Deluxe editions of Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules
Written by Sister Sylvie on April 9, 2021
Win a digital download code, courtesy of Rhino Records, for both Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules which include re-mastered original and unreleased rare tracks. Let Sister Sylvie know you want to put your name in the hat by emailing [email protected] or via Sister Sylvie’s facebook page
It was Sharon Arden (who would go on to become Sharon Osbourne) who innocently introduced Dio to Tony Iommi in 1979, setting the wheels in motion for the epic collaboration that brought together these music titans. The two rockers ran into each other again at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset later on that same year, and the rest is history. At the time, Dio was famous in hard rock and heavy metal circles for his work with Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow. When he got together with Iommi to work on music, the spark was immediate.
The union would result in two of the most beloved studio efforts in both Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio’s respective catalogs. Heaven and Hell was released in April 1980, peaking at #28 on the Billboard 200. Mob Rules followed in 1981, climbing as high as #29 on the album chart.