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 Sabbath to venture down. Lyrically it's more Dio than Sabbath, 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. H+H is a classic.

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

5 endings are just beginnings out of 5

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