SEA    5:30
  3. LADY EVIL    4:22
  4. HEAVEN AND HELL    6:56
  5. WISHING WELL    4:02
  6. DIE YOUNG    4:41
  7. WALK AWAY    4:21
  8. LONELY IS THE WORD    5:49

    All songs written by Geezer Butler/Ronnie James Dio/Tony Iommi/Bill Ward

CREDITS

GEEZER BUTLER -- bass
RONNIE JAMES DIO -- vocals
TONY IOMMI -- guitar
BILL WARD -- drums
Geoff Nicholls -- keyboards
Martin Birch -- engineer
Lynn Curlee -- cover illustration
Les Martin, Paul Clark, John "Dawk" Stillwell, Stan Soloman -- special thanks dept.

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1980 Vertigo LP/CS 9102 752  
US/CAN June? 1980 Warner Bros. LP/CS BSK/M5-3372  
GER 1980 Vertigo LP 6302 017  
JPN 1980 Teichiku LP TECW 20183  
US 1980 Warner Bros. 2CS   repackaged w. PARANOID
US 1987 Warner Bros. CD/CS 3372  
JPN   Teichiku CDLE 24033 limited edition
UK/GER April 1996 Essential CD/CS ESMCD/ESMMC 330 digitally remastered
JPN   Victor CD VICP-61285 digitally remastered

 

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