Black Sabbath – Mob Rules (1981, Warner Bros. Records)

1. “Turn Up the Night” … 3:42
2. “Voodoo” … 4:32
3. “The Sign of the Southern Cross” … 7:46
4. “E5150” … 2:54
5. “The Mob Rules” … 3:14
6. “Country Girl” … 4:02
7. “Slipping Away” … 3:45
8. “Falling Off the Edge of the World” … 5:02
9. “Over and Over” … 5:28

Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Tony Iommi – Guitar
Geezer Butler – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Geoff Nicholls – Keyboards

Produced by: Martin Birch

Another great piece of classic heavy metal and a fine companion to the previous year’s Heaven and Hell.

It’s quite amusing when you consider the songs & style of the Ozzy era compared to the Dio stuff. Ozzy Sabbath was political and “evil”, while Dio Sabbath became more fantasy-based and even talked about the ladies a bit (“Country Girl”) and good time sounding songs like “Turn Up the Night” (though the lyrics are fairly dark).

Out of the four Dio Sabbath albums (counting Heaven and Hell’s The Devil You Know), I think this would be my favorite. Though the song “Heaven and Hell” may be the best song the Dio lineup ever did, songs like “Turn Up the Night”, “Voodoo”, “The Sign of the Southern Cross”, “The Mob Rules”, “Country Girl” and “Over and Over” are just too powerful and have really stacked this album to monstrous proportions of quality.

Highlights: One of the top heavy metal albums of all time, in my opinion. So everything is a highlight!

Posted on May 22, 2009, in Black Sabbath and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Absolutely agree! MOB RULES is one of the best Heavy Metal records out there. What a pair this made with HEAVEN & HELL…..I remember when this came out and I heard the title track on the radio… still sends chills up my spine. I don’t really like ‘Country Girl’ that much, it reminds me of Ronnie’s Elf days. Best songs are ‘Voodoo’, ‘Mob Rules’, ‘Sign Of The Southern Cross’ and ‘Turn Up The Night’.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

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