Black Sabbath – The Dio Years
Black Sabbath: The Dio Years is a 2007 compilation CD of material recorded by Black Sabbath during vocalist Ronnie James Dio‘s tenure in the band. The CD contains remastered tracks taken from the studio albums Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), and Dehumanizer (1992), as well as a live version of the song “Children of the Sea” taken from the live album Live Evil (1982). It also contains three songs that were recorded in 2007: “The Devil Cried”, “Shadow of the Wind”, and “Ear in the Wall”.
In an interview conducted by Martin Popoff, Tony Iommi revealed that in fact three tracks were recorded: “Shadow of the Wind” (a slow tune), “The Devil Cried” (a mid-tempo rocker) and “Ear in the Wall” (a fast song), therefore changing the original plan for two new songs to accommodate all three tracks in the compilation. “The Devil Cried” was released as a single on 13 March 2007.
On 23 February 2007, both Eddie Trunk and Sirius Satellite Radio unveiled the song “The Devil Cried” from the upcoming album. Rhino Records subsequently made the track available (for preview only) on 26 February 2007. On the week of 13 March 2007, it became available for download at all digital outlets.
After the recording was completed the members decided to tour under the moniker Heaven & Hell. Dio and Iommi decided that the working partnership they had achieved in recording the 3 new songs would not be wasted, so they recorded The Devil You Know.
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