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  • The correct title is E5I50 (capital I, not # 1 as in 5150)

    E V(5) I L(50) = EVIL

    Posted on November 29, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Somewhere along the way the comparison struck me, but in a way it fits. Dio, like Shemp Howard, was a talented individual who, taken in their own right, should be respected for what they accomplished, but will forever be overshadowed by their predecessors. Maybe I come at this from a unique perspective. Most stooge fans seem to be either Curly or Shemp, and Sabbath fans seem to be either Ozzy or Dio. Personally I like them all and take each of them for what they were. In the case of Sabbath, Dio allowed the band to finally reinvent themselves with some sort of cohesive vision, and his operatic growl was the perfect foil for Iommi’s ever-darkening guitar riffs. They did away with much of the experimentation and occasional acoustic dabblings, and became a more straight forward metal band. On this album the quartet of Dio, Iommi, Butler, and Appice have captured a bit of the old black magic. Though I find myself favoring the first disc, the entire album is about as solid a live performance as you can get. The new material even fits in seamlessly with the old, a rare feat when old bands try to add to their back catalog. In the end I will always love Sabbath with Ozzy or with Dio and this Live masterpiece is a welcome addition to the collection. It’s one of those albums perfectly suited to driving with the windows down, the volume up, and your foot feeling a little on the heavy side.
    And for the record, I’ll let someone else sort out who the Joe and Curly Joe of Sabbath are.

    Posted on November 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It is good to know that there are still bands out there keeping it real. Dio will never let true rockers down nor will the rest of the Black Sabbath group. The music now is called “classic rock” but in my heart it is still the only “rock” music out there these days. This is a great, and lenghthy, album clocking in at a little over two hours and they still sound as great as they did back in the days. I would have loved to see this show live but I will have to settle for this album instead. Add to your collection NOW!!!!!!!!

    Posted on November 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I guess it’s well known among many Black Sabbath fans that the Dio-lineup was an absolutely brilliant, although unfortunately unstable one, giving us only three studio albums. I am damn sure that they would’ve produced lots more great stuff if their egos didn’t get in the way, and the new songs ‘The Devil Cried’ and ‘Shadow of the Wind’ are a testament to that. The tracks performed from this fine classic trilogy of albums (H&H, Mob Rules and Dehumanizer) plus the new material are in excellent form here. I saw one of these Heaven and Hell shows in Toronto earlier this year, and must say that it was one of the best and most powerful concerts I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in a long time.- This live set (along with the DVD which I also picked up, a real treat!) is worth every penny. A great souvenir of the tour. The sound quality is top notch in it’s crispness and clarity. Tony Iommi’s guitar playing, Dio’s voice, not to mention Vinny’s drumming and Geezer’s bass are as good as ever. This along with the long out-of-print limited-edition ‘Live At Hammersmith’ are sonically far superior to the disppointing ‘Live Evil’. Anyone into Dio-era Sabbath should not pass this one up! I can just imagine what a new album of studio material form these guys would sound like, if they manage to stick together – and I don’t really care whether it’s under the B.S. or H&H name either. Oh and, BTW, maybe it’s time to give the Ozzy-lineup a permanent rest, as I don’t seriously think they’ll work out anyway!.

    Posted on November 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Just when I had written Dio off as being old an worn out(Holy Diver Live), He completly blows me away in this DVD (CD). Absolutely Amazing. Tony Iommi is absolutely top notch, Geezer just grinds out the bassline, and Vinnie pounds the skins like a Madman. When this whole “reunion” thing was being tossed around, I was having images of the mismanaged Dehumanizer shows. Then I heard “And the Devil Cried”…and I knew this was the real thing. I am the biggest Ozzy fan alive, but this DVD/CD absolutely solidified the Dio years as some of the best Metal music produced. This is a must have for Sabbath fans, and any metal Fan.

    Posted on November 28, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now