is the tenth album by band Black Sabbath, released in November. It followed 1980’s Heaven and Hell, and it was the second and last Black Sabbath studio album to feature lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio prior to the 1992 .
The very first new recording Black Sabbath made after the Heaven and Hell album was an alternate version of the title track “The Mob Rules”, recorded at John Lennon’s old English home Tittenhurst Park, which appeared on the soundtrack of the film Heavy Metal released earlier in the year in July. In the liner notes to the 2008 box set The Rules of Hell, bassist Geezer Butler claims the famous white piano that Lennon (who had been assassinated the previous December) had written his famous song “Imagine” on was still in the room.
Tony Iommi writes that initially the band had hoped to record in their own studio to save money and actually purchased a sound desk but “We just couldn’t get a guitar sound. We tried it in the studio. We tried it in the hallway. We tried it everywhere but it just wasn’t working. We’d bought a studio and it wasn’t working!” The band eventually recorded the album at the Record Plant in Los Angeles and wound up spending twice as much money.
Mob Rules was the first Black Sabbath release to feature Vinny Appice on drums, who had replaced original member Bill Ward in the middle of the tour in support of the previous year’s Heaven and Hell. Dio explained that, while playing with Ward on Heaven and Hell had been wonderful, “Vinnie added this other flavor. He was a real listener. Instead of thinking of himself as one kind of player, he was part of the band and really played off people.
The seeds of discontent appear to have sprouted when Dio was offered a solo deal by Warner Brothers, with Iommi stating in his memoir, "After the (Heaven and Hell) record became such a great success, Warner Brothers extended the contract at the same time, offering Ronnie a solo deal. That felt a bit odd to us, because we were a band and we didn’t want to separate anybody. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have a solo deal, but it seemed like the wrong thing to do at the time.” Dio confided in an interview , the recording of Mob Rules was a far more difficult process for him than Heaven and Hell had been because “we approached the writing very much differently than the first one.
another great Sabbath album, this one a bit different than its predecessors but still a pleasant listening. Recommended to all those who liked “Heaven and Hell”; it’s basically the same thing.
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Okay, so here’s a drabble, which is very drabble-y (like, spelling/grammar/plotting etc plz don’t hold me accountable), of Bellamy and Clarke fighting/flirting over music in a car. It’s inspired by a fic I think I read a while back, but I can’t remember if I actually read it or just imagined it–does that ever happen to you? It happens to me. Just know that there are MULTIPLE fics that involve this very premise out there already, I’m just tagging along now because the image of Bellamy singing along to the song in this drabble has been bugging me for months.
Anywayyyy, I give you Driver’s Choice. (I’ve even hyperlinked the relevant songs!)
Driver’s choice, they’d all agreed at the beginning of the trip when they laid down the ground rules about music in the car. It just makes sense.
It just makes sense, that is, until hour ten of a twelve-hour drive, when everyone in the car is asleep except for the driver and the person riding shotgun, whose responsibility it is to keep the driver entertained (another rule agreed upon at the beginning of the trip). The driver—Bellamy—is driving (no pun intended) his shotgun—Clarke—crazy with his insistence on listening to the same two Black Sabbath albums for the third time that day.
“Oh my god, Bellamy, seriously?” Clarke groans as the tolling bells of the intro to “Black Sabbath” start.
“What? You said you like Sabbath,” he says, eyes on the road.
“I do like Sabbath,” Clarke says. “I just don’t need to hear Black Sabbath for a third time during this trip, especially not while I’m trying to study for this exam.”
To capitalise on their chart success in the US, the band returned to the studio in June 1970, just four months after Black Sabbath was released. The new album was initially set to be named War Pigs after the song “War Pigs”, which was critical of the Vietnam War; however, Warner changed the title of the album to Paranoid. The album’s lead-off single, “Paranoid”, was written in the studio at the last minute. Ward explains: “We didn’t have enough songs for the album, and Tony just played the [Paranoid] guitar lick and that was it. It took twenty, twenty-five minutes from top to bottom.”
this is arguably one of the first true classics of metal ever. Paranoid improves markedly on it’s predecessor to give us a memorable, high-quality album with a moderate portion of gloom to further enhance Black Sabbath.
even today it remains a masterpiece of Metal. It advanced the Metal genre by a large extent, and for that reason alone it is a must have, but what really makes it stand head and shoulders about the crowd is the riffs and soloing present, as well as excellent drumming and great vocals. The fact that it was released in 1970 only further adds to the greatness of it. Essential.
"one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time"