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Black Sabbath: The Dio Years
Compilation album by
Released3 April 2007
Recorded1979–1982, 1992, 2007
Genre Heavy metal
Label Rhino
Warner Bros.
Producer Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath compilations chronology
Greatest Hits 1970–1978
Black Sabbath: The Dio Years
The Rules of Hell
Ronnie James Dio chronology
Holy Diver – Live
Black Sabbath: The Dio Years
Live from Radio City Music Hall
Tour Edition cover
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The UK Tour Edition cover.
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Black Sabbath: The Dio Years is a 2007 compilation CD of material from recordings made during vocalist Ronnie James Dio's tenure in the band. The CD contains full album length, remastered tracks culled from all three studio albums: Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992), and the live album Live Evil (1982). It also contains three new recorded songs: "The Devil Cried", "Shadow of the Wind", and "Ear in the Wall".

Ronnie James Dio American singer-songwriter and composer

Ronald James Padavona known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

<i>Heaven and Hell</i> (Black Sabbath album) 1980 studio album by Black Sabbath

Heaven and Hell is the ninth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on 25 April 1980. It is the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in 1979.

<i>Mob Rules</i> (album) 1981 studio album by Black Sabbath

Mob Rules is the 10th studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in November 1981. It followed 1980's Heaven and Hell, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio prior to the 1992 album Dehumanizer.


It was reported that the collection was first conceived of as a box set, in the vein of Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978) , containing all of the group's albums released from their Ozzy Osbourne period, starting from Heaven and Hell to The Eternal Idol . This idea was eventually scrapped, and another box set was planned only to feature the four albums recorded from the Dio era of the band. This second idea was put aside, eventually emerging as The Rules of Hell box set released in the summer of 2008.

<i>Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978)</i> 2004 box set by Black Sabbath

Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978) is a collection of the first eight albums by the heavy metal band and a DVD of 4 videos. The set contains the albums recorded with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, who was fired in 1979 after completion of the band's Never Say Die! tour. This marked the end of the group's original line-up that featured Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. All eight albums are digitally remastered and repackaged in mock vinyl LP packaging, including an 80-page booklet with liner notes written by Henry Rollins, Chris Welch, and Brian Ives. The discs included in the set are as follows:

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

<i>The Eternal Idol</i> 1987 studio album by Black Sabbath

The Eternal Idol is the 13th studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released on November 23, 1987. It is the first Black Sabbath album to feature vocalist Tony Martin. It spent six weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at 168. It was also the last full album of new material by Black Sabbath to be released by Warner Bros. Records, and the final album through their original label Vertigo Records until the release of 13 in 2013.

In an interview conducted by Martin Popoff, Tony Iommi revealed that in fact three tracks were recorded: [7] "Shadow of the Wind" (a slow tune), "The Devil Cried" (a mid-tempo rocker) and "Ear in the Wall" (a fast song), therefore changing the original plan for two new songs to accommodate all three tracks in the compilation. "The Devil Cried" was released as a single on 13 March 2007. [8]

Martin Popoff is a Canadian music journalist, critic and author. He is mainly known for writing about the genre of heavy metal music. The senior editor and co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, he has additionally written over twenty books that both critically evaluate heavy metal and document its history. He has been called "heavy metal's most widely recognized journalist" by his publisher. Popoff presently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Tony Iommi British guitarist and composer

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

On 23 February 2007, both Eddie Trunk and Sirius Satellite Radio unveiled the song "The Devil Cried" from the upcoming album. Rhino Records subsequently made the track available (for preview only) on 26 February 2007. On the week of 13 March 2007, it became available for download at all digital outlets.

Eddie Trunk American music historian

Eddie Scott Trunk is an American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows.

Rhino Entertainment American record company; subsidiary of Warner Music Group

Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label and production company founded in 1978. It is currently the catalog division for Warner Music Group. Its current CEO is Mark Pinkus.

After the recording was completed the members decided to tour under the moniker Heaven & Hell. [9] Dio and Iommi decided that the working partnership they had achieved in recording the 3 new songs would not be wasted, so they recorded The Devil You Know .

Heaven and Hell 2007 Tour

The Heaven and Hell 2007 Tour was a global concert tour by Heaven & Hell in support of Black Sabbath's The Dio Years compilation CD.

Heaven & Hell (band) American band

Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring Black Sabbath founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.

<i>The Devil You Know</i> (Heaven & Hell album) 2009 studio album by Heaven & Hell

The Devil You Know is the only studio album from heavy metal band Heaven & Hell; the members had previously recorded as a group in an earlier line-up of Black Sabbath. The Devil You Know was Ronnie James Dio's final studio appearance prior to his death in May 2010.

UK Tour Edition

Before the Heaven & Hell tour of the UK in November 2007, a special edition release of The Dio Years was released on 5 November, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years Tour Edition, to commemorate the tour. This CD, only to be in print for a limited time, features four songs from the Live at Hammersmith Odeon limited edition live album recently released by Black Sabbath. The four songs, recorded live in 1981 during Black Sabbath's "Mob Rules Tour" are "Neon Knights", "The Mob Rules", "Children of the Grave", and "Voodoo".

<i>Live at Hammersmith Odeon</i> 2007 live album by Black Sabbath

Live at Hammersmith Odeon is a live album by Black Sabbath recorded at three concerts between 31 December 1981 and 2 January 1982, during the Mob Rules tour. It was released by Rhino Handmade on 1 May 2007 in a limited edition of 5000, which sold out immediately.

Children of the Grave song by Black Sabbath

"Children of the Grave" is a song by Black Sabbath from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.

Track listing

All songs were written by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, except where noted.

No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Neon Knights" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Bill Ward) Heaven and Hell (1980)3:52
2."Lady Evil" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward)Heaven and Hell4:24
3."Heaven and Hell" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward)Heaven and Hell6:58
4."Die Young" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward)Heaven and Hell4:44
5."Lonely Is the Word" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward)Heaven and Hell5:51
6."The Mob Rules" Mob Rules (1981)3:16
7."Turn Up the Night"Mob Rules3:42
8."Voodoo"Mob Rules4:34
9."Falling Off the Edge of the World"Mob Rules5:04
10."After All (The Dead)" Dehumanizer (1992)5:42
11."TV Crimes"Dehumanizer4:02
13."Children of the Sea (live)" (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Ward) Live Evil (1982)6:14
14."The Devil Cried" (Dio, Iommi)New song for this compilation6:01
15."Shadow of the Wind" (Dio, Iommi)New song for this compilation5:40
16."Ear in the Wall" (Dio, Iommi)New song for this compilation4:04
Bonus Track Version
17."The Devil Cried" (Radio Edit)4:22
UK Tour Edition bonus CD (recorded live at The Hammersmith Odeon in 1981)
1."Neon Knights"4:37
2."The Mob Rules"3:33
3."Children of the Grave" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward)5:03




2007The Billboard 20054 [11]


2007"The Devil Cried"Mainstream Rock Tracks38 [12]

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