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Encyclopedia > Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath album)
Heaven and Hell
Studio album by Black Sabbath
Released April 25, 1980
Recorded Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida &
Studio Ferber, Paris, France,1979
Genre Heavy metal
Length 39:30
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Castle (UK) 1996
Sanctuary (UK) 2004
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Professional reviews
Black Sabbath chronology
Live at Last
(1980)
Heaven and Hell
(1980)
Mob Rules
(1981)

Heaven and Hell is an album by Black Sabbath, released in May 1980 (see 1980 in music). This was the first album after singer Ozzy Osbourne left the band and was the first album featuring Ronnie James Dio , formerly of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, who brought his own unique style of song writing and vocalisation to the band. With the changing of singers, a change in songwriting approaches, and the sound crafting skills of famous heavy metal producer Martin Birch, the band altered their trademark drudge rock to a faster, slicker and more melodic sound. A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (116th in leap years). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records), Decca Records (with Deram Records) and RCA (with Neon Records). ... Warner Bros. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Castle Communications is a British record label, specialising in the back catalogue of folk and folk-rock artists. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Live At Last is an odd live album from Black Sabbath. ... Mob Rules is Black Sabbaths tenth studio album, released in 1981 following the success of Heaven and Hell. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 list of years in music 1980s in music. ... Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a popular solo artist, and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. ... Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 (most likely year, see below), in Portsmouth, New Hampshire), is a heavy metal vocalist who has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and his own band Dio. ... Richard Hugh Blackmore, (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martin Birch is a British music producer, who has produced albums for bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Blue Öyster Cult. ...


The addition of Dio to the Sabbath lineup was not the only change made at this point however. Geoff Nicholls of Quartz was scheduled to join the band, because Geezer Butler had been threatening to quit the band and had not been around through most of the writing sessions. Initially, Geoff Nicholls was brought in to play bass and co-write, but when Geezer decided to stay with the group, Nicholls switched to keyboards as a session musician. Nicholls never attained official member status but remained as Black Sabbath's keyboard player for over twenty years (often hidden off-stage for live shows). When Geezer returned to the recording studio, all but one track ("Neon Knights") had already been written for the album. Former Elf and Rainbow bassist Craig Gruber was said to have been brought in temporarily for these sessions, and rumours were circulated (although recently dispelled by Iommi) that it was Gruber who actually played on the album. Drummer Bill Ward says he has "no memory" of making the album, due in part to his alcoholism and hospitalization (when Tony Iommi set his beard on fire). Drinking and other personal factors would eventually lead him to drop out of the subsequent tour. Geoff Nicholls is a musician and keyboardist, who is best known as the longtime sideman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Quartz are a British heavy metal band. ... Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... Cover of Elfs debut self-titled album Elf was a hard rock band founded in 1969 by singer Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Doug Thaler, keyboardist Micky Lee Soule, and drummer Gary Driscoll. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bill Ward Bill Ward (born May 5, 1948, Birmingham, England), is the drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Tony Iommi (born Frank Anthony Iommi, February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist who is best known as a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ...


The exact origins of much of this album's material is still a topic of debate. Ozzy apparently attempted to record some of what would become "Heaven and Hell" before being fired (all of this material was scrapped). Sabbath had in fact begun demoing material with singer Dio before Ozzy was formally fired. The song "Children of the Sea" was written by Dio and Iommi during their very first session. It is unclear how much of the album - if any - was actually written by bassist Geezer Butler or drummer Bill Ward.


The title track is - by some interpretations - about contradictions and hypocrisy in the way good versus evil is typically portrayed. Dio himself was quoted in VH1's documentary series Heavy: The Story of Metal saying that the album's eponymous song is about how every individual has "Heaven and Hell" inside themself, as well the ability and the choice whether to choose good or evil. Other notable tracks are "Neon Knights", "Children of the Sea" and "Die Young". Heaven and Hell remains one of Black Sabbath's best-selling albums, and was their highest charting album (#9 UK, #28 USA) since 1975's Sabotage. The album revitalised Sabbath's fortunes after what many saw as the death of the group following Ozzy's departure. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Sabotage is a 1975 album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ...


The album's cover art was taken from a painting by artist Lynn Curlee. The original painting was entitled, "Smoking Angels." Curlee was also commissioned to do an album cover for Blue Oyster Cult by Sandy Pearlman who was at the time manager of both Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult.


Dio, Iommi, Butler and, former Sabbath member, Vinnie Appice are currently touring under the band-name 'Heaven And Hell' to mark the release of a compilation album entitled 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years'. Heaven and Hell is a music collaboration featuring current Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice (who post-Sabbath worked together in Dio playing songs from their Black Sabbath era together at times). ...


Track listing

All songs written & arranged by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler. Lyrics by Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 (most likely year, see below), in Portsmouth, New Hampshire), is a heavy metal vocalist who has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and his own band Dio. ... Tony Iommi (born Frank Anthony Iommi, February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist who is best known as a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Bill Ward Bill Ward (born May 5, 1948, Birmingham, England), is the drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ...

  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

Children of the Sea is a song by the band Black Sabbath from their 1980 album Heaven and Hell, their first album with new singer Ronnie James Dio. ... Heaven and Hell was the title track to Black Sabbaths 9th studio album, Heaven and Hell . ...

Credits

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 (most likely year, see below), in Portsmouth, New Hampshire), is a heavy metal vocalist who has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and his own band Dio. ... Tony Iommi (born Frank Anthony Iommi, February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist who is best known as a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... Bill Ward (born William Ward, May 5, 1948, Aston, Birmingham, England), is the drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Geoff Nicholls is a musician and keyboardist, who is best known as the longtime sideman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ...

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