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Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell

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In celebration of legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Toni Iommi's 67th birthday this week, we kick off Johnny Hardcore's new Album of the Week series where he looks back at classic albums that are essential for every rock fan's collection. Today Johnny spotlights Black Sabbath's landmark album Heaven and Hell.

This is probably one of my favorite Black Sabbath albums. The odd thing about this one is that Ozzy Osbourne isn't even on it. This was the first one that featured Ronnie James Dio who replaced Ozzy in 1979.

This album did fantastically on the Billboard 200 topping out at #28. This album just kills it and moves very quickly with songs like "Neon Knights", "Lady Evil" and my personal favorite "Children Of The Sea".

So lets put this one under the Heavy Metal needle and RIP Ronnie James Dio… Ladies and Germs, released on Warner Bothers in 1980, Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell album…And remember to keep one foot in the gutter and one fist in the gold!!

Side One
1. "Neon Knights" 3:53
2. "Children of the Sea" 5:34
3. "Lady Evil" 4:26
4. "Heaven and Hell"6:59

Side Two
5. "Wishing Well" 4:07
6. "Die Young" 4:45
7. "Walk Away" 4:25
8. "Lonely Is the Word" 5:51

Credits:
Ronnie James Dio - lead vocals
Tony Iommi - guitar
Geezer Butler - bass guitar
Bill Ward - drums, percussion
Geoff Nicholls - keyboards
Martin Birch - producer, engineering
Joe "C" Foglia - engineer

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