Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Friday, August 17, 2012

BLACK SABBATH / Heaven And Hell (1980)

Ronnie James Dio’s first album with Black Sabbath gets everything right from beginning to end.  The Iommi / Butler / Ward sound is less doomy than the Ozzy era but no less melodic.  Ronnie's voice projects more than Ozzy ever could; that opened up new avenues for Sabs to venture down.  Lyrically it’s more Dio than Sabs but I fail to see that as a criticism.  It’s produced by master knob-twiddler Martin Birch, who finds the perfect pitch and balance to give everyone equal footing.  Albums rarely achieve such perfection.  A genuine classic.

Songs of Note: Children Of The Sea; Heaven And Hell

5 endings are just beginnings out of 5

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